Best Video Games of 2016

But let's be real for a second, if I would'nt make this list someone else would make it before 2016!
So quit whining and come back December 2016 so that you can vote for the games that rocked the hardest this year!

The Top Ten

1 Overwatch

As a HUGE Blizzard fan I played almost all of their games (Didn't play Diablo I and Warcraft I-III) And I will buy this game for sure It's golden just like all Blizzard games. And Overwatch KILLED Team Fortress 2 A game that's made by valve and it got Crushed by Blizzard. - Aguythatpeopleignores

This game is the greatest. The heroes have several awesome abilities to use and are all super fun. Multiplayer in this game is crazy fun and addicting. The only downside is that it is pretty much only online. - AlBrEv2003

I love this game, pretty much everything about the core game is wonderful. Ranked mode sucks though and the progression system is also trash but they don't really bother me much. I still enjoyed doom more but this is a close second place for me.

Best game of all time

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2 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Definitely one of the best games of the year. I just loved the single player campaign, despite the first few chapters being boring. My only gripe is with the lack of modes in multiplayer. - MKBeast

Beautiful graphics, developed, likeable, relatable, unique characters, funny one liners, intense moments and fantastically executed stealth add up to the best game I've played all decade. And that's just the campaign. Then there's the creative and addictive multiplayer. Uncharted 4:A Thief's End is a creative, wonder filled bedazzlement that I am ecstatic to see at#1

This was a pretty weak year for games, a lot of disappointments, so it's easy to see why Uncharted 4 comes out on top. It's honestly the only game that stood out this year and also happens to be one of the best video games ever made, there is just no competing with that. - UnjustNation

It took 2016 to the next level

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3 Battlefield 1

This game is so awesome! I don't even have it but the gameplay is so badass I pissed myself! The different guns and classes make the game so diverse and unique compared to other games cough cough infinite warfare. The maps are almost real it seams I'm at the battle myself. This game deserves to be on the top three and all of you know it. I'm SO HYPED FOR IT!

The game isn't even out already and it's already high on this list. From the trailer the game looks far more promising than infinite warfare. Just don't over hype the game.

Honestly, the campaign was a major disappointment in terms of story, but the game play, authenticity, originality and the portrayal of World War I was absolutely spectacular, and all this was executed with stunning visuals. Loved the multiplayer! - AKASHPAWAR

Time to charge
Bayonet charge

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4 Pokémon Sun

The game is good. But the starting point is WAY to long. Its like nintendo needs to teach you every little detail that most of us already know! Just make a option to go through the tutorial for gods sake. So if you don't want to you don't have to! The game is a great one though.

You figure that we'd know it by now since they repeated the same formula 7 times - marmalade_skies

It is pretty good. My friend was able to finish the ENTIRE game in about 40 hours (he plays at night until 6 AM in the morning, just plain sad)! All he had to do was capture the Ultra Beasts, and that was just it. He also said it had a pretty sad story, which was better than Minecraft: Story Mode.

Anything's better than story mode; you have no impact on the story. Any choice you make will not affect the outcome WHATSOEVER. - mattstat716

I finally completed the main game, and in my conclusive opinion, Pokemon Sun and Moon have the best to offer in the series yet. Much better than Pokemon X and Y, and that's saying something. Happy 20th anniversary to Nintendo's 2nd best-selling video game franchise. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Best version of Pokémon ever 😊😊

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5 Doom

This is a mostly old school shooter in 2016 and is so good. This is just pure intense violence and joy. This is almost as good as the original (one of the best games ever) as much as I love overwatch I just appreciate doom more and the fact that a game like this was made in 2016 and became a success. The game also does a very good job with characterization of the simple protagonist and I love how the protagonists emotions are delivered though no word and though action and the felling of doomguy perfectly matches the players emotion. Multiplayer and snap map suck but the single player is just so good.

Please kill this game. It was amazing in the 90's when you first played it on a 486. When games didn't need a story line, or barely had one. They just needed to be fun as hell and shock your friends with the amount of gratuitous violence. Now it's just needless rehashing with every new post-Carmack incarnation of id trying to stay relevant and releasing a new Doom. The only Doom that I would ever bother to play would be filled with endless incoherent mazes, crazy monsters, and loads of them popping out everywhere. How the mighty have fallen. Their peak was the benchmark standard twitch shooter, Quake 3. After that it was all downhill. Unreal ate their lunch. - LordMongo

Great graphics, even better gameplay, along with loads of powerful weapons to blow demons apart with. What more could you want? This is the reboot that the original deserved - Ballistc

This and Dark Souls 3 are tied for my favorite games of 2016. Both are fantastic! - cjWriter1997

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6 Dark Souls III

Dark Souls 3 is the legacy of the souls' series. Epic boss battles, Great music and it also fixed Dark Souls 2's problems like bad level design and difficulty - YourWaifuSucks

Full orchestra music, epic boss battles, large variety of enemies, several types of weapons, and extremely fun exploration in a unique map design.

