Best Overall Game
Civilization: Beyond Earth
Beyond Earth takes fans of the 21-year-old strategy franchise to new frontiers. Gamers must stick to the same winning formula of building a strong economy while raising a technologically superior army. You have to learn new tricks to deal with the more powerful aliens and can expect to spend hours trying to make sense of the game's new "technology web". There are also new combat units to master.
Despite being criticised for its repetitiveness and weak plot, this game has hooked many gamers. Creator Bungie Studios has successfully built the closest successor to the hit World Of Warcraft series, by combining the addictive elements of the massively multiplayer online game genre with the easy-to-jump-in style of a shooter. With its longevity assured given its US$500 million (S$656.3 million) budget over 10 years, this is just the beginning of a long journey.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
You cannot go wrong with might, magic and dragons. The third iteration of the Dragon Age series transports the player to a world with vast lands to explore, thousands of battles to fight, new characters to romance, a new storyline, inspiring music, witty conversations and epic dragon-slaying experiences. You will spend hours customising the skills and gear of your team, as well as scouring the lands to unite a world torn apart by demons and bitter rivalries of the defenders of the realm.
InFamous: Second Son
Whether you make this game's protagonist Delsin Rowe the hero or the villain, be prepared to be mesmerised by his raw power. Delsin is all fire and fury as he controls the element of fire to wreak havoc upon his enemies. He can recharge his powers by absorbing smoke, teleport from the bottom to the top of a building via smoke vents and take out enemies with his flames.
Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor
This action combat game combines great graphics, heart-pounding combat and an unusual plot. You play Talion, a Gondorian ranger killed in battle when the evil Sauron returns to the world by assaulting the human stronghold Mordor.
However, Talion is revived in another form when his body is melded with the spirit of an elf lord.
He must then avenge his death, as well as the elf lord's, and face off against a seemingly endless horde of orcs and goblins.