Compiled by JOE GRIFFINand CIARA O'BRIEN
This open-world crime story brought a cop through the mean streets of Hong Kong: Deservedly popular.
A swooning, elegant experience, Gravity Rush was an unusually nuanced and fresh superhero story.
Killer plants, vicious animals and bloodthirsty maniacs clashed in this funny, vast and satisfying shooter.
Painterly graphics and a wealth of gameplay options; we hope this starts a long franchise.
ASSASSIN’S CREED III
Arguably the vastest and most rewarding AC to date (right) brought the action to the American Revolution.
Stakes were high, but improved graphics and gameplay, plus a strangely compelling central relationship, kept this shooter fresh.
Feral animals fought to the death in the abandoned Japanese city in this true original.
UNCHARTED: GOLDEN ABYSS
The swashbuckling, treasure-hunting, globe-trotting jaunt impressively showcased the capabilities of the PlayStation Vita.
NEW SUPER MARIO BROS
Charming, colourful and compulsive as ever, New Super Mario Bros also benefitted from the snazzy graphics chip on the 3DS.
The football behemoth delivered again, with exquisite graphics and welcome new real-world tie-ins. The real beautiful game.