Warmongering football managers, a rampaging Cambridge professor, a ravenous space city, and a deep and meaningful round of golf … here are 10 great games to liven up your holidays

For aficionados, 2006’s Final Fantasy XII was a high point in the three-decades-old series. Part-directed by Yasumi Matsuno, whose intricate stories remain some of Japan’s best, it involves directing your squadron of fighters like a football manager, specifying tactics and parameters of behaviour from the sidelines. This HD remaster of the original includes not only higher resolution artwork, but also a rerecorded soundtrack and, most enticingly of all, an overhauled management system, via which you grow your team according to strategy or whim.
• Released 11 July on PlayStation 4.

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