Hi there guys, Joe here – We’re going to be rolling out periodic Top 10 lists, beginning with each of our Top 10 Games of 2016! This list is down to my own personal opinion, tastes, and genre preference! With Christmas and New Years’ slowly approaching, what better time to start than now?!
So, ladies and gentlemen, let’s get down to the dirty and look at my Top 10 Games of 2016..!
10. Gears of War 4
Whilst I haven’t played through the entirety of GoW4, I have to say, as a long-term Gears fan, this entry into the masterful third-person shooter genre certainly brings a lot to the table! With improved multiplayer, PC support, a much better Horde Mode and some story details here and there that I shan’t spoil, fans of the series and newcomers alike really can’t go wrong with this gritty game.
From one gritty, gory shooter to another, DOOM is, and always will be, what Doom 4 was meant to be – Filled to the brim with character, gore, agility and impressive community engagement, DOOM was feared to be just another reboot that would sink into the folds of 2016 – To be perfectly honest, I am so, SO glad it never ended up that way.
…Can you see a theme here? I’ve always been a long-time fan of The Matrix Trilogy (Nothing beats Matrix 3), and to have a game where I can manipulate time and slice and shoot through anything is like a living dream to me – Advancing up corridors whilst slicing apart enemy bullets with a katana until they’re nothing but dust truly is an experience you have to see to believe.
7. Ratchet and Clank (PS4)
As a massive fan of Ratchet and Clank back on the old PS2, I was extremely excited when Amazon delivered my pre-order for the highly anticipated reboot! Unfortunately the movie didn’t quite do the games justice, however I am more than happy with the modernised direction Ratchet and Clank is taking as a franchise. Just like the Devil May Cry reboot, I long for the day where a sequel to this gem will arrive on my doorstep.
6. Stardew Valley
Stardew Valley propped up seemingly out of nowhere in my instance, having heard about it off of a random YouTube video that presented it as Harvest Moon, but 10 times better – When I delved into Stardew Valley, I didn’t quite know what to expect, as I wasn’t a fan of these sorts of games…Now, if Indie Games such as Undertale and Hyper Light Drifter, it’s that you shouldn’t judge a book by its’ cover! Stardew Valley offered an immersive, expansive experience that I still get urges to return to this very day.
5. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright / Conquest / Revelation
Fire Emblem Fates is another interesting title that released this year, bringing some truly gorgeous cutscenes, addicting, challenging gameplay and deep characters to the 3DS; in my eyes, the 3DS sorely needed another deep RPG like the SMT games, and Fire Emblem Fates is the perfect spike to shake up the Nintendo cocktail of Mario and Pokemon titles.
4. Hitman 2016 Season 1
When me and Clarice were tasked with reviewing the entirety of Hitman Season 1, having never played a Hitman game before, I knew we were in for one hell of a task! What resulted were numerous hours of fun, strategising and planning that felt truly immersive. Hitman 2016 was originally panned for its’ episodic format, however, looking outside those constraints, Hitman 2016 brings a full, exciting, enjoyable package that is fit for any logical player.
3. Killing Floor 2
Zombies + Weapons + Survival + Multiplayer = Awesome. It’s as simple as that – Whilst Killing Floor originally released back in Early Access in 2015, it’s only now that the game’s entered a full release – As a fan of the infamous Call of Duty Zombies game mode, I was instantly drawn in to the game’s brilliant multiplayer, difficulty scaling and teamwork-oriented nature…I just wish there was an endless mode!
Here it is. The game that’s literally taken the world by storm – And it’s easy to see why! Overwatch was a late bloomer for me, as I initially panned it off as “Just another typical PC FPS”…But I was so, SO wrong. Overwatch has produced countless hours of entertainment for me, with interesting characters, playstyles and maps that just scream of high quality – Overwatch is, and most likely will be, one hell of a quality product for years to come.
1. Pokemon Sun and Moon
Here we are…The end. Pokemon Sun and Moon are the first Pokemon games that I have truly been 100% invested in every element, from the amazing, rich, character-driven story, to the dark subtones of the plot, to the improvements in gameplay and efficiency, to better matchmaking and all new Pokemon and the mysterious Ultra Beasts…And that’s without mentioning how Pokemon Sun and Moon have completely shaken up the formula of Pokemon…For the better.
So that’s it! My Top 10 Games of 2016! Do you have a list similar? Let us know below!