Best of 2016 – Day Four: Adventure, Platformer, Mobile

Over the next ten days, Hardcore Gamer will be revealing its Best of 2016 Awards leading up to our Game of the Year. Today we present you with the Best Adventure, Platformer and Mobile.

Firewatch

In a year that was no slouch for great adventure gaming, Firewatch edges out its competition with a great story in a beautiful setting backed up with excellent writing.  Henry has taken a job scouting for fires in Shoshone National Park as an escape from a life that’s gone completely wrong, but a mystery is brewing there that won’t let him relax.  His only lifeline as things get progressively stranger is Delilah, a friendly voice on the other end of his radio who’s only ever heard, never seen. Firewatch is an adventure from the walking simulator branch of the genre, and it shows just how much power there can be in a good narrative well told.  The interactions between Delilah and Henry are the heart of the game, and they’re good enough that it’s worth hopping on the radio for even the smallest observation just to hear what them talk.  The park is a fantastic environment to explore, filled with beautiful vistas and scenery, and its peacefulness is an unlikely place for the mystery’s growing tension.  Firewatch’s elements come together to create an emotionally powerful story that pays off in unexpected ways, leaving the player remembering the journey long after the ending credits roll.

Runner-Ups
Samorost 3 The Witness Yomawari: Night Alone The Last Guardian

Owlboy

Is it weird that a game where you spend most of your time flying around in the air and firing at various enemies like it was a shoot-’em-up ends up being the year’s best platformer? Kind of, but that’s just a testament to the amount of variety Owlboy has as a platformer. Be it moments where you fly through labyrinths and shoot down monkeys, stealth sections where you sneak through darkened areas, moments where you poke through every nook and cranny looking for hidden treasures, or even just quieter parts where you roam around, absorb the game’s vibrant world, and interact with its colorful cast, Owlboy is indeed truly a platformer that has something for everyone. In year with an abundance of impressive platforming, it really did do all it could to secure top honors.

Runner-Ups
Ratchet & Clank Unravel Inside Headlander

Deus Ex GO

The GO series has provided a welcome change of pace for the Hitman and Tomb Raider games, and the shift to the Deus Ex series was a natural move. Adam Jensen returns and uses turn-based stealth and a mix of environmental hacking to evade enemies. Power also plays a part, as you can turn the power off for enemies or turrets to try and solve puzzles using trial and error. The main campaign gives you over fifty levels to enjoy and with regular challenges being added in weekly, you’ll get a lot out of this game no matter whether you play on Android or iOS.

Runner-Ups
Samorost 3 Devilian Valkyrie Connect Lumines: Puzzles & Music

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