6. Fallout 4
If ambition were all that mattered, Fallout 4 would claim Game of the Year. There’s never been a more explorable, densely populated game world -- this, coming from the same team that created the previous high-watermark, Skyrim. Yes, Fallout 4 is packed with sights to see, missions to conquer, and enemies to kill at every conceivable turn. Yes, the nuclear wasteland of the Boston Commonwealth is brimming with secrets, set ablaze by four, warring factions. Yes, gamers are offered a more emotional narrative than ever before. But? War never changes. And where it does, maybe it shouldn’t. There’s a certain sameness here; a franchise tangled up in its own roots. The RPG elements take a back-seat to the gunplay; the missions are more objective-based than character-driven; the various factions can’t be manipulated against each other. Each incredible mechanic is shoehorned into the next. Overall, it’s a game of checkers hoping to be chess, but after nearly 100 hours lost in the wasteland, it’s the best damn game of checkers you’ll play this year.