It’s that time of the year when we start dishing out awards for the best games released in the past 12 months. Rather than pick one winner for the whole of PowerUp! or take a vote, we’re simply going to give you our own personal best games of 2016.
Here we have Jimmles’ list.
5- Street Fighter V (Post update) – PC, PS4
I love Street Fighter V. I have played it all year and will continue to play it for a long while yet, but I can’t in good conscience give SFV the #1 spot on this list due to how poorly handled it’s launch was.
Thankfully the core gameplay is simply great and after several free updates including a story mode and more characters (Akuma drops before Christmas, get hype) the game feels a lot more fleshed out, and finally worth recommending to new and old Street Fighter fans alike.
4- Final Fantasy XV – PS4, Xbox One
The first Final Fantasy game that I have played in years, Final Fantasy XV has such a strange charm to it.
The battle system is strange, but figuring it out the strategies is satisfying. The realistic/magical world setting is strange, but it is fascinating, and the characters are strange, yet somehow endearing (yes even you Prompto). It’s all so strange, but that’s why I love it.
3- Overwatch – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Overwatch to me, has been the perfect Team Fortress replacement. While TF2 became cluttered with crafted items and hats, Overwatch is streamlined and clear. I’m not the best Overwatch player, however I can still enjoy the hell out of it and that is very important to making a new multiplayer FPS successful.
On top of that the art direction is fantastic and there isn’t a single character design that I don’t like. Considering this is Blizzard’s first ever FPS they have done an amazing job in creating something truly iconic.
2- Titanfall 2 – PC, PS4, Xbox One
Any game that features mechs you can stomp around in always gets a look-in from me, but Titanfall 2, man this game just nails it.
While the campaign was great in itself multiplayer is so much fun. While not as graphically impressive as games like Battlefield 1, there are just so many moments in multiplayer where you have to step back, take in everything that is happening and think “Holy crap this is insane”.
Also successfully dropping a titan in on someone never gets old. Bullseye!
1- DOOM – PC, PS4, Xbox One
DOOM was a surprise for me, I knew it was going to be good, but I had no idea just how damn good it was going to be.
The combat; so good, the tone of the game; so good, the music; so bloody good. Everything comes together to create an amazing experience that made me feel like the toughest bastard on Mars, and that Hell should fear me.
Just writing about DOOM makes me want to start a new campaign so I can rip and tear some demons apart all over again.
Pokemon GO – Android, iOS
While the hype has died down and I only play Pokemon GO on the rare occasion these days, Pokemon GO deserves an honourable mention for the sheer cultural phenomenon that it had become.
When it first launched I saw people everywhere playing this game, ev-er-y-where. Friends of mine who never played Pokemon in their life were playing the game and getting excited about Pokemon. Finally, so many non-believers finally understood what makes the world of Pokemon so charming in the first place.
There you have it. Jimmles’ top picks for 2016. Are yours similar? DO you disagree vehemently? Let us know in the comments below and keep an eye out for the rest of our picks for GOTY 2016.