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Before I get to my number 1 game of 2016, I’d like to take some time to mention some honorable mentions.
Dark Souls 3 – The reason this isn’t on my list, despite being a massive Souls fan, is because this game disappointed me. I was expecting a game of similar caliber to Bloodborne. What I got was a game that felt like it was missing the “Miyazaki touch” in a lot of areas.
Salt and Sanctuary – Basically Dark Souls meets Metroidvania. The only thing that kept this game from being part of the top 10 is that the character design doesn’t look appealing to me at all.
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine – This DLC – also known as CD Projekt Red’s love letter to their biggest franchise – is definitely better than the entirety of FFXV. Heck, it’s probably better than most of the full game releases on the market today! Blood and Wine was great as an independent “campaign” and as an expansion (sequel?) of the Witcher 3 universe. It offered its own unique features, a new cast, and yet another sizeable map with So Much to Do on top of a story that was still as choice-driven as The Wild Hunt was. This expansion has all of the elements that make a Witcher game what it is, from a new set of armor to collect right down to a new Gwent deck. The only reason this isn’t on the list is because the base game came out in 2015, and welp. It’s a DLC.
NieR Automata Demo 120161128 – A demo to a game coming out this year (2017) gets a mention on this list. Why? Cause it’s fucking amazing. I feel like NieR Automata might be the greatest game that will ever be made. With Platinum behind the gameplay, Yoko Taro on direction and story, and Keiichi Okabe on music, this game looks to be a masterpiece in the works. I’ll talk more about the demo itself soon.
With the honorable mentions out-of-the-way, let’s get to the final game on my list.
Overwatch is probably everyone’s #1 game of 2016, and for good reason. Blizzard struck gold yet again with this one. This game is THE most charming and enjoyable multiplayer FPS I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing.
Remember when I said Gungeon USED to be the game I play to relax? Well that’s because Overwatch replaced it. I’ve spent so much time on this game, it’s ridiculous. With a diverse and very likable cast, this game is OOZING with charm and great design. Each of the 20+ character play vastly different from one another. Beyond that, all of them are viable to use in any game mode.
My only complaint with Overwatch lies in the micro-transaction system the game utilizes. In a game we already paid for, they should AT LEAST allow us to pay for the extra skins we want. Rather than do that though, Overwatch uses the “gatchapon” method. You can pay to get X amount of Loot Boxes, and those boxes contain random skins, sprays, voice lines and the like. My other complaint is the lack of maps available maps. Hopefully, more maps will be introduced to the game this year.
Despite these issues, Overwatch is EASILY my favorite game of 2016.
There you have it! That’s my Top 10 Video Games of 2016. There were a lot of good games this year, even if some of them were a bit disappointing. Here’s hoping that 2017 can top this. It’s looking quite positive, at least, considering the line-up that we have on the horizon.
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