Naturally, as new games arrive and fresh debates kick off, this list will adapt. For now, however, the titles featured here are the ones we feel are the best of the best. We’ve tried to include what we consider the beacons of each genre, too, so there’s something for everybody.
With Xbox One X now with us, bringing with it games ‘Enhanced with One X’, and PS4 Pro also on the market, it’s likely that we’ll see new games appear that blow us away. Keep checking back to discover the must-have titles to expand your gaming library!
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A Hat in Time
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Developer: Gears for Breakfast
This cutesy adventure is a lovingly crafted homage to classic platformers of the Gamecube era. Those who enjoyed the likes of Super Mario Sunshine and Billy Hatcher will have a blast jumping around different planets as Hat Kid, a young girl capable of interstellar travel amongst other ridiculous things.
Thanks to tight controls, sharp environments and a brilliant sense of humour, A Hat in Time takes you in its adorable grasp and doesn’t let go. Currently available on PC, Gears for Breakfast are bringing the kickstarted platformer to consoles later in 2017. A Hat in Time is cute as heck and definitely worth checking out.
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Dishonored 2 is Arkane’s finest work to date and offers an amazing, expansive experience.
Arkane aims to deliver a game in the vein of old-school experiences such as Doom, where nothing is linear and the game world is a playground with myriad solutions to any problem – and it pulls this off spectacularly.
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Performing superbly on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, this is a must-buy for all who are fans of creative puzzle-solving and stealthy action.
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Naughty Dog has rounded off the Uncharted saga in style with the Lost Legacy. With two new protagonists taking the reins from Nathan Drake, we have arguably the most bombastic adventure to date, too.
While this originally started as a DLC expansion for Uncharted 4, the game’s rapid expansion meant it arrived as a standalone title, and we’re very glad it did.
While the developer works hard on The Last of Us Part 2, enjoy this utterly incredible example of why this team is one of the very best in the business.
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Blizzard doesn’t make bad games. In fact, it makes consistently brilliant games, and Overwatch is one such example of that.
The team’s first stab at the FPS genre has become a huge hit – even a year on from its launch, people eagerly await new skins to unlock for their favourite heroes. It’s proved a smash with the eSports crowd to boot, making longevity for the game unquestionable.
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Blizzard does a great job of remaining committed to the title too, with regular updates and fresh content to keep players invested in the addictive gameplay and brilliantly balanced action. The developer also does well to welcome new players, offering a smoother learning curve than other shooters.
Yet to play Overwatch? What are you waiting for!?
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CD Projekt Red has created a technical and creative masterpiece in the Wild Hunt.
This is a game that offers compelling stories in almost every quest. Whether in the main story or the briefest of side missions, Geralt’s story is simply one you cannot miss.
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A deep and engaging RPG that will intrigue all players, knowledge of the previous two entries is beneficial but not essential, since the developer does a great job of crafting a standalone narrative for new players.
Also, Wild Hunt manages to include an incredibly addictive mini-game in the form of Gwent, which has since spawned its own dedicated free-to-play game.
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GTA V tells a brilliantly madcap tale while following three bonkers lead characters; the player is able to switch control across all three on-the-fly at any time during the story.
Rockstar’s recreation of Los Angeles is the ultimate playground for troublemakers, giving you the freedom to do pretty much anything you want – including hijacking planes, tanks and automobiles.
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Players remain addicted to the game as a result of healthy content updates on GTA Online – although, bizarrely, there was no single-player expansion unlike previous entries.
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Rocket League started as a title in Sony’s PlayStation Plus’ monthly lineup and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon.
Achieving millions of downloads and still going strong, the football-meets-racing car multi-player is as replayable now as it’s always been – and it’s so much fun to play.
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It’s crazy to think that even in 2017, with thousands upon thousands of games to play, there’s nothing quite like Rocket League on the market, which only adds to its appeal.
If you’ve yet to experience it, grab a few friends, kit out your cars and get playing, because it’s simply brilliant.
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Another game that seems to defy all explanation and expectation, Minecraft continues to take the world by storm and prove one of the most popular cultural feats in modern memory.
Arriving quietly as a PC early access title way back in 2009, it’s crazy to think about how successful it has become. While other franchises see yearly launches, Minecraft has remained a single entity and has continued to sell millions of copies on every platform out there.
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It’s hard to find anybody who hasn’t played – or at least heard of – Minecraft these days, showing the significant impact it has made.
Hideo Kojima parted ways with the Metal Gear Solid franchise and Konami in the only way he knew how: with a bang.
Metal Gear Solid V offers some of the most innovative and well-crafted open-world gameplay this generation has seen, with the ability to extract pretty much anything that isn’t nailed down to your home base, with true freedom to explore environments on foot or horseback. Developing Snake with new weapons and building an army was the best the series has seen.
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The story, in true Kojima style, proved a pretty confusing affair, and rushed to its unfinished conclusion. Nevertheless, that didn’t take away from what was a phenomenal experience.
Konami hasn’t killed off the MGS franchise, with Metal Gear Survive set to launch this year, and Kojima has partnered with Sony to work on an exciting new IP in the form of Death Stranding. But MGS fans simply must check out this swansong.
The Nintendo Switch didn’t have many games at launch, but in Breath of the Wild it had one of the greatest video games of all time.
An adventure unlike any Link has experienced before, the game saw players given true freedom to explore the land of Hyrule and approach the world as they saw fit.
While the Switch has undoubtedly buffed its roster with many great titles since launch, we’ll be amazed if any will ever hold a torch to Zelda’s greatness.
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While most brawlers focus primarily on their online component to hook the eSports crowd, Injustice 2 shows NetherRealm’s almost unique ability to deliver a captivating story in a fighting game that’ll appeal to all players.
For players not interested in frame counting or taking on the world’s best, the story on offer is a brilliant tale that isn’t afraid to take chances with DC’s best and brightest.
It also presents an excellent evolution of the developer’s combat system, presenting a complex and rewarding fighter.