1. The Last Of Us
Set in a post-apocalyptic future where a spore-based plague has put paid to social order as we know it, The Last Of Us pairs a hard-bitten smuggler, Joel, with a feisty teenager, Ellie, as they try to cross America on foot and find a resistance group that will help them. The Last Of Us mixes survival horror with tense, violent bouts of combat, but its central appeal is the character-driven story that centres on the relationship that grow between Joel and Ellie. Over the ten or so hours the player spends in their company, they come to genuinely care about this bruised pair - which makes the final moments of The Last Of Us some of the most poweful drama you'll witness outside of an HBO series. Utterly essential.