We may only be halfway through 2017 but it's already proving to be a bountiful year for great games.
PS4, Xbox and PC gamers alike have all been treated to a slew of awesome new games. And then there's the Nintendo Switch which has not made its way to the Indian shores, boo.
We've gone through all of our reviews so far in 2017 and picked our favourite releases, but rather than just list 'em (as we do on our ever-updated Top 10), we've decided to get a bit creative with our selections. So without further ado, here are the best games we've played so far in 2017.
BEST THING WE'VE PLAYED ALL YEAR: Horizon: Zero Dawn
Platform: PlayStation 4
In any other year's first half, Horizon: Zero Dawn would have ruled this list. Zelda got in the way this time around, of course, but Horizon is no mere consolation prize for the PS4 faithful.
Guerilla's vast adventure feels like a melding of elements from the likes of Tomb Raider, The Witcher 3, and Assassin's Creed, yet Horizon is ultimately very much its own game.
The dazzling world – which melds natural landscapes with mechanical beasts – and premise are engaging, the action is intense and satisfying, and the game is absolutely stunning. That's especially true on a PS4 Pro, but don't miss this if you have either version of Sony's console. It's essential.
Best Game for Forgetting Bad Comic Movies: Injustice 2
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Wonder Woman might be the turning point for the DC Cinematic Universe, but the films before it were a mess, especially last year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
You know what's not a mess? Injustice 2. The second DC fighter from the Mortal Kombat makers pits the comic world's most recognisable heroes and villains against each other for a bit of flashy fisticuffs, but the result is huge entertainment. It even has a robust story mode, which may take a turn or two towards the dramatic at times but which never stops being fun – unlike Suicide Squad and Dawn of Justice.
Best Game to Strap on to Your Face: Farpoint
Platform: PlayStation 4 (VR)
Finally released after months of anxious waiting, Farpoint is a first-person shooter that benefits from its 360-degree approach. It might be tried-and-true alien-zapping for the most part, but being able to freely look around – and find new threats creeping up on you – really amps up the excitement and immersion.
It's even better with the Aim Controller included in the deluxe bundle, which doesn't look like a gun in your hands but certainly feels plenty capable once you're in virtual space.
Best Reason to Revisit a 2016 Game: Forza Horizon 3's Hot Wheels DLC
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Forza Horizon 3 was one of our favourite games of last year, but some months pass, new games come out, and our old standbys tend to disappear into the library. Fortunately, Forza gave us an incredible reason to pick it back up again this spring.
The Hot Wheels DLC comes exactly as advertised, yet it's even better than you might imagine. You're granted access to a new island surrounded by the glossy orange track, which loops up into the sky and around as you cruise in a handful of new die-cast-gone-digital rides. It's some of the most fun you'll find in Forza Horizon 3, which is already the best racer on Xbox One. You really can't go wrong here, especially for a ₹1,324 add-on.
Freakiest Fun This Year (So Far): Prey
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Bearing no resemblance to the decade-old game of the same name, the Arkane Studios-developed Prey finds you exploring a decrepit space station full of unexpected alien invaders. They're unexpected because they're hidden in plain sight, disguised as harmless items until they transform and scare the life out of you. Prey is an atmospheric gem along the lines of the classic System Shock series, and one you might not want to play with the lights out.