How's it going everybody!? Well, 2017 is almost a week away, but the end of the year is a time for reflection. Of course, what would a reflection of 2016 be without the top games we played this year. Adam and I each decided to make a Top Five list. As most of you know we both ventured into a new type of lifestyle, a lifestyle involving children. Anyone with kids know certain things slow down in your life, one of those things for us happened to be video games. We were both a tad limited on what we could play. Therefore, we decided to make our own separate Top Five list. Please feel free to jump in with a comment at the bottom. You can also give us a shout on Twitter. Adam is @21Henchmen, I'm @WebHeadNick86, and of course you can reach both of us @Nerd_901. This will also be the last post we do for the year. We are taking the last week of the year off to help prep for 2017. We hope everyone enjoys the holidays. Stay nerdy and all the best to everyone!
Watch Dogs 2
I'm aware of how great this game has been to everyone playing it around the world. It seems to be better than it's predecessor. Looks like Ubisoft learned a bit from the first game. Hearing what experts in the gaming industry say about this game has me waiting for Christmas day to try the game out. Good press from internet celebrities to local gaming YouTubers @2Player_CoOp have prepared us for an exciting game full of hacking and chaos.
Nick's Top Five
1. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
It's safe to say that not only is Uncharted 4 a great game, but arguably the best game of 2016. As a matter of fact, it is MY game of the year without a doubt. This game has everything you look for when you fire this masterpiece up. It has the best story, visuals, and cast of voice actors in the industry. It wasn't until this fourth installment released that I made my debut into the Uncharted series. I never got the PS3, so when I bought my PS4 I settled into the Uncharted bundle that gave me the first three games. With much joy I made my way through those three just in time for the release of this game. I didn't hesitate. I rushed to the store and the next thing I knew I was back into the Uncharted, with probably the best game of the series. This game magnificently closed the book on Nathan Drake's story. Uncharted 4 literally had everything, from action to drama to heart warming moments. It's rare a game or game series like this happens in not only one but two console generations. Do yourself a favor and run out now to snatch up this game, because you won't regret it at all. While you're at it grab the first three the games too. Make sure to not miss out on all of Nathan Drake's incredible adventures. If you have already dove into this series, do someone else a favor and gift this game to them this holiday!
There is a reason Overwatch won 2016 Game of the Year at this years Game Awards. Despite the lack of in-game narrative this game is bright, fun, and full of action. Blizzard brought it's MMO mindset to our consoles and delivered one of the best games of the year. And Blizzard knew the type of game they had on their hands. They continue to add updates to the game, give gamers new gifts and skins during the holidays, and add new playable characters. This addicting first-person shooter has various characters and classes to gloat about as well. Players get to pick from classes that include attack, support, healers, or tanks all equipped with their own unique abilities to allow players to best their opponents at different timed missions. I am a long time FPS player in the world of Call of Duty, Halo, and Battlefield, so when this game was dropped on our heads it was a much needed break from the soldier-based shooters. Even if you aren't a true FPS player, you shouldn't hesitate to pop this game in and give it a try.
3. Battlefield 1
Speaking of first-person shooters this game sure did deliver. It had an interesting take on the typical campaign for FPS in the past. Instead of a 5-6 hour long campaign as one individual, players were treated with five separate story vignettes. All having their own perspective and story arc to play through. This was a awesome way to cut into the same old first-person shooters of the past. Mix that type of gameplay with an epic WW1 setting (which let's be honest, we were all ready to go back to this time frame) and a larger than life multiplayer setting, and you've got yourself a FPS that all fans should put some time into this holiday season.
4. Batman: The Telltale Series
If you've been keeping up with the site this selection shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. It was pretty damn clear this game was making my list. Hell, I even gave you some foreshadowing with all my reviews of the episodes. I don't feel like I need to go too much into why I like this game. It's pretty clear with all the previous posts. This game gave gamers a whole new take on the Batman mythology. With new spins on the Wayne family, Harvey Dent, Oswald Cobblepot, and Vicki Vale, this game had it all. However, it stumbled a bit because of it's technical issues. Though I was lucky enough to never have the game crash on me, that doesn’t mean it didn't try several times. Other than dropping frame rates, bad syncing, and invisible characters, this game truly was a gift towards the end of the year. I looked forward to each episode as they were announced. Not to mention my first ever platinum on the PS4. Easy or not, it was pretty cool to get one. If you're a Batman fan, do yourself a favor and get this game. Now that all five episodes are out you won't have to wait long for ever twist and turn.
