Dead Island: Riptide is a lot of the same and ultimately falls short of a what a great sequel should be made of.
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.
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.
With an uninteresting world and dull combat, the survival horror game ZombiU is a weak link in the Wii U's launch lineup.
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.
Child of Light is a brave move from a mainstream developer, and one that hopefully heralds a new way forward.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is already on a short list of 2015's best games.
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.
FIFA 15 is easily the most realistic soccer game out there, even if it at times feels a bit over-the-top.
Resident Evil 2 drags the series' classic formula into a new era and there's never been a better way to experience survival horror.
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.
Madden NFL 13 trots out the same basic experience one more time, creating an enjoyable game without any major improvements.
How does one of the PS3's staple franchises fare on the most powerful portable around?
Battlefield Hardline takes the fight to the streets, but does this new episodically framed first-person shooter take the series in a welcome direction?
Square Enix's latest epic isn't perfect, but it's a refreshing take on its most revered franchise.
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.