Game of the Year 2016
January is practically over and I've had a few weeks to get some distance from and thoughts on all the fantastic games which I played last year.
In 2016 I had my longest break from gaming since I started the hobby. The three months I took to travel from Helsinki to Singapore by land was the best time of my life, but did not leave a lot of room or desire for big screens, controllers and the joys of video games. I did manage to fiddle with a few mobile games on the trains of Siberia, but that's about all I played until June.
Taking a long break from a hobby I love so much was clearly healthy and good for my wallet as well, since I was able to grab most of the spectacular games that came out early in the year for cheap. And play them on my refreshed PC with a new GPU to boot!
Like always a lot of spectacular games barely missed out being included on this list. As such, I'd like to give a few honorable mentions to games like Civilization VI, Uncharted 4, The Banner Saga 2, F1 2016 and Mafia III. I'd also like to commend a few games in the following categories.
Best Looking Game:
Runners-up: Inside, Abzû, Battlefield 1, The Witness, Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4
Runners-up: Mafia III, Abzû, Forza Horizon 3, Civilization VI, My Summer Car
Best Sounding Game:
Runners-up: Inside, The Witness, Forza Horizon 3, DOOM
Runners-up: Battlefield 1, Tricky Towers, Utimate Chicken Horse
Best Dumb Fun:
Runners-up: My Summer Car, Hunie Pop
Most Relaxing Game:
Runners-up: Forza Horizon 3, Mafia III, DOOM
Best Old Game:
Runners-up: Kerbal Space Program, Mortal Kombat X
Runners-up: Civilization VI, Pokémon Go, Gears of War 4
And with that out of the way, here are my favorite games of 2016.