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  • By Jayson's Rage, in Frontpage,

    Hello and welcome! I’m Jayson and I hope you’re all having a great 2017 so far. Some of us are still looking back at 2016 and what it brought us. When it comes to entertainment, we love our lists, don’t we? Our sentient AngerBot reached out to you on Twitter, the forums, and Discord asking your thoughts on the top 10 PC games of 2016. There are items on this list that I heavily disagree with, but I’m not gonna argue with the AngerBot. Would you? I didn’t think so. I like being dead inside, not just plain dead.
    Without any further ado… Let us begin.
    10. Total War: Warhammer
    Total War: Warhammer is a game by Creative Assembly in the, you guessed it, Total War franchise with the theme of, get this, Warhammer.
    Craigr910 says it is “An excellent game in its own rights and shows that Creative Assembly are capable of incorporating non historical gameplay into their games”
    Nytefury says “As a Total War fan since Shogun, this is by far the best of the series.”
    9. Stardew Valley
    The easiest way to describe Stardew Valley to someone who does not know what it is, is simply “Harvest Moon, but…. Not”
    In the words of BleedingChaos23 it is - “A great zen game reminiscent of Harvest Moon. The simple yet detailed art style is what originally interested me, and as soon as I started, I instantly loved it.”
    While Dr. Evil states that it is an -  “Amazing indie game with a depth and breadth of gameplay options that puts most Triple A games to shame, and done with a very small team to boot.”
    And Wade D. McGinnis says “For a very long time I have wanted Rune Factory and Harvest Moon to come to PC. Never happened, but we got something better, Stardew Valley. A game that shows dedication to these older titles. If you love a deep, compelling game about raising a farm however you want, grab some coco, lean back in your chair and dive in.”
    8. Titanfall 2
    Titanfall 2 is the sequel to the well-received Titanfall that expands on the groundwork laid by the first game.
    Bast_50 says it is “A surprising great single player campaign, good story, and great stage design”
    Mortraven states it to be a “Very well done campaign, BT7274 was a great character to connect with.”
    Jayson’s Rage (hey, that’s me!) spoke of Titanfall 2 saying “Despite EA practically sentencing Titanfall 2 to death in several different ways, the game managed to flourish and be a higher quality game than EA's own flagship title. The campaign is incredible and entails twists and turns in gameplay that I did not expect but make it all the better for having been introduced. The Titan companion is incredible and endearing and felt more like an actual person than 96% of characters that came this year .Playing in Titans was actually fun this time around and having 9 variants to choose from vastly improves my want to be in the. On top of that, Respawn, rather than doing a season pass, is introducing new maps and modes and such with free updates. On the downside though, there wasn't enough verticality to the multiplayer maps on launch. But it seems like Respawn is trying to rectify that with future maps.”
    7. Dark Souls 3
    Dark Souls 3 is Dark Souls… 3. You kinda get the jist of the series by now, right?
    Wade D McGinnis says about the game “Originally I was very disappointed in the performance of Dark Souls 3. I had high hopes this would run flawless given the past two games on PC had shown improvement. Of course I was proven wrong, however. With patches, the game's performance finally matched it's content. While I would say this is not on par with Bloodborne, Dark Souls 3 combines the entire work of From Software into a nice little package. Sharp visuals, fast, challenging fair combat. Subtle nods to original Demon's Souls and enough deaths to keep you coming back for more death.”
    6. The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine
    Personally, I hate that this is on the list, as it is DLC, not a full game, but like I said. I’m not arguing with AngerBot. Trust me. There’s a title or two here I despise, but I AM a professional.
    The Expansion to Witcher 3, titled Blood and Wine… Well… Expands the world and story. What’d you expect?
    Acepilot666 says that it is an “Expansion thats a game of its own that continues the Witcher game.”
    And an anonymous user states “It continues the masterpiece that is the Witcher and has the best send off for a character in any video game. Goodbye Geralt, I love you man”
    While another anon says “It further expands on the Witcher 3 adding a new region and enemies to fight.The Story in some places is even better than the main story. It is filled with heaps of Easter eggs and references to other games.The majority of the story consists of finding and hunting down a dangerous vampire killer and along the way you will come across old friends and make new enemies. Yet again it uses the wonderful choose your own adventure type options. Highly recommend this one worth the money and is practically another game.”
    5. Civilization VI
    Sid Meier's Civilization VI is. Well. It’s Civilization. After 6 entries in just the main franchise, I think we all know the drill.
    Dr. Evil weighs in on this entry saying “While the AI needed some work after launch, Civ 6 is a great improvement over Civ: Beyond Earth's missteps, and on the level with Civ 5 after it's two expansions. Both games can be enjoyed separately and for different reasons, Civ 6 has a bright future ahead.”
    Jayson’s Rage (me again!) states “Civ VI is not only the most polished and stable release to date, but the most notable improvement between iterations as well. In past titles, in order to get a truly "new" experience, you were practically required to wait for a slew of DLC. While I'm sure the same thing will happen essentially, I'm happy that it's building off of a complete game, not finishing an incomplete one. (And holy shit the online MP actually works)”
    4. XCOM 2
    XCOM 2 is the follow up to the series reboot of XCOM back in 2012. It flips the idea on it’s head, though, as aliens have now taken over and you are essentially freedom fighters.
    BitterDan says “New features, challenging maps/enemies, replay value, I just love the XCOM games”
    Wade D McGinnis weighs in on the entry saying XCOM 2 “Improving on everything before it, XCOM 2 shows the player a nail biting tense experience that few games could match. Showing yet again that turn based games are not on the way out.”
    3. Battlefield 1
    Battlefield 1 is a stupid play on words/titles, but it is the latest in the Battlefield franchise, and my sources tell me that it’s set in WW1. I think. Hard to tell sometimes.
    BitterDan describes the title saying “Fast-paced action, great graphics, interesting maps, makes you feel like you are in a real battle”
    Remylia Scarlet states “The setting of BF1 is refreshing from the current trend of futuristic warfare to a much more forgotten war. The visuals, sound design and newly added operations mode helps [to] enhance that war like feeling”
    2. Overwatch
    Come on. You expected it to be somewhere on the list, right? Like, this game is a phenomenon.
    Bast_50 describes it saying “Fantastic Characters, Great gameplay, manages to make the worst players feel like a badass from time to time. Fantastic Seasonal Events.”
    Legolas_Katarn weighs in saying “Varied diverse characters [and the] game can feel very different depending on who you are using. Well made maps that give options to each of their characters. Free new content that is immediately available. Play of the match doesn't always work well but is a nice addition to MP games I'd like to see improved on and used for other games. New modes and amusing emotes and skins [are] frequently added.”

