It is that time of year again where we celebrate the best of the best of 2016. All the games that have come this year, have been beyond fantastic, and we are here to award them for being so awesome. We played them all, and reviewed them all, and here are all the winners, and ones that came close to winning. Want to know who won last year’s awards, take a look here.

In order to qualify for these awards, the said game would have had to have been released before 1 December 2016. It was also important that we played the game in its entirely.

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Best Sport and Racing Game

Forza Horizon 3

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There was no doubt a great wave of sports and racing games in 2016, but one that stood out the most for us was Forza Horizon 3. The games beautiful setting, great engine, and spectacular casual racing took us on the best road trip we have ever experienced in a game. Truly the best racing game out there this year for sure. – Review

Runners Up: FIFA 17 | NBA 2K17

Best Role Playing Game

Dark Souls III

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Nothing came close to the experience of Dark Souls III this year. From the moment we started playing the game, right until the final boss fight, we were on the edge of our seats. There was really nothing like Dark Souls III this year, and it is the best in the series.

Runners Up: World of Warcraft Legion | World of Final Fantasy

Best Shooter

Battlefield 1

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The month of Battlefield 1’s release was pretty tough if you were an FPS. We had Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Titanfall 2. Although all three games are great, Battlefield 1’s stellar campaign, great multiplayer, and its fantastic take on World War I, blew us away. – Review 

Runners Up: Gears of War 4 | Overwatch

Best Indie Game

The Witness

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The Witness still plays in our minds. How we sat for hours trying to control a line to the edge of a grid, and how we wasted time just looking into the distance while taking in the beauty of the island. It challenged our senses, and in the end came out on top as the best indie game we have played in ages.  – Review

Runners Up: Inside

Best Mobile/Handheld

Pokemon Sun/Moon

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Pokemon Sun and Moon stand as a sort of reboot to the series. Nintendo took away the Pokemon Gyms, and instead opened up the game to three islands which we explored for weeks. It was everything we loved in a Pokemon game, but just with a little bit of polish.

Runners Up: Pokemon GO

Best Soundtrack

Furi

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Furi is one exhilarating experience, but its soundtrack sets raises the bar when it comes to how well music helps in a video game scenario. Its electronic/dance tempos in each song, perfectly fitted each enemy we fought, and we could not get enough of the style that oozed out of every song.

Runners Up: Battlefield 1 | Final Fantasy XV

Best Action Adventure

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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What can we say about Uncharted that has not already been said? Besides it being a generation defining experience like no other. Besides it being one of the best PS4 games on the console. Needless to say, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will never be forgotten, and it stands as one of the best adventures we ever set forth on. – Review

Runners Up: Ratchet and Clank | Dishonored 2

Best Fighting Game

Killer Instinct 3

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Killer Instinct went off on a bumpy start, but Season 3 proved that is learnt from its mistakes, and offered one of the best fighting experience on Xbox One and Windows 10. It is a great experience with awesome fighters and cool features. A must for all fans of the series. – Review

Runners Up: Street Fighter V

Best Online Game

Overwatch

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Blizzard had not released a new IP in 14 years, so Overwatch had some high expectations to fill, and it did just that. Its massive focus on competitive play, and wide range of playable characters kept up busy for weeks. We still love the fact that the game is being supported, with themed content released monthly, and constant character changes. Overwatch is the best online game we played in 2016 by far. – Review

Runners Up: Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2

Biggest disappointment

No Man’s Sky

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No Man’s Sky was a massive disappointment this year. After months of hyped trailers, showing off features which we never got to experience in the game, and a empty and boring galaxy to explore, we just purely hated it. If we were shown what we bought, then it would have been a different story, but we were lied to, and for that the game will never be forgiven. – Review

Runners Up: Mafia III

Best DLC

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

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Few DLC packs come along and change the game, and this year The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine did just that. Adding more than 50 hours of gameplay to the game, with a whole new breath-taking land to explore, enemies to fight, and a great quest to take on, we loved every minute of it. – Review

Runners Up: Dark Souls III: Ashed of Ariandel

Best Art Direction

Dishonored 2

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Dishonored 2’s mysterious world can only be seen to believe. From exploring a mechanical house that twists and turns with a press of a button, to running on the balconies above the streets of the Karnaca market. Everything we saw in Dishonored 2, we loved, and we wanted to live in that world, as it was brought to life in a spectacular way. – Review

Runners Up: Dark Souls III

Best Toys/Kids Game

Skylanders: Imaginators

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Skylanders: Imaginators is the best Skylanders to date, and we had the kids prove that this year. It was packed full of content, and had so much personality that we could not find a way to get away from it. With its new feature to create your own Skylander, and the wide array of new toys, the fune was endless. –  Review

Runners Up: Dragon Quest Builders

Most Anticipated 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn

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There are a few games we cannot wait to play in 2017, Mass Effect Andromeda, God of War, and even Scalebound, but the emotional feeling we get while watching those trailers, does not match the feeling we get when we watch Horizon Zero Dawn. We cannot wait to climb massive mechanical creatures, and tear them apart for resources, or just spend our lives exploring the massive open world in the game. Can it just hurry up now?

Runners Up: God of War | Mass Effect Andromeda

Game of the Year 2016

Dark Souls III

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It was hard to decide just what we loved the most this year. So many great games that we loved, but in the end, there was one game that had us from the start, and it was a true climatic ending to a phenomenal series. Dark Souls III is the pinnacle of RPG hack slash. Its stunning art direction, story telling, and unforgettable action, was something we knew was coming, as the past games have delivered the same, but it outdid itself tenfold. We don’t know if we will ever experience a game as close as Dark Souls III, but we hope so. – Review

 

Runners Up: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End | Battlefield 1

So there you have all the games we loved the most in 2016. What were your favorites? Let us know in the comments below. 

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