If you picked up a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, you own one of the sexiest and most feature-packed Android smartphones on the market. While you can have plenty of fun toying with the phone's excellent 16-MP camera or simply admiring its astonishing design, there's something else you should do with your new S6: play lots of games.
Armed with Samsung's octa-core Exynos processor and gorgeous 5.1-inch quad-HD display, the Galaxy S6 is one of the best Android phones for gaming. Fortunately, there's no shortage of gorgeous, console-quality games on the Google Play Store that will take full advantage of the S6's powerful specs. Here are our top picks.
Modern Combat 5 (Free)
If you want to test how well the Galaxy S6 can handle blockbuster first-person-shooter action, look no further than Modern Combat 5. This high-octane military shooter offers fluid controls, customizable characters, and, perhaps most importantly, wonderfully detailed environments and realistic lighting effects. You'll never have so much fun watching stuff blow up.
Action-stealth game République became such a hit on mobile that it was recently ported to PC, but your Galaxy S6 will do this gorgeous game just as much justice. Casting the player as a woman who must sneak and hack her way through an imposing surveillance network, République provides intuitive one-touch gameplay and plenty of challenging puzzles. It's rare that a mobile game can stand out among its console cousins, but this one fits the bill.
Game of Thrones ($4.99 per episode)
Set in the same world as the hit HBO show of the same name, Telltale's Game of Thrones has everything you love about the series — drama, dragons and death — except you direct how things play out via choice-based gameplay. Whether you're looking to feed your obsession with the world of Westeros or are just seeking a great adventure game, the cinematic action of Game of Thrones will look and play great on the S6.
Goat Simulator ($4.99)
No joke: One of the best ways to put your S6's graphics muscle to the test is to play a really bizarre game about a goat. Goat Simulator is exactly what it sounds like: a game in which you play as a goat and try to destroy as many things as possible. While insanely wacky, Goat Simulator's rich graphics and off-the-wall physics engine make it a great technical showpiece for your shiny new smartphone.
WWE Immortals (Free)
WWE Immortals is what happens when your favorite WWE superstars turn into superheroes and fight each other, Mortal Kombat-style. Fortunately, this wild concoction results in a pretty fun and addicting fighting game, with console-quality graphics and over-the-top finishing moves that are a joy to behold on the S6's quad-HD display. If you want to experience the same fighting system with different characters, you can also check out Injustice: Gods Among Us from DC Comics, as well as the upcoming Android version of Mortal Kombat X.
Asphalt 8: Airborne (Free)
No new smartphone is complete without a high-speed racing game to show off its graphics muscle, and Asphalt 8: Airborne is the best in its class. Aside from its rock-solid gameplay and troves of unlockable cars, Asphalt 8 is simply a joy to look at, from the stunning motion blur that occurs when slamming your nitro, to the realistic weather and damage effects on your vehicle. Just try not to drool; your S6 isn't waterproof.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic ($9.99)
If you're looking to spend some serious quality time with your new S6, then Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is well worth a download. A port of the classic Xbox and PC role-playing game, KotOR lets you choose your own path down the light or dark side of the force as you unravel the twists and turns of a story that precedes the Star Wars films. Thanks to the S6's crisp, 5.1-inch display, you'll have plenty of real estate for taking in the game's cinematic cutscenes, or making crucial battle decisions on the fly.
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Mike Andronico is an Associate Editor at Tom's Guide. When he's not writing about games, PCs and iOS, you can usually catch him playing Street Fighter. Follow Mike @MikeAndronico. Follow us@TomsGuide, onFacebook and on Google+.
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Mike Andronico is Senior Writer at CNNUnderscored. He was formerly Managing Editor at Tom's Guide, where he wrote extensively on gaming, as well as running the show on the news front. When not at work, you can usually catch him playing Street Fighter, devouring Twitch streams and trying to convince people that Hawkeye is the best Avenger.