Video games' big holiday season is right around the corner, and reviews are going to start pouring in each week. What are the standout games from earlier in the year? Here are the top five games that received the highest scores.
  1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – 9.75 out of 10
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    "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt encompasses what I hope is the future of RPGs. It stands out for its wonderful writing, variety of quests and things to do in the world, and how your choices have impact in interesting ways."—Kimberley Wallace http://bit.ly/1Gz54hL
  2. Bloodborne (PlayStation 4) – 9.75 out of 10
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    "Bloodborne is a blood-drenched horror gem that has only the faintest of cracks in its façade. Bloodborne succeeds through sparse storytelling, lush atmospheres (conjuring up notions of the best of Lovecraft’s work), and tight combat that forces you to be aggressive." - Dan Tack http://bit.ly/1Gz529S
  3. Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One) - 9.5 out of 10
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    There isn’t a bad moment in Ori and the Blind Forest. Every design has a purpose. Every challenge feels lovingly made. The story, which I expected to die off after the introduction, stays strong and makes a few crazy twists along the way. - Andrew Reiner http://bit.ly/1ZiquLD
  4. Destiny: The Taken King (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) - 9.5 out of 10
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    "The Taken King ultimately is what the players – and probably even Bungie – always wanted Destiny to be. The improvements to the user interface and quest system alone make the game so much more playable, but they quickly fade to the background once you dig into the content." - Andy McNamara http://bit.ly/1Gz529T
  5. Batman: Arkham Knight (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) - 9.5 out of 10
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    "At the end of it all, Batman: Arkham Knight delivers a great sense of closure for this series. Rocksteady leaves a few plot threads dangling to tease and taunt us, but the grim tale that started all the way back in Arkham Asylum is done." - Andrew Reiner http://bit.ly/1ZiqviL