Gameskinny Reviews  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Gameskinny Reviews  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The Top 11 Games of 2016 as Reviewed by GameSkinny https://www.gameskinny.com/u4xkc/the-top-11-games-of-2016-as-reviewed-by-gameskinny https://www.gameskinny.com/u4xkc/the-top-11-games-of-2016-as-reviewed-by-gameskinny Fri, 30 Dec 2016 07:00:01 -0500 Clayton Reisbeck

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And that's it folks! These aren't the only great games of the year though. There were plenty of titles to choose from when making this list but in the end, these are our stand out's.

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2016 was an amazing year for games and I can't wait to see what is in store for 2017.

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What games do you think were the best this year? Let me know in the comments!

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Overwatch (PC)

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Rating: 10/10

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Full Review by ChrisDeCoster

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I don't think anyone will be surprised to see this game on the list. Overwatch is hands down one of the best shooters I've ever played. It's unique cast of characters, fantastic gameplay and emphasis on teamwork have made for a truly fantastic game. I have found myself coming back to this game time and time again only to have a hell of a lot of fun with my friends. This is to be expected by a Blizzard title.

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"Overwatch is a must play game. If you like shooters, it won't take long for you to find a character to play as and a role to fill in any team. If you're one of the few people who haven't played the game in beta or already bought it, you owe it to yourself to pick it up and play. I can guarantee you you'll be playing this one for a long time."

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- ChrisDeCoster

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Planet Coaster (PC)

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Rating: 10/10

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Full Review by Autumn Fish

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When I was a kid, I used to waste hours and hours building roller coasters in Roller Coaster Tycoon. In recent years, that franchise has taken a bit of a nose dive and what used to be the golden standard in theme park sim games, has fallen by the wayside. Enter, Planet Coaster.

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Planet Coaster has easily been one of the best games I've played in a long time. If you've been itching to play a good theme park sim, you owe it to yourself to get this game.

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"Simulation games have never seen this level of creative freedom before. If you're a fan of both Sandbox and Simulation genres, Planet Coaster is a must play. Even if you're only a fan of Sandbox games, you're likely to get dozens or even hundreds of hours of enjoyment out of it."

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- Autumn Fish

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Titanfall 2 (Xbox One)

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Rating: 10/10

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Full Review by Synzer

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Titanfall 2 is one of the best games I played all year. It just did so many things right. It's campaign was one of the best shooter campaigns I've ever played. The multiplayer is some of the best you are going to find. If you haven't played this game yet, you owe it to yourself to pick it up.

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The game's mechanics just feel fantastic.

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"Titanfall 2 is an amazing sequel and worthy of everyone's attention. There are many big games out and coming out around this time, but this game is definitely worth it.

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If you liked the first game at all, you'll love this one. If you wished there was a story mode in the last game, this one makes up for it tenfold.

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Overall, I was highly impressed with what Respawn has done, and hope they continue this franchise for many years to come."

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- Synzer

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Inside (PS4)

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Jeremy "Digit" Brown

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Fans of the game Limbo have been waiting with bated breath to see what developer Playdead would do next. This year we got that answer.

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Inside is a side-scrolling, horror game where you play as a young boy trying to escape from a dystopian society. Using an interesting aesthetic, engaging gameplay and unique storytelling mechanics, Inside is definitely a game that you shouldn't miss.

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"Inside fulfills Limbo's aspirations in becoming a seamless, near-flawless experience. It took six years to craft this game; but just from its mysterious beginning to a literal jaw-dropping ending, Playdead has made a true work of art."

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- Jeremy "Digit" Brown

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Chris Bowring

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This year saw the end of the PlayStation's finest exclusive series', Uncharted. Developer Naughty Dog has grown since it released it's first installment of the series. After releasing the critically acclaimed The Last of Us, people were excited to see what the developer had learned. According to reviewer Chris Bowring, Naughty Dog has found their voice and are using it to create some real works of art.

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"Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the swan song this series deserved. From stunning visuals, to awe inspiring set pieces, grounded moments of weakness, and fluid and organic gameplay. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is one of the greatest experiences games can offer. Coming from someone who never truly resonated with the series, you owe it to yourself as a gamer to experience this."

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- Chris Bowring

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Pokemon Sun and Moon

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Synzer

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I remember being given Pokemon: Blue Version when I was a kid. I played it non stop and fell deep into the Pokemon rabbit hole. That was back in 1996 and I've been playing Pokemon ever since. 

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Pokemon Sun and Moon are the latest installments to the Pokemon franchise and according to our reviewer, they are possibly the best to come out.

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"Pokemon Sun and Moon is one of the best, if not the best, Pokemon games ever made. It mixes up the formula and changes enough to be a fresh experience, while keeping the core of the game intact.

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Veteran and new players alike will have plenty to do and enjoy in these games to keep them busy for a long time. I look forward to the future of Pokemon and these games show great promise."