    Darkest Dungeon
    “While it may seem like cheating, the game went into official release in late of 2016. An outstanding combination of roguelike mechanics, brutal RNG and the godly narrator voice gives it a solid entry in my list.” - Remylia Scarlet
    Rise Of The Tomb Raider
    “Great graphics, excellent scenery, challenging puzzles, nice character upgrades, bewbs” -BitterDan
    Planet Coaster
    “By far Planet Coaster is the best park building and management game to come out in almost a decade. Frontier, creators of Elite: Dangerous, Thrillville and Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, did an amazing job making the building flexible to the point where an inventive player can create anything with a selection beautifully designed themes, and the park management is simple to understand.” - Maghorn
    “Large, crowded, and varied levels with a large variety of ways to accomplish your goals and many challenges to complete that can give you access to new ways to start a mission or new equipment. Allows people to create their own contract like the previous game and includes their own challenges with increasing difficulty. One time timed targets added to the game is an interesting inclusion without making you feel like you missed anything major if you miss them.” -Legolas_Katarn
    “THIS GAME. While at point it feels sluggish the actual game is solid with a vast amount of customization with races and mixing in random events with everything a 4x game needs and with paradox promising large updates at a regular pace its a solid game to pick up and my favorite PC game this year” -Craigr910
    Watch_Dogs 2
    “A much much better game with much better characters and story” - Acepilot666
    Shadow Warrior 2
    “Can't get enough Wang” -Bast_50
    Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
    “The PC release was my first experience with the game and loved it. Leveling System, Amazing Combat, Great Boss battles, Terrible 2nd Half of the game.” -Bast_50
    Gears of War 4
    “A great cover shooter that stayed true to the original while adding some new mechanics.” -Griever
    Forza Horizon 3
    “Forza Horizon 3, brilliantly paired with Xbox Play Anywhere, is a stunningly beautiful game. The PC port is quite impressive […] and the world is so seamless that it's difficult to believe how easy it is to drop-in/drop-out for multiplayer or singleplayer. This is the perfect blend of Arcade Racing and Racing Simulation that rests right in the middle of the two, neither side clashing with the other.” -Jayson’s Rage
    1. DOOM
    Come on. It wasn’t in the honorable mentions. It wasn’t on the list already. And you Know it goes on this list. DOOOOOOOOOOOOM. And no, I didn’t influence the AngerBot on this one. Well, no more than any of you did who voted. Lemme just get my blurb out of the way.
    Jayson’s Rage praises the game saying “Simply put, DOOM shows how to properly pay homage to the spirit of a franchise while bringing it into the new age. The campaign is the prime example of how to do fast action and show the motivations of the main character, even if that character doesn't have a voice. The Doom Slayer is one of the greatest characters to come out of 2016 and doesn't say a single word. And, contrary to the popular rhetoric, the MP is the best MP Doom has ever had (not counting mods and such) and SnapMap provides literally limitless playtime.”
    In the words of Bast_50 “Best. Soundtrack. Ever. When you just want to blow stuff up... Doom is the answer”

