Every week, more games arrive with more ways to play them, from consoles to PCs to smartphones to VR headsets. So every week, we cut through the noise and pick out five games you should pay attention to and get your thumbs behind. And this week’s top pick is particularly special because it was a decade in the making, and helps close out a year of games that we never thought we’d see finally arriving.
Pick Of The Week
Final Fantasy XV, Tuesday (Xbox One, PS4)
Yes, after a decade of development, Final Fantasy XV is finally here. For those playing along at home, this started as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, a spin-off that was going to be an exclusive for the PlayStation 3. In 2006. We weren’t kidding about that decade-long development. That said, this is also the first proper entry in the franchise since Final Fantasy XIII, which first arrived six years ago, and it’s making some major changes, starting with the fact that you tap buttons and dodge to kill enemies instead of pick menu options or use an active battle system, and they’ve fully committed to the open world idea. Whether it’ll make a lick of sense if you haven’t read pages of lore is anybody’s guess, but if you need something to get you through the holidays, this’ll do the trick. We’ll have first impressions and video later today, and a review later this week.