A blaster to be mastered, Not a Hero's combat is flexible but strains against a tight leash.
The Westport Independent is a great concept that has its moments, but is ultimately too slight to deliver.
Yakuza is the true heir to Shenmue and 5 is the greatest entry yet, stuffed with combat, minigames, and endless distractions.
Generous, artful and brutally hard, The Old Hunters is the perfect send-off for a modern masterpiece.
Hideo Kojima's farewell to Metal Gear Solid is a dream: the best ever stealth game, and the high point of a remarkable series.
Devil's Third is caught between genres it never quite brings together, and despite fun multiplayer never gets over its shaky foundations.
Blizzard reinvents the MOBA in a star-studded, moreish masterclass of design.
Imaginative, powerful and coherent, Bloodborne is genius.
Revelations 2 is a great spin-off title, and manages the uncommon balancing act of making series fans happy while offering something new.
Despite some missteps, this is a joyous game, with more imagination in each level than most games muster in their entirety.
A platformer with a tale to tell, Thomas Was Alone shows you don't need big budgets to handle a big story.
Capcom's Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is a director's cut, as well as the first must-have cross-platform title for Nintendo's consoles.