Favourite Games of 2016

2016 – Possibly the worst year of my life in terms of what is going on in the world. While video games feel extremely secondary in the grand picture I still would like to highlight some the titles that helped me to briefly take my mind away from all the shit going on.

Screenshot from The Witness.Top 10 games of 2016

  1. The Witness – The easiest pick for me this year, puzzle-perfection.
  2. Quadrilateral Cowboy – Super-charming and delightfully short hacking game.
  3. Inside – Great sci-fi-horror that sticks to your mind.
  4. Starbound – Went 1.0 this year and it is great.
  5. Abzû – Swimming with whales and turtles = liked it more than Journey.
  6. Factorio – Still in early access but nearly 20k positive reviews on Steam are not wrong.
  7. Firewatch – Thought this would be my goty 2016, still loved it but competition was tough this year. Want more games like this.
  8. Trackmania Turbo – In between swearing loudly, playing TMT is very addictive and fun. Hope they add more crash-physics in a sequel.
  9. Doom – On a technical/plain-fun level this is goty 2016. I have never really enjoyed FPS that much but this is, in it’s purest positive sense, one hell of a roller-coaster.
  10. Steins;Gate 0 (Vita) – Does not live up to it’s predecessor but is still probably one of the most accessible and better visual novels out there.

firewatch_150305_06Honorable mentions

  • Shenzhen I/O – I will probably blame myself years from now for not including this on the top 10 but I just haven’t had the time to play it enough to warrant an inclusion yet.
  • Fallout 4: Far Harbor – Better than the main game and a lot better than Nuka World.
  • Stellaris – Somewhat disappointed in this, blame myself for hyping it too much. Still played it for a very long session.
  • Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight – Metroidvania of 2016.

Permanent Honorary Mention

FTL_kestrel_design3FTL: Faster Than Light – Yup, still the best game since 2012.

Other games I played

  • AM2R: Return of Samus
  • Superhot
  • Yakuza 5 (PS3)
  • Shadow Complex Remastered
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Braid
  • Adr1ft
  • FIFA 17
  • TIS-100
  • Transistor
  • Elite Dangerous Horizons
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)



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