I don't know about you guys, but games are just getting better and better each year. Now that we are knee deep in this console generation, games are finally reaching their apex, and just reaching perfection. So whether you want to to see if your favorite games made the list or if you are here to see which games you should buy, sit down and enjoy!
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Now before we start, one simple rule:
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10. Pokemon Go
Alright, lets get real here. Pokemon Go as an actual game is pretty meh. It barely functions sometimes, and when it does, its just a bare bones version of Pokemon Red and Blue.
But as an experience this broke the world.
NOT THE INTERNET, THE WORLD!
It amazed me how many people played this game on their mobile phones. It seemed like everyone was playing this, gamers and non gamers alike. Not to mention this completely broke the generation gap. One day on the wharf showed me, that people of all shapes, sizes and ages were enjoying themselves, either trying to find water Pokemon or getting 100 Magikarps.
It really doesn't matter if this game, at the end of the day, is just a poor man's version of Pokemon Red. The fact that it brought the feeling of being a Pokemon trainer to the real world was just utterly magical, and that alone earns it a spot on this list. Yes other games were better, but no other game was bigger than this.
9. Trackmania Turbo
Hands down one of the best Arcade style car games of all time. As a newcomer to this series, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. So, imagine my surprise when I instantly fell in love with the fluid nature and tight control given to you the player. At quick glance this game seems pretty simple to grasp, and it is. But in order to master this game, get ready to sell your soul to the devil. I am not kidding. I compare this to something like Demon's Souls. NOT DARK SOULS, DEMON'S. Yeah it can get that hard.
Although at no point does it feel punishing. It requires precision and patience, but thanks to the fast quick nature of the game restarting is as simple as pressing one button. It never tries to aggravate you, it merely tries to bring out the perfectionist in you, while at the same time making everything fun.
Whether it be beating 200 unique tracks, ghost racing tons of racers online for the best time, or simply making your own crazy tracks, this games has you covered, and will keep you enthralled for hours on end.
8. Until Dawn Rush of Blood
You know what was a great Arcade game? CarnEvil!
I really wish they made a sequel to that. Well this is the closest we ever will get, and in all honesty this blows that game out of the water.
Not only is this game an overall very fun experience, it is hands down the best full VR game of this year. Sure others do seem more enticing, but this game completely embodies what Virtual Reality is about. It takes the player to a whole new world, while leading them along an adventure in the form of an amusement park ride.
The immersion is spot on, the visuals are great, the use of motion controls is some of the best. It's overall a great example of perfect implementation of VR.
Also, not to mention, the scares are pretty cool in VR.
While it seems sort of dull on a 2D Screen for sure. Once you step into the game with a PS VR, things get a little too real.
Hands the most beautiful game of the year with its magnificent art direction and use of lighting. This game truly embodies the beauty of the outdoors.
From a distance this does seem like a pretty simple game, and you might even be inclined to call it a walking simulator. But that is incorrect! This is a hiking simulator, there is a difference.
Regardless, this game engulfs the player in great setting with a storyline that will intrigue everyone and anyone that is into mystery tales. Not to mention the amazing voice over talent really fleshes out the characters, which just adds to your overall attachment to what is going on in the Wyoming wilderness. I won't give anything away, but while some may see the ending as a bit underwhelming, it truly leaves you with something to ponder about, the true nature of our world or how somber life can be sometimes...
6. Dishonored 2
If you were a fan of the first game, a game that offers the player freedom to accomplish their mission however they want, well you will not be disappointed. Pretty much following the same footsteps as the previous, but adding onto the already great formula., This game puts you into the shoes of an assassin with multiple mystical powers (or not, if you so choose) and your overall mission is to take back the throne in any way you see fit! Whether it be stealthily, or by brute force, cutting off every guard and citizen's head in the process. The overall game mechanics and level design make each level fun to traverse, as well as challenging to get through your first time through.
Aesthetically its a very rich, dark, Lovecraftian world that dares the player to delve deep into its lore. Also fans of the original do not need to fret about the sequel. While the story is pretty good and arguably better than the first game's plot, this time around the game doesn't punish the player by forcing you to play a certain way to achieve the good ending. Instead it allows you far more freedom just like how the gameplay implies you should enjoy the experience.
Overall a very fun game, and for those looking for a challenge, cranking up the difficulty makes this easily one of the best stealth based games out there.
I really feel like I don't need to say much here other than....
This is DOOM. This exactly what Doom should be like, feel like, look like, and most importantly, PLAY LIKE!
