Game of the Year 2016

WH Auden once described the 30s as 'a low, dishonest decade' and to my mind 2016 surely merits the same degree of loathing and contempt. The festering stench of old evils in new skins alone would have been cause enough to curse the last 12 months, but as people find ever more inventive ways to be apathetic towards the suffering of others I can only sit and wonder whether this vague sense of despair within me has finally reached the level of species shame.

What better time then to reflect on some of the small mercies that made 2016 somewhat bearable. Whilst the industry at large continues to baffle and disappoint in equal measure there was no shortage in amazing experiences. So many in fact that it would be a shame to leave some of them out just because I'm too lazy to write accompanying text for them, so here's my rundown of games 20 to 11.

  • 11. Fire Emblem Fates
  • 12. Abzu
  • 13. Hyper Light Drifter
  • 14. Inside
  • 15. Civilization VI
  • 16. Forza Horizon 3
  • 17. Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
  • 18. Oxenfree
  • 19. Ladykiller in a Bind
  • 20. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

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