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- Synzer

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Battlefield 1 (PC)

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Sergey_3847

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2016 was a year where your common military shooter was kind of turned on it's head. Battlefield 1 definitely fits in this category. As someone who misses the days when Call of Duty was exploring battles of old wars, Battlefield 1 was a breath of fresh air. 

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While the combat is much more fast paced and aligned with what people are used to in a modern military shooter, Battlefield 1 brings back the historical aspect of a military shooter that I definitely missed. And bringing the Battlefield formula to World War I just makes sense.

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"Battlefield 1 is a true successor of the Battlefield series and one of the best games of the year. Bringing the experience of a hundred year old war is not an easy task, but DICE made it work. However, the game is not perfect and will not receive the highest possible score due to some bad enemy AI and less than stellar design on some of the maps.

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On the other hand, Battlefield 1 has given us all an opportunity to dive into one of the most brutal wars in the history of humanity -- and this is something you don’t try every day."

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- Sergey_3847

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Hyper Light Drifter (PC)

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Jeffrey Rousseau

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The image above still gives me chills every time I see it. Hyper Light Drifter was a game that sucked me in with it's engaging gameplay and gorgeous art. From the moment you boot the game up, you know you're in for a treat.

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"Hyper Light Drifter is a very well-made and well-executed game that succeeds in constantly challenging you forward. No adventure fan should miss out on this experience."

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- Jeffrey Rousseau

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Final Fantasy XV (PlayStation 4)

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Synzer

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This is another game that fans have waited a long time for. After the mess that was Final Fantasy XIII, fans were clamoring for a return to the world an mechanics that made them love Final Fantasy.

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What originally started as a game called Final Fantasy XIII Versus, Final Fantasy XV released to pretty great reception. Fans loved the journey that these four guys were taking and the trouble they got into.

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"Final Fantasy XV is a dream come true for fans of the series and a fantastic RPG regardless of the name. This is a game that I'm sure any RPG fan will enjoy -- and even those that may not usually play the genre."

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- Synzer

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Xbox One)

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Ty Arthur

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Adam Jensen returned this year in the sequel to the the 2011 hit, Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Eidos Montreal refined what they presented to us in that game to bring us this wonderful sequel, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

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"If you dig games like Crysis but prefer more tactical, cover-based combat with a less confined world, then Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will hit the spot. There are some flaws here and there however -- repetition in level layout elements, spotty dialog, and getting overpowered if you work the augmentation system.

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That being said, there's a ton of fun to be had here and lots of exploration to do outside the main quest line."

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- Ty Arthur

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The Last Guardian (PlayStation 4)

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Rating: 9/10

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Full Review by Ashley Gill

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This was a game that was announced almost ten years ago for the last console generation. Fans of Team ICO's work waited with bated breath for the successor to the critically acclaimed Shadow of the Colossus. Finally, that game was released, but was it worth it? According to reviewer Ashley Gill, it most definitely was.

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"An emotional journey from start to finish, The Last Guardian shows that Fumito Ueda and the Team ICO staffers now at SIE Japan Studio still have the ability to create a mini-universe you can completely immerse and invest yourself emotionally into without even realizing it. It's a triumph, with its only detractors being some technical issues that, should you be invested enough, are easy to overlook and completely forget about once it's all over. And if you want to play it again once it's over, have at it -- there's replay-only content to be found that Team ICO fans should be tickled by."

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- Ashley Gill

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Life as a gamer was pretty good this year. We got a slough of great games over the course of the entire year. And I do mean over the entire year. From beginning to end, I was playing a new game that was pretty darn great all year long. My reflexes and patience were tested in Dark Souls III. I was introduced to a new world of unique characters and extremely competitive gameplay in Overwatch. I was allowed to rip and tear my way through the hordes of demons in DOOM.

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Yeah, I'd say that this year was pretty good as a gamer. But, before we welcome 2017 with open arms, we need to take a look back at the best games of this year. Yes, folks, it's time to go over the top 11 games of 2016 as reviewed by GameSkinny. This list isn't so much a counting down of the best but more a collection of what we determined to be the best games of the year. So without further ado, let's get into the list!

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What Do Review Scores Mean on GameSkinny? https://www.gameskinny.com/r24gq/what-do-review-scores-mean-on-gameskinny https://www.gameskinny.com/r24gq/what-do-review-scores-mean-on-gameskinny Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:40:02 -0400 Amanda Wallace

A game appears on the right sidebar, promising to be an 8. But what does that number mean? How do writers on GameSkinny quantify all that makes a game excellent (from game mechanics to story, from graphics to fun) into a simple single digit number? 

GameSkinny uses a 10 point scale, whole points only. Ideally a score is simply a summary of a larger, more in-depth review. It should not be surprising when a game receives a four or a ten, as it should be clear in reading the overall article that the game was not a great experience.

With that in mind, here is our guide for game scores on GameSkinny. 

Ten

Falls into the "must play" category. 

