2016 comes to an end. (Thankfully! It was a pretty brutal year… death of Bowie and Prince, and the election.) It’s that time of the year to jump on the bandwagon and start making Best Of lists!
So here goes (in no particular order):
This has to be the most obvious contender. While I don’t think it’s the best Naughty Dog game, or even the best Uncharted game, it’s still a remarkable achievement, graphically and storywise. No game looks better than Uncharted 4 and they really tug on the heartstrings through all the relationships built up through the course of the series.
This caught me by surprise because I’m not usually a fan of PvP shooters. But the wide variety of colorful characters and simple setup makes for an unexpectedly robust experience. Playing with a friend definitely ups the enjoyment factor significantly.
Another surprise for me. I never thought I’d play one of these types of games, let alone consider it one of my favorites for the year. But the World War I setting was so unique and special and the story vignettes in single player really captured the horrors and sacrifice of war so well. If only there was more to the single player mode.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
A game that was on many’s Best Of list a year ago, and the long wait to PlayStation was worth it. I don’t think it beats out Uncharted 4 overall but it does a lot of things well. The story wasn’t as compelling as the previous game simply because Lara’s rise to bad-assery was better there. But I think the gameplay system and fighting mechanics outshone NaughtyDog’s game.
Batman: Arkham VR
What could’ve been a half-hearted attempt at VR was actually a gripping return back into this world. This could’ve made my list simply by virtue of being such a different experience. But Rocksteady again managed to really screw with our heads with a very visceral and mind-bending ending.
I have yet to play Dishonored 2 but I have a feeling that this would be on my final tally. I’ve liked what I’ve seen and heard good things. I think Final Fantasy XV could be a winner as well but I’ve been a bit more wary of jumping onto that ship until I hear more reviews from actual players. Mafia 3 was under consideration but the flaws in that game were just too deep to make my list.