This is the perfect swansong for Dark Souls. Its difficulty is back, its combat is a lot more fluid and fast paced, AI is very smart, graphics are stunning, weapon arts change up tactics, and more. This deserves game of the year, hands down.

Too easy, defiantly not a real dark souls game. Beat the game first go with 0 deaths. 1/10

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7 Watch Dogs 2

Best game ever, amazing graphics, and hack everything!

Fun as hell, way better than number 1. Positive ratings everywhere you look, and packed with side missions. Totally worth it.

It's a great game that Ubisoft made with amazing storyline and character! The graphics are awesome and how Ubisoft created Watch Dogs 2 in general is wonderful.

I was thinking to vote between this or dishonered 2 both are good but I enjoyed this more p.s watch dogs 1 was super underrated

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8 Pokemon Moon

It's something fresh for the Pokemon series, and I love it. Every new generation of Pokemon is reminiscent of the days when video games weren't dominated by generic shooters and adult content. Pokemon has remained popular despite how everyone's "growing up." Nintendo, thank you for daring to be different and being the better choice for people who prefer family-friendly gaming. - dlbk03

I haven't finished this game since I got it for Christmas and forgot about it for a few, but so far, it's really good. I'm up to the very beginning of Island #3 out of 4. I'm glad that Game Freak decided to give the game major changes. - Matt0418

My favorite Pokemon game so far. Amazing plot and characters. The "evil" team, Team Skull, is more amusing than anything, and there are many ships that I love.

Good but a disappointment compared to Alpha Sapphire in my opinion
I hope Ultra Moon (I know it's already out by this point but I haven't played it yet) isn't as disappointing as this game... - PerfectImpulseX

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9 Fire Emblem: Fates

WHOA Surprised to see this game on here, I love it - zekrombolt9000

This game gets way too much hate. Not only is it super enjoyable, it also got me into Fire Emblem as a whole. - jatboy

They are fun games but I liked Conquest more than Birthright. - Lovealott

Hi there.

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10 Tom Clancy's The Division

It's march, so I'm voting for something that has actually released lol

Great video game... awesome fun with aspects of third person shooter and rpg

The updates ruined it for me. Fun while it lasted though!

Tommy WHY

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The Contenders

11 Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Maybe the best fighting game of 2016

Get this to the top 10, be intelligent people!

I'd say this is the best game of 2016. So much charm, so much polish, it's so much better than over watch. I hate Team based first person shooters, people don't know how to work as a team so that fact alone ruins the same. In this game, you fight alone or against a single person. So, you don't have to deal with the incompetence of others. I love that you can finally select an actual stage to fight on instead of just the world martial arts tournament. Finally, they added cooler. They have a full roster of 68 characters


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12 Titanfall 2

This game is so much better than the first with a surprisingly good campaign and awesome multiplayer. It's just a shame that is was released in between boyfriend and Call of Duty.

The movement mechanics are on point and it takes genuine skill to run through the maps and getting kills with weapons so varying in skill and stuff like bullet speed the way this game is insane

I can't believe this is so low on the list! Pretty great story, exhilarating gameplay and all around a wonderful game!

The story is great. The multiplayer is even better and the game play is unparalleled.

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13 Pokemon Go

Horrible, annoying overrated game. - olliv

It's not in the pokemon series lol. However it remains the prime example of a good phone game.

Just wish the server issues could be fixed sooner

More like Pokemon Good Idea but Bad Execution! - PerfectImpulseX

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14 NBA 2K17

NBA 2k is an annual must for all sports enthusiasts, with stunning graphics and visuals, plus the game physics are improving year by year. - AKASHPAWAR

Huge basketball fan so personally I think it should and is the best game - Roro23

This is probably the first non-shooter, non-violent, non-pokemon game out there. I can't stand any of those, so this is my favorite.


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15 Batman: The Telltale Series

I got this game for Christmas and its amazing

Can't go wrong with Batman.

