The bestest, most accurate GOTY of 2016

I don't feel particularily strongly about anything released this year, which is probably why the number 1 and 2 games on this list are the ones that are freshest on my mind. I also haven't played Doom, Hitman, Steep or Watch Dogs 2 yet and haven't put too many hours into Dishonored 2.

Retroactive honorable mention to Rainbow Six Siege for being the second best game of last year and the best multiplayer shooter this year.

Here's the list.

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  • FFXV has it's fair share of issues, namely the lackluster story and the entire second half of the game. But gosh darn it if I don't enjoy the gameplay, the open world and the boyband with all their silly banter. The way you cash in experience is satisfying as all hell, watching the numbers go up and min/maxing your crew scratches my brain in a great way. The combat is not quite DmC: Devil May Cry (the best of the Devil May Cry franchise) but it's close enough and even makes the hours of farming a random encouter boss for an item with a 5% drop rate fun.

  • The last Pokemon game I've played on an actual handheld rather than an emulator was Ruby, so it's been a while since I've gotten the full experience. Hats off to Gamefreak for refreshing the franchise in a fantastic way. The lack of HMs and having the trials instead of gyms combined with the interesting setting and stellar design of the new Pokemon revived my love for this series.

  • I just need to put this in here, don't I? The hits kept on coming and Blood and Wine sent The Witcher 3 off on a mothereffing high note if I've ever seen one.

  • The first Forza I've played and probably the best driving game I've played. I spent as much time in the decal editor as I did playing the actual game.

  • Human Revolution is one of my favorite games of all time. Mankind Divided expands on the gameplay, but the story is lacking and seemingly suffer from being the second part in a trilogy. But it's Deus Ex, so it's makes it this far.

  • I've come to realize that this type of shooter just isn't for me, but damn it if the singleplayr isn't fun and that one level in the singleplayer is fantastic. I didn't play much of the multiplayer, it was fun but coming from Siege it just doesn't cut it for me.

  • I'm not a huge fan of Naughty Dog and I find the previous Uncharted games to be preeetty boring. I can still recognize the quality of the craftsmanship in all aspects of this game.

  • Better than the first one. Parkour is good, level design is aight, story I can take or leave.

  • The first 4X game I've played and it was pretty good. I haven't played it since release so I don't know what the (possibly) improved midgame is like.

  • Styyyyle! Neat indie game, awesome aesthetic, decent gameplay, great music.