Giant Bomb does a yearly special on Game of the Year and other awards and here at SE++ we take this time to reflect on all the good and bad video games we've played this year. We also like to talk about sandwiches, smooth jazz, and our favorite Giant Bombers. Remember to put each day's awards and events in spoilers when GOTY talk starts.
Or just let this hibernate for a week or so, do what y'all will.
I mean also the Christmas Hangout will have kicked in by then
video games were good this year!
But are we allowed to have a Giant Bomb thread? I thought these got the axe
Uh-oh I accidentally deleted my signature. Uh-oh!!
GOTY roundup usually gets a free pass
I specifically asked permission
Hitman and More?!?!
Here's how I'm feeling so far, the 10 games are pretty much set, but I might change the order around after some more deliberation, and some more going back and replaying stuff.
Witcher 3: Blood and Wine
No Man's Sky
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
XCOM 2 (THAT CAME OUT THIS YEAR DEAR GOD)
Street Fighter V
World of Warcraft: Legion
Final Fantasy XV
Want to play:
Watch Dogs 2
I still need to play Doom, and Thumper, and a few other things, but for those i'd need to be able to buy them first so a-waiting I shall continue to do.
5. No Man's Sky
Ooo, divisive! I put plenty of time into NMS even before the Foundation update. It is definitely a flawed game (and should not have been a $60 release), but I think it was unfairly maligned, and I see a ton of potential.
4. Dark Souls III
Not as impactful as the first game, naturally, but an excellent return to form. Good bosses, good equipment, good level design. Satisfying entry in the series, and I'd honestly be content were it the last as well.
3. Titanfall 2
It's always nice to get a bracing reminder that there are game designers out there that "get it" and whose talents are in no way inextricably tied to a particular franchise (like Call of Duty). Titanfall 2 has an amazing campaign that focuses on unique level ideas and runs with them in the best way. The multiplayer's design is the pinnacle of the current - or now traditional, I suppose - ADS, left trigger, right trigger that we've come to expect from shooters these days, but it feels so fundamentally satisfying that it's hard to find complaint. Yes, it's that good, even if you're justifiably wary of the COD-like genre these days.
Any game that is multiplayer-only is a tough sell for me, because I'm an old man that comes from Before the Internet and I live under the assumption that it will go away someday and then I'll be left with a game I'm no longer able to play (when I'm not begging for water from Immortan Joe). But then Blizzard happens, and the thing that happens turns out to be one of my favorite games ever. Impeccable art and sound design (seriously, take about fifteen minutes and really think about all the audio cues that brilliantly choreograph what's happening in a match at any moment). The loot box system is admittedly less ideal than just letting people purchase the precise skin they want with actual money, but if you don't take it too seriously, it can be a fun carrot at the end of a stick in a game where level progression really doesn't mean anything. It'd probably end up as my overall GOTY, were it not for...
Hard to know where to begin here. The best single player shooter campaign in a decade (easily) and probably - yeah, I'll say it - the best Doom game ever made. A game that had no right to be this good, this self-aware, this immaculately playable (and re-playable), this perfectly executed. Yeah, the multiplayer is kind of generic. Who cares? This game is worth $60 for the campaign by itself, and you can get it for much less these days. You are literally doing yourself a disservice by not playing this. Get it on console, PC, whatever. Just get it.
SUPER MARIO RUN - Mostly for being an actual game (despite being on mobile) and for its non-predatory one-time transaction.
Most Anticipated 2017 (unordered):
Red Dead Redemption 2
Nintendo Switch (Zelda, Mario, Mario Kart... Animal Crossing?)
So long, 2016. Your shooter campaigns were amazing and that's literally pretty much the only good thing about you.
Either DOOM or Hitman, I bet. Titanfall 2 probably makes the Top 3.
Where else can Vinny kill Santa with an axe?
it's my one chance of having a relevant opinion this year!
I really liked the interactions between Henry and Delilah, and the game looked so good that I got the physical photos printed.
9) Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
I only ever got halfway through because that dungeon before the final party member joins is some hot bullshit and just watched the rest, but I still greatly enjoyed it's style being all about performance.
8) Dark Souls III
This one ended up a bit low just because it's the third Dark Souls; I love the Souls series, but it's time for a change.
7) Final Fantasy XV
I'm only 17 hours in but I wanna see more of the Beautiful Boys and their road trip.
6) Pokemon Sun/Moon
Probably my favorite Pokemon games since Gold/Silver, but God do I hope that Switch port rumor turns out to be true cause the games have run poorly since XY. Solid Pokemon designs and really good music, plus Alola really stands out as a completely different region.
Furi's 5 hours of pure adrenaline with great boss design, deliberate combat, and so much style via its soundtrack and art direction. Plus it was free with PS+ at launch.
