Wasteland 2 ( PC)
Wasteland 2 is genuine fun, packed with enough lore to make you want to keep exploring and adventuring, well past your bedtime.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor ( PC)
Even if you aren't a fan of the Tolkien universe, Shadow of Mordor is a great-looking and ultra-satisfying action game filled with remarkable villains and countless memorable moments.
FIFA 15 ( PlayStation 4)
FIFA 15 is easily the most realistic soccer game out there, even if it at times feels a bit over-the-top.
Destiny ( PlayStation 4)
Destiny is a victim of the hype machine created around it. It's a refined console shooter that feels great during the action, but goes stale during just about every other component of the game.
NHL 15 Ultimate Edition ( PlayStation 4)
Overall, NHL 15 is a bittersweet event. It regularly exudes shades of brilliance and heightened moments of action that truly captures the best parts of hockey. But alas, it's soiled by a harsh truth: NHL 15 is missing an awful lot of features.
The Wolf Among Us ( PC/Mac)
The Wolf Among Us is a stylish noir game with the Big Bad Wolf doing his best Philip Marlowe impression. And if that doesn't sell you on the game, not much else will.
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Microsoft Xbox One ( without Kinect)
The cheaper, no-Kinect version of the Xbox One gives buyers a better deal by eliminating the one part of the console they probably didn't want to begin with -- but the PS4 remains a compelling alternative.
Watch Dogs ( PlayStation 4)
Watch Dogs manages to impress at times, but its overly ambitious promise is never fully realized. There's a lot of fluff baked into the experience that might leave some disappointed and wanting more.
Transistor ( PC, Download)
Wildly imaginative and existing in a masterfully created sci-fi world, Transistor successfully conveys a vision that is adeptly matched by a clever combat system and attack mechanic.
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Wolfenstein: The New Order ( PC)
With just the right amount of brutality and craziness, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a genuine good-old Nazi-killing time.
Mario Kart 8 ( Wii U)
Mario Kart 8 is a blast to play and is easy enough for almost anyone to pick up and enjoy. Its brilliantly designed tracks, inclusion of new weapons, and online refinements make it a no-brainer for Wii U owners.
Sony PlayStation Vita Borderlands 2 Bundle ( 2000)
Two years in, the PlayStation Vita has come of age and become a refined piece of hardware and an excellent place to play a lot of games. You don't need one, but it's really fun and worth its price.
Microsoft Xbox One Forza Motorsport 5 Bundle
While the PS4 remains our overall preferred choice in the next-gen console race, the Xbox One's significant first-year course corrections -- including a welcome holiday price drop -- make it a better deal than ever, and a much better bargain than when it first debuted.
Grand Theft Auto V ( PlayStation 3)
Grand Theft Auto V is an absolute triumph that fires on all cylinders. It's a relevant, witty, and satirical experience that's as smart as it is completely addicting.
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault ( PlayStation 3)
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault's one and only competitive multiplayer mode is an enjoyable blend of action and tactics.
FIFA Soccer 13 ( Wii U)
FIFA Soccer 13 on the Wii U might lack some of the series' latest tweaks, but it still plays an enjoyable and thoroughly rewarding game of football.
Scribblenauts Unlimited ( Wii U)
Scribblenauts Unlimited continues the franchise's penchant for ridiculousness, though lackluster puzzles temper the excitement.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II ( Wii U)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II hits the Wii U in stride, delivering an intense campaign and frenetic multiplayer action.
Assassin's Creed III ( Wii U)
Assassin's Creed III's joyous blend of parkour and storytelling is enthralling, even when technical issues threaten to derail the fun.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified ( PS Vita)
Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is a huge disappointment that does nothing right.