3: Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator
Let me posit that numbers 3-5 on this list are interchangeable based on how I’m feeling that day.
Similar to SFV, I put out a review of Revelator earlier in the year. Here’s a refresher: the game is probably the greatest fighting game tutorial out there right now. I love the cast of Guilty Gear, the new mechanics are great, and the game is one of the most beautiful fighting games out right now. That said, why did I put this game ahead of both SFV and Central Fiction? It’s because I spent the most time playing this game with my friends in the local FGC.
Right now I probably have the most time of Revelator out of all the 3 fighters on this list. I mean I do really love the game, but I also love the other 3 fighters on the list as well. Either way, you can’t go wrong with any of the 3 fighters on my list. On that note I would probably include King of Fighters XIV on this list as well if I had the time to play a 4th fighter. That and if I could get over the graphics, which I slowly am.
2: Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE
THIS game is the JRPG of this year. I am extremely saddened that not a lot of people have played it. If you didn’t see the clever pun in the title, this game is the SMTxFE game for the WiiU. The localized version of a game got a better title for once!
Tokyo Mirage Sessions is about an idol production company that by day train, advertise, promote, and act as an agency for idols in Japan. However, the idols they manage also serve as “masters” for “mirages” (who are characters from the Fire Emblem series) who battle to save the world. Pretty much a typical JRPG plot. The gameplay elements are very similar to that of the Persona series. Hell, I wasn’t mad about the Persona 5 delay because of this game. Tokyo Mirage Sessions has a similar battle system to that of Persona wherein attacking a weakness causes a follow-up attack from the party. It also has a system similar to the Social Link system. You get different benefits and power-ups to your party members in TMS based on how much the player develops the relationships between the main character and each party member.
All in all, Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE is by far the best JRPG of 2016. I sincerely hope that like Xenoblade Chronicles X, Smash 4, and Splatoon, this game gets a Switch port. More people can experience this gem that way.