15. Destiny 2
The original Destiny was a massively successful game, but it had a number of flaws that needed to be addressed for the sequel. Bungie took some of these on, with Destiny 2 focusing much more on a compelling story this time around alongside moreish gameplay.
Unfortunately, the game's reputation has been marred by some controversy, with Bungie needing to apologize for some deceptive changes behind the scenes. Nonetheless, the game's quality shines through, and hopefully quality improvements will also keep coming for the game like its predecessor.
The Dark Souls games have left an indelible mark on the gaming industry, with a number of developers trying to emulate that same level of challenge and intricate combat mechanics. Some of these games have struggled to make a dent, but Nioh is undoubtedly one of the success stories.
Combining hard-as-nails gameplay with a fluid flourish and a wonderful style of its own, Nioh is a wonderful game for action fans to get to grips with. Just get ready to try and try again.
13. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is a marvellous achievement. The game combines psychological horror with vicious combat sections, pushing the player further and further down a path led by an unreliable narrator. The entire game is wrapped up in a world inspired by Norse and Celtic culture, resulting in a unique experience all round.
Beyond the quality of the single player game itself, the risk taken by developer Ninja Theory is one that other developers will be keeping in mind for some time. Forgoing the traditional publisher model in favor of keeping full creative control, Hellblade's development and release is proof that surprises can still crop up in the industry.