XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a thrill-inducing game in which players save Earth from an alien invasion, one turn at a time. The first time that we played XCOM we were practically in diapers but the 18 year old concept stands as proud today as it did all those years ago. Firaxis, respectful of the original games, re-imagined that concept bit by bit and making it their own. The result is a bar-raising Turn-Based Strategy game that not only reinvigorates the genre, but also offers the kind of nail biting experience normally only associated with shooters. A tribute to its predecessors and a genuine pleasure to play, XCOM: Enemy Unknown captured our hearts and challenged our minds making it Hooked Gamers’ game of the year.
All we wanted was more Borderlands, and that is exactly what Gearbox gave us with Borderlands 2. A new storyline, new enemies to fight and - most importantly - more guns to loot. The main villain was loved by some, hated by others, but one thing everyone can agree on is that the tried and tested method of shoot everything and pick up the spoils never gets old. There are all new characters with interesting skill trees to max out. Fans of the first game’s characters won’t be disappointed either, as all of the playable characters return to be a part of the story, and of course, Claptrap makes an appearance at every available opportunity.