2016 has a big year for Video Games as we are advancing forward with technology such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality which are both super cool in their own way. With different Games trying different approaches such as No Man’s Sky, Fire-watch and the Witness. Which were the TOP 10 Video Games of 2016?
1. “Overwatch” — It’s not often that Blizzard releases a new franchise, and when the legendary developer does release a game, it’s first rate. “Overwatch” brings a high level of polish and fun to the team-based shooter. A diverse cast of characters along with deep strategic gameplay made this game addictive, but “Overwatch’s” futures lies in e-sports. It’s a game that’s building a following to stand the test of time like other Blizzard efforts.
2. “The Last Guardian” — Developer Fumito Ueda’s long-awaited game proved to be worth the wait. Players take on the role of a nameless boy who must escape a fortress called “the Nest” with a strange cat-bird creature named Trico. The puzzles and level design are clever, but it’s the lifelike AI of Trico that players will fall in love with. It’s one of the few video game characters that feels alive.
3. “Pokemon Go” — Striking the public like a thunderbolt, Niantic and The Pokemon Company’s mobile title became a global phenomenon. It’s a decent game, but if you look at it from the angle of a fitness app, it could be the most successful effort to get gamers off the couch in history.
4. “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” — The fact that Naughty Dog’s goodbye to Nathan Drake falls to No. 4 shows the strength of this year’s offerings. This adventure delving into the Drake family history has the best car chase scene ever and also boasts the best visuals of any game this year.
5. “Battlefield 1” — DICE has been chasing after “Call of Duty” for years, but for the first time, the developer clearly outshines its rival in every way. The move to take the series to World War I was inspired, but it was how the team turned years of incremental improvements into a coherent package that is the triumph. The shooter is a compelling blend of squad-based competition and brilliant level design.
6. “Forza Horizon 3” — What started off as a spin-off has quickly established its own identity and surpassed Microsoft’s flagship racing franchise, “Forza Motorsports.” Taking the series to Australia offers players a wide variety of terrain to explore, but the move to give players the opportunity to create their own events and challenges gives this open-world title near-limitless replay value.
7. “Civilization VI” — The sixth iteration to the venerable strategy franchise refines the near-perfect systems of the previous game while also shaking things up. By letting players build their cities over multiple land tiles, Firaxis adds a new layer of depth to the gameplay. Now, the location of an empire and the resources it has is more important than ever.
8. “Watch Dogs 2” — Ubisoft’s sequel rebounds off the disappointing first game. Set in the Bay Area, this open-world title focused on a collective of hackers called DedSec, and the experience combines ripped-from-the-headlines storylines with more polished gameplay for one of the best adventures this year.
9. “Dark Souls 3” — Players will die and die a lot in this tough-as-nails dark fantasy game. From Software makes this chapter more friendly to newcomers, but that’s balanced by the hard boss fights and tense and often frustrating confrontations with enemies. The difficulty makes any accomplishment in “Dark Souls 3” truly rewarding.
10. “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided” — Eidos Montreal reminds players once again that it can not only capture the magic of the original, but in some ways, the team can improve on it. This sequel feels less beholden to the 2000 adventure and embarks on its own story as the team polished the level design while maintaining a world where choice impacts the world in subtle and seamless ways.
Honorable mentions: These titles are all excellent, but with a crowded field, they couldn’t crack the top 10: “Doom” (2016) by id Software, “Dishonored 2” by Arkane Studios, “Fire Emblem Fates” by Intelligent Systems, “Titanfall 2” by Respawn Entertainment, “Unravel” by ColdWood Interactive, “Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice” by Capcom.
Such an Incredible selection of Games to Play or Try out, The problem is there are so many new games that its hard to enjoy them all as they are so good. Pick One of the Games from this list and dig in. Which were the TOP 10 Video Games of 2016?