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2016 has been a rather unexpected year when it comes to gaming. We’ve had good games, bad games, disappointing games and games that end up getting canned for one reason or another. Regardless, it’s time for a list and it’s not going to be an easy one. I’m not limiting this to just Nintendo games. I’m involving all sorts of games so without further ado, these are my Top 10 Games of 2016.

Word of warning for everyone… if you find that a game you like isn’t on the list, you are welcome to make your own and share it. I won’t judge you and remember, the only opinion that should ever matter is your own.

Let us begin.

10) Song of the Deep - PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC

Kicking off the list we have Song of the Deep, developed and published by Insomniac Games. Song of the Deep is basically Metroid but in an underwater style. I will admit. This game had me intrigued because of its design and presentation. When I got to play it, it was a sight to behold. The presentation for it is incredible with the level of detail to be intense. It’s gameplay leaves a lot to be desired but it fits the world that this game is. Not to mention it’s a bit too simple and short, around 4 hours. I’ll cut some slack since the game is rather cheap and there’s replay value to back it up. This game deserves a bit more appreciation. Sure it’s not the best but for what it’s worth, it’s a soothing and satisfying experience. I recommend that you pick the game up, at least to see for yourself how good it is. It’s $10! It’s not the best but I feel that it deserves to be #10 on my list.

9) Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS - Nintendo 3DS

To think that Nintendo would take a risk and bring a game like this to their best-selling handheld is a challenge onto itself. But for its shortcomings, I say that they did a good job. Mario Maker for 3DS is what it is, a port of a game that was on Wii U now fit on the handheld. Nothing more. Nothing less. The only problems I have with the game is that there’s no Amiibo functionality, you can’t play others courses or share courses online and the only way you can share them is through its Streetpass function. But despite its negatives, the game is still really fun and can even push your skills as a gamer/level creator to the test. Had this game allowed you to share courses online and play others’ from the get-go, it’d be rated higher. I recommend playing this on a New 3DS XL because, on a regular 3DS, you can experience crashes. I just want to give you a heads up.

8) Final Fantasy XV - PlayStation 4, Xbox One (PC coming soon)

We waited a long time for this game. It originally was going to be part of the Fabula Nova Crystalis as Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Unfortunately, it was scrapped and then replaced with this. The wait was long but in the end is worth it. Final Fantasy XV is a great game. Its strong points are the gameplay, the open world location and the many things you can do in this said world. My problems with the game are its lackluster story and the characters. The four protagonists are fleshed out well enough but everything else feels flat. Made worse is that in order to better understand this, you need to watch stuff that’s outside the game like the film Kingsglaive and OVA Brotherhood. Other than that, I couldn’t find anything else wrong but at least Square-Enix is dedicated to making the game better while filling up story bits that should have been added. Thankfully I’m happy with that and it shows that they really want to make the game feel complete. I recommend giving this game a chance. Besides once the negatives are pushed aside, you have a game that’s very satisfying.

7) Overwatch – PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC

Blizzard has a lot of balls for trying their luck in the first-person shooter genre and it paid off considerably with this game. Overwatch is just that: a first-person shooter game where you and five others can take the fight against the opposition in various modes. They range from escort/stop the payload to capturing defensive points/objectives on the map. Okay. It’s a bit small but that’s not why it’s on the list. Overwatch’s strong points are its setting and characters. No two characters are similar. Each character offers something different and that’s what makes it good. Coupled with the fact that there’s a lot to do in this game, it’s nuts. We already got two new characters, a whole bunch of new modes and events and knowing what 2017 has in store, it’s going to get better. This game is better played if you have friends because it’s all the more satisfying when you achieve victory. I ask you… are you with me?

6) Paper Mario: Color Splash – Nintendo Wii U

I know what you’re thinking. Why is this game on the list? Let me explain. Sure this game uses the same style as Paper Mario: Sticker Star but that’s pretty much it. Why it’s on my list because it is a much better game. Design wise, it is awesome. It is a step up from the previous game and the theme involving paint and colors adds it in perfectly. You can tell when you travel through Prisma Island. The addition of restoring the world through paint offers something different. Using cards instead of stickers is a lot better. The humor this game has is spot on with some being very funny to listen. Color Splash offers a lot here and I say it is miles better especially since it’s released on a system that’s on its deathbed. I only wish that Nintendo could go back to its roots with the game offering what it should be, instead of this. But for what it’s worth, I say it’s a must buy. Truthfully it is a must buy and I recommend this game.

