Best Video Games of 2016

Best Video Games of 2016

2016 was an amazing year for gaming. Overwatch blew the multiplayer shooter scene, Dishonored and Titanfall both delivered fantastic sequels (with time twists!), Doom proved that single player shooters are still fun to play, and No Man’s Sky was not worth the hype (to say the least).

It was a great year for indies such as: Oxenfree, The Witness, Inside, Firewatch, Virginia, Abzû… The list goes on and on.

Anyways, without further ado. Here are my favorites games of 2016.


The Favorites:

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Dishonored 2
  • DOOM
  • Firewatch
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Hitman
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Inside
  • Overwatch
  • Oxenfree
  • Superhot
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Witness
  • Titanfall 2
  • Virginia

The Honorable Mentions:

  • Abzû
  • Bad Chess
  • Clash Royale
  • Battlefield 1
  • Dark Souls 3
  • Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright/Conquest
  • Gears of War 4
  • That Dragon, Cancer
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Watch Dogs 2

Didn’t play (yet):

  • Thumper
  • Rex Infinite
  • Event[0]
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • SteamWorld Heist
  • Stephen’s Sausage Roll
  • The Banner Saga 2
  • Lovers In a Dangerous Spacetime
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Stardew Valley
  • Owlboy
  • XCOM 2
  • Civilization 6
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Best Video Games of 2015

2015 was an interesting year for games, but for some reason, it took me this long to compile a decent list. Here goes nothing.


The Favorites:

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Bloodborne
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Her Story
  • Hotline Miami 2
  • Life Is Strange
  • Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain
  • OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Splatoon
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Volume

 


The Honorable Mentions:

  • Galak-Z: The Dimensional
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rocket League
  • Telltale’s Game of Thrones
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

Good Comebacks, but not perfect:

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Fallout 4

On my play list:

  • Invisible Inc.
  • SOMA

Best Video Games of 2014

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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition 
    I never that I would love an action RPG the same way I loved Skyrim. Inquisition is an amazing game that provides days of fun. The game has it all. You can play with up to four characters. You can level up and upgrade your party. And you have all the time in the world to explore the vast open-world maps. Dragon Age: Inquisition is worthy of becoming a match to Skyrim.
  • Far Cry 4 
    When I first saw the gameplay trailer for Far Cry 4, I was jumping on my seat. I couldn’t believe that the follow up to one of my favorite games of 2012 was finally coming. Far Cry 4, feels new and similar at the same time. It has all what made Far Cry 3 special, the outposts, hunting animals, the variety of missions, and the assortment of weapons. What’s new in Far Cry 4 is that the setting is now in Kyrat. The game introduces many great and funny characters. Not to mention to great new tools, the Buzzer and the grappling hook. Far Cry 4 will definitely keep you entertained for days, even after you finish the story, you’ll still have a lot of places to discover and go to.
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor 
    One of the best games I’ve played in a while. ‘Shadow of Mordor’ is the game J.R. Tolkein’s franchise deserves. The Nemesis system and the combat stand out in the game.
  • Super Smash Bros.
    I actually bought the Wii U just to play this game! Another game that shows how entertaining couch-coop can be. The game is so good and it features a fantastic ensemble of characters to choose from. This game will definitely keep you entertained, whether you’re playing it on your Wii U or your 3DS.
  • Monument Valley
    Beautiful, simple, and enchanting. I fell in love with the adventure of Ida and Totem.
  • Rayman Legends
    Fun fun fun. Rayman is back again and it’s better than ever. Rayman Legends is one of best platformers I’ve played in years! Playing this game with friends is fun and rewarding.
  • Shovel Knight
    The most amazing NES-like game ever. Insanely addictive and ridiculously fun.
  • TowerFall: Ascension 
    Pure awesomeness. One of the most entertaining games for co-op play. Unlocking every character in this game is really challenging.
  • Transistor
    Another gem from the studio that created ‘Bastion’. The game’s soundtrack is mesmerizing and the graphics are just beautiful.
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order 
    Wolfenstein is back! Kill all the Nazis! The New Order is just amazing and satisfying. The story is captivating and I love the twist on World War II. Not to mention the awesome stealth techniques (I’m a huge stealth fan). I’m glad I played this wonderful game.
  • 80 Days
    A beautiful adventure. 80 Days is not a game as much as it it’s an experience. You can make your own choices in this game, travel to the cities you choose. And depending on your choices, you will travel around the world in 80 days, more or less.
  • Alien: Isolation
    An amazing scary, horror survival game. It’s like reliving the movie all over again. AI is a beautiful work of art that tests the limits of your fear and courage.
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft 
    The best digital card game experience. Hearthstone is wonderful, with its vast collection of cards and the diverse selection of opponents. It will definitely entertain you.
  • Mario Kart 8
    Another wonderful gem by Nintendo. Proving that the Wii U is still a major player in gaming. Mario Kart 8 is super fun. Providing hours of entertainment. Not to mention Luigi’s famous death stare.

