Hello! Welcome to my best/favourite 2016 releases so far. It is worth mentioning that this is by no means a definitive list and is instead my personal opinion. If you think I have completely ignored a game that you have fallen madly in love with then why not do you own list down the comments.
Now without further ado – commence list generation protocol best games of 2016 .1-6
Ratchet and Clank
Hands down the best looking PS4 game to date, Ratchet and Clank is also nostalgia on a disc. Whether you’ve played every game in the series or only remember it from the Playstation 2 days – 2016’s Ratchet and Clank’s retelling of the original game’s story is a joyous experience. Keeping its classic blend of humour and explosions you really can’t go wrong with Ratchet and Clank.
This one is sort of cheating as it was in early access way before 2016, but the official release was in January. Darkest Dungeon takes a look at the psychological toll of being a cool, cool adventurer. Characters are going to suffer trauma, belittle each other and outright not listen to your commands as they delve further into madness, but that’s okay because you can ply them with alcohol back in town to make them less stressed. Darkest Dungeon’s look at the darker side of adventuring is accompanied by gripping turn-based combat, permadeath and an utterly chilling narrator.
Street Fighter V
When Street Fighter V first came out there was a furore about it not being ‘finished’, but that doesn’t stop it being one hell of a fighting game. Sure there wasn’t a single player mode, but for folk who just want to hit strangers over the internet, there isn’t a more competent fighting game. A diverse cast of characters and promises of future content from Capcom meant players can happily press down, right, punch for hours on end.
Firewatch was one of those games that I knew was going to be good, but I didn’t know how much it would affect me. From the opening moments, Firewatch hooked me into its narrative. I really stepped into the shoes of the chap keeping an eye out for fires, wandering around the wilderness and dealing with his own personal issues. The beauty of the game often made me just stand and look at my surroundings. I was walking up a hill to take a nice photo and not for any other game related reason. I cannot think of another game that has immersed me so thoroughly.
Dark Souls 3
Finally, we are here. Dark Souls 3. What a game. By now everybody knows the Souls set up. It’s hard but achievable. The bosses are wild and dangerous. Even the average Joe monster is a threat. Dark Souls 3 is a tense, stressful experience from start to finish and that is exactly what it should be. There are very few other games out there that will get you adrenaline pumping in the same way. Whether you just dodged a giant sword swipe or perfectly executed a parry – the elation you get from Dark Souls 3 upon successfully defeating a boss is unlike any other. All of that is without talking about the rich lore, extensive multiplayer and infinite amount new game plus content. Dark Souls 3 will claim the lives of many in Lotheric and outside, too.
This article was originally published on GamerTimeUK but unfortunately, that site no longer exists, so I’ve republished it here.