'Sid Meier’s Civilization VI' (PC – October 21)
The venerable Civilization franchise turns 25 this year, and with its latest installment, it comes one step closer to proving that it's impervious to games industry trend-chasing. (It helps if you conveniently ignore the Facebook-only Civilization Online.) Civilization VI continues the series' inexorable, albeit gradual and considered, forward march, with refined mechanics around how you develop technology, build cities, and how the game generates its world maps. Also, infamous Civ warmonger Gandhi returns as leader of India, and he seems to have turned over a new leaf. Or has he?