Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Assassin's Creed Origins gave Ubisoft's open-world historical actions series a welcome shot in the arm – and while we were worried about Odyssey reviving the franchise's annualised approach, it only builds upon the fun.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey shifts the action to Ancient Greece as you control one of two heroes with newly-extensive character progression alongside the fantastic combat. It also adds role-playing elements and sees the compelling return of sailing alongside the stealth climbing and killing. It's a little grindy in spots, but overall Odyssey is a vast journey worth taking.
Red Dead Redemption 2
In thankfully typical Rockstar Games fashion, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a truly epic experience, and one of the most impressively executed games we've ever played.
Like Grand Theft Auto 5 before it, Red Dead 2 delivers an immaculately detailed world that you'll want to explore again and again, this time with a dazzling recreation of the Wild West at the turn of the 20th century. The characters' performances are utterly believable, the action is entertaining, and even the slow-paced wandering delights. Some of the complexities might frustrate players, but this is undoubtedly one of the greatest open worlds ever created.
Brilliantly, infuriatingly, delightfully difficult - not a combination you’d normally expect, but this fantastic retro throwback manages it. Cuphead is part boss rush, part run-and-gun side scrolling shooter, a love letter to both 16-bit classics like Gunstar Heroes, and the hand-drawn animation style of the 1930s.
Think Steamboat Mickey meets Dynamite Heddy, where every creature has wide eyes and can’t stay in one place without bopping along to a vaudeville tune - anthropomorphic dinner sets included. The music, art and animation create something truly special, but it's the way learn patterns and adapt your play style to progress past increasingly tougher bosses that gives that warm fuzzy feeling every time you pick up the controller.
Resident Evil 2
The first-person, VR-enhanced Resident Evil 7: Biohazard might've signaled a shift for future entries, but Capcom's latest survival horror gem is actually a backwards-facing mash-up – and that's a very, very good thing.
Resident Evil 2 mines the material from one of the series' absolute best entries, keeping Leon and Claire and the Raccoon City Police Department, but then brings in the over-the-shoulder, action-packed gameplay from Resident Evil 4. Add in a heap of modern flourishes and the end result is one of the best-ever examples of a remake done right.
Sure, everyone's talking about Fortnite now, but Overwatch remains a must-play multiplayer smash - and Blizzard's shooter shows no signs of slowing down. With continual tweaks, gradual new hero additions and a huge esports component, now's the time to climb aboard.
Even with a colourful and cartoonish look, Overwatch delivers some of the most satisfyingly intense combat available today, with the team-based battles finding the sweet spot between frantic blasting and smart, strategic team play.