2016 was a great year for video games. Long awaited games like Final Fantasy XV, The Last Guardian, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare were released. DOOM made a comeback, even though I wasn’t a huge fan. In fact, First Person Shooters had a really great year with Titanfall 2, Overwatch, and Battlefield 1 all doing well critically.
So now comes the Top Ten Games of the Year post, and in a year packed with games everybody should play, it was a daunting task narrowing it down.
But here goes.
10. Watch Dogs 2
Watch Dogs 2 broke free from the serious tone of the first Watch Dogs, and managed to deliver a fun game on top of that. Ubisoft went with a lighter approach, and embraced the “hack everything” tagline to full effect. Watch Dogs 2 is a better sequel in almost every way.
9. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Force Awakens took last year’s biggest blockbuster, injected it with more gags, added levels that expanded the universe, and created a bombastic collectathon game. Amidst myriad issues with the camera and certain glitches, I found myself returning to collect everything.
8. Titanfall 2
What happens when the creative minds behind Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare create a sci fi campaign with big mechs? A great time! Respawn Entertainment came out swinging with one of the most memorable first person shooter campaigns since…well; Call of Duty 4. Creativity oozes from each level, and the humor between Pilot Cooper and his mech B.T. is top notch. Add on the multiplayer that made the first game popular, and you have a juggernaut of a game.
7. Battlefield 1
DICE took some time off last year to work on Battlefield 1. Taking the fight back to WW1, DICE expertly crafted a campaign that had you hopping all over the theater of war. It might not be entirely accurate, but there were enough heart wrenching moments and badassery to forget that. The bread and butter of the game is the multiplayer, and the game shines because of that.
6. Uncharted 4
Taking advantage of their mastery of the Playstation 4 console, Naughty Dog wraps up Nathan Drake’s adventures. What starts with a visit from his long lost brother, leads Drake across the world in the search of pirate’s treasure. The story is expertly crafted, the gunplay is the best in the series, and the performances don’t disappoint. Uncharted 4 is a must play action title.
5. Pokemon Sun/Moon
Pokemon Sun/Moon continues the catch ’em all craze but mixes things up enough to make the series fresh again. Gone are the days of collecting gym badges, in its place are trials. Trials have you completing a certain task and taking out a totem pokemon to show how you’re growing as a trainer. You no longer need to dedicate a pokemon to learn moves such as fly, or strength either. Gamefreak shows it isn’t afraid to take a few risks to make the gameplay more interesting. Let’s hope they continue that trend in the future.
Blizzard you brilliant bastards you’ve done it again. Taking a well known genre and putting their own personal spin on it to create another game that keeps you up well into the night. Overwatch is simple, 6v6 battles to complete capture points, or move a payload. Working together to achieve these objectives is key, and each character has an ultimate that can turn the tide of battle no matter how bleak things are looking. With free maps, characters, and modes, Overwatch will be in your rotation for years to come.
3. Salt and Sanctuary
Part Dark Souls, part Castlevania game, Salt and Sanctuary takes the best of both and wears its inspirations on it’s sleeves. Mastering the combat is just half the battle. Platforming sections can be tricky, and there are plenty of secrets on the island you’re exploring. Salt and Sanctuary oozes with style, and deserves to be played through at least once.
2. Dishonored 2
Arkane Studios pulled out all the stops for Dishonored 2. The level design is king, offering multiple paths through a mission determined by your playstyle. Giving players more non lethal options, and allowing you to see your stats at anytime is just icing on the cake. The story is serviceable, and you’ll want to play through twice just to experiment with Emily and Corvo’s powers. A recent patch added a New Game Plus mode that allows you to combine the other’s powers, offering even more creativity to play with.
From Software says that Dark Souls 3 is the last game in the series. After five years of forcing players to triumph over overwhelming odds, Dark Souls 3 ties everything together. Whether you’re a long time fan, or this is your first souls game, Dark Souls 3 welcomes you into its open arms, only to stab you in the back. Gorgeous locales are home to grotesque enemies that are anxious to kill you. Dark Souls 3 is a love letter to the series, answering questions that have been in player’s minds since 2011, and raising more questions regarding the universe of Dark Souls. Dark Souls 3 challenges newcomers and veterans alike, and stayed on my mind all year long. It’s my personal game of the year.
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