10. The Wolf Among Us
Based on Bill Willingham’s wildly popular Fables comic series, The Wolf Among Us is the pinnacle of the Telltale formula: impeccable writing and pacing make it a must-play. Plus, the concept of our beloved fairytales and fables living in secret in New York City is just too much fun to pass up.
Abzu is more of a spiritual retreat than a game. Never before has playing a game been this relaxing for your mind and nourishing for your soul. You won’t regret exploring the wondrous depths of ocean in this riveting adventure.
Firewatch is an incredible journey from start to finish. Its style and design give it the feel of an interactive movie–moving and challenging in all the right ways. While perhaps light on traditional gameplay, its powerful narrative and immersive feel make it the stand-out indie title on Xbox.
7. The Evil Within
Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami made a triumphant return to form with this excellent 2014 title. Superb action and a legitimate sense of powerlessness make up for a sometimes silly story and forgettable characters. It plays almost exactly like Resident Evil 4, which is never a bad thing.
6. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
The surprise hit of 2014, Shadow of Mordor proved that Monolith was capable of far more than first-person horror shooters like F.E.A.R. and Condemned. This is the Lord of the Rings game that every fanboy has dreamt of and the sequel, releasing later this year, is sure to be another hit.
5. Resident Evil: Biohazard
After the much maligned Resident Evil 6, Capcom went back to the drawing board with Biohazard. A significant departure from previous entries and drawing from western horror films and the terrifying P.T., this game sets a new high mark for the long-running series. It will definitely make you second guess about ever traveling to Louisiana though…
4. Fallout 4
It might not be as earth-shattering as its predecessors, but Fallout 4 is still prime Bethesda. A huge open-world, whacky characters, and wonderful side quests make for a great time. Plus, V.A.T.S. never gets old. Who knew post-apocalyptic Boston would be so much fun?
3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
I’ve played every Hideo Kojima game since the original MGS on PS1. While all of his games could be considered masterpieces, this is surely his magnum opus. Epic in scope, this is quintessential Kojima: the story is a beautifully convoluted mess of lofty ideas, the gameplay is a sublime mixture of open-world and linear set pieces, and the cutscenes are mini-movies. Few games leave you feeling quite so badass.
2. Alien: Isolation
This game perfectly captures the atmosphere and terror of the original Alien movie. Painstakingly crafted, with incredible attention to detail, every moment in Ellen Ripley’s journey has your heart beating and hands sweating. The bloodthirtsy Alien that stalks you throughout the game is arguably my favorite antagonist of this console generation.
1. The Witcher 3
What more can be said about this game? At this point, there can be no argument that CD Projekt Red is a top 3 developer in the industry. A masterclass in game design and execution, there is nothing negative to say about this The Witcher 3. Even it’s DLC add-ons are better than nearly every other game on the market. If you can only make room for one single player game this generation, make sure it’s Geralt of Rivia’s.