(For: PlayStation 4, Windows and Xbox One)

Of all the open-world games to release in 2015, I don't know if "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" has the most surface for you to travel. It rises above the fray, however, because it has the most beneath that surface. It has the most lore, the most politics, the most sectarian and racial strife. Those forces, and the stories they gird, are also written with a moral grace unmatched by the game's peers. "Wild Hunt" doesn't have much in the way of combat, however, and for that reason Geralt of Rivia's quest to save daughter figure Ciri tumbles down my list. Breathtaking as its Nordic isles and Slavic cities are to see, pleasing as its balletic dialogue is to hear, the game can get sort of dull to play.