Luke's Top Five Games of 2016

Luke's Top Five Games of 2016
 
 

2016 was a damn fine year for gaming. Not only did we see the release of two of the longest running gags in the industry - which actually turned out to be good (Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian), but we also saw the release of so many good, great, and surprising games that it’s not even funny.

So here we stand, a pile of played games in hand, and I have to pick a tiny few that rang loudest for me; the games that hit my personal hype buttons even after rolling credits; the games that when I think back on the year, they are the ones that my memories say “STAND UP GOOD SIRS AND TAKE A DAMNED BOW!”

5. Quantum Break

From the moment I heard Remedy were going to be mixing a live action series with a game, and how the choices you make during the mission affect what you see on said show, I knew I was going to enjoy Quantum Break – and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed.

Well, that’s not entirely true. The final fight took a difficulty spike right out of left field, and I didn’t like that you couldn’t have multiple saves, but I did like that you could jump from Xbox One to PC and take your saves with you.

The story, acting, and gameplay in QB was all top notch, and I had a ton of fun playing around with the decisions – even though many of smaller changes didn’t amount to much of a difference, it was cool to see these live action characters’ comment on thing I did during the last mission.

I was really impressed with how well the story was told, and loved how despite starting off pretty strong, as you played through and the enemies somewhat scaled in difficulty, by the end I found I was zipping about and absolutely destroying every encounter. I felt like the super-heroic powerhouse the character was supposed to be. Some may see this difference in power as a little boring, but I really enjoyed it. Could it have been a bit more challenging? Maybe, but I would gladly drop coin on some story DLC or a sequel. Please let there be a sequel!

(I would honestly prefer a follow-up to this before Alan Wake – sorry).

Quantum Break Review.

4. Battlefield 1

The Battlefield franchise holds a special place in my heart, and with Battlefield 1 I was overjoyed to return to the era of The Great War. I say that, because my love of this gameplay started with the precursor to Battlefield 1942 in all but name; that game of course was Codename Eagle.

Having the chance to once again soar through the skies in World War 1 fighters, dog fighting around massive blimps, and storming all those European lands with century old tanks, or rushing the fields, sword in hand on the back of a fearless horse – Battlefield 1 was epic.

Not only did developer DICE bring some of the most beautiful graphics to the eye holes of gamers, they also provided incredibly solid gameplay, and quite honestly the best campaign the franchise has seen to date.

Whether you want to play multiplayer solo or in a squad, there are plenty of ways to score, win, and enjoy yourself. Playing in a non-modern setting was also a refreshing change of pace from the other AAA FPS titles of the last few years.

Battlefield 1 Review.

3. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

With this – their love letter to all things Nathan Drake – Naughty Dog show exactly why they are one of the reasons I own a PlayStation 4. For a system that constantly spouts that Greatness Awaits, Naughty Dog is one of the few studios that has consistently shown that greatness is already here. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the perfect example of why that is.

Whether I was navigating the streets and plains of a foreign land, exploring the mysteries of a forgotten isle, spending quiet moments with characters I love, or rampaging through the decayed woodwork of ancient cities, this game gave me all my favourite PS4 memories this year.

There were times where it did begin to get a little long in the tooth, but then again, many of those provided a special character moment that I wouldn’t want to do without. The more time I got to spend with these people, the better. The multiplayer is also a ton of fun to play, especially if you can get a solid group together.

The graphics were stunning, the environments vast and fun to explore, the story completely on-point, and the ending both tear jerking and hopeful. I loved this game.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Review.

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Comments Comments (11)

 
Posted by predatorhunter
On Friday 9 Dec 2016 3:09 PM
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I agree the coalition team has done a fantastic job on gears of war 4. Look forward to see the direction they take it in from here.
 
 
 
Posted by Nibblo
On Friday 9 Dec 2016 3:10 PM
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Nice, pretty much agree with all your choices though haven't played Tyranny yet, will give it a go now.
 
 
 
Posted by Outlaw213
On Friday 9 Dec 2016 3:16 PM
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Thumbs up for Battlefield 1 :)
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Friday 9 Dec 2016 3:38 PM
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This is a nice brutal list
 
 
 
Posted by LukeB
On Friday 9 Dec 2016 8:57 PM
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9 December 2016, 03:10 PM Reply to Nibblo
Nice, pretty much agree with all your choices though haven't played Tyranny yet, will give it a go now.
You should - it's a great game :)
 
 
 
Posted by BlakeyNZ
On Saturday 10 Dec 2016 10:35 PM
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Good list with good explanation as to your choosing. I like seeing that Xbox play anywhere made an impact on your choices
 
 
 
Posted by NZBuc
On Monday 12 Dec 2016 12:49 PM
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Great list Luke - liked the honourable mention section too!
 
 
 
Posted by LukeB
On Monday 12 Dec 2016 4:09 PM
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10 December 2016, 10:35 PM Reply to BlakeyNZ
Good list with good explanation as to your choosing. I like seeing that Xbox play anywhere made an impact on your choices
Yeah man, Xbox Play Anywhere is great - really hope more games opt to include it! Dead Rising 4 would have been a great opportunity, alas, it is not.

And thanks NZBuc, which titles in it were your favourites? Let me guess..... Titanfall 2? Great fun that game is :)
 
 
 
Posted by ninja
On Tuesday 13 Dec 2016 9:08 AM
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Yes def for Uncharted 4 and GOW! Should give Tyranny a go!
 
 
 
Posted by LukeB
On Tuesday 13 Dec 2016 10:13 AM
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13 December 2016, 09:08 AM Reply to ninja
Yes def for Uncharted 4 and GOW! Should give Tyranny a go!
Yes! Yes you should :)
 
 
 
Posted by maxnaughty
On Friday 16 Dec 2016 3:58 PM
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Battlefield 1 rocks!