I'm going to presume I'm not the only one who believes the wealth and quality of games this year has been unbelievable. We're used to have one or two obvious standouts but this year has been absolutely full of top-tier, polished experiences. Even the controversial No Man's Sky has its die hard fans. Out of all those games in 2016 though, which has made the year special for you?
Here's my three faves. Actually narrowing it down to three was a painful experience, but I'm pretty sure this is my final three. The best of best of my gaming in 2016.
Picking a game of the year was tougher than last year because there’s been a heck of a lot of great games but not one true standout. DOOM just about edges it for being just about the most perfect update I could ever have hoped for the aging franchise (multiplayer notwithstanding). From the thumping industrial soundtrack to the brutal, flowing violence, DOOM delivered in spades. There's no better feeling in games this year than ripping off a pinky's tusk and shoving it in its own eye. Id Software’s post-launch support has also been impeccable. The recent addition of Arcade Mode makes an already great game even better, accentuating its fast movement and chaining together of moves to fantastic effect.
I’m a sucker for theme park management games, and after suffering through RollerCoaster Tycoon World and disappointed by Parkitect, I had one last hope for the genre. Planet Coaster may still be a work in progress but that’s what makes it so exciting. Frontier has delivered and iterated on the most in-depth park creation tools I’ve ever seen, delivering a game which is both immediately accessible and frighteningly complex. You can plop down premade rides or you can literally spend five hours making a stunning burger shack, the choice is all yours.
For me, Naughty Dog are the studio that can do no wrong. I know cinematic adventure games aren’t to everyone’s taste, but Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End reminded me just how much better Nathan Drake’s globetrotting jaunts are than the pale imitation that the Tomb Raider reboots are. Somehow Naughty Dog manage to dig deep time and again, upping the ante and delivering spectacle after spectacle to incredible effect. Couple that with some of the finest visuals I’ve ever seen, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a game which will live long in my memory.
Over to you now then, what was your game/s of the year? Anything in particular that stood head and shoulders above the rest? Let us know!