    By Conan, in Frontpage,

    Behold the Angry Army, Warriors of the Inner Sphere!
    Mission: We will be focusing hard on unit tactics, communication, and aggression in the field. Those looking to enter the unit will be squared away. Tutorial is a required prerequisite. Expect to be recorded.
    Enemy: Each other or public pilots.
    Terrain: To be determined.
    Time: 2pm EDT, 01/21/2017. Duration: 2 hours
    Location: AJSA Discord-> MWO Dropship 1
    Command/Signal: CMPCMDR Maghorn will lead the event. RSVP by commenting below. Questions may be asked here as well. Please come ready to use your mic and communicate respectfully/effectively.
    See you there.

    By Conan, in Frontpage,

    Please RSVP, using this post.
    Blood Bowl 2
    This is ESPN 8 The Ocho covering all the sports no ones else does! Tune in the month to see the AJSA Championship League of Blood Bowl 2! What is Blood Bowl 2 you ask? Blood Bowl 2 is a beautifully horrific and bloody strategic turn based Football game with little to no rules. You have 16 turns (8 in each Half) to score as many Touchdowns as you can to win the game. Play as 8 main Fantasy Warhammer races like Humans, Drawfs and of course the....................*sigh* elves. So find that gold stash, find a sponcer and make a team to win the cup and spill the blood of your enemies AND friends!
    ................Wait you dont like Warhammer, Football OR Strategy?! CLEANSE THE HERESY! *ahem* Back to you Jim.
    The Event will be a month long league tourny to see who just is the best BB coach of us. Will it be dodgy coaches? Bash and Kill? or the ones in between? Find out with the hosted events on Discord at  4pm EST/ 9pm GMT. The third event will be held on the 21st of January.
    Dedicated Players
    We encourage commitment and attendance within the EF, this we offer attendance pips for those players, who attend at least 50% of the events. For which you will receive said pip, once awards made their return.
    If you want to suggest ideas, discuss the game or make other recommendations, then feel free to do so in the PC Gaming Forum. If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact the EF leaders, namely Acepilot666, Brandykins1982, Conan, Digs or Jayson's Rage.

    By WITHASTICK, in Frontpage,

    Game Nights Killing Floor 2 (1/21/17), Hosted by BleedingChaos23 and Recon_avwf.
    Spots are limited and time is short, so save a spot by replying with ‘GNKF’ and your PSN ID.
    Game Nights are weekly PlayStation 4 community events where members gather every Saturday to play games together. These games can span from new released Triple-A games, old popular games, indie games, free to play games, and even PS Plus monthly line-up games that support multiplayer features. No matter what game it is we’re sure you’ll find something to enjoy. So come join the mayhem, make new friends, laugh all night, destroy the world or destroy each other!
    How To Join Game Nights
    Reply below with the Abbreviation you see above and include your PSN ID (you’ll be added to our Attendance List).
    Look for and remember your Game Nights Start Time for your region/country below.
    Remember who the Host/Hosts are.
    On the day and start time of Game Nights keep an eye out for an invite from the Host/Hosts (either an In-Game invite and/or a Party Chat invite).
    Game Nights Start Times
    Universal Time Coordinated
    10:00 PM UTC
    North America Times
    6:00 PM ET
    5:00 PM CT
    4:00 PM MT
    3:00 PM PT
    United Kingdom/Ireland Times
    11:00 PM GMT

    *Game Nights are ever changing and are open to change. Always stay up-to-date in case a Game Nights changes

