Bad Company's pro-explosion agenda makes its solo and multiplayer components markedly better than they would be otherwise.
Burnout Paradise takes some risks with some of the series' most basic concepts, and the end result pays off surprisingly well.
Plenty of racing games have tried to split the difference between simulation and "arcade" racing in the past, but there aren't many that do it as well as Forza Horizon.
Niko Bellic is one of the most human protagonists to ever appear in a video game, and his trials and tribulations make GTA IV absolutely unforgettable.
Naughty Dog has delivered a tasteful, heartfelt expansion for a game that didn't even need expanding.
Killzone 2 offers terrific class-based multiplayer that will keep you coming back long after the campaign is finished.
Rhythm Heaven's quirky minigames keep you guessing while giving you plenty of things to do and plenty of reasons to keep coming back.
Gears of War 3 is a fantastic follow-up that answers important questions about the nature of the Gears universe while backing it all up with an even bigger, better multiplayer suite.
Nathan Drake's new adventure doesn't rewrite the book like his last one did, but damn if it's not a great action game anyway.
Arkham Asylum is a very nasty place, but Rocksteady gives you enough tools to make foiling the Joker's latest plot thrilling from start to finish.