Our Favourite Video Games
Author: Andy Robertson
These are games that stood out not only for excellent execution but also for committing to what makes them unusual right to the end. These games stopped us in our tracks and expanded what we thought games could be. They are like those books you finish and immediately message friends to read it as well, before starting over yourself.
You can view our editor's top games for each year or view them for each of our contributors below:
Andy's PicksAndy had been a video game journalist for 15 years, writing for national newspapers like The Guardian and broadcasters including the BBC. He is married to Jo and they have three children (13, 16 and 18). He enjoys games that let him go deep into a story, or that offer a novel twist on a classic formula. Here are his top selections for families:
Ellen's PicksEllen is an 18 year old artist and performer from the UK. They love musicals, making fan art and portraits of their friends. They stream on Twitch and are part of The Last of Us community on Twitter.
Rich's PicksRich is a website developer with many years experience. Although he had enjoyed playing video games over the years, it was only when he started the database with Andy that he rediscovered how much he enjoyed them. He loves games where you have to solve puzzles to progress, seems to be drawn to bright colours and enjoys collaborative games that he can play with his nieces:
Jo's PicksJo has worked as an antenatal teacher, classroom assistant, school cook and has recently trained to teach English as a second language. She is married to Andy and they have three children (13, 16 and 18). She enjoys games they can play with the family and where you interact with alien creatures:
Rowan's PicksRowan is just starting their A-Levels where they will study Psychology, Sports and Biology. They enjoy competitive games and have worked up through the Rocket Leagues ranks. They also enjoy frisbee and other team sports. Games are another way to compete, but also an important point of connect with friends for them:
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