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Nintendo Switch information and game reveals, 100+ short developer interviews, both plenty and pretty good banging to be in Mass Effect Andromeda, Swery65 creates indie studio White Owls, Microsoft confirms Game Mode for Windows 10, how Resident Evil 4 turned System Shock 3 into Dead Space, the introductory levels that developers should learn from, writing Lara Croft, Games Journalism Awards, how the Prison Architect developers broke the Geneva Conventions, Games Done Quick raises over 2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, closing Vancouver’s Indie House, an interview with the original Princess Maker 2 localizer, the best quest in Dragon Age Origins, how small changes in Bloodborne make a big difference in gameplay and themes, and more.
    Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods)
    Games Journalism Awards
    All excellent choices for writing and at least one video, by Errant Signal, two of the written ones I also had in my Best Game's Writing of 2016 list.
    Everything We Know About Nintendo Switch
    Nintendo Switch Translator Struggled to Translate Suda51, and for Good Reason
    Nintendo Exec on NES Classic Shortages, Nintendo Switch Supply
    Nintendo Offers Metroid, Mother 3 Fans a Glimmer of Hope
    Why Switch Doesn't Include Any Bundled Games
    Will the Switch outsell the Wii U? Gamasutra staff weighs in
    Handicapping the Switch's chances: Industry analysts weigh in
    Hands On With The Nintendo Switch
    Nintendo Switch: The Size Comparison
    The Nintendo Switch Feels High Quality, But the Games Aren’t Ready Yet
    Nintendo Switch online service's 'free' monthly games come with a huge catch
    Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto Didn't Lead Switch Development
    What Nintendo Fucked Up With The Switch So Far (The Jimquisition)
    Microsoft Confirms Game Mode for Windows 10 That Improves Performance

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer
    Let's Talk About Princess Zelda's New Look
    Splatoon 2 - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer
    Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord creators give update on development progress

    Shovel Knight Is Coming To Switch, Getting A New Structure And Price

    Nioh Goes Gold, Release Date Confirmed
    Nioh to add free PvP mode after launch
    ‘Nioh’ Is a Richly Detailed, Devilishly Challenging RPG That’s Just Too Tough for Me
    Diluvion gameplay demo - The PC Gamer Show
    'Prey for the Gods' Stands out from 'Shadow of the Colossus'

    Malicious Fallen debut English trailer
    Horizon Zero Dawn trailer reveals formidable foes, friendly Lance Reddick
    Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer
    New Shin Megami Tensei Switch and 3DS titles announced
    Night in the Woods launching in late February
    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer
    Torment: Tides of Numenera interactive trailer demonstrates a quest in action
    Rain World GIFs show gorgeous world and a giant bird of prey

    Watch an assassination spin out of control in the new Hitman 101 trailer
    Super Robot Wars V second trailer
    Hopefully they won't just run it through Google translate like they seemed to have done for Moon Dwellers.
    Resident Evil 7 trailer blatantly lies about a creepy old mansion being nice
    Resident Evil 7 free ‘Not A Hero’ scenario DLC launches this spring
    New Friday the 13th trailer shows off Jason's morph ability
    ARMS - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer
    Troll and I story trailer has forest fires, harpoon guns and invisibility magic
    Explore Mass Effect: Andromeda’s new space home and space car
    "The banging" in Mass Effect: Andromeda will be plentiful and good, producer says
    Mass Effect Andromeda crafting is 'quite a bit different' to Dragon Age: Inquisition
    Will Dad Quest explain the mystery of where all these dads keep coming from?
    Trine dev Frozenbyte announces Has-Been Heroes
    Guilty Gear’s newest fighter is a ninja businessman
    A Game Where You Play As The Boss In Classic Boss Fights
    After Halo Megabloks leak, 343 Studios teases a game "along these lines" could happen
    Super Mario Odyssey Is on the "Core Side," Like Super Mario 64, Miyamoto Says
    Conan Exiles to get full mod support on PC


    Fire Emblem Warriors - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer
    For Honor season pass listing leaks onto the Ubisoft store

    For Honor trailer shows powerful naginata-wielding Nobushi
    For Honor: Lawbringer Hero Profile - Exclusive Trailer
    For Honor: Valkyrie Hero Profile - Exclusive Trailer
    Little Nightmares release date slated for April, the cruelest month
    Tangiers developer posts hopeful update, teases new in-game footage

