2016 has been one of my favorite years in gaming. I probably say that every time I compile one of these lists, but I truly mean it. This year brought back tons of gaming experiences that I thought I’d never be into again, or play again. One of them was because of a fan’s passion for a particular franchise. Before I get started, I always feel the need to say that this list is my personal favorite games of the year, not an indefinite list of the best games. I also didn’t get to play every game that I wanted to this year (Watch Dogs 2 / Dishonored 2). So, let’s get started.

    Honorable Mentions

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    The Witness, Street Fighter V, Pacman Championship Edition 2, Pokemon Moon. 

     

    10. Titanfall 2 (Xbox One)

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    Titanfall 2’s blend of amazing single player story and fast paced multiplayer makes it a must play. Respawn made Titanfall 2 the most fluid controlled FPS I’ve ever played. Running and jumping off walls has never felt better. All the customization options for your pilot are just icing on the cake.

    9. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PS4)

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    For all the hate Call of Duty gets, they always produce amazing games. I haven’t played a Call of Duty campaign in years, but for some reason, I decided to give Infinite Warfare a try. Flying my ship around the star map, doing side missions, upgrading guns, all while being enveloped in a great story is all I could ask for. The main characters name is also Nick, which made the story feel more personal to me…

    8. Deus Ex GO (iOS)

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    I never thought that a mobile game would ever make my favorite games list. I played Lara Croft GO and Deus Ex GO back to back, loving every second of it. Solving each puzzle is a challenge and builds on each new tactic you learn. For $2.99, its a must play.

    7. Gears of War 4 (Xbox One)

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    Gears of War is officially back! New characters breath fresh life into the franchise, and characters like Old man Marcus makes the fresh life feel right at home. The multiplayer also feels like an upgraded original Gears of War.

    6. Inside (Xbox One)

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    Inside may tell the best story without words I’ve ever seen. Inside also has some of the most beautiful aesthetics in a game I’ve seen. I would say more, but I don’t want to spoil a single thing.

    5. Overwatch (PS4)

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    Overwatch brought multiplayer shooters to new heights. Not only did Blizzard make playing all roles, including healing and tanking fun, but they also made playing the objective number one.

    4. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)

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    Uncharted 4 was a fitting bookend on a legendary franchise. A Thief’s End may possibly have the most satisfying ending of any game. Spencer gave this game a 10 and I have no problem with that score.

    3. DOOM (PS4)

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    DOOM may be the most metal game of all time. Fast pace movement, slick controls, amazing weapons, and a hardcore soundtrack is a recipe for greatness. The way DOOM pushed the “petal to the metal” when damaged, instead of “run and hide” gave this a fresh feel from other FPS’.

    2. AM2R (PC)

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    All I’ve wanted was a new Metroid game. Thanks to a super-fan, I got one. AM2R is Metroid 2, with a Super Metroid skin. Slowly clearing the map and hunting Metroids was so refreshing. Thank you for making this game!

    1. Ratchet & Clank (PS4)

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    What more can I say about Ratchet & Clank that my review hasn’t already said? Even though I caught a ton of internet hatred for this review, I stand by my 10/10. Ratchet & Clank just puts a smile on your face the entire time playing. Whether it’s your amazing arsenal of weaponry or the basically Pixar-esque graphics, this game just continuously delivers on the most important level, and that’s just having fun. Ratchet & Clank is my Game of the Year simply because I had such a blast playing it. That is, after all, why we play video games.

    Thanks for reading this article everyone! If you want to see my co-editors favorite games, here are their lists! Walter / Spencer. Let me know in the comments below what your 10 favorite games of 2016 are, and what you think of my list! Hopefully, 2017 brings us just as many great experiences!