Enjoying the list so far? Good because we’re now reaching the halfway point of this list. There’s no going back for us now.

5) Fire Emblem Fates – Nintendo 3DS

Three years after the release of Fire Emblem: Awakening, we get a game that not only is good but offers so much. I’m talking about Fire Emblem Fates and I speak on behalf of everything the game offers. What’s different from the previous games is its branching campaigns. You play as Corrin, a young noble who was born in the kingdom of Hoshido but was raised by the kingdom of Nohr. When both kingdoms declare war on each other, you have to make a choice on whose family you would side. Should you side with Hoshido, the kingdom you were born in as your Birthright. Should you side with Nohr, the kingdom that raised you and follows the side of Conquest. Or will you choose neither side and instead work to have both kingdoms unite under one banner and learn of a Revelation that threatens all. That is what makes the game stand out. The three campaigns: Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation offer hours of gameplay and customization that can drive you nuts. Replay value here is through the roof, along with additional content via DLC drives it even further. I won’t go into too much detail but if you haven’t picked up this game, you should. I recommend trying your luck to get the Special Edition of the game, which has all 3 campaigns in one DLC. But if you are getting either Birthright or Conquest, expect to spend a lot just to get the rest. It’s why this game gets the #5 on my slot on this list.

4) Gravity Rush Remastered – PlayStation 4

In 2012, a game called Gravity Rush was released on the PlayStation Vita. It was a game that was fun, different and offered something new. Sadly not many people got to play it due to being released on a handheld that Sony never gave a damn about. Four years later, SCE Studio and Project Siren bring this game over to the PlayStation 4 and my god, it is incredible. Gravity Rush Remastered is marvelous. Seeing the game in glorious HD is jaw dropping. It's nuts! What’s even better is that it runs at a solid 60 frames per second. Flawless 60fps. It is perfect. They also refined the game’s controls making things such as sliding across the city seamless. You can use the back buttons on the PS4 controller but there’s also the option to use the DualShock 4’s motion controls so it offers some variety for players. What’s even better is that the Remastered port includes all the DLC for the game and at a price of $30, how can you say no to that? You simply can’t.

This game is what made the PlayStation Vita stand out but now that it’s on a PS4, it’s the go-to game for anyone wanting this console. I highly recommend it. It is a must buy, without a doubt and it should prep anyone for the eventual release of Gravity Rush 2 coming in January.

3) Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita and PC

WayForward should be praised and commended for making a game like this. Not a lot of people are going to like having this as my #3 spot but this is a perfect example of a Kickstarter campaign done right, aside from Shovel Knight. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is amazing. There is so much good to say here such as the presentation. Design-wise, it’s a step up from the previous game. 2.5D at its finest with the character models being at its absolute best. Jake Kaufman does it again with the music here and all the tracks are addicting to listen to. Very addicting. The gameplay is similar to the first two games but it’s improved and easy enough for anyone to pick up and play. Hopefully, with the upcoming DLC like Risky Boots’ campaign, Half-Genie Hero is going to be one that’s worth every penny. Show love to WayForward. Get this game now!

2) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice – Nintendo 3DS

The Ace Attorney series has endured for more than 15 years with a strong and devoted following. 2013’s Dual Destinies is one a lot of people were hyped for and though nowadays is a bit mixed it was a welcome addition. Three years later, Phoenix Wright returns in full force with the sixth game in the main franchise: Spirit of Justice. Similar to the previous entries, it’s a visual novel style game where as Phoenix Wright (or any of the others like Apollo & Athena) you must investigate witnesses, find evidence and discover the truth through the courts. This time around, the story takes Phoenix to the Kingdom of Khura’in and in that country, defense attorneys are outlawed. Spirit of Justice introduces the Divination Seances where it details the last thing the victim sees before they pass on. But the truth isn’t always black and white. That’s where we come in to figure out if what the victim sees is the truth or not.

