The Division 2 is a hefty step-up from its predecessor, with a massive amount of content to keep you engaged for weeks. Massive has created a truly engaging shared world game which remembers it's the players, and not the shareholders, that come first and foremost.
A slick PC to console port that stands proudly on its own two feet/tentacles — Stellaris is a fine example of grand strategy that melts away hours upon hours of your time in a haze of deadly supernovas, hypervelocity railguns and diplomacy through gritted teeth.
Metro Exodus confidently takes the franchise into 'AAA' territory with a tense, exciting, survival horror game that balances exciting action with methodical stealth and a stunning open world. Just remember: it's not always the dark you should be afraid of.
Whether burning through alien nests in your ship's access corridors, harvesting valuable resources on unexplored moons or accidentally spacing your crew when you modify your ship — Genesis Alpha One puts the fate of humanity in in your hands, as well as the consequences should you fail.
A game confused about what it wants to be — an accessible and fun side-scroller for the whole family to enjoy, or a brutal experiment into what Dark Souls would be like in a 16-bit format. Battle Princess Madelyn looks and sounds the part, but is so unforgiving it sucks all the fun out of it.
An incredible passion project eschewing video game norms and wearing its heart proudly on its sleeve, The First Tree is a masterfully executed work of art and storytelling showcasing the harsh realities of life even in the face of beautiful surroundings.
Improving what it's done time and time and time and time again with a sexier (read: crasser) coat of paint thrown on it. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 does exactly what it says on the tin — that is, not very much of anything new or different.
Impress your warden, yes? With strong MMO mechanics, continued punchy gameplay, a brand new Raid, outstanding PVP/PVE modes and more loot than Varik's personal stash for those willing to grind for it. Forsaken gives players both old and new the content they deserve.
With the welcome additions of online multiplayer and a versus arcade mode, Overcooked 2 provides even more opportunities to riff off your very best profanities while brandishing a frying pan for dramatic effect — a superb party game for all ages and sensibilities.
Earthfall often skirts too far into derivative gameplay territory, but at its heart is a game meant for friends to fight off alien swarms while quoting only the cheesiest of sci-fi action film lines. It isn't perfect, but it doesn't have to be in order to be fun.