GOTY 2016: My Favourite Games Played in 2016

It’s that time of the year again!

Like previous years I’m going to list of my favourite games of 2016, which will also include games released in previous years. I do this so that I can get across what I’ve personally liked playing this year, as not everyone has the chance to play every 2016 release.

Without further ado!

10. Black Ops 3

Surprisingly, despite most critics claiming the first black-ops was the best, I found that the third was my favourite. Don’t get me wrong, it was odd breaking away from the continuity of the previous two, but it was still an enjoyable game in it’s own right, and easily just as good (if not better) than advanced warfare.

Should you be able to get the game on sale, do it. You don’t need to have played the previous black-ops games to play this one, so give it a go! Great fun and thoroughly enjoyable.

9. 6180 The Moon

A brilliant little indie game that can be completed in a few hours, but one that has a lovely little story and has a brilliant puzzle mechanic. You should seriously give this game a go.

8. Captain Toads Treasure Hunter

Easily one of my favourite puzzle games of all time now, Captain Toads Treasure Hunter is a charming and enjoyable puzzle/platformer that as simple as it is gorgeous. Find diamonds and treasure across a tiny, hugely detailed island, and proceed to solve puzzles. It’s so fantastic in fact that I want to make a game based  on the same formula!

One can only hope it comes out for the Switch when that’s released.

7. Manual Samuel

From start to finish I could not stop laughing at Manual Samuel. Whilst it sucks that I didn’t get the achievements on my own Xbox profile (screw you craig!) I still enjoyed the game so much that I ended up playing through it multiple times.

A genuinely funny game that should be played by anyone that wants a laugh.

6. Enter the Gungeon

Holy crap the amount of hours I put into Enter the Gungeon was insane! I’m not gonna do another review on it, as you can read my thoughts on the game by clicking the link above, but holy crap, Enter the Gungeon took what made the binding of isaac so good and ran with it.

If you like roguelike’s, and have been itching for a new game that’ll take over your life for dozens of hours, Enter the Gungeon is where it’s at.

5. Battlefield 1

In all my years of playing Battlefield games, I’ve never thought they were actually *that* good. I mean, I can see why people enjoy their multiplayer, but as a whole they were always a bit too “free” for me to consider that great. I mean, it’s good that maps are that big, but unless you’re competent with the game or play with friends that know what you’re doing, you can feel a little overwhelmed.

Suffice to say, with Battlefield 1 appearing on my GOTY list, most nuisances I had with the previous incarnations have been rectified, so much so that I keep coming back to Battlefield 1’s multiplayer, even though I’m playing alone.

The theme, the slowed down combat, and general feel have all made sure that this is one of the best FPS’s that I’ve played in 2016. If you can get it on sale, do: you won’t regret it.

4. Abzu

Abzu Abzu Abzu. For quite a while after completing Abzu all I could think about was it’s flaws and lack of originality. Everytime I mentioned the game to friends or family I would use the sentence: Like journey only underwater. Looking back, that’s underselling Abzu’s fantastic design, and genuinely gorgeous story.

If you have a few hours to dedicate to a game, and want it concluded in those few hours, you cannot go wrong with Abzu. One thing’s for certain, I cannot get over how beautiful it is at times.

3. Titanfall 2

I fucking loved Titanfall 1. Having played the game for a grand total of 112hours, believe me when I say it was one of my favourite online multiplayer games of the last decade. Whilst Titanfall 2’s tech test concerned and worried me, I’m glad Respawn went back to the drawing board, because the results speak for themselves.

The campaign, whilst short, is actually really enjoyable, and results in many memorable moments with your titan companion. The multiplayer too is fantastic, and manages to take the strengths of Titanfall 1 with *almost* none of it’s shortcomings.

It’s a shame the game hasn’t sold too well on PC, as matches are getting a little hard to find, but man oh man is this a fantastic game.

2. DOOM

HOLY FUCKING SHIT.

Unlike most reviewers, I actually liked Doom 3. Maybe it was because of my age when the game was released, or maybe it was because I was just into graphics and nothing else. Whatever the reason, I didn’t necessarily need DOOM to be fast like it’s predecessors.

Saying that, I’m so glad it did. The gameplay in DOOM is astounding, constantly pushing you to move forwards using it’s glory kill mechanic, and ensuring you never take cover. DOOM has shown FPS’s in 2016 that it’s ok to break the mould and invent new mechanics, and holy shit am I glad it exists.

Regardless of whether you owned the originals or not: You owe it to yourself to play DOOM.

1. Forza Horizon 3

Close friends and family know how much I love open world driving games. With my purchase of the Xbox 360 at University, all I ever played was Test Drive unlimited; a game I so fondly remember that I wish to one day drive on Hawaiian islands with an Enzo Ferarri.

Forza Horizon 3 manages to take that formula I love so much, and expand on it in every department (graphically, gameplay wise, car range), that I ended up spending days exploring all of it’s roads, and every race it had to offer. I loved it so much that I ended up buying the season pass, which wasn’t cheap at all. One things for certain about Forza Horizon 3; I cannot wait for the next piece of DLC to drop.


So that’s it for 2016! I hope you all have a wonderful new year, and I look forward to seeing you in 2017!

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