Bad Company's pro-explosion agenda makes its solo and multiplayer components markedly better than they would be otherwise.
Super Street Fighter IV adds enough great new content to justify skipping over the "Champion Edition" and "Hyper Fighting" steps in the Street Fighter upgrade path.
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 adds new modes and elements that make it significantly better than both its predecessor and the scads of dual-joystick shooters that were released in its wake.
Infinite keeps the soul of BioShock at its core, but it isn't afraid to strike out in some very exciting new directions.
The game is much greater than the sum of its familiar parts. It's also one of the best shooters so far this year.
Nintendo and Good-Feel stab straight at the cute center of your brain in this adorable and addictive platformer.
Two years later, it turns out EA's Visceral Games team still knows how to make a damn fine horror-action game.
Killzone 2 offers terrific class-based multiplayer that will keep you coming back long after the campaign is finished.
A loving tribute to one of the most influential pop groups of the 20th century with an abundance of catchy, recognizable songs to make up for the gameplay's relative simplicity.
To outsiders, the changes in Modern Warfare 2 might sound minor. But if you've played a significant amount of Call of Duty 4, they range from "neat idea" to "totally mindblowing."