1/10/2017

HBM's Top Ten Games of 2016

So, 2016 certainly was... a year. But disregarding all the absolute shit that happened, in terms of video games, it was a good year. We got some great games... and some disappointments. But I'm counting down my favorite games of the year. Of course, this is all subject to change in the future, and only games I've actually played.

#10: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven


Oh wow. A game based off my current favorite anime made the list. What a shocker.

Anyway, while it's debatable which has the better gameplay, this or All Star Battle, both are great games in their own merits. Eyes of Heaven is pretty much what we all wanted from a JoJo game: 2 vs 2 combat, in a 3D open environment, with stage interaction/hazards, special team attacks, and more fan favorite characters made playable.* Topping it off with an original story, bringing the characters from all eight (so far) parts of the story to fight the biggest threat of the series so far (even if it is non-canon), this game will scratch that JoJo itch we gamers have.

#9: Attack on Titan


Just about everybody's heard of Attack on Titan at this point, so it's no surprise that it would have video game adaptations. This simply-named game, from the team that does the Dynasty Warriors games, is pretty much the best we could hope for in regards to an AoT game. The 3D-Maneuver Gear works amazingly well, there's actually some decent strategy and placement planning in fighting the Titans, and playing as the Rogue Titan and decimating all but the most powerful of Titans is so damn satisfying. There's even a tease or two about the upcoming 2nd season of the anime! Considering Koei-Tecmo's tendency to shit out sequels to their Warriors titles, I wouldn't be surprised to see a sequel to this game at some point down the line.

#8: Watch_Dogs 2


Yes, the sequel to one of the most underwhelming games ever makes the list. Really, Watch_Dogs 2 doesn't do too much different from the original game, and I've even heard criticisms about the removal of mini-games from WD1. So why does Watch-Underscore-Dogs 2 make the list? Because it has so much fun with itself. With all the youth culture, bootleg-memes, and relentlessly targeting every despicable shitbag they could, it's impossible for this game not to win you over, unless you're the most cynical great-grandparent ever. And speaking of unexpected sequels suddenly announced earlier this year...

#7: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2


I'll admit, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 has a bunch of flaws. Most of the game is just copy-pasted over from Xenoverse 1, just with slightly more fair AI and RNG (emphasis on slightly), there's not much keeping me coming back for more compared to the first game, and there's still no original Dragon Ball. Really, the only reason XV2 makes the list is that it builds upon what goodness there was in the first game. And with over a year's worth of DLC on the way, it may get a chance to improve. But for now... eh.

#6: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4


For supposedly the final Ninja Storm game, this was a great way to go out. With bigger boss battles than ever before, the biggest roster of characters, and the jump to PS4/XBOne allowing for even more gorgeous graphics, this was an excellent finale. And with the Boruto DLC coming next month, it seems like there's only going to be more bringing us back to this beauty of a game.

#5: Project X Zone 2


The sequel to one of the best strategy RPGs ever made, now filled with even more fanservice! More popular characters, better animation, and even a few Nintendo characters! Otherwise, it's pretty much the same as the first game, with a similar plot to boot. But the game's awesome enough that that's not a bad thing. More Project X Zone will always be a good thing... hint hint...

#4: Overwatch


I'm gonna be honest, I was kinda skeptical about whether or not this was gonna end up making the list, considering the lack of single-player modes and my usual lack of interest in online-only games. However, Overwatch was able to win me over very definitively. What the game already has is addictive enough that I can barely put the game down for longer than a week. The diversity of the characters, and the game's encouragement of you to try out new strategies and characters, are very rewarding and fun to experiment with. Basically, Overwatch is a game anyone can play, and do at least semi-passably at, and that is amazing.

#3: DOOM


The original DOOM was pretty much the game that really popularized the FPS genre, and it's newest sequel/reboot/whatever revitalized it. This game is basically about murdering as many demons, as quickly as you can, and as gorily as you can. You're encouraged to rush right into hordes of enemies with guns blazing, and fists ripping and tearing. With the awesome new Glory Kill mechanic ,the insta-killing Chainsaw and BFG, and a rocking electronic-metal soundtrack backing you the whole way, it's impossible not to feel like a badass playing this game.

#2: Final Fantasy XV


I know this is a bit of a controversial entry, considering how polarizing this game was. Some think it was shit and didn't live up to the hype. Some think it was decent enough for what it was. Some are just plain upset at the cut content and lack of explanations. Either way, I ended up really loving this game in the end. The journey of the protagonists and their bond of brotherhood really resonated with me as I was playing. The gameplay, for what it is, is pretty good, there are some awesome boss battles, the soundtrack is impeccable, and, even in the linear second half of the game, I was enjoying myself. In fact, I liked FFXV so much, I really wanted it to be my Game of the Year... but I just couldn't justify putting it over...

#1: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End


The Uncharted series has always been amazing in every department: Gameplay, sound, graphics, and general production values are always high for this series... and Uncharted 4 blows the previous games out of the water in all these regards. The levels are even bigger than before, the graphics are practically real-life quality, and the story is much more fulfilling, with a very fitting ending. It's a good thing this is the end of the main series, because I don't know how the Uncharted series could get any better than this.

So, that's my Top 10 games of 2016. Within the next few days, I'll be putting up my Top 10 Games of 2017 I'm Most Excited For.

HBM, signing out.
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* But still no FF, because fuck plankton, apparently.

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