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Top 10 Games of 2016

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Another solid year in gaming has gone by and I’m here to give you my top 10 games of 2016!

10. Starbound


Calling Starbound Terraria in space would be a disservice to it. It’s much more than that. It’s true that it was inspired by Terraria, but it’s different enough to stand on it’s own. The great crafting, and settlement building is by far the best thing about this game. There is a lot to enjoy in Starbound and that’s why it’s number 10 on my top 10 games of 2016.

You can find my review here.

9. Monster Hunter Generations


I wasn’t a fan of Monster Hunter before I played this game. I still don’t consider mself a fan to be honest, but I had a lot of fun playing this game. Hunting down big ass monsters, skinning them, and making myself a badass armor set is addictive. It’s one of the better 3DS games to release this year.

8. Grim Dawn


If you love Diablo, or Path of Exile you’ll most likely love Grim Dawn. It’s a really fun game that takes us back to the old aRPG games of yesteryear, but it does suffer from some flaws that most aRPG games do. It tries to hard to cater to our nostalgia. If this game was more modern with it’s UI and inventory management it would go up a spot on my list.

You can find my review here.

7. The Division


I really, really love playing this game with my wife. I’ve put well over 100 hours into and I still play it whenever I’m taking a break from reviewing games. The Division has gone through a massive overhaul and is a much better game than it was on release. It has a dedicated team of people working on it and they’re striving to make this game better with every new patch.

You can find my review here.

6. The Elder Scrolls Online: One Tamriel


Everyone that’s been following me for awhile knows how much I hated ESO a few years ago. This latest release of One Tamriel changed all of that. It addressed some of the biggest criticisms I had about the game and changed them. It feels more like a Elder Scrolls game now than it ever has before and it can only get better from here. ESO is, shockingly, my go to MMO right now. I want to reach the level cap and experience the end game. I want to be one of those top tier players, but I don’t have to rush to do that. I can take my time and explore the world around me without getting killed from mobs that are a higher level than me. Zenimax has done a great job with this MMO and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has for us.

5. Civilization VI


Civilization VI is the latest installment in the 25 year old series. Civilization VI is the most complete Civilization game we’ve ever had on release. Most Civilization games need one or two expansions to match what this game is giving us on release. Firaxis has done a great job with this game and that one more turn mentality that comes with every Civilization game is present in this one too.

4. Salt and Sanctuary 


Since Salt and Sanctuary released back in March I’ve created 6 characters and completed the game four times. I have 96 hours of gameplay and I keep finding a way to get back into this game. Salt and Sanctuary is a excellent game that blends Dark Souls, and Castlevania perfectly together. It’s challenging, has great gameplay, and is fun.

You can read my review here.

3. Dark Souls III


My most played game of the year is number 3. I have almost 300 hours in Dark Souls III. I’ve experimented with different builds, and completed the game 13 times. Dark Souls III’s DLC has the best boss fights in the entire series and I can’t recommend this game highly enough.

You can find my review here.

2. Xcom 2


The first game that I really fell in love with this year is Xcom 2. It’s difficulty, gameplay, and the fact that we lost the war in the first game and had to fight without all of the resources that we previously had in Enemy Unknown drew me in to this game. Xcom 2 is a fantastic game that gave me everything I was looking for. The only reason why it didn’t get a perfect score from me was because of the bugs it had when it released.

You can find my review here.

1. Pokemon Sun/Moon


Pokemon Sun/Moon are the best Pokemon games ever made. I’ll admit that they lack a end game, but what Pokemon game had a strong end game? Pokemon Sun/Moon have surprisingly good stories and the two games push the 3DS to it’s limits. The only problem that I had with these games were the FPS issues, but that’s a 3DS problem not a Sun/Moon one.

Pokemon Sun/Moon have great gameplay, story, characters, and Pokemon to catch. They do so much right and very little wrong and I had a lot of fun playing this game. I really hope Pokemon Stars is a real thing on the Switch.

Pokemon Sun/Moon is my 2016 game of the year.

You can find my review here.

What are some of the best games you’ve played this year.

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  • Reply
    The Otaku Judge
    Dec 07, 2016 1:36 pm

    Fair play to Elder Scrolls Online for converting you into a fan. Sounds a bit like Final Fantasy 14 in the sense that it recovered after a very shaky start.

    • Omar Jackson
      Dec 07, 2016 2:44 pm

      Final Fantasy 14 is the perfect comparison to make here. A Realm Reborn is actually a really good MMO, but I stopped playing it to focus on ESO for now. I’m saving $15 a month too :).

  • Reply
    Dec 10, 2016 1:09 pm

    I never did get around to finishing Salt & Sanctuary or even starting Dark Souls 3. Both are at the top of my list for next year’s backlog.

    Solid list, dude. Glad ESO’s changes brought you back. Don’t think it’s enough for me to care, given I’m still behind in WoW, but I was stoked with SE turned FFXIV around in to A Realm Reborn. I imagine it’s a similar feeling.

    Someone got me Xcom 2 for Christmas, so I look forward to that.

    • Omar Jackson
      Dec 10, 2016 2:39 pm

      Xcom 2 is so good dude. I can easily call it my GOTY. Salt and Sanctuary is a great local co op game. Maybe you can play through ti with your girlfriend some time next year. You already know how I feel about Dark Souls III :).

      FF14 is a perfect example on how I feel about ESO. And if you’re ever looking to get into strategy games I highly recommend Civilization VI.

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        Dec 10, 2016 3:01 pm

        Strategy and RTS have never been my thing. I had no idea S&S even had co-op, haha. Woops.

        • Omar Jackson
          Dec 10, 2016 3:40 pm

          Different strokes for different folks :). Strategy games are my favorite genre.

          Salt and Sanctuary has local co op and it’ s a lot of fun. When you create a character a character choose the stone sellsword as your starting item and you’ll have access to multiplayer right away. My wife and I love playing together. Boss fights are harder too when you have a partner :).

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