25 years after the launch of the original, Civilization VI proves Sid Meier and his crack team of strategy gaming experts have still got it. This is an epic turn-based strategy title full of complexity, depth and real-world history, and its several different 4X gameplay systems work in harmony to create one of the most engaging digital board games imaginable.
Battlefield 1 is the shooter to own this year. Its campaign is a well-rounded and suitably crafted anthology of Great War tales. Importantly, unlike Battlefield games before it, Battlefield 1 is worth owning for its campaign alone, with its added multiplayer depth there as an extra if you dare take the risk.
Mafia 3 stands out on the story front, and if you stick to its powerful story and main missions, you might find something here to like. Unfortunately, its barren game world, trivial side missions and mindless AI make it a tough game to recommend. It has a story to tell, one many of us probably need to hear. It’s just a shame that its message sometimes gets lost in its own noise.
Gears of War 4 succeeds in its mantra to simultaneously evoke the ambient dark campaign of Epic’s original, whilst progressing the highly lauded multiplayer with direction from the community and a rising esports presence.
Its “best” mode has lost a lot of its charm, but NBA 2K17 is still a beast of a game.
Forza Horizon 3 still struggles in how it rewards the player, while battling a balancing act between unparalleled “arcadey” freedom and its hardcore simulation options.
ReCore is a game that struggles to balance a consistent stream of inconsistent quality.
It’s the year’s most captivating multiplayer game, and the encouraging thing is it still has a lot of room to grow.
That lack of depth makes Battlefront a tough game to understand, because If you’re a Star Wars fan and you like multiplayer shooters, then there’s no question that you should invest in this game.