GameSpew’s Game of the Year 2016

1. Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a masterpiece. The game represents the pinnacle of what this medium can achieve and what the rest of the industry should strive to emulate. Its personal tale is complemented by its slower and more thoughtful pacing, in addition to its thematic gameplay. Visuals emphasise the game’s beauty in a literal sense, however, its intimate and grounded story only heighten its charm and its importance within the video-game industry.” – Alex Decker, Why Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the Series’ Best

2. Dark Souls 3

“There’s simply no other series out there that is capable of giving you the same shot of adrenaline you experience when you take on an epic boss and emerge victorious, or the feeling of achievement that washes over you when you successfully navigate through a tough area and plunder all its loot without the help of a strategy guide, and with Dark Souls 3, FromSoftware have mastered the art.” – Rich, Dark Souls 3 Review (9/10)

3. DOOM

“Between its action-packed campaign and the interesting SnapMap level editor, there’s more here to keep first-person shooter fans occupied than any other game in recent memory, and to put it bluntly, DOOM’s campaign is the most outlandish fun I’ve had with a game up to now during this console generation. Whilst its spectacular looks, smooth framerate and killer soundtrack play a large part in that, it’s the actual gameplay that is as exciting as it is tense and rewarding that really seals the deal. With DOOM, id Software has well and truly proven Shigeru Miyamoto’s “a delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad” way of thinking. Fast, bold, violent, and enjoyably daft, I’m glad id Software left DOOM baking in hell’s flames for so long before unleashing this masterpiece upon the world.” – Rich, DOOM Review (10/10)

4. Overwatch

“It’s already a fantastic package, with plenty more upgrades to look forward to such as the incoming ranked mode, and I’m eagerly awaiting more heroes as that is where the game really shines paired with its gameplay. There has been an FPS-shaped hole in my gaming over the past few years; Overwatch has come along and filled it quite nicely, and I think it could be there for a long time.” – Jack Bampfield, Overwatch Review (9/10)

5. Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV is an amalgamation of many different visions and mechanics that don’t exactly flow well together at points, but the overall product is astounding to say the least. It may not be a genre-defining masterpiece that everyone will love, and it’s not going to please all of the Final Fantasy fans either, but if you look past this crazy development cycle and just play the game for what it is, I think it’s worth the effort.” – Tristan Jurkovich, Final Fantasy XV Was Well Worth the Wait