The Witness (Xbox One)

The Witness (Xbox One)

Observe, think and learn. That’s not too hard, is it? Although The Witness is presented in its marketing as the story of a man marooned, the experience is as pure a distillation of its gameplay ideas as I can remember. Unencumbered by the shackles of narrative motivations, this first person puzzle game gives you an island to explore in whichever way you like, provided you can solve its myriad conundrums.

ReCore (Xbox One)

ReCore (Xbox One)

In a world of sand, buried treasure might be easy to miss. New Eden is a world such as this. A home to ReCore’s heroine, Joule Adams, it’s a planet otherwise devoid of organic life. Cataclysmic events on Earth have forced an exodus and, after centuries of stasis, Joule awakens to a find that the bright new future for humanity hasn’t turned out as planned.