This article is brought to you in partnership with Biomutant! Out now on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
In a world of DOOMs, Returnals and Devil May Crys, have you noticed how immaculate video game combat models have become?
Where before the likes of God of War or the original Devil May Cry were a revelation in fast-moving kinetic action, today slews of titles have unique, energetic, addictive gameplay loops that can take up entire afternoons if you let them.
Now, before we go any further I need to shout out this article's sponsor, Biomutant.
A staggeringly detailed open-world action RPG created by ex-Just Cause developers Experiment 101, Biomutant lets you pick from a range of irradiated post-apocalyptic animal species, then set about carving and crafting your way through some gorgeous environments.
With an incredibly impressive character builder and crafting system, the real showstopper is combat itself - a hybrid of slow-motion gunplay mixed with various martial arts, plus some punchy ranged magic attacks to keep everything looking stellar.
Regardless of where you're coming from though, some titles prioritise the feel of action combat, and deserve to be applauded.