    Super Bomberman R - Official Nintendo Switch Trailer
    Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is coming to PS4
    Puyo Puyo Tetris - Official Nintendo Switch Trailer
    Sonic Mania - Official Nintendo Switch Trailer
    1-2 Switch - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer
    Darkseid is an Injustice 2 pre-order incentive
    WWE 2K17 rumbling onto PC February 7th
    Star Citizen has a "xenolinguistics specialist", and here's an interview with him
    Verdun adds ruthless kilt-wearing Scotsmen in free update
    Rainbow Six Siege update ushers in a bunch of requested fixes

    Darkest Dungeon's Radiant mode detailed, should arrive early Feb

    New Titanfall 2 Multiplayer Mode Gives Teams Only a Minute to Complete Their Goal

    Atlas Reactor goes free-to-play, adds new character

    Dishonored 2's next update finally lets you replay missions

    Battlefield 1 Players Are Getting Banned For Playing Too Well

    'Elite: Dangerous' Is Headed for a Galactic Arms Race

    Blizzard Banning Players Who 'Nuke' Overwatch Matches
    Blizzard Responds To Ongoing Fan Anger Surrounding The Overwatch Test Server
    Overwatch adds health bars to spectator mode
    D4 director Swery goes indie with his new studio White Owls
    'I'll work extra hard to never let you down like this again,' says Scalebound director after cancelled game
    Epic and Microsoft sued over Gears of War by man who claims to be the "real" Cole Train

    I thought this already happened, maybe something was mentioned by the guy back in January of 2015.
    Frostbite engine to blame for Dragon Age 2 Exalted March expansion cancellation
    Sony shuts down 20-year-old studio in European restructuring

    Wizards of the Coast makes a show of opening new digital game studio

    Titanfall Twitter Spams Random People Who Tweet They Want New Games

    Valve still working on single-player games — and those Half-Life and Portal movies

    Steam Removes Game After Developer Posts Fake Reviews
    How the Prison Architect developers broke the Geneva Conventions
    Oculus-Zenimax trial kicks off with final salvo of accusations

    Awesome Games Done Quick raises $2.2 million, smashing a record

    Contest offers $10K prize for a game about migration

    Superhot design competition offers publishing contract worth $50,000 as top prize

    Esports News
    Unlikely Street Fighter III Character Wins First Major Tournament
    Three legends, a pubstar, and their boss: what's up with China's new Dota 2 squad?

    Here's Why A Newly Formed Pro Dota 2 Team In China Has People Excited
    The Winner Of Last Weekend's Smash Wii U Tournament Won A Giant Cup Of Noodles

    LCS Player Survey Reveals High Salaries, Shocking Views About Women

    Alibaba Investing in World Electronics Sports Games Tournament as Part of Three Year Commitment to Esports

    Halo World Championship 2017 Qualifiers To Be Hosted By Millennial Esports, LAN Event in Las Vegas

    French Esports Streaming Company Eclypsia Launches Dedicated FIFA Channel Sponsored by Betclic

    Crowdfunding News
    UnDungeon - pixelart Action/RPG with Roguelike elements
    Sundered - A horrifying fight for survival and sanity
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc)

    Critical Path has added around 100 videos to their Youtube channel this week of short interviews with different developers. Developers talk about a subject for under a minute to around five minutes depending on the video.
    Closing Vancouver’s Indie House

    74-Year-Old Grandpa Says Goodbye To MMO He's Played Since 1999
    Writing Lara Croft

    Suda 51 wants to make a game as distinctive as No More Heroes for Nintendo’s Switch

    One from last Monday that I missed for last week's article.


    Yooka-Laylee devs: 7 biggest game design changes since the N64 era

    The Best Quest In Dragon Age: Origins Was All About Dwarves and Politics
    The Beauty of Permanent Death - BoukenJima
    Why doesn’t Sid Meier still make Sid Meier’s Civilization? - Here's A Thing
    Cancelled Version Of Resident Evil 4 Gets Playable Demo
    How Resident Evil 4 turned System Shock 3 into Dead Space

    How Bloodborne's Small Changes Make a BIG Difference - Writing on Games
    How games helped me deal with Tourette's

    Daughter sims and Clinton jokes: a conversation with the original localizer behind Princess Maker 2

    7 introductory levels that all game developers should study

    Watch Doom brought to its knees in this speedrun

    We Asked a Transit Planner How to Up Our 'Mini Metro' Game

    Classic Game Postmortem: Ms. Pac-Man
    Classic Game Postmortem - Populous
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games
    Real Surgeons Are Just As Bad At Surgeon Simulator As You Are
    Making Battleborn Competitive
    Watch Enchanting 'Undertale' Concept Trailer
    Watch Super Mario Odyssey's trailer remade in GTA IV