Love Batman and TellTale games, wish they did A New Frontier on PS3! - Commander_One

I generally dislike Batman, but this game was amazing.
Good job, Telltale Games, you did it again. - GerardWay

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16 Pokken Tournament

Why am I on this website? Is there any point in life?

PETA's gonna be mad at this... - djpenquin999

Go pokEmon

Hannah kirkwood I have a crush on you and I think we shoukd have sex in my shower

17 WWE 2K17

I only buy these games so I can go on a gauntlet of beating everyone with my created character "Satan" Then I snap the disk.

Pre ordered it can't wait for goldberg

The game sucks so many glitches this should be one of the worst games of 2016 and is definitely the worst wrestling game of all time except backstage assault.

It is god of games

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18 Final Fantasy XV

Although It didn't deliver a strong story telling as we would expect however, game delivered an amazing world design, great soundtrack even thought it can get lazy sometimes by being repetitive in some locations, surpassingly deep combat mechanics and really dynamic so, in the end I wasn't disappointed after all

This might be the most flawed game of 2016 along with The Last Guardian, however the reason why it's still considered as a great game is that it's filled with surprises and the charm of the main characters.

How is this so low on the list? This game was a blast. The characters are so much fun, the animation (as always) is beautifully rendered, and despite the somewhat loose storyline, it still delivered a great experience.

My cousin loves this game seriously he won't stop playing it

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19 Gears of War 4

Amazing game. Great graphics, plotlines, story, characters, foreshadows and the weapons.
What makes this game so satisfying? A chainsaw in a gun!

20 Far Cry Primal

This game will kick ass when it releases!

I've played it before but I think ARK survival evolved is better it has WAY more content and taming - Katekat123

I don't have the game but I've seen the trailer and its awesome

Not what I wanted or expected, overrated but pretty good - EliHbk

21 Forza Horizon 3

Why is forza horizon 3 here it should be at number one this had the best graphics, the best gameplay, the best car selection, best customisation, best open world, lived up way past its potential and supplies hours of fun for the whole family - Captainderp

There's not much to say other than it's a Forza Horizon game - so pretty much perfect right? Incredibly fun if you're the right person, and that's why I think it's so low on the list. Unless you're into cars and customisation, you probably won't care for it

Best graphics. Great gameplay. Countless hours of fun.

Hands down the best Xbox One game

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22 Street Fighter V

This shouldn't be here this game was incomplete at launch bad servers and no arcade mode - ikerevievs

I feel so sorry for those who went through this shallow cash in. - MKBeast

Street Fighter has been my game since way back in 2010 when I played the arcade version since then you could not beat me if I chose ryu or akuma - Datboi

Best game ever

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23 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

A great conclusion to an awesome gaming franchise! - DenBoro

This games are better than the anime and manga

Never heard of it but myself being a Naruto fan I'm no interested

Kinda good, but the plot sucks - Ale9991

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24 Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

It's so fun playing in the backyard and playing online! Really fun to play turf takeover and mixed mode!

Better than overarching in my opinion

Better than overarching in my opinion

This game is thousand Times better than overwatch!

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25 Dishonored 2

I will vote for this one because it is definitely not high enough on this list (same goes for Skyrim: Special Edition, though for different reasons). It may not be open world, which would fit the style and theme of the game (though I am not sure if this is why it is not higher), and I have not gotten that far into the game so I cannot say any of this as 100% accurate, but the game is dark, fun and just difficult enough without being overly so, as well as having a deep story, a great atmosphere and a good Steampunk style.

Production quality is undeniably top notch. It also handles nicely. Lots of good things. Very cool game. Can't think of negative things to say. It does what it set out to do at a very high level.

One of the more underrated games this year. - shawnmccaul22

Is a really good game

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26 Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
27 XCOM 2

It's the only one that's actually out for crying it loud.

My friends all died

This is just the best Sci-Fi game of the year 2016!

I did sooo much "save scumming".. - VelocyFaptor

28 Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

An excellent Video game with the most engaging BAttle System alongside Bowser's Inside Story! HOWEVER, there is a little bit too much padding and filler which kind of just slows the whole entire Video Game Down. HOWEVER, I will still highly recommend this Video Game to all of you! I highly recommend it! Despite all of the padding and filler that it has and/or possesses, it is a very great Video game with Very Great Characters and Very great Gameplay and music. the music is awesome, especially the final boss battle theme in my opinioN! They're aren't really any new characters I n here, but the ones who are already hear are all portrayed so darn well. - HeavyDonkeyKong

HeavyDonkeyKong, could you please tell me what battle system is/means/is genuinely observed? At the same time as I, Kieran Stark (aka the Ultimate Daredevil) am confused about what a video game's battle system is, I am getting the point. I sorta like this game, even though it is the weakest of all the Mario & Luigi RPGs (unlike Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story's predecessors, which are heavily underrated because of their sharp retro presentations! Yeah, I still said it! ) and Paper Mario: Sticker Star is the only Mario RPG that is (much) worse than Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam even though it is not as unplayable as Hydilide. Classic Nintendo > Modern Nintendo (and it's because of FAR more reasons than just Princess Peach getting kidnapped to make the Mario franchise at least a bit more anti-feminist).

