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: DOOM

Runners-up: Inside, Abzû, Battlefield 1, The Witness, Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4

Best Music: DOOM

Runners-up: Mafia III, Abzû, Forza Horizon 3, Civilization VI, My Summer Car

Best Sounding Game: Battlefield 1

Runners-up: Inside, The Witness, Forza Horizon 3, DOOM

Best Multiplayer: Titanfall 2

Runners-up: Battlefield 1, Tricky Towers, Utimate Chicken Horse

Best Dumb Fun: Mafia III

Runners-up: My Summer Car, Hunie Pop

Most Relaxing Game: Abzû

Runners-up: Forza Horizon 3, Mafia III, DOOM

Best Old Game: Homeworld Remastered

Runners-up: Kerbal Space Program, Mortal Kombat X

Best Value: Forza Horizon 3

Runners-up: Civilization VI, Pokémon Go, Gears of War 4

And with that out of the way, here are my favorite games of 2016.

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