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Game Of The Year 2016 - Overall Winner

The final count.

For the past couple of weeks, we’ve inundated you with our opinions in various categories and genres, from our favourite soundtracks and characters to picking the best first person shooter and RPG of the year. Yet they were all leading up to this point, the overall winner of our Game of the Year 2016 awards.

With so many games having been played and gone in for consideration, we narrowed our field down to the single figures from the categories that went before, before narrowing it down further to just two games. If you’ve been paying attention, you might be able to guess which two games they are.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

With Nate and Elena having forsaken treasure hunting forever at the end of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception to embark on a new kind of adventure, Uncharted 4 wasn’t a story that needed to be told, and yet Naughty Dog found a way to add to trilogy in a new and meaningful way. It saw Nate dragged back into a world he thought he’d left behind, with even higher personal stakes as a long lost brother emerged from his distant past to sweep him off on a new adventure.

It was, as you’d expect, full of huge set pieces and gorgeous graphics, taken to new heights on the PlayStation 4, but Naughty Dog didn’t rest on their laurels with the gameplay either. The larger environments made for more varied and engaging combat areas, in which stealth was a realistic option for the first time, the grappling hook became an indispensable tool for traversal, and the addition of a jeep that just felt so natural to drive around the sweeping landscapes.

Through and through, this was a fantastic send off for one of PlayStation’s most beloved characters – though with The Lost Legacy’s recent reveal, perhaps not the series.

Overwatch

In the run up to its release, it took a while for me to really see what had people so excited for it, beyond just being a game developed by Blizzard. Its multiplayer leans on ideas that we’ve seen elsewhere, from the bright and colourful graphics to class-based multiplayer and the wide, MOBA-like variety of unique and interesting characters, the universe fleshed out with a series of animated shorts and comics.

Blizzard wove all of those ideas together into a rich tapestry of their own, and one that effortlessly engenders teamwork within the game. You might have a favourite character to play as, but having a balanced team of characters that fill specific roles is much more important, and emphasised by the game telling you quite clearly what you current team’s weaknesses are.

One thing that’s without doubt is that this game will continue to evolve and grow over the coming months and years. We’ve already seen that with new characters Ana and Sombra, new maps, gameplay tweaks, the Arcade, seasonal events for Halloween and Christmas, and the founding of the Overwatch League. Overwatch was a huge hit when it launched in the middle of the year, but it’s really just the beginning.


In the end, there was almost nothing between these two games, as we had a straight up vote amongst our writers. There does have to be a winner though, and our Game of the Year for 2016 is:

Runners up in alphabetical order:

  • Civilization VI
  • Dark Souls 3
  • FIFA 17
  • Firewatch
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Inside
  • Titanfall 2
  • Uncharted 4

The rest of our Game of the Year 2016 awards went to:


We’ll see you next year (AKA tomorrow) for the results of our Community Game of the Year 2016 vote.

10 Comments
  1. JustTaylorNow
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    Don’t disagree with that, uncharted was superior game but Overwatch was/is an all rounder fun in & out game when no one rage quits

    Comment posted on 31/12/2016 at 16:21.
  2. Starman
    Member
    Since: Jul 2011

    If Titanfall 2 won best single player it’s somewhat odd that UC4 won game of the year.

    Comment posted on 31/12/2016 at 17:00.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      You’re right, that is pretty odd… but mainly because Uncharted 4 didn’t win GOTY. 😉

      Comment posted on 31/12/2016 at 17:07.
      • Starman
        Member
        Since: Jul 2011

        Oops! I thought it being first in the article meant it had won!

        Comment posted on 31/12/2016 at 17:20.
      • MrYd
        Member
        Since: Mar 2011

        Now the maths questions have gone whenever you need to login, it’s the only way they’ve got to try and keep our brains working. Until someone decides that “let’s list the winners in morse code” is a sensible idea.

        Comment posted on 31/12/2016 at 17:31.
    • MrYd
      Member
      Since: Mar 2011

      Although it’s probably not so odd if Overwatch won best multiplayer and game of the year ;)

      Comment posted on 31/12/2016 at 17:10.
  3. wonkey-willy
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    uncharted 4 was a supermodel ….
    pretty but fuckin empty..
    nothing new and borrowed from games in the same genre..
    nothing worthy of game of the year 2016 because it was mostly sequels and re-moistens.
    cant wait for super duper pacman smack down speshal bells and whistles 2017 goty edition

    Comment posted on 31/12/2016 at 21:20.
  4. aerobes
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Mostly tough to argue with apart from the blatant ringer of Nadine for best character. I needed a laugh.

    Comment posted on 01/01/2017 at 07:54.
  5. tactical20
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Happy Uncharted 4 won. Well deserved. 😜 #neverletfactsgetintheway

    Comment posted on 01/01/2017 at 12:38.
  6. psychobudgie
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    A great pick going with Dark Souls 3… wait what.

    Comment posted on 06/01/2017 at 19:57.

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