It seems appropriate to start 2017 having a look back at some of the best games I played in 2016. It was a great year for gaming, even though I didn’t get to everything I wanted to play. Anyway, here’s a quick list of what I had the most fun with in 2016.
I have always loved the civilisation games and Civ 6 polishes up the series and adds a great new mechanic with city districts. The games I have played so far have all been interesting and varied, with different win conditions coming into play, and I still want to go back and try out more of the different Civs and different strategies.
While not new in 2016, Hearthstone continues to improve, with more cards, fun new story adventures, and tavern brawls to keep the game interesting. It’s just a fun and engaging game to play on the iPad when you have a few moments to spare.
The ending to the Uncharted series was suitably brilliant. A big engaging romp that really realise the series vision for a ‘playable movie’. It also had a great story payoff for long time series fans.
PSVR was an awesome release in 2016, making VR simple, cheap and accessible, without sacrificing on the experience. While there were quite a few great games to play on PSVR, EVE is the one that really lives up to the promise of VR. You actually feel like you are dogfighting in space and I find myself regularly going back to it for one more game.
No Man’s Sky
I had a huge amount of fun exploring the universe of NMS with the original game. Sure it was thin on gameplay, but that was easily countered by the ability to just wander around a giant, incredible universe. The patch late this year only made the game better. Planets look nicer and there is now more to do. It’s my go-to game when I just want to kick back and relax.
A few other honourable motions:
Destiny continued to remain fun, although the Iron Lords expansion was a little thin on content.
Stardew Valley is great. It’s Harvest Moon for 2016.
The Witness was both gorgeous and engaging, with its simple looking, yet surprisingly complicated puzzle system.
I’m looking forward to quite a few games in 2017, as well as hopefully finding time to go back and play some of the games I missed in 2016. I’m hopeful 2017 will be another bumper year for gaming.