It’s already July, folks. By now, you should have Christmas Lay-bys down for the kids, for crying out loud.

Though the second half of 2016 is looking to be an absolute belter as far as games go – DXMD, Forza Horizon 3, Recore, Mafia III, Battlefield 1, and Dishonored 2 just to name a few – we’ve still had plenty to keep us busy until now. Here’re a few picks from the first half of 2016.


If you haven’t come across this one, you probably don’t even know what a video game is. Blizzard’s first FPS has hit the ground running, and is the colourful take on a shooter many didn’t know they needed. However, like other addictive substances, once you’ve started it is vastly difficult to stop, as is the case with Overwatch. Good luck out there.


Bethesda’s return to the infamous, genre-defining series really did land with a bang. DOOM doesn’t push any boundaries or break any ground, but what it does do is provide unadulterated demon-slaying gore that will make you want to keep coming back despite your ridiculous high fatality count.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Nathan Drake is back, and is lured out of retirement to help a presumed-dead sibling. The power of the PS4 combined with Naughty Dog’s relentless attitude towards excellent story telling and mind-blowing graphics has created what can only be referred to as a masterpiece; it’s a video game that everyone must play.

Quantum Break

Alan Wake’s guardian, Remedy Entertainment, this year released a strange live-action/video game combination known as Quantum Break. It had talent like Aidan Gillen and Shawn Ashmore, no less, and was an intriguing tale of time travel and brotherhood that drew us in hook, line and sinker.

The Division

Damn, Ubisoft – back at it again with those compelling third-person shooters. Tom Clancy’s The Division is an open-world Manhattan simulator in which you battle your own demons and try very hard not to think of the civilians you’re shooting at as other people, all the while trying to stay alive in a town where almost everyone is a higher level than you. There are firefighters, too.

Far Cry Primal

Apparently Ubisoft have also given up on numbering their series entries (it began with AC and has carried over to Far Cry now) because the latest entry is just called Primal. You play a long time ago in a galaxy not so far away as you tame mammoths and tigers and wolves (oh my) and try to survive in the wilderness without a gun. Scary, isn’t it?

Life is Strange

Yeah, it released on PC last year, but the console port came out this year so it still counts. Life is Strange is a tale of choice and adolescence that truly made you think about your decisions – because you could rewind time and change them. How much of an impact would one have over the other? Would it be worth trying something a different way? Prepare yourself for an existential crisis of the worst kind.