What started out as a dangerously addictive optional activity in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has blossomed into a full digital card game, and developer CD Projekt Red has done a fantastic job of keeping it updated. Tactical and packing a lot of depth, Gwent is a flashy, intricate strategy title, and one that's surprisingly easy to wrap your head around after just a handful of matches. Sporting some excellent artwork, it's also a treat for the eyes at times, and The Witcher's engrossing dark fantasy vibe tops the experience off perfectly.
4. SMITE (PS4)
A popular choice here at Push Square Towers, and an e-sports sensation, SMITE is a MOBA with a mythological flavour. Starting life in 2014, there are now over 100 original characters to choose from, and the title is constantly evolving with themed events and regular updates. While its established community can make this a difficult title to simply pick-up-and-play, stick with it long enough to learn its intricacies and it may become your next obsession.
Respawn Entertainment’s attempt at cashing in on the Battle Royale craze may well be the most polished title on this list. A squad-based first-person shooter, the Titanfall spin-off combines elements of Fortnite and Overwatch to make for an addictive arena-based experience. Playing in teams of three you must work together to gather supplies and see off enemy factions. A unique ping system makes communication a breeze, while tight gunplay elevates it above its peers. The only question mark hanging over this Hunger Games-esque experience is whether its developer can iterate quick enough to keep its player base engaged.
Originally released during the very early days of the PS4, Warframe has only gotten better and better and better with time. Developer Digital Extremes has watched its free-to-play project expand beyond its wildest dreams, and the result is a title that often feels like it should be a premium experience. In a lot of ways, Warframe does the whole looter shooter thing better than many big budget AAA retail releases, and it now stands tall as a prime example of what can be achieved when a free-to-play game gets the model absolutely right.
Not just a game but a cultural touchstone, even those who don’t play Epic Games’ world-beating Fortnite will be aware of its existence. Beginning life as a cartoony co-op game, its developer saw an opportunity as PUBG took the world by storm, and it hasn’t looked back since. Fast-paced arcade gameplay with a unique construction hook means that there’s depth beyond this release’s child-friendly aesthetic. But it’s the way in which the title’s evolved, playing host to live concerts and map-changing events that have made it more of a social experience than a mere online shooter.