Middle-earth: Shadow of War somehow finds a way to improve on the winning Shadow of Mordor formula and create an incredibly dense and entertaining new piece of Tolkien lore.
Nintendo’s updated take on Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is a worthy remake of the series’ initial entry, bringing with it a fresh coat of paint and some fun extras.
Cuphead delivers a carefully curated balance of gorgeous hand-drawn visuals and unforgiving gameplay. This heavily stylized title is an instant classic.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is a solid fighting game at its core, but the experience is hampered by a boring story mode, glaring roster omissions, and poor graphics.
EA Sports builds upon the existing tried and true base for NHL 18, bringing with it a spectacular new mode called Threes and a much-needed gameplay retool.
Capcom’s spin-off of the Monster Hunter series makes for a surprisingly enjoyable turn-based RPG on Nintendo 3DS, merging addictive mechanics with cutesy graphics.
The first-ever Pokemon fighting game hits the Nintendo Switch following its initial debut on Wii U, expanding upon the experience and delivering a rather worthwhile fight title.
Nintendo reimagines the Game Boy classic Metroid 2: Return of Samus for a new generation of handhelds, maintaining the series’ challenge while giving it some much-needed polish.
Knack 2 is an improvement on the original game across the board with a better balance between brawling and platforming, though it’s not without its flaws.
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen introduces seemingly countless new gameplay additions and changes for the deep tactical strategy game – but do the pieces all fit together?
Life is Strange: Before the Storm’s first episode recaptures the magic that endeared the series to fans during its first run, and we can’t wait for more.
This zany crossover from Nintendo and Ubisoft goes beyond initial expectations, setting up one of the more accessible and enjoyable turn-based strategy games in recent memory.
F1 2017 doubles down on the success of the previous year’s entry, with huge improvements to the Career Mode and fun additions such as classic cars to drive.
Observer is a disturbing cyberpunk horror game with an engrossing story, though there are some minor flaws that keep it from reaching its full potential.
This quasi-followup to Tomodachi Life is a wacky, time-consuming RPG that blends moments of zany glee with the realization that it’s not an innovation within the genre.
Final Fantasy 14’s second major expansion, Stormblood, delivers yet another fantastic story that would please even the most discerning of Final Fantasy fans.
Agents of Mayhem may take place in the Saints Row universe, but this adventure title has its own bizarre cast of vulgar misfits aiming to save the world from mad scientists.
With Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Ninja Theory attempts to deliver a AAA experience in a $30 package and delivers on just about every front, with only a few problems.
Tacoma, the second game from Gone Home studio Fullbright, presents an intriguing narrative that is bogged down by some glaring technical issues on Xbox One.