As much as I’m anticipating 2017 for stuff I want to play, I feel this time last year I was more hyped about 2016. The end of one of my favorite franchises was happening. A sequel to a very enjoyable Deus Ex game was coming. More baseball and NHL was to be played. It just seemed like a good year was coming for things. I look back at this list and realize, I didn’t anticipate playing even half of the stuff that made it. I don’t know if that’s a testament to playing more than I thought I would or these games just being really good but whatever it was I’m stoked with the outcome of 2016.
This list was harder to make than I anticipated. A lot of it was because I didn’t think the game at number 10 would be at number 10, I thought it would be higher. It’s also tough sometimes to reflect on everything we played and how the experience felt at the time. I joined as editor on the website late so I didn’t have the best archives to go back too, but I am very happy with this list and feel it speaks very well with my opinions and the types of games I like playing, except The Show and NHL. Those games are always staples in my year, and while The Show is usually solid, NHL is usually trash. Anyway, on to my list and it starts with:
10. Hyper Light Drifter
I kind of can’t believe this game comes in at 10 on my list as much as I liked it. I really enjoyed the art style and gameplay throughout the game. Having this game at number 10 just speaks to how much I enjoyed the experiences ahead.
I think I have a love/hate relationship with this game. Part of this reason is because I played it so much that I get pissed off when I lose 5 matches in a row or something along those lines. At the end of the day though, I love this game for it’s unique art style that makes it stand out from other shooters and the amount of thought and polish that goes into each character and their mechanics.
8. Darkest Dungeon
There is something about this game that keeps me coming back to it. I’m not the biggest fan of dungeon crawling RPGs but this one stands out for me. I think it’s a combination of the art style and gameplay mechanics, which includes the very stressful stress system. I’m still learning things about this game after I’ve played for 10-15 hours already but I love it and will keep playing.
7. Titanfall 2
Having this game falls where it does says a lot about how I like my games. If you make a part of your game so good, I will have a tendency to ignore the not so great parts. That great part is multiplayer, the not so good is single player. The multiplayer feels like Modern Warfare Call of Duty, but 100x faster and with mechs that are a ton of fun to be in. I think I’m in the minority with the single player campaign, but I loved the multiplayer so much I didn’t need the single player to be good to make me feel good about my purchase and how much I love this game.
6. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
This game is kind of a match made in heaven for me. A cool steampunk style with awesome music. A first-person shooter that you don’t need to use guns at all if you don’t want to. There’s also a cool story of segregation between man and machine that has a lot of overtones to the real world. The reason why this isn’t higher is because the story becomes too convoluted and the gunplay still isn’t great. It’s definitely better than Human Revolution which is a step in the right direction. However, it’s still a great game and I look forward to more entries in the series as main character Adam Jensen.
I’m going to make this short and sweet because I have a review written that explains what I loved and didn’t love about the game, but this game is really good. I highly enjoyed my time with it and that’s why it is where it is on my list.
I fell in love with this game at the last moment leading into our game of the year discussions. This game had a brilliant story and told it in a very character driven way. The multiple endings – some of which I didn’t think were possible – are solid and lead in perfectly to the ending twist, which almost had me replay the game right in the moment. It’s a game that leaves you wanting more without sticking around for too long and it is one of the best experiences of 2016.
3. Battlefield 1
All out warfare with up to 64 people in a World War I setting? Sign me up! This game sets out to do exactly what you expect with a Battlefield game made by Dice. There’s a level of customization that isn’t as deep as Battlefield 4, but is still there. There’s this weird shift in how this game plays from 4 that somehow slows down the game, but feels like it’s going super fast. This was a nice refreshing change of pace for Battlefield that worked really well. I haven’t even played the single player campaign because I can’t help but resist hopping into a match of conquest once I launch the game.
Doom is just one of those games that is badass. The quickness, gunplay, enemies, and environments that combine together to make one of the best arena shooters on console is fantastic. This will be the only game in my top 5 where I didn’t care about the plot because playing the game feels so good. Seriously, I could point to a couple of flaws in multiplayer and repetitiveness, but I really don’t care. The game is that damn good to play and it needs to be played.
1. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
I realize I’m newer to the site as an editor, but anyone who knows me well should have seen this coming since the initial trailer was released in November of 2013. Uncharted is one of my favorite franchises ever and I came into this game with the highest of expectations from Naughty Dog. If this game didn’t deliver on any of those expectations I would have been severely disappointed. Somehow, the game managed to exceed my expectations and for that it gave me the best experience I got all year. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is my favorite game of the year!