Many staples that are prevalent in the previous entries return here but its biggest points are its story and music. The story is a bit dark and intense for a game like this and the music is still its shining moment. Believe me, there are some tracks that are incredible to listen to. Whereas Dual Destinies serves as a return to form for the well-respected attorney, Spirit of Justice serves as a passing of the torch for Apollo Justice, allowing him to take the spotlight he deserves. It’s reason enough why this gets the #2 spot.

1) Pokémon Sun & Moon – Nintendo 3DS

Some people like the game, others didn't. To tell you the truth, I enjoyed the game. As a fan of Pokémon since Generation 1, I had a lot of expectations. They paid off when it came out. Nintendo, GameFreak & The Pokemon Company took a lot of risks in making this stand out over the previous generations. Removing some staples like Gyms, HMs seems crazy when you think about it. However, when I got to play it for myself, I can say is wow… they nailed it. The game does hold your hand a lot at times but you do get the chance to explore at your leisure. The Island Challenges are interesting and provide something different instead of going to a gym and earning a badge. It’s emphasized a lot and I like it personally. Z-Moves are also cool and how they look is amazing. But if I were to net any nitpicks, it’s the story. That leaves a lot to be desired. I wish it can improve but at least the game is still the way you remember it.

Pokemon Sun & Moon may not be for everyone but for those that put the time into it, it’s a pretty awesome game. I recommend it and yes, it’s one that I feel should be #1 on my list.

Honorable Mentions: Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, Pokken Tournament, Yo-Kai Watch 2 Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls, Ratchet & Clank PS4, Kirby: Planet Robobot

That’s pretty much it for this list. Remember, my list is 100% opinionated and you are welcome to disagree with me. If you guys have a list of your own Top 10s or if you feel that a game you played should be on the list, let me know in the comments. I look forward to hearing from everyone.

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OMG YOU'RE MISSING *** GAME YOU R SUX!!111oneoneEleven!

Seriously though, I thought 2016 was an amazing year for games. I wont try to make a top 10 list though because my gaming tastes are too broad. I mean how can I say if Forza Motorsport is better than Final Fantasy or something. They're too different to compare against each other for me. forza is way better if I feel like a racing game, FF is better if I want an rpg.

Anyway, I would like to ask you if you don't mind about Fire Emblem Fates. I currently have it borrowed from my neighbor, and I'm like in chapter 14 or something in the Hoshido route, and I've been doing more of the extra stuff than the normal game. I made kids with everyone I can currently, and I even S ranked relationship between some of the kids themselves (all of them actually, but not all of them TO all of them, just one or two others for each kid).

That said, I really don't see the hype. I find the story to be very simple, and some 'twist' at the end wont change that, because the journey matters too, and fact is the journey is really pretty simple. I don't really feel like the combat is anything to write home about either. Other tactical RPGs generally offer you more variety in skills, spells, classes, etc. This one is pretty much walk up to enemies and smack them and make sure you don't have anyone squishy against any nearby enemies during their turn. You may argue most TRPGs are like that, but I prefer something like advance wars (not an rpg I know but the combat system is virtually the same) where you create chokepoints, accept losses/trade blows, etc. 

 

I mean I'm not saying you're wrong for liking it, but what is it that appeals to so many people? The Story or the gameplay, or something else? Because I really simply don't see it. If it is the story or gameplay, fair enough, just not for me I guess.

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The gameplay for it is refined making it easy for newcomers and challenging for veterans. Multiple difficulty settings, three campaigns (Birthright, Conquest, Revelation), high replay value, it's nuts. Birthright may have a simple story but that's just only one... one of three scenarios that occur in the game.

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I need to play the new Shantae and Phoenix Wright. I imagine Gravity Rush is a lot more enjoyable on a console, I remember it being physically painfully to play on the Vita for me.

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I recommend trying your luck to get the Special Edition of the game, which has all 3 campaigns in one DLC. But if you are getting either Birthright or Conquest, expect to spend a lot just to get the rest.

