01 THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT
Publisher bandai namco
Hearts Of Stone and Blood And Wine have made an already outstanding RPG unmissable. One of the most authentic, entertaining game worlds ever. Defining Moment Geralt at a wedding; cue hilarity, menace and light jigging.
02 METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN
Publisher Konami Kojima’s Metal Gear swansong rolls back the decade-long cutscenes of IV and changes what a stealth game can be.
Defining Moment Scooping a stray puppy from the Afghan sands and nurturing him into a killer.
03 GR AND THEFT AUTO V
Publisher Rockstar Games Brutal and beautiful in equal measures,
GTA V is so rich in size, scope and spectacle it’s hard to believe it was originally built for Xbox 360.
Defining Moment Warping into the skin of Trevor – only to find he’s drunk-driving a helicopter.
04 DARK SOULS III
Publisher Bandai namco Get over the initial difficulty hump and you’re rewarded with a combat system that gives you unparalleled opportunities to express yourself.
Defining Moment Taking down a monstrosity the size of a state school using reflexes and ingenuity alone.
05 HALO 5: GUARDIANS
Publisher Microsoft Studios It’s Halo back to its brilliant, belligerent best – with dash and hover techniques keeping the King of Deathmatches a step ahead of the online competition.
Defining Moment Overcoming daunting numerical odds to win the round for your fallen team-mates in Breakout.
Publisher blizzard entertainment Blizzard decides to have a go at making a multiplayer shooter and somehow ends up creating one of the best since Team Fortress 2. Just beginner’s luck? We doubt it. Defining Moment Finally getting Play of the Game! Not that we ever have.
NEW ENTRY 07 FORZA HORIZON 3
Publisher Microsoft Studios A drop-dead gorgeous arcade racer set in Australia that shames other car games into submission with a dazzling array of events and motors. Bonza!
Defining Moment Fanging a ute along the Great Ocean Road at sunrise (that means driving fast in a pick up).
NEW ENTRY 08 GEARS OF WAR 4
Publisher Microsoft Studios A soft reboot that respects what made Gears great, then introduces new threats and surprises for the best game since GOW 2. An essential entry for Gear-heads and newcomers alike. Defining moment Fighting Swarm in the storm during the peaks of Act 4.
NEW ENTRY 09 XCOM 2
Publisher 2K Games Takes the turn-based tactical combat of the first and beams it up to new heights. One of the most pleasantly stressful games you can play.
Defining Moment Having a squad member you adore die heroically while playing on Ironman mode.
10 ALIEN: ISOLATION
Publisher SEga In which you’re trapped aboard a spaceship with a lethal nemesis. The tension’s so thick you can cut through it with a blowtorch.
Defining Moment Cowering behind a rickety hospital trolley, with everything crossed that she doesn’t sniff you out.