Magic Duels ( PlayStation 4)
Magic Duels' tutorial mode is among the best ways to learn to play Magic, but interface problems and poor cross-device support mean the average player should look elsewhere for their fix.
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Batman: Arkham Knight ( PlayStation 4)
If you're a fan of the other Arkham games, you're going to really enjoy Arkham Knight, even if there's a handful of stuff you've seen before. The Batmobile and a number of new ideas and mechanics freshen the overall experience and the game's powerful brand of storytelling provides a satisfying connection between the in-game action.
Bloodborne ( PlayStation 4)
Meticulously designed for a very specific hardcore audience, Bloodborne is a marvel along those parameters. But if you're the type of player looking for a way to unwind through a game, look the other way.
The Order: 1886 ( PlayStation 4)
The Order: 1886 is a beautiful and impressive technical achievement, but it's also chock-full of frustrating control issues. Odd pacing and a less than compelling storyline don't help either.
Dying Light ( Xbox One)
There's fun to be had with Dying Light, but it's not going to breathe new life into a genre that's essentially on life support.
Evolve ( PC)
Evolve is a welcome evolution from the Turtle Rock Studios team and a refreshing kind of title that you likely haven't experienced before, introducing excellent four-versus-one action that can be enjoyed on- or offline.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker ( Wii U)
It's not the meatiest offering that Nintendo games usually offer, but Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is totally accessible and undeniably fun to play. The games ends a little sooner than we expected and a few control scheme decisions have us wishing for more customization.
Kingdom Rush Origins ( iPad)
Fast and exciting strategic gameplay makes Kingdom Rush Origins a must-have pick for tower-defense fans.
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WWE 2K15 ( PlayStation 4)
WWE 2k15 is a hard game to recommend to someone who isn't a wrestling fan and it's not without its issues, but if you know the difference between an Enziguri and a Senton there's a lot of fun to be had.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U ( Wii U)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the total package that delivers on nearly every level. With a seemingly endless amount of replay value, Super Smash should be the one staple in every Wii U library.
LittleBigPlanet 3 ( PlayStation 4)
LittleBigPlanet 3 is a paradise for creativity that provides an impressive array of tools and possibilities. Its included adventure is fresh, and the new characters and items are a welcome evolution.
Far Cry 4 ( PlayStation 4)
Far Cry 4 borrows a lot from the last game, but it adds enough excitement, fresh ideas and a brilliant new landscape to warrant the return trip.
Assassin's Creed: Unity ( PlayStation 4)
While it will likely suffice for Assassin's Creed core fans, Unity stumbles throughout and never really finds its footing. Where last year's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag saw the franchise reach new heights, Unity is somewhat of a sidestep that only shines sporadically.
Dragon Age: Inquisition ( Xbox One)
Dragon Age Inquisition isn't perfect -- but pretty close and very easily the best in the series by a wide margin.
Sony PlayStation 3 Super Slim God of War: Ascension Legacy Bundle ( 500GB)
While it will begin to cede its position to the PS4 in 2015, the PlayStation 3 still delivers impressively strong value for gaming and video entertainment.
Sunset Overdrive ( Xbox One)
Sunset Overdrive is thoroughly fun and offers a guilt-free, action-packed campaign. Both its styling and personality are impressively realized -- it's smart, and comically self-aware.
Bayonetta 2 ( Wii U)
While it should be reserved strictly for a mature audience, Bayonetta 2 is a masterful action game brimming with vibrant visuals and a larger-than-life presence.
Skylanders: Trap Team Starter Pack ( Android/iOS)
Skylanders: Trap Team is a return to a simpler form, with new elements that prove the franchise is definitely around for the long haul.
The Evil Within ( PlayStation 4)
Certainly an acquired taste, The Evil Within is sure to satiate the horror fanatic. For those with an appetite for an investment-heavy exploit through the mind of a madman, The Evil Within is more than capable, even with a few bumps along the way.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! ( PlayStation 3)
It's not the best Borderlands experience out there, but The Pre-Sequel is a solid entry that will satisfy Borderlands diehards most. If you've never played a Borderlands game though, try starting with Borderlands 2.