A ten is not, interestingly enough, a perfect game. It is the highest point on the scale, but no game is without flaw. Every game will have moments of failure, and even those can still be classified as a 10 on the scale. A ten means this game falls into the "must play" category. This game redefines a genre and will inform other games that follow, the kind that becomes a piece of the overall conversation about games. Very few games should fit this category. 

Nine

Executes a known concept exceptionally well.

A nine is a game that you would suggest with no caveats, but is not a must play. This is a game that maybe doesn't redefine its genre, but executes a known concept well. It is a game that reaches for the stars, and maybe fails on some points, but is overall a competent execution of its strengths. This is a game that will be remembered fondly later. 

Eight

Memorable, enjoyable, generally recommended.

An eight is a competent game, but it is recommended with some considerations in mind. It is a game that executes a single concept masterfully, from brilliant graphic design to characters that linger on long after the game is gone. But it is not the ultimate example in it's genre. There are better games, but it is a game that will be remembered and enjoyed. 

Seven

Good, but not great.

A seven is where the game may be good, but is lacking in some serious aspects. It cannot be recommended without consideration. It could be a game that simply rehashes an old concept, or finds itself ultimately falling short at a brilliant concept. 

Six

Just alright.

A six is an uneven game, which a player should not attempt without knowing some of the failings. A 6-star game will have parts that are well done, but the whole experience ultimately will feel lacking. Games that could fall into this category may have good concept executed poorly, uneven characters, or games only a fan of the genre would love.

Five

Not particularly memorable overall. 

The game is middling, bland, and/or mediocre. It could fail in one regard but do well in others - but chances are that this is a game which fails to excite and that contributes little, overall. This is a game that will not be remembered with much fondness, but will not be hated either. This is a game defined by its mediocrity. 

Four

Not great, good, or even pretty okay.

This is a game that may have some good ideas, but ultimately fails on some of the more important aspects. While some fours are just all around less than mediocre, most of them will fail in a specific way more than the others, either in design, conception, creativity, or functionality. Functionality is key however, and will be touched on again at the lowest score.

Three

 The bad vastly outweighs the good. 

The bright spots in this game are nearly impossible to see and may be limited to a single moment. Chances are this game fails on more than one of the aforementioned traits: design, conception, creativity, and functionality.

Two

Prepare for a truly awful experience.

This game is probably only worth mentioning in terms of why not to play it. The only bright spot to this game is that it is still playable, and frankly that is a pewter lining to a supposedly silver cloud. A determined player can still finish this game, but their sanity and taste level would be severely questioned. A game could also reach this level by being of incredibly poor taste or intentionally offensive -- as well as being without merit. 

One

The game doesn't work - literally.

This game is not playable. This does not mean that the game is not enjoyable, this is a review for a game that is simply non-functional. For whatever reason, the writers at GameSkinny cannot make the game work. Levels are falling apart, glitches run amok. For whatever reason, this game was shipped and it finds itself completely failing on even the most basic level -- functionality. 

Hardware and Services

Occasionally on GameSkinny we'll do reviews for hardware and services that are specific to the gaming industry. This will include things like the Cards Against Humanity's 12 Days of Holiday Bullshit or the latest gaming mouse or periphreal. The review rubrick is transferrable for hardware, though if you have any questions be sure to ask in the feedback tab or on this article. 

When writing a review on hardware or service, make sure to go to review type and select "Other" and write what your review is on. Be as specific as possible. 

Things We Will Not Accept Reviews On

For the most part, the things we will not accept reviews on are fairly straightforward. We do, however, have a list of things that we will not accept: 

  • Patch Reviews
  • Gameplay Footage Reviews
  • Trailer Reviews
  • Early Access Games
  • Beta or Alpha Games
  • Demos
  • Character Reviews

You can write first impressions and in progress previews about Early Access or beta versions of games, as long as they do not fall under the header of "Review" but rather "Culture" and you explicitly mention what state they are in. It's unethical and confusing to review a game that has not yet been officially released, as there are pretty sizeable changes that are made during a beta, alpha, or Early Access stage. 

Disclaimers

As with all articles, in reviews we strive to avoid conflict of interest wherever possible. With that in mind, we will not accept a review of a piece of media that you have directly worked on, or that you have a personal stake in. 

Additionally, if you were supplied with a review copy of the game you need to disclose this, at the end of the article. A disclaimer can be as simple as:

Disclaimer: Review Unit K70 RGB provided by Corsair Gaming.


The important part of a disclaimer is that it exists and that it informs the reader how you obtained the copy so that they are aware of potential bias. 

Why Does a Review Score Rubric Matter? 

This grading criteria will demystify the process of reviewing games for GameSkinny readers and reviewers alike by giving clear criteria for the scoring of those games. Keep in mind that, at their heart: game reviews are subjective. Pay attention to the preferences of the person playing the game and keep your own biases in mind when you review. Additionally, over time, keep in mind that games may change for better or worse. Game reviews are limited in scope to the moment at which they are published, and, while they can point to the overall quality of the game, they cannot necessarily speak to the changes over time. 

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