Honorable Mentions:

  • InFamous: Second Son 
    My first PS4 title. I actually liked this game more than InFamous 2. Second Son’s graphics are insanely good and the fact that it has more than one power (four to be specific) is great.
  • Velocity 2X
    Intense. Fast paced. Endless fun. Velocity 2X is a great platformer that provides endless levels of fun.
  • Threes!
    An addictive puzzler that inspired a myriad of clones.
  • Wayward Souls
    The latest gem from the makers of ‘Hook Champ’, ‘Mage Gauntlet’, and ‘Punch Quest’.
  • The Sailor’s Dream
    The last entry in Simogo’s experience games suite. Can’t wait for their next one!

Disappointments:

  • Watch Dogs
    It wasn’t that bad, the idea was original, but it didn’t meet my expectations.
  • Assassin’s Creed: Unity 
    Although it introduced new features and mechanics (parkour, co-op, etc.), the story was weak and short, plus the game was full of bugs.
  • Destiny 
    Hyped up and heavily promoted, Bungie’s new game after the Halo series was really disappointing and it didn’t live up to the hype. Repetitive and boring. Not to mention the weak story.

Game I want to play:

  • Mario Kart 8
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Super Time Force Ultra
  • Dark Souls II

Best Video Games of 2013

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It’s that time of year again. The time where everybody talks about the best of the year. 2013 was definitely one of the best years for gaming. With a lot of great titles, both indie and AAA games. Not to mention it was the last year for the seventh generation consoles. It’s also the year Simogo blessed us with not one, but two video games. So, here is my list for the best games of 2013. In no particular order. I’m sure you’ll find some very obvious choices in my list. Here we go:

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Guacamelee! (PS3 – PSN only): An amazing platformer (Metroidvania) and definitely one of my favorite PSN titles. You play as a Mexican wrestler who is trying to save a girl that he loves and save the world. You can swap between dimensions among other great features.

Grand Theft Auto V (PS3, Xbox 360): I think that this one is obvious. One of the most anticipated games ever. The classic open-world sandbox GTA is back and kicking with the best game in the series yet. With  new features like the ability to play with three different characters and switch between them anytime, and new types of levels like heists. GTA V will surely keep you entertained with its 30+ hours story.

The Last of Us (PS3): The game of the year (a tie with BioShock Infinite). Naughty Games did and impressive job once again with this game. Proving that it really is one of the best game studios in the world. This game exceeded my expectations and is definitely worth every penny. A new take on post-apocalyptic stories. With a perfect story and great acting.

BioShock Infinite (PS3, Xbox 360, Mac, PC): The game of the year (a tie with The Last of Us). Although I’m not a fan of first-person shooters, this game was surprisingly good. You play as Booker DeWitt, who is on  a mission to rescue a girl, Elizabeth, to get rid of all his debts. Its one of the most beautiful games I’ve ever played. With stunning graphics and a full-of-twists story.

Beyond – Two Souls (PS3): An amazing interactive game by the makers of Heavy Rain. It is probably one of the most underrated titles of 2013. You play as Jodie, a girl who was connected since birth to an entity named Aiden. Although the story is somewhat lacking at some points and the controls are a bit confusing at first, the game is a work of art nonetheless. With great moving performances by Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe.

Animal Crossing – New Leaf (3DS):  One of the most addictive, time-consuming games ever! It will keep you entertained as you attend to your daily mayoral duties. Catch bugs, go fishing, collect some gemstones, build public projects, and travel to an island  to play some minigames or just relax. AC is great game that will provide weeks of fun gameplay and endless opportunities. Not to mention the option to play multiplayer with your friends. Once you get hooked on the game, you’ll play it for at least an hour every day.

Pokémon X/Y (3DS): The much anticipated latest installment in the Pokémon series. X/Y is the best Pokémon game yet. It looks amazing with the 3D graphics (a first for the series). The games takes place in the Kalos Region with Lumiose City (Paris) at the center. X/Y introduces over 100 new Pokémon and a new set of starter Pokémon. My favorite new feature is the updated EXP Share which gives each Pokémon you own %50 percent of the experience you get during battles. The game is a fresh breath of air to the series.

Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption (iOS): Who would have ever though that a fishing game could be so addictive? Ridiculous Fishing is definitely my choice as the best mobile game of 2013. You play as Billy the fisherman. The game is extremely addicting and once you start playing it you won’t put it down until you’ve caught every fish in the game. Also, the game has its own social network, Byrdr!

Device 6 (iOS): Simogo, one of my favorite indie developers, released two beautiful masterpieces this year. Device 6 is an interactive thriller novel. So it isn’t just one my favorite games of 2013, it’s also one of my favorite books of 2013. The game is a visual feast. It’s full of smart puzzles. The story is truly great, you need to focus on both the audio and the visuals to solve some of the puzzles. Device 6 is a work of art and I can’t wait to see what will Simogo do in 2014.

