4 - Bioshock Infinite (XBOX 360, PS3, PC)
Adopting the character of Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite is one of the most entertaining things you can do on a games console or PC. And that’s why its place on this list is entirely justified. This theme-park-ride-of-a-game is non-stop; it’s thrilling in both its story and mechanical execution, culminating in a truly memorable experience.
Bioshock Infinite is a terrifying, exhilarating journey
While the game falls down on enemy variation, it more than makes up for with a complex, multifaceted and truly surprising storyline. Its summer 2013 release means it isn’t as fresh as recent blockbuster titles, but Infinite will be making many top 10 lists, especially as we’re ushered into a new generation of hardware. Incremental DLC also harks back to the early Bioshock days, which is no bad thing at all.
3 - Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS3, PC)
For such a beloved franchise, Final Fantasy has really made a few chronic missteps over the past decade; the biggest was probably Final Fantasy XIV Online. But realising their mistakes, then-Square Enix President Yoichi Wad and his team decided a remake was in order. It’s rare to see such commitment to quality; usually if a game is rubbish, you won’t hear much else.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
So for a developer to openly admit their mistakes and reinvent the game is something special. Now, with a stunning world to explore, challenging dungeons to delve into, a deep, engaging crafting system, Final Fantasy XIV really is a re-born game. And furthermore, it’s refreshing to see a quality, paid-monthly MMORPG on both console and PC, with cross-save functionality.