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  1. Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC Step into the boots of Geralt of Riviera, the silver fox and protagonist (not hero) of this fantasy world filled with monsters and surrounded by parallel dimensions. Geralt is a Witcher, a person who has endured ruthless mental and physical conditioning and partaken in mysterious rituals, making him a skilled fighter, tracker, and bullsh*t senser. The people you encounter throughout the game both revile and require him. As a result, you can choose to be as much of a jerk back to them as you'd like (because they need you), and take on as many (or as little)
  2. Available on: PlayStation Now, Xbox One (backwards compatible), PC I really don’t blame The Courier for going on their rampage. Someone just shot them in the head, they survived, and now they want answers. But with all of Fallout: New Vegas’ land available to explore right from the beginning, that can wait. Not really a surprise considering it’s also one of the best open world gamesaround. You might even decide that finding the person who shot you in the head is the last thing you want, your survival instinct telling you that you had probably best stay away. Join one of the many fierce fa
  3. Available on: Nintendo Switch Link is a blank canvas. A wonderful, quiet blank canvas that you can turn into stealthy Sheikah, a fully-armoured knight, or someone who runs around in their underwear throwing chickens at Moblins. Link’s personality is so malleable that you can do whatever you want in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and it just feels right, as despite the apocalypse that’s on the way people have their own business to be getting on with and let you do exactly the same. From spotting the tip of a new tower in the distance to navigating on of the mysterious maze’s on the ed
  4. Available on Xbox One (backwards compatibility) and PC In this sequel, BioWare takes the foundation laid in Mass Effect (Commander Shepherd must navigate space racism and the potential predetermined destruction of the universe alongside a motley crew of aliens) and builds a beautiful shiny space house on top of it. Oh, and it chucks out the goddamn Mako maneuvering. There's a completely redesigned combat system that evokes the duck and cover style of the Gears games, as opposed to the original's failed attempt to create a smooth third-person shooter/RPG wheel hybrid. Add in Shepherd's spe
  5. Available on: Xbox One, PC Sometimes, RPGs can feel a bit unapproachable. If you're not a lover of the game type, you might feel daunted by a title that requires meticulousness or an endless supply of patience or a seemingly endless supply of choice. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a game that appeals to hardcore RPG players and those who may have been hesitant to join the ranks. Set 4,000 years before the movies' events, you are tasked with training in the ways of the Force under the tutelage of the Jedi. The game lets you pick from three character classes at the start of the g
  6. Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC Action-RPG doesn’t get much more action-y than Dark Souls 3. Wield whatever weapon you like, deck yourself in the armour, and go to town on the creatures standing in your way. New shield and weapon skills bulk out how much you can tweak your combat, letting you unleash special attacks and delve even more into the character-building side of things. Encouraging exploration through its intertwined map, shortcuts and alternate routes that were invisible on your first every single fight will keep you on your toes and - more importantly - switching out weapons to
  7. Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC The Nemesis system is back in Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, it sure as hell puts the role-playing into RPG. Cultivating a powerful hatred of that goddamn Torz the Flesh Glutton - or whatever your Nemesis happens to be called - won’t seem possible on your first encounter, but after they kill you and start to rise through the ranks you’ll soon find yourself fantasising about taking down that vile imposter every single time you boot up the game. Sure, playing the Ranger Talion as a sneaky stabber or the kind of Ranger who goes in sword swinging is kinda fun too
  8. Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC Just in case the title didn’t make it obvious, in Monster Hunter: World you hunt monsters. But although the main prize is the Diablos armour set or just the thrill of the hunt itself, how you take down those beasts is what you’ll be obsessing over as soon as you face your first Great Jagras. Experimenting with different weapons will take up your first handful of hours, and then once you develop an attachment to a particular implement you start to realise the crafting potential with all those bits and bobs dropped by your (now dead) quarries. The other half
  9. Available on: PS4, PC Hacking and slashing with all the fury of the wronged android is pretty fun as it is, but when you take advantage of the fact that those nuts and bolts that make up your body mean you can pick and choose which chips are installed in that mind of yours, then the game starts to run as smoothly as a well-oiled machine. Swap them in and out to suit the enemies you’re coming up against, and take full advantage of the four weapons at your disposal to create devastating combos, and when things get really desperate - or if you just want to keep your distance - your floating
  10. Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC Another RPG game with royal blood coursing through its veins, Final Fantasy 15 puts you in the shoes of Noctis as he adventures across the land of Eos with his buddies. The power of friendship isn’t just so you can fill all the seats in your car, though: bespectacled Ignis learns new recipes as you dedicate more time to exploration, during combat your pals back up your attacks with perfectly-timed combo strikes, Prompto’s photography skills improve alongside the selfies he takes, and Gladiolus’ survival abilities scales with the distance you travel during t
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    NHL 19

    Confession time. This year we decided against carrying an NHL 19 review, unsure of the game’s critical potential or the size of its fan base. Upon reflection, following two months’ non-stop pretend hockey: we were wrong. Because however niche it appears from a global audience perspective, this is a game every sports fan, casual or hardcore, should buy immediately and play endlessly. Or at least until next August. Myriad positives earn it top spot. A staggering array of changeable settings make it accessible whatever your past stick-swinging experience. Be A Pro, the series’ traditional c
  12. While Football Manager’s colossal world has reached the point of overwhelming more casual players, its former stablemate – Sports Interactive published OOTP from 2005 to 2007 – continues to deftly balance depth and accessibility. Weeks pass in a single evening as you whistle through matches making key decisions on pitch counts, base stealing and every other facet of baseball. Leagues can be started from as far back as 1900, with real pros and draft classes, and everything editable as you see fit. And like the great FMs of yesteryear, you can happily lose days to negotiating key trades and enti
  13. If Triple H is the king of kings, consider this the shock of shocks. Many, myself included, lost all hope in Yuke’s and Visual Concepts when WWE 2K18 played reasonably on release – yet somehow got demonstrably worse each time it was patched. Yet WWE 2K19 is this year’s unlikeliest of comeback kids, with Universe mode finally delivering month after month of pay-per-view enjoyment, and the retooled-from-scratch MyCareer unleashing all manner of amusement both in the ring and backstage. A behemoth in every possible sense. gamesradar.com
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    When Love And Hate Collide: a huge hit for Def Leppard two decades ago which could have been looped to introduce any, or every, entry in the FIFA series since. No sports game is more popular, or maligned; and while FIFA 19 has its faults (go away, Squad Battles’ comeback AI), there’s plenty of footballing goodness to enjoy too. FUT – already the genre’s standout mode – is bolstered by the ingenious Division Rivals mechanic, kick-off matches against mates are transformed by the addition of house rules, and The Journey: Champions delivers an appropriate, glorious farewell to Alex Hunter. You can
  15. When analysing the best sports games of 2016 I tabbed Rocket League for world domination. Its success since speaks for itself, and throws up the question of which sports game is ‘the next Rocket League’. Laser – no relation – feels like a natural heir. Meshing the maddest bits of Speedball 2 with Tron by way of Gladiators’ Atlaspheres, its multiplayer matches see you trying to score goals while collecting power-ups and dodging/redirecting lasers. It’s exactly as madcap and breathless as that last sentence, with an outrageously good bleep-bloop soundtrack that feels concurrently 1980s and 2080s
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