Child of Light is a brave move from a mainstream developer, and one that hopefully heralds a new way forward.
It's far from perfect, but I'm not sure there's another game out there that can cram in the sheer amount of addictive absurdity that Saints Row IV manages to pull off.
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.
A sinister villain, some tough choices, and a new kind of multiplayer arena invigorate the reliably intense action in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Stellar writing and a host of small improvements help Borderlands 2 stand tall on the shoulders of its predecessor.
Battlefield Hardline takes the fight to the streets, but does this new episodically framed first-person shooter take the series in a welcome direction?
The latest entry in the Call of Duty series is all about cybernetic soldiers, increased mobility, and zombies.
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.
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.
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time completely nails the style and feel of the original trilogy, but doesn't do much to separate itself as a reimagined franchise.
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.
Beyond: Two Souls undoubtedly deserves credit for its great story and unique take on interactive software, even if it conflicts with what many believe constitutes a video game.
Far Cry 3's intelligent and elegant open-world structure balances exciting action with the joys of free-form adventuring, making it one of the best shooters of the year.
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault's one and only competitive multiplayer mode is an enjoyable blend of action and tactics.
F1 Race Stars is a competent kart racer that fails to go that extra mile and, as a result, outstays its welcome sooner rather than later.
NHL 14 is still a fun, ultra-realistic hockey simulation, but veterans of the series may not find enough innovation and refinement to warrant a purchase at full price.
Darksiders II merges action, exploration, and loot-driven progression into an excellent and sizable adventure.