After 20 years and 6 generations of games, Pokemon Sun and Moon is one hell of a breath of fresh air for the franchise. The new title ignored several known game foundations in the series to bring some new features. The island trials as well as a mixture of ancient and original Pokémon is an ideal mix, topped with an exciting story (for once), which will please all fans of the franchise.
Despite the lack of originality in the genre, Horizon Zero Dawn is a textbook example of a game perfectly put together to give the audience an emotional and unforgettable experience. The freshness and the beautifully crafted world is what we have been waiting to see this year and it has been delivered on a golden platter. Aloy just gave Lara Croft a run for her money. She is the ultimate badass.
When you thought that Turn 10 Studios couldn't make it better, they give us Forza Motorsport 7 that is simply divine. An exceptional achievement of gaming technology for the Microsoft first-party console exclusive, the game is impressive whether you can play it in "humble" 1080p at 60fps, or eventually reach 4K with 60fps on the upcoming Xbox One X. Without matching Project Cars 2's LiveTrack 3.0 system and realism, the Forza Motorsports 7 Dynamic Weather engine is a right start, and the "Career" mode is more engaging than the usual versions. A must have if you have the Xbox One!
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is such a large expansion that it feels almost like a game of its own. If adding a little more than 10-15 hours of game time, new settings, enemies, missions and allies, it's the little improvements done to the core that makes this a true strategy delight for XCOM fans.
Call of Duty WWII manages to bring the series back to its roots and inject classic Call of Duty gameplay with slick new visuals and intense, atmospheric set pieces. Its new war mode gives the action a much more powerful feeling, and the campaign creates some truly memorable moments. Fans of the classic will be proud.
Civilization VI: Rise and Fall is a satisfying expansion to Sid Meier's 4X turn-based game, adding enough core gameplay features, civilizations and leaders to renew the gaming experience. Don't expect a groundbreaking change, as this is not a sequel, and some of the old faults are still there like difficult UI or the strange AI when it comes to warfare decision and weird diplomatic moods, but it's still a notable expansion.
With this new God of War, Santa Monica Studios managed to perfectly refresh the franchise without losing its essence, making it the best entry ever made. While veterans might feel overwhelmed by all the changes, they will easily get used to it, and will play one of the top 5 best looking games on the console.
Dark Souls: Remastered is a reminder of how much the trilogy has grown over the course of 7 years. This version is a massive enhancement in terms of framerate, resolution, multiplayer, technical assets, and still as demanding as it was in 2011.