Anthony’s Top 5 Games Played in 2016

5. Forza Horizon 3

Personally I am not a “racer” guy but Forza Horizon 3 gives you what you know and expands upon it in a beautiful and fun arcade racer. With so much to do in the vast open world of Australia you are left with tons of fun and addictive gameplay. Being able to plow through trees, shrubs, fences and other shenanigans without your car breaking down or getting destroyed is greatly satisfying. The easy gameplay loop of doing different races to gain fans and expand your festivals feel rewarding when you see dozens of events appear. Forza Horizon 3 is one of the nicest looking games of the year, coalesced with great gameplay and high replayability, it is an amazing game even if you are not a racing game fan.

4. Life Is Strange

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking – that game didn’t comes out this year! True but I played it this year and it’s my list so deal with it. That being said, Life Is Strange is easily one of my favorite narrative driven/branching path “walking simulator” games. It has a super memorable story with multiple pivots and surprises along the way to keep you interested in it throughout. With an accumulation of great characters and voice acting, you become attached to the characters and feel for them as the game progresses. The time mechanic that the main character, Max, is able to manipulate is what caught and grabbed my attention immediately and this is one of my favorite parts of the game. Your ability to use time is so well done and is built into the story perfectly creating an intense story that keeps you on the edge of your seat often.

3. Superhot

You ever want to punch someone in the face, take their gun, shoot another bad guy, throw your gun at someone else, take his gun and maybe find a katana or some other awesomeness? Well now you can, Superhot makes you feel like the most badass person in the world. You are in first person and frozen in time and whenever you move, so does time, It pins you up against enemies in a variety of situations while you try to eliminate everyone in any way you can. With an intersting art style and a unique type of gameplay, Superhot is one of the biggest surprises of the year for myself. They have released a VR version of the game with new levels that I need to try because that’s where I feel the game belongs. With or without a VR headset, the premise and gameplay is enough for everyone to give a try.

2. Titanfall 2

My favorite first person shooter of 2016 is without a doubt, Titanfall 2. The sequel to the multiplayer only game has a campaign this time around and it is phenomenal. There are certain moments in this game that will have you intrigued and in constant awe. The story about the boy and his robot has been told many times and this is another variation of that but that is made up by it’s superb level design and gameplay mechanics. Warping throughout time and using automatic targeting weapons while wall running and taking out as many enemies to progress is fucking great. Equipped with a fun online multiplayer introduced in it’s original game, there are plenty of meat on the bone of Titanfall 2. The fluidity and speed of your players movement makes every second of this game enjoyable.

1. Uncharted 4

Uncharted’s staple has always been the set pieces and this game is no different, in fact this game has some of the best ones. Racing through Madagascar jumping from truck to truck and ending at an exciting finish is just jaw dropping. Visually the game is a technical masterpiece, I’ve never seen a console game look so beautiful as this one does. The facial capture and animation is also quite impressive. The men and women at Naughty Dog closes Nathan Drake’s story as perfect as perfect can possibly get. Introducing his brother in the fourth iteration should feel odd in a sense but the amazing story telling by the writers makes it feel right and makes you actually care for him in my favorite video game this year.