Hey all, so I wanted to compile my list of favourite things for 2016. However, I’m not doing it alone. I’ve brought in some of my previous collaborators from Geeked to discuss their favourite picks of the year. You can find their social media links at the end of the article. Enjoy!
Zoe – Broforce
(Editor’s Note: Broforce was technically released in 2015 initially. However, it was released on PS4 this year so, technically a 2016 game.) My favourite game of 2016 was Broforce. The fast-paced, side-scrolling action combined with the aesthetics of the 16-bit era made for a game that was easy to like. Playing as iconic macho action heroes of the 80s and 90s and having them die over, and over, and over again, with death being a mere slap on the wrist, made for a game that was endlessly playable. But it’s okay, because every time you die, you are resurrected as one of your favourite actions heroes. Maybe it’s Chuck Norris, maybe it’s Jean-Claude Van Damme, or maybe it’s Lawrence Fishburne.
Harry – Dark Souls 3
So 2016 was not the best year for the video game industry. No Man’s Sky, a seemingly lacking dud; Call of Duty Infinite Warfare causing significant backlash for its change of setting among other things, not to mention locking a remastered game behind the annual release to boost sales; and the increasing rise of microtransactions in almost every premium video game. As a gamer, it has me spooked about what the future will bring. Luckily, back in April, Dark Souls 3 was unleashed to reignite the passions of Souls fans everywhere. The Souls series of games, by developer From Software, are incredibly punishing in their sophisticated mechanics, but which also make them insanely rewarding to play. Returning to the Souls series after playing Bloodborne changed my entire play style. Now, rather than engaging in combat more passively like I did in previous entries in the series, I found myself running head first into a group of enemies; dodging and rolling around like some sort of ancient gymnast clad in metal armour.
What really stands out in Dark Souls 3 is its atmosphere of desperation. The story of the game is decidedly subtle and hidden in the world. You decide if you want to get invested in the vast and incredibly detailed back story about the first flame and the Soul of Cinder. Boss battles are grandiose and challenging as ever. The music lends the game an epic quality. The world of Lothric is varied and full of enemies that hit just as hard as any boss.
While there have been many decent games to come out this year such Doom, Battlefield 1, and the rebooted Ratchet and Clank. I have no idea whether I like Overwatch or not because I haven’t played it yet, but as an avid Souls fan, I can easily say that Dark Souls 3 is my favourite game of 2016. Although it has been a disappointing year for gamers, hopefully, 2017 treats us well and has fewer microtransactions in premium games.
Harry can be found on his Instagram at strangerthings47.
Zach – Overwatch
This is another pick of the year that seems obvious in retrospect. I’m not a fan of online multiplayer games. They tend to accrue the sort of people whose personalities don’t work well with mine. Multiplayer games are overly competitive and involve you getting sniped across a battlefield from 50 yards away as soon as you spawn. See, this is all true of Overwatch but the fact that I didn’t feel that so much is a testament to this game. Overwatch has 23 characters so hero picks and map variables mean every match of Overwatch plays slightly differently. I probably played Overwatch the most of any game this year, having put in about 75 hours at this point, and this is just the beginning. I can see myself returning to Overwatch for many years to come.
Zach’s Honourable Mentions
Pokémon Sun and Moon
I’ve spent as much time in Sun and Moon as I have in Overwatch, and I’ve had Sun and Moon for 6 months less. Sun and Moon has the most engaging story of any Pokémon in recent memory. It has some of my favourite new Pokémon (Cutiefly and Ribombee), as well as new regional spins on classic Pokémon. The new feature Pokémon Refresh and its benefits really made me feel attached to my Pokémon like never before. Had it had some hidden surprises like a second region or some Johto Mega Evolutions, as well as a returning DexNav, rather than the second rate version we have now, then it might have been my Game of the Year, but the game was so near perfect that these omissions hurt it more because the game could’ve been perfect.
The Jackbox Party Pack 3
I’ve spent quite a few hours enjoying the company of friends playing Jackbox with friends this year, and Jackbox 3 was my personal favourite. It has the best drawing game of the 3 Jackbox’s. It has the superior version of Quiplash. Trivia Murder Party is just damn fun. The game is let down by Guesspionage, which is ok, and Fakin’ It, which struggles to be fun because it’s difficult to easily explain, but besides those shortcomings, it’s a must have for my parties.
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