After the historic year for gaming that was 2017, 2018 has been a pretty stand-out year in its own right. There are so many quality titles releasing every month that, either due to money or time restrictions, it's practically impossible to play everything that takes your fancy.
Though the "summer gaming drought" was a phenomenon of the industry's past, where publishers tended to release less games in the summer due to, well, people going outside, that's not really the case anymore.
With gaming becoming more socially acceptable over the last decade and players having more options to play portably than ever, the summer is no longer a commercial dead-zone, and it's pretty much as active as any other part of the year.
Even so, if you've been on holiday over the summer or, yes, spent some time in the great outdoors, there's nevertheless a good chance you've slept on some terrific games that are well worth your time.
With the days getting shorter once again and the temperature dropping, though, there's certainly greater motivation in the coming months to seal yourself inside and get lost in a video game or five.
While the year-end AAA onslaught is due to begin imminently, if you can find time to squeeze any of these titles in-between the autumn's biggest offerings, you absolutely should...
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