Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U exemplifies the best the console —heck, Nintendo itself- has to offer. The overall experience has a trim and polish that is exceptional even by Nintendo's standards, and while there are a few nitpicks that longtime fans of the series might find, it's hard to argue against this being the best game in the series to date. There's never been a better reason to invite a room full of people over to your house.
Crypt of the Necrodancer offers just about every feature imaginable, and each one is executed absolutely masterfully. It's wholly unique and provides a tension found nowhere else, offering up some rhythm to the roguelike genre just as it started to feel like it was getting stale.
Batman: Arkham Knight serves as a perfect example of novelization done correctly. Titan Books partnered with the right author, and the results simply couldn't be better. If you are a Batman fan, and can't get enough of the Arkham Knight story arch, I highly recommend this book.
Gearbox has set the bar for how to update an old game for a modern audience. The slick new UI, the minor control improvements, and the updated graphics make these two strategy masterpieces into an experience even greater than the originals.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III deserves your time – take a day off work to play. With two campaigns, world-class online combat and a deep and passionate step forward with Zombies (not to mention the fantastic Dead Ops Arcade 2), there is something here for everyone.
Halo 5: Guardians is a masterpiece, and quite possibly the best Halo game so far. The campaign is top-notch, even as Master Chief shares the spotlight, and the multiplayer is largely a return to everything that has made the franchise so beloved to begin with.
I’ve mentioned Ocarina of Time a few times, and there’s a reason – it is the benchmark by which all other Zelda games are tested. Somehow, and beyond all of my expectations, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild exceeds that mark. I can confidently declare that Breath of the Wild is the best Zelda game ever made.
Games as good as Enter the Gungeon don't come along very often. There's so much to discover here that you'll be playing this game for a long time. And you'll still come back even after you see everything. Gungeon is the pinnacle of rogue-like design.