Smart, exciting and imaginative Bioshock Infinite delivers on every front.
Vast, unpredictable, generous and
captivating, Far Cry 3 is a truly special
If you’re a Deus Ex fan, you’ll be
all over this like Barry White on
a waterbed full of hamburgers.
Big, bold and brilliant, Assassin’s Creed III is an all-you-can-eat buffet of quality entertainment
More authentic on-pitch than ever, FIFA 13 reinforces EA Sports' place as the soccer top dog
Forza Horizon takes the sim out of the series and replaces it with an open-world extravaganza brimming with rubber-burning fun
Ni No Kuni breathes new life into a tired genre with a captivating world backed with deep yet accessible gameplay
Halo 4 plays it safe when it counts but delivers enough new tricks to show Master Chief’s still got it
A mash-up of genres and influences it may be, but somehow Borderlands 2 works brilliantly, especially when played co-op
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
1. The big two Choosing a games console is exactly the same as a general election. Once every five years or so, you pick from one of two options, loosely basing your decision on what you've gone with before. The result is pretty much exactly the same whichever you choose, but some people get surprisingly het up about it. Some games are only available on one platform, but most major releases are on both. Or you could choose the third option – Nintendo – and end up smug but unsatisfied most of the time.
2. Movies and music Both the Xbox 360 and PS3 now have enough streaming skills that they can serve up films, TV shows, music and more through a variety of apps. But the PS3 will always have the edge thanks to its Blu-ray player.
3. Peripherals The Xbox 360 wins this battle thanks to the futuristic Kinect, but add a 3D TV to your PS3 and you're in for a treat.