We’re half-way through 2016, and it’s been a big year in gaming so far. Plenty of fantastic games, but certainly no shortage of disappointments.
We’re primed for a big second half of the year with the likes of Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2 and No Man’s Sky, to name a few, still set for release. I’ve had a blast so far in 2016 playing some of the best games this generation has to offer. Here are my favourites and not-so-favourite games of 2016 so far.
Best Of 2016 So Far
Dark Souls 3
Dark Souls fans probably couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion to the trilogy. Dark Souls III is a marvel in game design, and while it still suffered from the same shortcomings of its predecessors in framerate, level design and other technical issues, it reached and then surpassed with brutal force the standard of difficulty and challenge that those before it set.
It might lack the depth of a Call Of Duty or Battlefield, but where Overwatch surpasses its main competitors is in the sheer addictiveness of its gameplay and variety of its character roster. With competitive modes still set to come, Overwatch promises to be a force in gaming for years to come, and is yet another home run from the gaming juggernaut that is Blizzard.
This satisfyingly challenging, highly intelligent and aesthetically pleasing puzzle game doubles as one of the surprise packets and all-round best games of 2016. Few puzzle games match The Witness for wittiness and elegance. It’s a special game that’s managed to meet and then surpass the high expectations surrounding its development.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
It was a long-time coming for PlayStation fans, but Uncharted 4 finally landed on PS4 to thunderous applause from gamers and critics alike. The final chapter in Nathan Drake’s story, Naughty Dog’s first major release designed specifically for the console demonstrated just how much important the studio is to Sony, and how beloved it is by PlayStation fans the world over.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Blood and Wine
Sure, it’s an expansion, not a full game, but Blood and Wine could have been release as a separate entity and it still would have been a home run. CD Projekt RED continues to set the standard for DLC, releasing a 20-hour add-on that is the perfect way to end Geralt’s memorable journey.
Reaching the heights of its fantastic predecessor was always going to be a challenge, but Firaxis once again proved that it is the premiere strategy developer. XCOM 2 disappointingly skipped console, but its PC exclusivity led to a better all-round game. XCOM 2 is an instant classic, expanding upon and evolving the best traits of the series and genre proper.
Compelling and beautiful, Unravel is one of the must-have indie games of 2016. It might be incredibly short at only six hours long, but the mostly wordless tale of love is a memorable exercise in emotion and adventure. Few games are able to say so much without saying much at all quite like Unravel does.
Honorable Mentions …
- Far Cry Primal
- Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
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