6. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (New Entry)
What is it? A swashbuckling return to form for Ubisoft's premiere parkour series, Black Flag sees all the best bits of III return (a huge open-world, incredible ship combat) with none of the fluff (10 hour tutorials, Connor sulking). The result is a game with all the zip of a great pirate yarn, the breadth of a true adventure and all the silliness series that's realised all it wants to do is entertain.
What we said: Realism be damned, Ubisoft Montreal has rediscovered its love of playful, daft fun. A huge, almost constantly entertaining game. Brash, soulful and clever, it's astonishing that a title on a yearly schedule came out this meaty.