18. South Park: The Fractured but Whole
South Park has had a fractious relationship with video games over the years, but the last two releases based on the animated comedy have been excellent. South Park: The Fractured but Whole is perhaps the best South Park game yet, blending tactical RPG gameplay with a typically irreverent South Park story seamlessly.
The best part of South Park: The Fractured but Whole, however, is the way in which Trey Parker and Matt Stone take a piercing look at the world of super heroes. Those who are suffering a little from hero fatigue are going to find plenty to laugh at here, particularly with some suitably acerbic send-ups of the super hero movie business model.
17. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
It's been one heck of a year for everyone's favorite former plumber. The launch of the Nintendo Switch has given Mario plenty of chances to maintain his place at the top of gaming, and Mario Kat 8 Deluxe is a prime example of this.
Initially released on the Wii U, Mario Kart 8 was a hugely impressive feat and one of the best entries in the franchise. The Deluxe edition brings improvements all round, beefing up the original game and its DLC content with an improved Battle mode and plenty of other upgrades for players to sink their teeth into.
16. Assassin’s Creed Origins
The Assassin's Creed franchise has suffered from something of a dip in late, starting with the disappointing and glitch-ridden Assassin's Creed Unity. The downfall of the series has hopefully come to an end, thanks to the launch of the breathtaking Assassin's Creed Origins.
Moving the series to ancient Egypt proved to be a masterstroke, giving the franchise a breath of fresh air and some of the most impressive video game vistas of the year. Although the gameplay has not caught up with the visuals, it's still a solid return to form and a step in the right direction.