This year a little known game called Overcooked was introduced to the PlayStation store. Most people wrote it off as another indie game that was being dumped onto the PSN. But, quickly this game started to become more than a small game that indie lovers played. A few weeks and a good bit of exposure from Kinda Funny co-founder Greg Miller later, and this game started to take off. I am proud to say that I decided to purchase this game. The main selling point for me was finally having a game that I could spend some time playing with my wife. While, at some points this game tested the very foundation of our marriage it was something we always had fun playing and bonding over. Overcooked is a game based on cooperating. It makes players beat the clock getting out kitchen orders like soup, burgers, and fried fish to it's impatient customers. If you've ever played the old school game, Burger Time, then you are fully aware of what this game brings to the table (get it? Ok sorry for that). This nerve-racking, brain-teasing game is one that's perfect during down time and see if you can get all three stars for each level. I can say that it's become a favorite in my house. It should in yours too.
Adam's Top Five
1. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Uncharted 4 is a master class is story, visuals, and voice acting, and it is my game of the year for 2016. As a late adopter of the Uncharted series, I didn't have to wait long for the final chapter of this epic tale to be released, but when it finally came out, I was ecstatic. As an end to the series, Uncharted 4 beautifully closed the story of Nathan Drake, and his friends. With its tremendous plot and stellar voice acting, Uncharted 4 sinks its hooks in you, and doesn't let go all the way to the extremely satisfying end. This game is the best of the year, and so far the best of the generation. If you haven't played it, please do yourself a favor and pick it up. Be sure to play the first three games, or the wonderful writing of the Drake's final quest will be lost on you.
A first person, dungeon-crawling RPG, Severed is the peak of touchscreen-based gaming. You play as Sasha, a young girl whose family is ripped away from her, and she must journey through a hellish world to find them. While this monster-filled world is terrifying for Sasha, it has some of the best art direction in gaming today. Touchscreen games typically aren't meant for serious games, but Drinkbox Studios created a mobile masterpiece. Severed's macabre story and setting coupled with the addicting gameplay, make the game a hands-down choice for one of the greatest games of the year. Severed is the only game I ever specially sought after the Platinum trophy. Also if you don't have a PS Vita, Severed is available in the Apple App Store, where it won Game of the Year.
3. Final Fantasy XV
Ten years of development have made Final Fantasy XV a near legend in game development, but that dev time was tortured and difficult for Square Enix. Many thought that the future of Final Fantasy depended on the success of FFXV, including the game's director Hajime Tabata. After all of this time, Square Enix delivered a solid Final Fantasy experience. While the game has its own problems, Final Fantasy XV is the most fun I've had with the series since Final Fantasy IX. The games plot revolves around the relationships of Prince Noctis and his friends Gladio, Ignis, and Prompto. These friends embark on a road trip to Noctis' wedding, but end up on a quest to save the Noctis' kingdom from an evil empire. A classic tale told through the lens of friendship and the bonds of brotherhood. I highly recommend this fast-paced romp through a world built on the mashing of fantasy and technology. Final Fantasy as a series has been resurrected in my eyes. I can't wait to dive even deeper into this game so I can discuss it with my friends over at the Pixels and Papers podcast.
4. I Am Setsuna
If you yearn for a classic 90's JRPG experience on the PS4, then I Am Setsuna is the trip down memory lane you need. With a combat system that mirrors Chrono Trigger, I Am Setsuna is incredibly fun and refreshing. Developed by Tokyo RPG Factory, an offshoot of Square Enix that is dedicated to making old school JRPG, it follows many of the genre cliches and that's kind of what I love about it. The sad yet enjoyable story of the game combined with the battle mechanics make I Am Setsuna a must for fans of the genre. Though not without faults, I'd say its definitely worth your time and money, and I can't wait for Tokyo RPG Factory's next game.
Fun and fast-paced, Overwatch is a juggernaut in the gaming world. With consistent updates, and continued support Blizzard is forging a communities that will last for a long time to come. Overwatch is an addicting first-person arena shooter that pits teams against each other to complete various objectives. With ranked play and timed exclusive content, it is hard to pull away from this game, and if you have a dedicated squad to help you rank up, this game has hours of fun. The cast of Overwatch is large enough for you to test characters and find a few you like, and Blizzard already added two new heroes to the base set since launch. For a gamer who isn't an online shooter fan, I had a ton of fun with the game and can't wait to get back to it.
Nerd 901 Game of the Year
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
As the clear favorite of both Nick and I, Uncharted 4 is an instant classic in the PlayStation and general gaming catalog. Taking the title of best game in the Uncharted series, its polish and story elements make Uncharted 4 a must have for gamers. During this holiday season, be sure to pick up this game, and enjoy the beautiful end to Nathan Drake's journey. And again, if you haven't played the first three games, pick up the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection to experience the entire tale.
Happy Holidays Nerds!