Best games of 2016, post-summer edition

So I actually managed to play quite many games during the summer, many that were excellent. My top-10 most anticipated games of 2016 was:

  1. Firewatch
  2. The Legend of Zelda Wii U
  3. Tacoma
  4. Superhot
  5. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  6. Trackmania Turbo
  7. The Witness
  8. Adrift
  9. Xcom 2
  10. Mass Effect: Andromeda

At the moment I would say that my actual favourite games of 2016 ranks:

  1. The Witness
  2. Quadrilateral Cowboy
  3. Inside
  4. Abzû
  5. Factorio
  6. Firewatch
  7. Trackmania Turbo
  8. Doom
  9. Stellaris
  10. Fallout 4: Far Harbor

Honarary mentions to: AM2R – Return of Samus, Superhot, Yakuza 5 (2015-game and not PC), Shadow Complex Remastered (2015) and Ori and the Blind Forest (2015).

So obviously Firewatch was not as great as I had hoped, but still very good. Zelda Wii U was once more delayed to next year, as was Tacoma. Superhot was a bigger disappointment due to laggy gameplay that was not fixed in the amount of time it took me to finish it. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided I do not expect to see on my top-list any more, as I no longer have much interest in playing it. Trackmania Turbo delivered as expected a solid fun game, perhaps a little bit fiddly and too much of a challenge for me after a while. The Witness is almost guaranteed to end up claiming the no.1 spot on my 2016 list. I can’t see any upcoming game having me so engaged for such a long time, but there is always a chance. Adrift, Xcom 2 I haven’t come around to play and Mass Effect: Andromeda turned out to be yet another 2017 release.

I did not put Quadrilateral Cowboy on my most anticipated games 2016-list simply because I have had it on so many past lists without it turning up, but I am very happy it delivered according to my expectations. Inside and Abzû are two surprise-games for me, really good and hopefully an indication of more similar games showing up in the future. Factorio was recommended to me a while ago and it is another gem that I am sure to return to. Doom 2016 is a really big surprise as I typically am not a fan of the genre, but this is really fun and a game I must complete soon. Stellaris would have been on my anticipated list had I not missed it entirely. I hyped it a bit too much it turned out but it is still very good. The Far Harbor-expansion barely put Superhot outside of the top-10, but I thought it was a good add-on.

Oh yeah, and finally:

Permanent honorary mention: FTL: Faster Than Light.

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