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.
Stellar writing and a host of small improvements help Borderlands 2 stand tall on the shoulders of its predecessor.
It has all the usual "toys-to-life" bugbears, but Lego Dimensions is packed with great characters, clever puzzles and a physical experience you won't get anywhere else.
With just the right amount of brutality and craziness, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a genuine good-old Nazi-killing time.
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.
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.
Battlefield Hardline takes the fight to the streets, but does this new episodically framed first-person shooter take the series in a welcome direction?
FIFA 15 is easily the most realistic soccer game out there, even if it at times feels a bit over-the-top.
FIFA 16 continues its solid track record by improving on an already winning formula and introducing Women's International Teams for the very first time.
Madden NFL 13 trots out the same basic experience one more time, creating an enjoyable game without any major improvements.
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.
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.
Child of Light is a brave move from a mainstream developer, and one that hopefully heralds a new way forward.
Lego Jurassic World freshens up the formula. You can insert your own bone-related pun here.
BioShock Infinite is another masterful achievement in interactive storytelling and provides gamers with an overall experience unlike anything else.
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.
What a week with Madden's new features and obsessive details did for my love-hate relationship with my childhood team.
Dragon Age Inquisition isn't perfect -- but pretty close and very easily the best in the series by a wide margin.