With an extra year of development, Assassin's Creed: Origins is a massive triumph over its lackluster predecessors, thanks to its jaw-dropping world design and admirable protagonist
Bombastically chaotic, Avalanche's third physics-defying adventure has incredible action opportunities and lovable rogues, but its technical issues and questionable design decisions deprive Just Cause 3 from reaching its predecessor's heights
Ambitious to the point of admiration yet beholden by multiple petty issues, Assassin's Creed: Unity is a good game with excellent ideas that could and should have been much, much better.
Gravity Rush is a lovely and inventive game with beautifully looking locations and fun gravity-defying mechanics, even if it can be very rough on edges
The grand finale of Rocksteady's Batman games, Arkham Knight is a decisive title that frequently stumbles between brilliance and stupidity
Abandoning the original's forced dark tone and bland protagonist, Watch Dogs 2 explodes with silly characters, a sense of fun and multiple play-styles in an excellent open world
Nier: Automata doubles as both a deep, complex story about the human soul as well as an elegant action game with unique approach to the medium that cement its place in video game history
Ambitious and grandiose, and boasting tremendous production values, Final Fantasy XV is a gigantic, actionized sequel that does more than a little justice to a beloved franchise, even though it not always manages to strike all of its goals.
Though it still harbors some of the series' greatest strengths and advantages, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate is in itself, a disappointing title with little ambition or personality.
Masterfully designed, cleverly written and set in a beautiful and unique world that begs to be discovered, Horizon: Zero Dawn is more than a worthy addition to the open world genre, and a strong candidate for Game of the Year 2017.