2016 Game of the Year Winners
It's time to officially lay 2016 to rest. It's been over a week and the winners of the 2016 Game of the Year awards have been selected.
Last week we went over the various categories and included the nominations. The categories were (in order):
- Best Portable Game
- Best Mobile Game
- Best All-Ages Game
- Best Shooter
- Best Indie Game
- Best Adventure/Action Game
- Best Post-Release Content
- Game of the Year
Now we will go in order of the above categories and announce the winners of Second Best Gaming's 2016 game(s) of the year.
Note: Platform next to game title refers to platform Second Best Gaming played on.
Best Portable Game
Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS)
Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a divisive game. When it was announced, fans were extremely upset, but little did they know, Federation Force would actually go on to be a fantastic portable shooter. The limitations of the 3DS don't prevent this game from its varied and unique missions. On the multiplayer side, Federation Force is also a blast (no pun intended). Blast Ball is a competitive and addictive online mode that can be just as gripping as the campaign. Although this game may be disliked and easily forgotten, it's a 3DS gem, and a must play for Metroid fans.
Best Mobile Game
Super Mario Run (iOS)
Super Mario Run is Nintendo's first true mobile game, and boy is it fun. It is a complete mobile game experience that doesn't harass you at every opportunity for money. It bucks a lot of Mario conventions, which may be controversial, but there's no denying the pure fun that is Super Mario Run. From collecting special coins, to challenging other players in Toad Rally, this game will keep players hooked, while providing a true gaming experience for mobile users.
Best All-Ages Game
Disney Infinity 3.0 (Xbox One/PS4)
While technically a 2015 game, Disney Infinity 3.0 had tons of new expansions during the first half of 2016 before the unfortunate closure of Avalanche Software. In particular, Marvel Battlegrounds is a wonderful fighting game that is perfect for all-ages. Between the Marvel brawler, the Finding Dory Play Set, and all the extra character releases in between, Disney Infinity 3.0 went out with a bang, and leaves behind endless content that suits every player.
Titanfall 2 (Xbox One)
Titanfall 2 is simply a masterclass in shooting games. Every problem that existed in the first entry was addressed in the sequel, and boy did it make all the difference. While Titanfall 2 doesn't offer a groundbreaking story, the campaign introduces new mechanics that keep the gameplay fresh and exciting from start to finish. On the multiplayer side, you get more Titanfall, and that's a great thing. More Titans, better thought out weapons, gear, and gadgets, this multiplayer has enough to keep serious shooter fans hooked for hours on end.
Best Indie Game
Inside (Xbox One)
Inside is an experience unlike any other. This dark game tells a compelling and daring story without every using a single word. Every animation and object is carefully crafted to help tell the story of Inside. The puzzles are beautifully designed, while never being too challenging, and each section of the game takes what you think you know, and flips it on its head. Inside is the kind of game you don't see too often. From the seemingly obvious beginning, to the thought provoking ending, Inside is truly something to cherish.
Best Adventure/Action Game
Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One)
When was the last time we got a racing game as fun as Forza Horizon 3? With tons of cars, a beautiful open world with so many different terrains to explore, and a killer soundtrack, Forza Horizon 3 is easily one of the greatest arcade racing games of all time. Play towards expanding your Horizon Festival, collect and restore classic cars, or just f*** around, there isn't a single boring thing to do in this game. Forza Horizon 3 does an excellent job of appealing to die-hard racing fans, as well as casual gamers that just like to do crazy stuff. We can't think of a better action racing game in the past decade to give our award to.
Best Post-Release Content
Destiny: Rise of Iron (Xbox One/PS4)
Rise of Iron is Destiny's final expansion, and it's a good one. While the story may be short, it is very sweet. Destiny came out the gate in 2014 to a rather bumpy start, but over the years, Bungie has built an incredible shared world shooter. Rise of Iron brings a lot of new modes, maps, and gear to the table, and once mixed with the addictive nature of the game, players will have tons to keep them busy as we await a proper Destiny sequel in 2017 (hopefully). Just like 2015's The Taken King expansion, Rise of Iron shows players the Destiny that we always hoped the game would be.
Game of the Year
Titanfall 2 (Xbox One)
For us here at Second Best Gaming, the winner was a clear one. Titanfall 2 offers an experience is a crowded genre that in unparalleled. The adventure that awaits players in the game's campaign is reminiscent of games such as Half-Life 2, Portal, or Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in that is takes shooters to new heights. Titanfall 2 is a complete experience, and a wonderful way to waste time as a gamer. There wasn't a game in 2016 we had more fun sinking our teeth into than Titnafall 2.