Monday, June 13, 2016

Top 5 Games of the Year (so far)

Well shit, it seems like just last year I was writing something similar to this. How weird.
Just in time for E3, you can have a list! Hooray for lists!

2016 has been quite the year for games, and shit have I played a few.

5. Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon, a rogue-like turn based strategy RPG got its official release in January, after being in Early Access for about a year. I didn't play the Early Access version because I knew I would play it when it got a full release, and I am glad I waited. Darkest Dungeon is one of the most difficult and most fun games to come out this year, and definitely my favorite game to come out of Early Access. Sadly, though, the fun gameplay wasn't enough to make the grind of this game fun for more than a few hours.

4. Alienation:

Alienation is the only Game of the Year consideration that isn't something I played on PC, so there's that. Housemarque has pretty well perfected the top down twin-stick shooter, and with DeadNation also being one of their games, I would say their track record is pretty good. Fun gameplay, decent customization, and the Destiny-like loot system really makes the loop of this game pretty fun. I doubt this a real actual Game of the Year for any outlet, but it definitely deserves some kind of recognition.

3. Doom:

This game, along with Wolfenstein: The New Order is one of the best shooters to come out in recent memory. Something about this game makes it so fun; whether it be the tongue-in-cheek humor, the fast, fun gameplay, or the unexpected skill/weapon system. Everything about this game just seems to work so well together. Constantly running and gunning and glory killing the shit head demons, all just to save humanity, you are the Doom Marine.

2. Overwatch:

Man, what can I say about Overwatch. I love this game, and in reality, the only reason it isn't my Game of the Year so far is because there isn't a story mode. I don't expect one, and wasn't expecting one, but one would be great. The characters are fun and charming, the gameplay is varied, fast-paced, and fun, and the different characters and classes are all easy to pick up and fun to play. Though playing alone isn't the most fun, it is still a blast - given you get a team that doesn't all want to play Reaper or Bastion, fuck you Bastion I hate you. I can see myself putting a lot more hours into this game.

1. Dark Souls 3:

Dark Souls 3 is the Dark Souls 1 sequel we all wanted. The combat is solid as hell, as it usually is, the weapon/build variety is large, but not too big, the lore is as ambiguous and hard to find as it always has been and the added FP and weapon arts mechanics add a few more gameplay styles. I love this game. I've beaten it 3 times and have about 70 hours into it and still have the urge to play it. Though other games have taken my attention from it, it is still a great game and a perfectly capable Dark Souls sequel.