A love letter to the original daddy of FPS games, this sequel cuts the bullcrap and really goes for your throat. Its fast, paced no holds barred carnage at you fingertips, and it has never felt better. In all honesty, the original games are severely outdated nowadays, but this game proves that the original formula can still work like a dream, if utilized correctly.
One of the best First Person Shooters ever!
Not only is this the best Indie game of the year, but one of the best period! I never knew that a game like this could exist. A game that uses the minimal amount of everything in its arsenal, yet instead of giving a subtle experience, it leaves you with a haunting epiphany. Hands down the most thought provoking game of this year.
The art direction and sound is fantastic and delivers a beautiful dark nightmare straight from the human psyche. Simple game design, yet it feels extremely deep when it requires you to use logic more than any other game before.
Only issue I can see here is, that it seems far too short. But in reality, the length is perfect for what it delivers to the table.
I should say more, but I don't want to at all. Go into this game as blind as possible, you'll thank me later.
The game that singlehandedly got me back into Multiplayer FPS gaming. Among the sea of COD and Battlefields, this is a game, not only with addictive gamplay, but one with heart.
A simple, yet deep heroes system that demands you to be a team player and to experiment with new characters. Fast paced and smooth gameplay mixed with perfect game mechanics that keep the game fresh even your 1000th time playing. As well as free future support, that easily extends this game's lifespan than any other multiplayer game out there.
This game is getting game of the year by many publications for good reason. Blizzard struck gold again, and this is another clear example of how to make a game in a seemingly tired old genre, that for a while now many gamers have been using as the butt of a joke. Overwatch is a fantastic experience that should be enjoyed by as many gamers as possible, just cause it is overall and most importantly, fun.
Do you expect anything less from Blizzard?
2. Final Fantasy XV
A true to life rebirth of the Final Fantasy series, that does not seem to resemble the past games in the series, yet when you play it, this feels like an honest to god Final Fantasy game! What many feared would be a 10 year long disappointment ended up being a game that understands that, great things take time. For any of you new to FF, what lies ahead of you is a huge beautifully crafted open world with tons of things to do. Whether it be fetch quests, hunting down monsters, exploring dungeons, or something as simple as taking pictures. It all feels fun and rewarding.
Combat is amazingly done, and feels fluid, fast, tight and above all else, is a blast to play. Upgrading and optimizing your squad is done very well, and in traditional RPG standards is clutch for you to succeed in future battles and missions.
While yes, some can see the game has a somewhat convoluted story, but if you pay attention, what lies in front of you is a vast rich lore that can easily spawn multiple sequels and even more media. I mean it already has an Anime and CGI movie. It definitely can do more and should.
Now while you've heard me praise nearly every aspect of this game, the real reason this game has made it onto this list, is how it utilizes its characters. What at first seem like pretty stock characters, soon become friends that you will cherish. Not only are they your teammates in battle they soon become your brothers in arms. Your friends in this game truly become that, your friends. And in all honesty what is better than going on an adventure with your friends?
1. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Look I understand that graphics don't really matter to the overall quality of a game, but when they are this perfect you have to point them out. Hands down the biggest and craziest adventure of the series and a phenomenal end to it. Gameplay is the same as before, but refined to the point where its impossible to think that it can get any better. The storytelling is masterful. The pacing is fantastic, and the characters really make you care about what is at stake here.
Not to mention, not only is the story mode worth the price of admission by itself, but the Multiplayer is just another scoop of ice cream on the overall sundae. It's amazing to think how much more versatile the mechanics can get with a simple grappling hook thrown into the mix. I mean pulling off a headshot while swinging around like ̶S̶̶̶h̶̶̶i̶̶̶a̶̶̶ ̶̶̶L̶̶̶a̶̶̶B̶̶̶e̶̶̶o̶̶̶u̶̶̶f̶̶̶ ̶̶̶i̶̶̶n̶̶̶ ̶̶̶K̶̶̶i̶̶̶n̶̶̶g̶̶̶d̶̶̶o̶̶̶m̶̶̶ ̶̶̶o̶̶̶f̶̶̶ ̶̶̶t̶̶̶h̶̶̶e̶̶̶ ̶̶̶C̶̶̶r̶̶̶..... Tarzan is amazing! Truly a perfect gameplay experience.
Even after sitting on this game for more than 6 months, I can still say with no doubt in my mind, that this game is better than Uncharted 2 , and that is saying a lot!
Naughty Dog, every time you decide to open your big ole trap, you spew out a masterpiece. Bravo! As always, bravo!
WELL! What do you guys think of the final list? Do you agree?
If you disagree what games did you fall in love with this year? What is your Top 10? What is your Game of the Year? (GOTY)
Let me know in the comments below, and as always, Cheers!