8. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
This is a contentious pick for me. On the one hand, Will of the Wisps seems to feature gorgeous visuals perfectly in-line with its predecessor, bringing its precious woodland creatures to beautifully-animated life. On the other hand, it had dead owls in it, complete with a mourning baby owl that Ori seemed desperate to comfort.
Tugging at my heartstrings in two ways like that is just cruel and unusual punishment, yet I already love the game all the more for it.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be available on Xbox One and PC. As yet, no release date has been specified.
7. Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Odyssey would have grabbed my attention with its “possession” mechanics and colourful visuals, regardless of the other content in the trailer.
What took it to an 11, though, were the scenes in the Sand Kingdom; namely, the cheery, sombrero-wearing skeletons that populate it. I’m already a huge fan of the Day of the Dead/sugar skull aesthetic, so bringing the look into a Mario game by applying it to a gang of happy, dancing skeletons? Well, let’s just say that I’ll be very poor if Nintendo ever decides to make amiibos of these little guys.
Super Mario Odyssey is coming to Nintendo Switch on 27th October.