Madden NFL 13 trots out the same basic experience one more time, creating an enjoyable game without any major improvements.
BioShock Infinite is another masterful achievement in interactive storytelling and provides gamers with an overall experience unlike anything else.
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.
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.
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.
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is a blast to play, with an endless amount of value and variety packed inside, although at times the chaos can overwhelm that small screen.
It's insanely fun to swing around Manhattan and fight as Spider-Man, but the game's depth may come up short for players who are looking for more than just fan service.
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.
The best Mario Kart game ever gets even better on Switch, and its multiplayer modes make it great for groups.
A killer app for Sony's console, or an all-too-familiar racing formula? Driveclub is solid, but it's not a killer experience.
The Last of Us is brutally realistic, often shocking, but undeniably fun to play. It's easily one of the year's best games and the strongest console exclusive in a long time.
Wasteland 2 is genuine fun, packed with enough lore to make you want to keep exploring and adventuring, well past your bedtime.
Take back New York in this third-person shooter.
Child of Light is a brave move from a mainstream developer, and one that hopefully heralds a new way forward.
With an uninteresting world and dull combat, the survival horror game ZombiU is a weak link in the Wii U's launch lineup.
Resident Evil 7 is an absolute triumph that honors the series' legacy in almost every way imaginable. But it also stands confidently on its own as an amazing piece of interactive horror.
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.
WWE 2K16 is an enjoyable game for wrestling fans, but you may be better off waiting for a price drop.