Heat Signature, PC (Steam)
This fabulously hectic space-heist game casts you as a tiny interstellar freelancer, flying about a huge universe and glomming on to the sides of hurtling star-cruisers to complete missions: kidnap a VIP, rub out the guy who killed your dad. But executing these plans, in steel warrens of scuttling soldiers and primed alarms, requires prudent use of insane gadgetry (invisibility shields, teleporters, “everything guns”), a hair-trigger pause button and a serious aptitude for fast-moving catastrophe management. One mission ended with my character and her quarry sucked by depressurisation into the vacuum – only to be scooped to safety as her remotely piloted spacecraft whizzed by. Take that, Imperial scum.