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Some games came out this year
I played a lot of good games in 2016. One thing I want to say is I really loved Street Fighter V a lot and probably played it more than any game this year, but it also came out at $60 missing many features and STILL doesn't have an Arcade Mode 10 months later. It really doesn't deserve to top 10 spot for being such a mismanaged early access release. But back to this list. It was a pretty good year. The top 4 this year I'd say are phenomenal, but my #1 and 2 from 2015 (The Witcher 3 and Bloodborne) were both better than anything on this list.
Best Graphics: Final Fantasy XV
Best Art Direction: The Last Guardian - Runners-Up: Severed, Dark Souls III, Dishonored 2, Final Fantasy XV
Mediocre & unfinished
PREFACE: I'm a fan of Dead Rising and greatly enjoyed 1-3. I spent way too time playing the original earning nearly every achievement. I also played the 2nd game to death. I was disappointed when Microsoft announced the third's exclusivity because I knew I'd waiting longer to play it, but when I did I really loved the larger sandbox and larger swarms of zombies. I blindly bought Dead Rising 4 because of my love of the series and regret it.
And Gears 4 is pretty great too.
I had played a bit of Shadow Complex Remastered this morning and everything seemed fine. Just tried to turn the thing on and it the blue light just comes on briefly and turns off. From what I've read, it's likely a GPU issue that isn't an easy fix or unfixable. I'm actually not that surprised. My console is from the 2nd wave of PS4s right after launch and it's gotten heavy use in almost 3 years. Additionally, I noticed increased performance issues on my most recent run of Dark Souls 3 that had me wondering if the console was on its last legs. Of course it had to happen right after I finished Gears 4.
Surprising in both good and bad ways.
So ReCore came out this week. I bought it and finished it. It did not score well with professional critics. Between review scores, Mighty No. 9's recent failure, and the $40 'kiss of death' price tag from Microsoft, I went in expecting the worst. I was very pleasantly surprised with how much fun I had.
Possibly the last great Wii U exclusive, BERSERK, some indies, and fightin'.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Wii U) - Hey, do you like Persona 3/4? Then go play this. There hasn't been a console turned-based JPG this good since Lost Odyssey or something. Great combat system focused on creating long strings of combo attacks by targetting an enemies weakness. Much like the recent Persona game, it's very addictive. The game also offers a solid challenge, and careful character customization akin to most SMT games. The story is extremely goofy (basically artists have hidden power called Performa allowing them to use Fire Emblem characters as persona) and centers heavily on the Japanese entertainment industry. The characters are all likable. The graphics are colorful and the soundtrack is excellent. Unfortunately the budget gets stretched thin (Chapter 5 involv
Also everyone loves DOOM
Quantum Break - A serviceable third person shooter that strengthened by an enjoyable story with great acting. The combat is a lot of fun thanks to all the time powers. Freezing enemies, zipping around at light speed and creating shields help break it from the standard cover-based shooter mold. The pacing is where the game falters most - way too many "walking simulator" sections with plot dump. I also wish the environments and enemies were a little more varied. The TV show aspect is forgettable at best.
Fire Emblem, Pokken, Twilight Princess HD, more Bloodborne
Bloodborne - I've been putting a lot of hours in Bloodborne the last 2 weeks. I randomly got the itch to start a new run and went with a Skill character using the Beast Hunter Saif from the DLC. Its transformed moveset is insanely good for PVE & PVP and it probably would be broken if it weren't for its gem slots. I eventually hit a wall in Old Hunters when my level was just way too low to withstand Lady Maria. Ended up going back to my previous character in NG+ to try for all the trophies. I just need to get ending #2 and finish one more layer of chalice dungeons. I never did the chalice dungeons because I found them samey and repetitive but I'm really surprised how many unique art assests, enemies & bosses they reserved for them. Seems a bit wasteful considering the vast majority o