Game of the Year! 2016!

Well, 2016 was exhausting for all sorts of personal reasons, never mind all the insane political shit. But it was a pretty good year for games, with a lot of releases worth celebrating.

This seems like a good time to say: I'm really glad I found this community four years ago. Its been great to find out that there can be a gaming community that isn't constantly filled with shit people and serious anger issues. I used to be kinda-sorta ashamed to be a gamer, but having the Giant Bombcast and these forums I've realized that I don't have to be ashamed. This hobby and this community has really helped me to get through a crazy-ass year and I just want to say: "Thanks!"

But enough of that touchy-feely shit, on to the list!

Best "Old" Games I played:

  1. The Witcher 3
  2. Volgarr the Viking
  3. Paint it Back (Picross game for iOS)
  4. Uncharted 2
  5. Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright
  6. Shadowrun Hong Kong
  7. COD: Modern Warfare Remastered
  8. Uncharted 3
  9. Aviary Attorney
  10. Sound Shapes

Games I wish I played:

  • Uncharted 4
  • The Last Guardian
  • Dark Souls 3
  • XCom 2
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Civilization 6
  • Dishonored 2

List items

  • The Hitman series has never been better, and I don't think episodic games have ever been better either. Whatever crazy shit has been going on with my life this year, Hitman has been there in the background.

    Every time there was a new episode, I'd play through it once myself then watch Brad and Dan play through it and do the goofiest shit they could think of.

    Every time there was a new Elusive Target, I'd try to make the time to attempt it (I've managed to take out roughly half of them so far, and got one Silent Assassin rating). This has led to some really thrilling moments... Without the Elusive Targets, Hitman would be a solid 8/10 game, but the ETs elevate the game to another level.

    And every so often I'd feel bored, and I'd come back to check off a few challenges or do an escalation mission.

    The episodic format has turned Hitman into 2016's "water cooler" game, something the community comes together to experience and discuss every few weeks. Its a great game that keeps getting better and better as they add more and more content, and that's why its my Game of the Year. Looking forward to Season Two!

  • "Yo, Overwatch, I'm really happy for you, and I'ma let you finish, but Titanfall 2 is one of the best multiplayer shooters of all time!"

    I've dabbled in COD-style multiplayer before, but this is the first time I really got hooked. I was addicted for at least three weeks straight, until I hit the max level and forced myself to walk away.

    The single-player campaign was crazy-good too! Just one awesome set-piece after another.

  • I don't remember ever feeling this intensely about a puzzle game... The ending and the lack of a proper narrative was disappointing, but The Witness straight-up CONSUMED me for a good month before I could walk away from it. And it looks drop-dead gorgeous too, putting many AAA games to shame.

  • I came to Doom a little late, and to be honest I feel like I was oversold on it, but I loved it to death anyway. The most intense, hardest-hitting single-player action of the year. RIP. AND. TEAR!!

  • Its really too bad that nobody is talking about this game, but I can see why... Its another "Oregon Trail with zombies" game, another pixel-art game, and another roguelike, thrown up on a Steam marketplace that is flooded with this kind of stuff. But it really got its hooks in me and I've put over 24 hours into it.

    While it is a perma-death roguelike game, it isn't something I play for the challenge. Its actually a really relaxing game to just vibe to. The music is super-chill and its got a really quirky sense of humor. And every run tells a different story. On one run I recruited a sumo wrestler and a kung-fu master, but a bad grenade toss got them both killed. In another run I recruited a man with a green cap and a sword, named "Lenk". Another time, I found a genie in a toilet who made my skin extra hard, then found a mysterious machine that I jumped into and turned me into a half-fly with extra melee strength. And one time, I recruited a man in an orange cat suit... That turned out to be the weirdest run yet.

    Its definitely something I'm gonna pop back into every few months just for kicks. Such a great game.

  • I don't have a whole lot to say about this... Incredible atmosphere. I'm not entirely sure what happened, but there was a ton of fascinating imagery and THAT part really surprised me.

  • This is another one that no one talks about, and maybe I'm out of my mind, but "The Count Lucanor" really struck a chord with me. Its got a cute exterior but gets more macabre as the story goes on... It reminds me of some of the older fairy-tales that were actually rather disturbing before they were white-washed for modern times.

    The main character has a real innocence to him, but as the story goes on he keeps encountering disturbing events and people that he only has a vague understanding of. I really enjoyed the way the game built up its world and its atmosphere, it has some choice-and-consequence stuff mixed in there without being obtrusive about it, and it was just as long as it needed to be. A great game.

  • It didn't scratch my top-down Zelda itch in the way I wanted, but this is a great, hard-as-nails action-adventure game with nearly perfect aesthetics. The music, the look of it, the feel of dashing around the battlefield and slashing your enemies to pieces... So good.

  • Super Hot is the most innovative shooter I've played in years!

  • Jeff may disagree, but I contend this is the Best Use of Satan in a game this year!

  • (These runner-ups are unranked, in alphabetical order.)

    This game is like the nonviolent PS1 RPG I never knew I wanted. It has a great look to it and the world is a fun place to just explore and exist in.

  • A pretty easy platformer that pushed all my nostalgia buttons. Beautiful 16-bit pixel art and music.

  • FTL meets Huckleberry Finn meets the Survival/Crafting genre. I had a great time learning the mechanics and taking the journey down the river. The inventory can be clunky and frustrating though.

  • A beautiful Metroid-vania. Short, but sweet.

  • A short action platformer that is absolutely gorgeous.

  • Wadjet Eye keeps putting out good shit.

  • A N64-style platformer. A nice little appetizer before Yooka-Laylee drops next year. Its kind of short for the price I paid, but this was really enjoyable.

  • This is more of a "visual novel" than a game, but the characters really grew on me over time.