The knives have been sharpened, the guns have been cleaned, and the pate's been polished: Agent 47 creeps out of the shadows for another sandbox dose of assassinations and 'accidental' deaths.
The Elder Scrolls Online
The Golden Joystick-winning franchise takes its biggest leap forward yet as it waves goodbye to single-player lands and instead offers up its entire universe to the online masses, MMO-style.
Bioshock trades stomping titans and lost little girls in underwater dystopias for steampunk songbirds and time-traveling women in exceptionalist cities in the sky. Utterly unique.
Grand Theft Auto V
GTA heads to sunny Los Santos and its surroundings for another dose of sexy, sardonic, sandbox splendour. Expect car crash celebs, plastic party people and lots of bullets.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
With soldiers past and present ostensibly buried under the mountains of shell-casings ejected by CoD gamers worldwide, the biggest gaming brand in history heads to 2025 for a new breed of war.