It's not that bad as owning one game allows you to download the other one at half the price. So if you picked one up for about $30 the whole thing would only cost about $70.

 

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That said, I really don't see the hype. I find the story to be very simple, and some 'twist' at the end wont change that, because the journey matters too, and fact is the journey is really pretty simple. I don't really feel like the combat is anything to write home about either. Other tactical RPGs generally offer you more variety in skills, spells, classes, etc. This one is pretty much walk up to enemies and smack them and make sure you don't have anyone squishy against any nearby enemies during their turn. You may argue most TRPGs are like that, but I prefer something like advance wars (not an rpg I know but the combat system is virtually the same) where you create chokepoints, accept losses/trade blows, etc. 

They heavily simplified the gameplay with the previous entry (and also completely broke the game mechanically), Fates does a lot to fix that but Birthright (the Hoshido path) is the simplest of the three entities gameplay, difficulty, and map design wise (it most mirrors the previous game in the series). Most people just like the last two Fire Emblem stories for the marriages and character supports, and as long as they are allowing everyone to marry and trying to think of a way to throw kids into the plot as playable characters the plot is likely to always be a very weak point.

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16 minutes ago, Legolas_Katarn said:

I need to play the new Shantae and Phoenix Wright.

 

They heavily simplified the gameplay with the previous entry (and also completely broke the game mechanically), Fates does a lot to fix that but Birthright (the Hoshido path) is the simplest of the three entities gameplay, difficulty, and map design wise (it most mirrors the previous game in the series). Most people just like the last two Fire Emblem stories for the marriages and character supports, and as long as they are allowing everyone to marry and trying to think of a way to throw kids into the plot as playable characters the plot is likely to always be a very weak point.

 

That is true. They simplified the game in Awakening and at times they broke it a bit too much (Galeforce in Awakening = broken). Fates fixed a lot of the issues. Birthright is the easiest whereas Conquest is hard as hell and Revelation is a balance between the two.

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at times they broke it a bit too much (Galeforce in Awakening = broken).

And that your character could solo (or pair) the game if paired with the right character.

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Birthright is the easiest whereas Conquest is hard as hell and Revelation is a balance between the two.

Map layout if also a thing that's different. Awakening removed any kind of map variety or gameplay element like fog of war or varied mission objectives, Birthright mostly sticks to that simple use of maps as well.

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2 minutes ago, Legolas_Katarn said:

And that your character could solo (or pair) the game if paired with the right character.

Map layout if also a thing that's different. Awakening removed any kind of map variety or gameplay element like fog of war or varied mission objectives, Birthright mostly sticks to that simple use of maps as well.

 

Oh yeah, I know that. I've seen people do FE Awakening solo/pair units. That's nuts.

Yeah they did for Birthright. Conquest involved some of the tougher gameplay elements like survive for a few turns.

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I dunno. Maybe birthright is the weak link amongst the 3, but I'm treating it like a demo.. does playing this make me want to cough up cash to try the rest? Nope, and I'm glad I didn't buy this much either.

Before actually playing it, I read many articles and posts about which one should get first, and every article I read said birthright because it's easier and it will teach you the game mechanics and conquest was practically unfair, even amongst its fans. Even if that's true, you think someone would have mentioned 'but play conquest if you want a story because birthright's is weak'. Nobody mentioned that.

As it stands, even if conquest is better, I don't know why anyone who started with birthright (being most people from what I can tell) would be interested in getting it after birthright.

 

sorry to bag on a game you like, I mean I like games people think are terrible too sometimes...and I'm not even saying this one is terrible just.. it certainly surprises me to see SO many people think it's like the 3ds game of the year material or something.

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9 hours ago, Ghaleon said:

I dunno. Maybe birthright is the weak link amongst the 3, but I'm treating it like a demo.. does playing this make me want to cough up cash to try the rest? Nope, and I'm glad I didn't buy this much either.

Before actually playing it, I read many articles and posts about which one should get first, and every article I read said birthright because it's easier and it will teach you the game mechanics and conquest was practically unfair, even amongst its fans. Even if that's true, you think someone would have mentioned 'but play conquest if you want a story because birthright's is weak'. Nobody mentioned that.

