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 PS4, Xbox One, Wii U and PC games.
The Wii U had some excellent titles during its lifetime and it came out with another gem in March 2016 with Pokkén Tournament. This game took Pokémon to a whole new direction as we actually get to control their movements and attacks on the battlefield. The roster is filled with expected combatants along with a few unique entrants. All the characters have a high definition shine to them which often goes unseen in the traditional Pokémon series. Pokkén Tournament’s entry to the fighting genre was one that has long been wanted by fans and it delivers a tightly controlled and fun experience. While it’s been an arcade hit in Japan, bringing it to the Wii U helps cement the console as a must-have and branches one of Nintendo’s flagship brands to new directions. Hopefully we will get to see more Pokémon fighting games in the near future as Nintendo approaches the release of its upcoming console.
|Shantae: Half-Genie Hero||Tadpole Treble||Severed||Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE|
By the end of 2016, a lot of us were starting to question if too many games were being released on Steam. But regardless of how you feel, there were still tons of top-notch PC games to choose from this year, from both fresh faces and returning classics alike. Concerning the best of 2016 when it came to PC gaming, though, it was the former that found itself dominating our nominees, and Owlboy wound up as the champion of them all. It does seem a bit odd that a game designed to emulate the best parts of ’90s console gaming was this year’s best computer game, but what can we say? This gem represented some of the best that the PC’s indie scene can offer, from its winning story and superb controls to some of best visuals your monitor will ever experience. Indeed, you owe it to yourself to check out Owlboy’s high-flying adventures, and you definitely won’t be disappointed.
|Civilization VI||Hyper Light Drifter||Superhot||Pony Island|
2016 was a phenomenal year for Xbox owners. Whether it was the return of Gears of War or another season of the single best free-to-play fighting game on the market, there was a lot to keep players busy. Among the many is one of the best racing games to ever grace a platform: Forza Horizon 3. While Forza Motorsports has been the pinnacle of racing simulation for quite some time now, it has been Playground Games’ sub-series that has shined the brightest, and the latest entry is no different. Taking us the beautifully rendered country of Australia, players will drive their favorite vehicles through a variety of locations, from luscious rain forests to the dune-filled outback, all while leveling up and unlocking new activities to partake in. This is all tied together with well-crafted online component that players on both PC and Xbox One can easily access together. With so much packed into a single package, if there’s one game that will give you your money’s worth this year, it’s Forza Horizon 3.
|Gears of War 4||Dead Rising 4||Inside||Killer Instinct Season 3|
It’s been three years since the PS4 first launched, and going into 2016, the system still did not have an iconic system exclusive. Sony’s intense focus on securing third-party timed exclusivity deals had left the system without a system-seller to point. Thankfully, that all ended this year with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. A Thief’s End is everything a PlayStation owner could want in a Sony exclusive. Gorgeous graphics, intricate level design, jaw-dropping set-pieces and a thrilling story. Nathan Drake’s final adventure provided all that and more, making Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End not only the best PS4 game of the 2016, but also one of the best PS4 games released this year.
|Ratchet & Clank||The Last Guardian||The Witness||Thumper|