9. Shadow Warrior 3
For about two hours, Shadow Warrior 3 is one of the best surprises of the year. A graphically impressive, kinetic first-person shooter that'll appeal to all the Doom Eternal fans out there, this anarchic sequel is a turn-your-brain off spectacle. Sadly, it can't quite sustain that momentum for even its paltry five-hour runtime.
The initially-blistering firefights become tiresome when you realise the whole game can be boiled down to entering similarly laid-out arenas and fighting the same waves of enemies. There's some parkour platforming to connect these combat engagements, but even that is basic and rote after a while.
Shadow Warrior 3 can still be a fine time if you throw a podcast on over the top and just blast away (which I'd recommend because, while boasting some committed vocal performances, the game's attempts at humour come thick and fast and quickly become grating), but it's a shame to see it run out of steam so early when it makes such a strong first impression.