Games Of The Generation: 2016

A few weeks back, we kicked off a new feature series that took a look at the highest-rated games to release across the Xbox One and Playstation 4. So far, we’ve looked at the top titles to release in 2014, and just recently we saw how stacked 2015 was for games.

This time around, we’ll take a look at the games that were released in 2016, and despite having a tough act to follow there were plenty of notable releases split across different genres. 

Once again we’ve based the list on how they’ve ranked on Opencritic, so check them out below.

Honourable Mentions:

Titanfall 2

Titanfall made an appearance in our list that focused on 2014, so it’s certainly not a surprise to see its sequel appear as well.

Titanfall 2 was a significant improvement over its predecessor, and it’s reflected in how well the game performed among critics. Titanfall 2 features a proper single-player campaign mode, and it’s arguably one of the best we’ve seen in years.

Dark Souls III

From Software continued their much-loved series in 2016, with Dark Souls III launching in the first half of the year.

Seen by many as a fitting conclusion to the Dark Souls trilogy, the game stuck to the series’ core gameplay elements for the most part, with a few refinements here and there. Most importantly though, is the game features the same classic gameplay that fans know and love.

5. Stardew Valley

It’s crazy to think about the success that Stardew Valley has become and the effort that was put into the development of the game. For anyone that doesn’t know already, Stardew Valley was initially developed by a single person, Eric Barone. He had some help from publisher Chucklefish, as well as other studios in porting the game to Xbox One and Playstation 4, but the end product is astounding.

Stardew Valley sees players taking control of a character who assumes ownership of his late Grandfather’s farm. You’re able to pick a basic layout for the farm when you start the game, with each option coming with its own benefits and limitations.

Outside of maintaining the farm, there are also NPCs to interact and build relationships with, quests, and other activities like fishing.There’s a lot of content to the game, with it taking roughly 50 hours to make it through the main game content.

4. Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon 2 made an appearance on our 2014 feature, and now it’s time for Forza Horizon 3 to step into the spotlight. Given the game was a significant improvement over its predecessor, it makes sense that Forza Horizon 3 appears here.

Forza Horizon 3 swaps out the European hillsides for the various sights of Australia, with a map that is twice the size of Forza Horizon 2. The location was a massive hit with critics, praising the game for its beautiful world design. Couple that with the mechanics that have made past Forza Horizon titles a success, and it’s no surprise that the game performed so well.

3. Inside

Playdead only has two games under their belt, but both of them have been received incredibly well among players and critics. Their second title, Inside, is not only regarded as one of the best games of this generation, but as one of the best games of all time.

Much like Limbo, it’s a game that is strengthened by its mystery. You control a young boy venturing through a dark, dystopian world as he infiltrates a scientific facility. As you try to avoid capture, you must complete puzzles, hide, and run for your life.

Inside is weird, and that’s one of its biggest strengths. The gloomy setting and creepy art style make Inside a game that everyone should play at some point.

2. Overwatch

The fact that Overwatch is still a popular multiplayer title 4 years after its release should stand as an example of how good it is.

Releasing in the first half of 2016, the hero-based first-person shooter took the industry by storm even before its official release. The game’s open beta drew in just under 10 million unique players alone. Its launch was a huge success, garnering praise for its addictive gameplay, accessibility and character design.

The game has seen a massive amount of support following its release too, with new characters, seasonal events and re-balancing to ensure the game remains enjoyable to its dedicated following. With a sequel in production, one can only expect the game’s fans to flock to it once it’s out.

  1. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Uncharted 4 is an amazing game, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s also a great conclusion to Naughty Dog’s top-notch quadrilogy that kicked off in 2007.

Nathan Drake returns once again for a reunion with his long-lost brother, Sam. Sam has pulled his brother out of retirement to find the location of Henry Avery’s long-lost treasure.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was highly regarded upon release. Personally, it’s my favourite in the series, but critics praised the game for its characterisation, visuals, and gameplay that the series had been praised for in previous entries.

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