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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (£41.49, Amazon) Years in the making, Metal Gear Solid V proved to be worth the wait. Simply put, this is one of the best games ever made, combining a host of different playing styles and approaches into one of the most complete, reactive and personal gaming experiences you could ever have.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (£49.99, Game) With a relatively small team and budget, Polish developers CD Projekt Red pulled this particular rabbit out of the hat to the surprise of many this year. A role-playing game of incredible scope and ambition, the fact it came from a development minnow makes it all the more remarkable.
Bloodborne (£42, Tesco) Strange, unnerving and violent, Bloodborne isn't a game for everyone. But those who let the atmosphere of this PS4 exclusive wash over them are rewarded with an unforgettable experience - and a very hard game.
Shovel Knight (£15.99, Amazon) Taking inspiration from the games of the 80s and 90s - with a modern twist - Shovel Knight has won its share of fans worldwide this year. A platformer in the classic vein, the literal shovel-wielding knight is sure to be talked about for years to come.
Super Mario Maker (£48.99, Game) You can make (and play) your own Super Mario levels, if not your own Super Mario game, and you can do it intuitively and easily - no prior experience necessary. Nothing else needs to be said.
Kerbal Space Program (£29.99, Steam) Exploring space has everyone interested these days, and with Kerbal Space Program everyone can do it. It looks cute and silly - and it is - but the basis of the game is very real science, meaning it's a game that combines learning and fun.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (£42, Tesco) Forget FIFA this year - PES is the footie game of choice in 2015. It might not look the part, and it doesn't have official kits and team names, but it's a far better game of football than anything else in recent years.
Forza Motorsport 6 (£39.42, Amazon) If you're a petrol head, you could do a lot worse than picking up Forza Motorsport 6. As well as offering an incredibly realistic take on motor racing, it's the last time you'll be able to hear Hammond and May representing Top Gear.
Batman: Arkham Knight (£42.99, Game) Who doesn't want to be the Batman? Nobody, that's who. Batman: Arkham Knight has been called the best Batman simulator ever made, and who are we to argue? Just remember to sing the classic TV show theme while playing.
Her Story (£4.99, Steam) A total, out-of-nowhere surprise, Her Story is a unique mystery game that relies on your own curiosity and creativity to solve the conundrum in front of you. Ever wanted to participate in your own Murder, She Wrote? Here's a game for just that.