Those few returning flaws aside, XCOM 2 is an experience. Much like its predecessor, Firaxis again delivers a fantastic mix of tactical combat and strategy, held together by an almost scarily stressful bow bathed in the blood of your fallen warriors. If you have any interest at all in turn-based games, you owe yourself this game as a gift, and honestly, even if you have little to no interest, playing this may just get that engine started. I think this may be the first unmissable game this year.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!
Over, under and through, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! is a Borderlands game. If you enjoyed previous games, you'll enjoy this one, though I'm happy to see that Gearbox proper is taking a break from the series for a bit. I also hope that this will not be the last we see of 2K Australia, who managed, despite using a license, to let their own voices shine through. With the majority of changes being positive, the only thing that should give someone pause over taking the plunge is whether or not you want more Borderlands.
Borderlands is now a known quantity, which is both good and bad. While Borderlands 2 is without a doubt the best version of Borderlands that there is, the best experience one can have with this fledgling series will always come with that first trip to Pandora, and for many, that special moment has already passed.