4) Picross 3D: Round 2
Fuck this game/I love this game.
3) Stardew Valley
I learned that pickles are actually cucumbers! Can't wait til the Switch port.
Oxenfree was the first game of 2016 I played and has just stuck with me throughout the whole year, and not even for the great characters, world design, creepy radio mechanic, nor the menacing supernatural beings. It sticks out because of the feud between Alex and Clarissa due to how it resonates with so many people, due to how easily and unreasonably we can hold grudges, even if they come from misunderstandings and grief. I had a similar experience two years prior, and realized that Clarissa has the same reasoning I do. It's easily jumped ahead of Walking Dead Season 1 as my favorite adventure game.
This game. This game has gotten so much money from me between the Origins Edition, tons of Loot Boxes during the three seasonal events, merchandise, and even resulted in me going to Blizzcon for the first time. I love how inclusive the game is, with "kills" being attributed to everyone who aided in the defeat of an enemy instead of just the one to get the last hit, the commendation cards at the end that award actions like healing, and Plays of the Game likewise rewarding players that pull off resurrections as Mercy, putting an end to enemy Ultimates, and saving allies from being killed. I've been completely absorbed by the little hints of story that are isolated from the game in the way that surprised me in contrast to how annoyed I was that Destiny did the same. I actually like every character and enjoy playing them all, Widowmaker aside (though just because I suck at sniping). It's a breath of fresh air how radccally different everyone is in a shooter on par with Splatoon; they avoided the tiring "two weapon loadout, perks, everyone can sprint, etc" that pretty much every shooter does. And it's just simply fun. I've sunk more time in this game in the past seven months than any other in a good long time, and will continue to visit it for years to come as they add new characters, seasonal events, maps, game modes, and tweaks to existing characters like the recent huge changes to Symmetra.
pokemon go I guess
but I'm going to say my game of the year was Stardew Valley because I know it would have been.
Jeff also thinks it was the best fighting game of the year
I'll just miss Austin, period
He was an incredibly thoughtful articulate voice in those discussions
Hopefully Waypoint will have some sort of recorded GOTY discussion
No loot boxes, no random chance, just buy what you want. You also get a ton of skins for much lower prices than darn near any other multiplayer economy out there. Maps and DLC are all free, you only ever will pay for cosmetics and early access to maps I suppose.
i wanna infinite duel YOU, geoff keighley
I get why people don't like the Overwatch loot boxes, but if Heroes of the Storm is any indication, they would be selling legendary skins for $10 a pop. I've ultimately spent less and gotten more using Overwatch's system than I did buying specific skins in Heroes. Sometimes it feels like people think of the Overwatch cosmetics as core parts of the game.
But, yes, either way, I get why people don't like them.
-Yooka-Laylee: I love Banjo-Kazooie and it looks like a pitch perfect game in that style. (it almost feels like a pallette swap.). The toy box's controls felt perfect and everything I've seen of the game makes it look like the devs are totally nailing it.
-Nintendo Switch + New Mario and Zelda: The Switch looks neat, Zelda sounds incredible and I would love to dig into a new 3D Platformer Mario game.
-Underworld Ascendant: I recently played through Ultima Underworld again and DAMN if that isn't a fantastic game despite the ancient controls. A modern follow-up could be incredible. Though I'm not sure if it'll be out in 2017.
-Crackdown 3: This, so far, seems like Microsoft's big title for 2017, so it's likely they're going to use it to showcase the power of the Scorpio. I'm really curious what they could do with that game with more hardware at their disposal.
Stuff I'd like to see
-Shadow Complex 2: God dammit Epic, just do this already. ChAIR has already said they have the game designed and Peter David mentioned it was already written; just make the damn thing already!
-Wolfenstein: The New Collossus: Teased at E3 this year. The New Order was fantastic and I would love to see the sequel.
after all these fucking delays
fuck, there better not be another one
You can't have games from last year on your 2016 GotY list. That's cheating.
thereee wiiiill beeeeeee
God you're right
I keep forgetting that
at least it's not something even more ridiculous like the Japanese version came out in 2015 or anything.
It is the last Dark Souls game, they are moving on to other things.
Considering Demon's Souls and Bloodborne I assume those other things will be third person action rpgs set in bleak environments, but Dark Souls is done. Well, once that final DLC comes out and completes the disappointment anyway.
Gacha mechanics in a game I paid 60 dollars for is gross. Like, I saw their Christmas update and I liked Mei a lot when I played Overwatch, and I'm probably dumb enough that I'd buy a Christmas skin for a game I haven't played in 6 months. But I'm not buying blind boxes for it.
Titanfall 2 is great though, I'm excited to try the multiplayer after that great SP campaign. I need to get a PS+ sub again but someone was asking for a cheap gift for christmas so I told em to get me a month mostly so I can play Titanfall.