It's not the most revolutionary game in Lego history, but Lego: The Hobbit delivers everything fans expect from a Lego game, with the usual grace, great humour and engaging, puzzle-packed gameplay. It makes the best of its unwieldy source movies, and it has enough new ideas to feel like more than a reskin of Lego: Lord of the Rings. It's also still a great game to play with the kids.
Trials Evolution was a great game and the same can be said for Fusion, even if it struggles to make meaningful advances. The worst thing you can say about it is that it's a refinement of a game that was pretty refined already, and that a few of the new elements seem unnecessary, almost working counter to the purity of Trials. Still, if it's a matter of opinion whether this is the best Trials yet, it almost doesn't matter. It might not be any closer to perfection, but what's here is more than good enough.
Octodad has brilliant ideas, endearing characters and a great sense of humour, but as a game it's not quite where it should be. The deliberately vague controls cause a little frustration along with the hilarity, and it's not long enough or rich enough to hold your interest for more than an evening or afternoon. There's potential here for something great, but Octodad needs to stretch those tentacles further if it wants to reach that point.
A lovable combination of classic Japanese RPG adventure and European folklore, dressed to look like a gorgeous, hand-painted platform game. It's a little too slight for classic status, but it still has some of the old magic and mystery of the nineties Square Enix greats. It's superb value for a download title, and unmissable whether or not you played and loved its inspirations.
Bound by Flame looks like a budget RPG contender, and there are some nice ideas in the combat system and the Bioware-like treatment of the side-characters. Sadly, there's just too much about it that's generic, unpolished, badly animated, poorly implemented or uninspired. If you must have a fantasy RPG to play on PS4 then this might do, but there will be better around the corner, and this really isn't an easy game to love.
We love the latest Wolfenstein for the respect it pays to iD's original, and for the ways it tries to take the series somewhere new. We're not so keen on some elements of the gameplay, and it must be said that not all its loftier ambitions quite pan out. What we're left with is a solid FPS that's always interesting - and one with an identity all its own - even if it can't make it up there with the best-in-class.
Watch Dogs is a very good game - and occasionally a great one - but not a landmark game or any sort of classic. It's a fine open-world game with a fantastically detailed setting, and one you'll happily play for weeks. In fact, with a good thirty to forty hours of content, that's probably what it's going to take.
It's early days, but WildStar has a lot of potential. It's focused on doing what MMO fans know and love about the genre that little bit better, and it has a lot of the excitement of World of Warcraft's early days. Quests are the game's biggest weakness – a little more thought and variety wouldn't hurt – but there's enough interest in the game's clever Path missions and structure to compensate for that. If you love MMOs, you'll probably like WildStar. If you're a recovering WoW addict, this might be the last thing that you need.
Tomodachi Life is more a weird interactive soap than a game, but that doesn't make it any less compulsive. You might not be entranced by the simple, repetitive gameplay, but you'll become embroiled in your Mii's virtual lives, and you'll be surprised, baffled, boggled and bemused by the whole shebang. If you found The Sims or Animal Crossing dull then it's not for you – there's less to achieve and this is even less a game – but for everyone that hates Tomodachi Life there will be others who keep coming back for more.