ARTICLE: Top 10 Games of 2016

10. Zero Time Dilemma (3DS, PS Vita & PC)

If I had to make a worst video games list it would also feature this game, never before have I been so conflicted. On one hand it serves as the finale to the otherwise excellent Zero Escape trilogy, a series of visual novels with escape room puzzles to solve (a must own series for those with portable gaming devices), but on the other it is completely underwhelming as the conclusion to a series which still, in my opinion, much left to tell us.

9. Steins; Gate 0 (PS3, PS4, PS Vita, PC, and XBox One)

A late contender to the list, Steins; Gate 0 is a prequel/sequel story to the critically acclaimed anime and visual novel Steins; Gate. Set at a point in the middle of the previous games story, it leads on the journey of main character Okabe as he tries to deal with events that have left him broken. While it doesn’t quite reach the heights of the previous game it does give us further insight to the stories universe as well as introducing some interesting new characters.

8. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PS4, XBox One & PC)

After the Deus Ex series was successfully revived with Human Revolution fans waited eagerly for a follow-up game. Mankind Divided follows up one the endings of the previous game where the world is split between normal people and those that have been augmented. The story leaves a lot to be desired (thanks to some studio interference) the gameplay more than made up for that downfall. Missions and boss fights are more open ended than ever before, meaning you can go in all guns blazing or carefully hack and sneak your way in.

7. Rise of the Tomb Raider (Ps4, XBox One, XBox 360 & PC)

Those on PlayStation consoles had to wait an extra year for the sequel to the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot but I feel ultimately that it was worth it. Now the 20th anniversary edition, the game is packed full of extra modes such as the zombie survival Lara’s Nightmare or the wildernesses co-op games. The game itself still follows the same mould as the reboot but has greater emphasis on the tombs, etc.

6. Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice (3DS)

Reception for the precious entry in the long running Ace Attorney was mixed among the fan base who were critical of easier puzzles and a so-so story. Spirit of Justice attempts to recapture the feeling of earlier game entries by allowing you full exploration to search crime scenes as well as appearances from a few fan favourite characters.

5. The Last Guardian (PS4)

For years it had been presumed that this game had become vapourware and that it simply wasn’t going to ever be released. However those who remained vocal about the game is exactly what kept the games development open all this time. The Last Guardian follows a boy who has to work together with a large cat/dog/bird like creature called Trico to find his way home. Trico’s AI is incredibly well done, helping you to believe that Trico is a real animal, something that is easily appreciated by players who have animals themselves.

4. Final Fantasy XV (PS4 & XBox One)

Similar to the last game, Final Fantasy XV has been in development hell since its unveiling 10 years ago as a PlayStation 3 exclusive. With numerous delays and changes it was eventually released in November. Story and character wise, the game is an utter mess with an unfinished narrative that also spans a movie and anime series, and gameplay wise it’s still a little rough around the edges. Having said all that I still really enjoyed my time with games travelling around the world and exploring all it had to give.

3. Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE (Wii U)

The Wii U hasn’t been shown much love by developers or even Nintendo themselves but Atlus launched a sleeper hit on the console last year. Announced as a crossover between the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem series, fans were shocked when footage then showed it as an idol Persona-esque title instead. Those who dismissed the game based off early trailers and impressions missed a unique and charming game.

1. Trails of Cold Steel I and II (PS3 & PS Vita)

Both of my top spots have been taken by the Trails of Cold Steel games. Part of the larger The Legend of Heroes series we were able to explore the large continent of Erebonia to see the power on this side of the series universe. Between both games I’ve put in 200+ hours during which you’re exploring every nook and cranny of these engaging JRPG’s which harken back to the PlayStation 2 days with its strategic turn based combat and a world which really feels alive and bustling.


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