The best part about writing Top 10 lists is the immediate response readers give as they adamantly disagree with us about which games made the cut. Such passionate responses are, in this writer’s eyes, the whole point of Top 10 lists. They help to spark a conversation and get us talking about what really makes a great game, in addition to whether or not the current games we are playing are delivering the experiences we want. So far, 2016 has delivered some amazing titles, as well as some grand disappointments we’d all rather forget. But here at Cubed Gamers we love to look on the bright side of things, so here are our Top 10 games of the year thus far. Oh, and please feel free to strongly disagree.
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Delightfully simplistic and authentic, Lego Star Wars is as detailed as it is adorable. TT Games gave us a wonderfully silly yet accurate re-imagining of the epic tale that spans across galaxies. Though overly simple in some places, it’s huge roster of characters and ability to retell the story of The Force Awakens in such an endearing way make it a must play for anyone who loves the Lego Game series or Star Wars.
Okay, I know your sick of hearing about this game so we will leave out the part about all the server issues. And the bit about Niantic getting rid of the only way to even track Pokemon. And that we still have no date for trading or battling. Or that we don’t know when any legendary Pokemon will be released. Phew. That’s a lot of omissions. However, we will mention how amazing this game has been for all of us who have loved Pokemon since the days of old. Not only has it taken social media by storm, causing it to trend for nearly an entire two weeks, but it has also immediately created a culture within itself. Frustratingly wonderful, Pokemon Go is a must for anyone looking to shed a few pounds and catch em all.
Far Cry Primal
Unique and beautiful, Far Cry Primal did a wonderful job of taking us back in time in the most visceral and fantastical of ways. The Far Cry series has been known for bringing us some intense experiences in the past, and Far Cry Primal may be one of the most intense yet. With the ancient ability to basically Vulcan mind meld with prehistoric animals, you use their help to take on rival tribes and gain awesome abilities that help you survive the hostile environment. As always, Far Cry delivers a wonderful and rich narrative that holds up a very well executed title.
Released in March, Tom Clancy’s The Division is a fun and addicting experience. New York is plagued with a virus and shut off to the rest of the world. As a part of an elite division, you help towards the effort of rehabilitating the dying city. With some tweaks after launch, The Division is a great third person shooter with enough depth to hold your interest and a very competitive multiplayer mode that rewards you for being skilled.
Ratchet and Clank
Originally one of the most popular games to ever be released on the PS2, this re-mastered version of the classic title Ratchet and Clank pays homage in the best of ways to its predecessor. Though the film that came along side the game wasn’t received well by audiences, the game got a wonderful reception from the community as whole. Just as amazingly snarky, silly, and fun as its classic counterpart, Ratchet and Clank has kept the formula in place that made it a winner from the start.
Doom is a masterpiece. Fast paced and unequivocally fun, Doom does its famous predecessor justice. Though very different from the original, the new iteration of Doom still holds onto the core elements that make the franchise so notable. Gory and messy, it is visually stunning and gives you such a great feeling of being completely awesome as you go from one intense kill to the next.
Dark Souls III
Known now as one of the most punishing and difficult series of all time, Dark Souls brings us into a dark and terrifying world that has captured the imagination a gamers everywhere. Dark Souls III continued that by bringing us even more creepy maps and excessively terrifying, and sometime down right gross monsters. Not for the faint of heart, this game takes patience and a willingness to fail. For those who consider themselves hardcore gamers, this is a title that is begging to be played.
Rise Of The Tomb Raider
We have been going on epic adventures with Laura Croft since the days of PlayStation One. We have seen her come a long way as a character, and Rise Of The Tomb Raider is her best role yet. This game will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Action packed and full of challenging obstacles, it is a classic Tomb Raider game in a totally new package. The story alone is worth a play through and will have you hooked until the end.
The last installment of the series praised as one of Sony’s greatest titles of all time has come and it hold up to it’s own standards. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End gives us the final chapter in the story of the lovable hero Nathan Drake. Of course no spoilers, but if you have invested anytime in the Uncharted series it is worth playing this one out till the end. One of the best stories in gaming, Uncharted has brought us some wonderful moments in gaming narrative, and revolutionized what developers started doing with quick time experiences in gameplay. Though Naughty Dog has told us this will be the last Uncharted, we can only hope that they have a similar experience in the works.
Nearly flawless in it’s delivery, Overwatch has provided many gamers with exactly what they have been asking for. Non-stop pure, unadulterated fun that keeps you on the edge of your seat at all times. Graphically amazing and insanely polished, Blizzard has given us something worth coming home to and playing on a daily bases. Overwatch is easy to learn but hard to master, the winning recipe for any competitive game. Players can choose from a myriad of characters in several different classes with the ability to change class mid-match, giving you so many great options for strategy that there are almost limitless possibilities. Each character feels unique, not only in gameplay, but with tons a voice lines their personalities also shine through in a big way. On it’s way to possibly becoming the next big thing in the competitive gaming world, Overwatch is as amazing as it is addicting.