I really don't think you should make a list about games you likely haven't played fully yet, but since I can tell that Paper Jam will most likely obliterate every other Mario and Luigi game so far, it gets my vote. - Garythesnail

I love this game!

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29 Stardew Valley

This game is basically Harvest Moon but with more cool stuff added. I recommend it. - WarioMan

This was the best game I have played in a long time should at least be in the top ten

I enjoy my AAA titles very much but this game is one of the best I played in 2016. - cjWriter1997

Best farming game ever

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30 Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS

Still like it but it's a less powerful version of the orginal wii u version - gamerappa

This version is the best of all! Unless Nintendo makes one for the Switch...

I agree with the person below!

31 Another Metroid 2 Remake

One of the worst games of the Metroid series turned into quite possibly the best. If you're feeling salty about the way Nintendo's been treating the Metroid series lately...

well, knowing that this game got taken down isn't exactly going to change that, but trust me; the experience you will have with this game is just absolutely incredible. You won't regret it - xandermartin98

32 World of Final Fantasy
33 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition

Skyrim came out much before this but the special addition really is a new game.

I played many games since I was a child, but this one was the best game ever

I'm surprised this isn't marked higher.

Skyrim is bigger than you!

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34 Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
35 Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
36 Hitman: Blood Money
37 Madden NFL 17

My favorite Xbox game

Should be way higher

What a complete joke. - MKBeast

The best bruh.. come on cuh put respce on the name n wordd

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38 BioShock: The Collection

Since I personally am not into any new games that has come out so I play a remastered version of a great game! - Jonerman

39 Adrift
40 Hitman

My favorite game of 2016. IO did a very good job with the depth and variety put into the game. Truly an experience everybody should witness. Far too underrated. I think people might have been put off initially by the episodic release, but now you can buy it all together for a good price.

Improved both graphics and my opinion best Hitman game till date

41 DOOM 4

It looks more creepy than others

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42 Paper Mario: Color Splash

To be honest what's wrong about this game? Why do people hate this game by the trailer. It's probably because they haven't played the game.

Good game for kids - computerfan0

I am a huge fan of paper mario games and this is one is also good

This one deserbes at least 10 it redemmed the paper mario games after ss

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43 NHL 17

Even better than nhl 16 and nhl 16 is pretty good

Best game ever.

the best

44 Final Fantasy VII Remake

Best war many death and many handicapped people, was rather slow day

45 The King of Fighters XIV
46 BlazBlue: Central Fiction

One of the coolest 2dimension games I've ever played,too bad it didint have a good ending:(

47 ARK: Survival Evolved

This should be up WAY higher Ark makes farcry primal look like a children's game! - Katekat123

It's ok, I guess. Only problem is optimization, which leads to horrid frame rates. - MKBeast

Warning: don't play it on the Xbox one anytime something new is added it crashes as soon as you see it play on PC or PS4

48 That Dragon Cancer

Never played it, but I saw a bunch of youtubers play it, and I was crying by the end of it. it's so sad... - TOPJD

49 Kirby: Planet Robobot

One of my favorite games of all time. Number 53? Really? Put it in the top ten! It introduced me to the Kirby franchise, and I absolutely loved it! Vote, Vote, Vote!

I played this game up to world 5 because while I was playing it my circle pad messed up! But it's a good game

The story was so sad and it brought back so much stuff from past games!

People, you are going to vote for this and you're gonna like it - SocialMediaStinks

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50 Mario Party: Star Rush

Another one of those weak Nintendo games... Modern Mario Sports is the only Nintendo series that has a dark age. - The Ultimate Daredevil

Well, it is Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars compared to the educational Mario games, and a pretty slight improvement over Mario Party: Island Tour. - The Ultimate Daredevil to DaisyandRosalina

I think the game is enjoyable especially paragoned to the atrocities of IT or 10. This game is a good step in the right way for sure. - DaisyandRosalina

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