Year Walk (iOS): Another great puzzle/adventure game by Simogo (Bumpy Road, Beat Sneak Bandit). This mythical adventure is inspired by Swedish folklore. The game is extremely polished and the soundtrack is beautiful. A separate, well-crafted companion app (Year Walk Companion) was also released with the game with background information about the locations and the creatures. The game may be short, but it truly is one of the best iOS games I’ve ever played. The game will be released on Steam in 2014.

SteamWorld Dig – A Fistful of Dirt (3DS – eShop only): A surprisingly great platform mining game. The game is insanely addictive and fun, although a bit hard at some points. In the game, you play as a robot who explores the mines and fights enemies with his pickaxe. You can upgrade your tools and powers as you progress in the game. The deeper you dig, the harder it gets.

Ni no Kuni – Wrath of the White Witch (PS3): I’m not a fan of RPGs, but the reason I got this game is mainly because of its developer, Studio Ghibli. When I heard that my favorite anime studio co-developed the game, I immediately went out and bough it. The game is beautiful with a great story and a lot of cutscenes made by SG. In the game, you play as Oliver, a boy who travels to the other world in hopes of saving his mother, and the world as well. The game is a classic Japanese-style RPG that will keep you entertained.

Tomb Raider (PS3, Xbox 360, PC): The Long awaited reboot to the hit series was finally released this year. The game serves as an origin story for Lara Croft. It’s great to see Lara Croft  from a whole new point of view. The game follows the same game style of previous Tomb Raider, while introducing a lot of new techniques and weapons. Let’s hope that the next game is as good as this one.

Rain (PS3 – PSN only): Another great PSN title. The game is about a boy who sees a silhouette of a girl running in the street followed by a mysterious creature, so he decides to follow her and save her, while following her, he becomes invisible as well. Rain is a great adventure game even though it is difficult at some points mainly because of the invisible enemies.

Spelunky (PS3 – PSN only): Yes, another underground exploring game, but this one is different. Digging is not the main focus of the game. In Spelunky, you play as the spelunker, equipped with bombs, a whip, and some ropes, he is exploring the undergrounds trying to collect treasures, while avoiding enemies, dodging traps, and of course, saving foxy ladies. The game several modes, single player, multiplayer, local co-op, and the daily challenge mode.

The Legend of Zelda – A Link Between Worlds (3DS): I honestly never thought that I would find any great game after October, but the new Zelda game proved me wrong. The game is an example of how sequels should be. It still has the same great features and gameplay style that the series excelled at. Except that this time, it managed to keep all the great features while creating a beautiful visual feast that will keep you entertained for days, yes, days. Although a lot of the elements and the environment in the game look a lot like ‘A Link to the Past’, the game features a lot of new different features, missions and dungeons. ‘A Link Between’ Worlds is another reason why you should get a 3DS.

Papers, Please (Mac, PC): One of my latest favorites. I’ve been procrastinating playing this game for a while, but now I finally did. Papers, Please is an amazing game by the talented Lucas Pope. The game is set in the fictional communist country of Arstotzka. You play as an inspector at a border checkpoint. Which means you’ll have to decide whom to let in and whom to keep out by approving (or denying) the visitors’ passports. You need to work hard so you can provide medicine and food for your family while also paying rent. Most of your decisions in the game are based on emotions.

Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons (PS3, Xbox 360, PC): Starbreeze’s latest invention has got to be one of my favorites of this year. The game is, simply put, a game that requires both of your hands. I have never played a game where I have to control two characters at the same time before (you control each character with an analog stick). The game’s dynamics and great puzzles will certainly keep you entertained throughout the whole game.

Fire Emblem – Awakening (3DS): As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m not a fan of RPGs, but Fire Emblem kept me playing for hours. The game features a plethora of characters (about 50). One of the best things about the game is its beautiful cutscenes. FE is a great game that requires a lot of strategic thinking. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next in this great franchise.

Gone Home (Mac, PC): A first-person interactive game where you play as a woman who came back to her house and found that all of her family is gone. This game can’t be described, you’ll have to play it by yourself.

The Stanley Parable (Mac, PC): Another first-person interactive game. You play as Stanley. A guy who works at an office with his daily boring routines, who suddenly, finds that everyone in the building is gone.

Note: I don’t a own a PS Vita or a Wii U (yet!). But from all the trailers and gameplay videos I’ve seen, I do recommend playing these two games: Tearaway (PS Vita) and Super Mario 3D World (Wii U). I’m considering getting the Wii U and the Vita just to play them.

Honorable Mentions: 

PS3:-  Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Batman: Arkham Origins, Minecraft

iOS:-  Hundreds, Star Command, BADLAND, CRABITRON, Kami

3DS:- Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

PC:-  Civilization V: Brave New World, SimCity, DOTA 2