As it stands, even if conquest is better, I don't know why anyone who started with birthright (being most people from what I can tell) would be interested in getting it after birthright.

 

sorry to bag on a game you like, I mean I like games people think are terrible too sometimes...and I'm not even saying this one is terrible just.. it certainly surprises me to see SO many people think it's like the 3ds game of the year material or something.

 

It's alright.

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Wow. Interesting list! Pretty 3DS heavy there. Overall good choices!

 

Been playing Gravity Rush Remastered after getting it on Christmas discount. I played the Vita demo a LOOONG time ago and I've been waiting for the PS3 version, but it came out for PS4 in the end so there you go. Lovely lovely game filled with charm and just ..... it's just.... so CUTE! This game made me say CUTE! Not a lot of games made me do that!

 

Man, Ace Attorney. I'm totally going to play that game! But unfortunately since I'm a cheapskate and in Australia that game is currently $50, I'll just have to wait till the iPhone version is out which will definitely have episode 1 for free and the rest will only cost $20. Patience is virtue as they say.

 

Thanks for mentioning Shantae! I forgot about this game. I've been eyeing on this game since E3 2015 but other games made me forgot it. The song in that trailer was.... alright.

 

 

But the recent trailer's song? FUCKING LOVE IT

I'm buying this now!

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On 1/9/2017 at 11:29 AM, Kaz32 said:

Wow. Interesting list! Pretty 3DS heavy there. Overall good choices!

 

Been playing Gravity Rush Remastered after getting it on Christmas discount. I played the Vita demo a LOOONG time ago and I've been waiting for the PS3 version, but it came out for PS4 in the end so there you go. Lovely lovely game filled with charm and just ..... it's just.... so CUTE! This game made me say CUTE! Not a lot of games made me do that!

 

Man, Ace Attorney. I'm totally going to play that game! But unfortunately since I'm a cheapskate and in Australia that game is currently $50, I'll just have to wait till the iPhone version is out which will definitely have episode 1 for free and the rest will only cost $20. Patience is virtue as they say.

 

Thanks for mentioning Shantae! I forgot about this game. I've been eyeing on this game since E3 2015 but other games made me forgot it. The song in that trailer was.... alright.

 

 

But the recent trailer's song? FUCKING LOVE IT

I'm buying this now!

 

Very good choice my friend.

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On 1/11/2017 at 1:58 PM, DestinyDecade said:

Very good choice my friend.

I have beaten both Shantae and Gravity Rush 100%. Great games indeed. Although when looking at one of the fanart for Shante in the art gallery, I have no fucking clue what this is supposed to be.

ABBA3076056D5EACFB633AFBC43D8A4F972571A8 (1920×1080)  Now I can't wait to get my hands on Gravity Rush 2!

 

Fun fact: Shantae and Risky Boots are voiced by Noel Vermilion. And now I want to see Central Fiction to see the end of Blazblue's story! So sad that I can't see your Chronophantasm playthrough anymore. 

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On 1/12/2017 at 2:23 AM, Kaz32 said:

I have beaten both Shantae and Gravity Rush 100%. Great games indeed. Although when looking at one of the fanart for Shante in the art gallery, I have no fucking clue what this is supposed to be.

ABBA3076056D5EACFB633AFBC43D8A4F972571A8 (1920×1080)  Now I can't wait to get my hands on Gravity Rush 2!

 

Fun fact: Shantae and Risky Boots are voiced by Noel Vermilion. And now I want to see Central Fiction to see the end of Blazblue's story! So sad that I can't see your Chronophantasm playthrough anymore. 

 

Blame Arc System Works. They don't want me doing their story mode, they don't deserve my interest. And yeah, they are both voiced by Christina Vee, the same one that's also the voice of Miraculous Ladybug.

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On 1/14/2017 at 5:43 AM, DestinyDecade said:

Blame Arc System Works. They don't want me doing their story mode, they don't deserve my interest. And yeah, they are both voiced by Christina Vee, the same one that's also the voice of Miraculous Ladybug.

What. Why?? I can't believe they're just like Nintendo restricting gameplay from their own games. That's just not good for anyone dang it!

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