“Slow news day?” I hear you ask. Well yes, disembodied voice that sometimes tells me to do immoral things, gaming news is pretty scarce right now. But since I’m already here, I thought I’d write a thing anyway, SO STOP TELLING ME WHAT TO DO! Sorry about that, I just really hate that guy.
Anyway, seeing as 2016’s almost over and done with, I thought it might be fun to look back at a few of the games that really wowed me this year. I’m also super curious as to which games kept all of you fed in 2016, so be sure to let me know in the comments.
Before we kick things off, I should mention that I’ll be listing games I played this year, not just games that came out this year, and they’re in no particular order.
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine
I’ve been playing The Witcher 3 on and off ever since it first came out, but when I got my hands on both the Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine expansions, I just couldn’t put the game down. I only recently finished Blood and Wine, and all I can say is wow. Just… wow.
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to pick just one game of the year, but if you held a BFG to my head, I’d probably say Doom 2016. The game’s a friggin masterpiece. The only issue I have with it is that its campaign is too damned short. But then again, I don’t think I’d ever really get enough of it. Also, dat soundtrack!
Other than a few major disappointments (looking at you, Unity), I’m quite fond of the Assassin’s Creed series, and especially Black Flag. There’s nothing quite like sailing the semi-open seas looting and pillaging everything in sight. Which is why the highly underrated Rogue quickly became my second favourite. It’s basically Black Flag, only with more ice, more betrayal, and a hell of an Irish accent.
Skyrim Special Edition
I explained that Skyrim SE (Special Edition) isn’t really worth spending money on in my mini-review/mod showcase, and that’s mainly because the original Skyrim on PC can be made to look far better than SE with just a few mods installed. But still, Skyrim SE was the best excuse I had to sink another couple of months into the brilliant RPG, and that’s a very good thing.
Portal and Portal 2
Yeah yeah, I’m a pathetic excuse of a gamer for only playing these two this year, blah blah blah. I GET IT! No really, I get it. After I finished the first game, I was super annoyed that I hadn’t played it sooner. The Portal games were some of the most fun, hilarious games I’ve ever played, and if you still haven’t tried them, I feel bad for you, son.
If the screenshot above isn’t enough of a justification for Limbo‘s inclusion in this list, then I don’t know what is.
Man, I got so much mileage out of this game. I initially completed Fallout 4 back in January, but thanks to all of these great mods , I was still playing it regularly up until a few weeks ago. It’s the best.
Heroes of the Storm
Speaking of mileage… Heroes of the Storm will probably go down as the one game I’ve sunk the most time into ever. I’ve probably played it every day since it originally launched back in June 2015, and I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon.
I participated in every free weekend Blizzard ran for Overwatch, and I finally bought the game about a week ago during its ongoing sale. If you’re refusing to try it out because of the hype the game’s receiving from almost the entire gaming community, you’re doing yourself a massive disservice.