What makes a game worth playing? The answer isn’t fancy graphics or a complicated story; it’s the simple science of fun. Everyone knows the best ideas were honed many moons ago, long before visuals became as lush as they are today. This may be why so many “new” titles deliberately evoke that retro vibe — not to cash in on sheer nostalgia but to focus on what matters: making a gamer’s pulse race that little bit quicker. Here are three of the best recent releases.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
£54.99 (PS4; Xbox; up to four players, offline only)
Gorge on golden wumpa fruit as you grapple with parkour perils in this glitzy reboot of a mid-1990s classic. Step into the sneakers of