I glanced at my calendar earlier this week and it struck me that we’d just passed the halfway point of 2016. I don’t know why the middle of something always seems like a good time to take stock, but here we are nevertheless. The first half of 2016 has been, to put it lightly, a little bit sizzling in the gaming world. We’re no longer tethered to that pesky holiday cycle as much as we once were, with plenty of the more adventurous AAA developers choosing to get their wares out during this quiet period.

What surprised me while gathering together this list was just how many great games were released during the first half of this year. There were so many that I’d completely forgotten about a few greats, and it’s surely a far stronger lineup than any previous year I can think of, although 2015 was of course dominated by The Witcher 3.

So here’s a (hopefully) comprehensive list of the best brand new games you can play on PC or console during the first half of 2016. Obviously we’re all different and there’s bound to be a few of you that liked some less popular games, but please let everyone know in the comments below so we can shine a bit of light of them.

You’ve got three votes as I’m all too aware it’s difficult to nail your absolute favourite, so feel free to choose three and we can see which is the most popular game among GD members so far in 2016.

Let us know what your picks were and why in the comments below!

Poll closed: 09:00 Jul-18-2016