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G4 Canada's 2016 Game of the Year Awards

January 19, 2017

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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As another year is upon us we look back at the best and worst of 2016. Here are our picks for the most memorable and most forgettable games released in 2016. Congratulations to all the winners.

Game of the Year

Gears of War 4

John Powell: Gears of War 4

Talk about turning the series around, Gears of War 4 put the series on a new, exciting direction while also telling one of the most dramatic and certainly most humourous stories in some time. A gratifying experience from start to finish.

Honourable Mentions: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Doom, Overwatch, Titanfall 2, Quantum Break, Forza Horizon 3, Battlefield 1, Pokemon Sun and Moon.

Alex Cattani: Uncharted 4

Developer Naughty Dog once again proves why they're amongst some of the most prolific developers in the videogame industry. Uncharted 4 not only tells a gripping story, but also is a blast to play.

Honourable Mentions: N/A


Best Adventure Game

The Walking Dead: Michonne

John Powell: The Walking Dead: Michonne

A story that will has everything from adventure to tragedy, not to mention Michonne kicks ass, always.

Honourable Mentions: Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders, Batman: The Telltale Series.

Alex Cattani: Batman: The Telltale Series

At this point, it seems al if Telltale Games is going to produce an episodic adventure series for just about every popular property out there. Heading into Telltale’s rendition of Batman, I expected a by the numbers point and click adventure title staring everyone’s favourite millionaire superhero. Instead, what I got was a unique Batman story that separates itself from the many other existing stories with the same IP.

Honourable Mentions: Walking Dead: Michonne


Best Shooter

Titanfall 2

John Powell: Gears of War 4, Titanfall 2 (Tie)

Both games really took their respective series to new heights.

Honourable Mentions: Doom, Overwatch, Battlefield 1, Plants vs. Zombies 2: Garden Warfare.

Alex Cattani: Overwatch

2016 was a banner year for shooters. Not only were there titles with strong competitive modes, the single player shooter campaign also saw quite comeback. Titles like DOOM and Titanfall 2 stunned gamers by have surprisingly great campaign modes. However, my personal favourite was Overwatch. Perfect balance, stylish character design, rewarding progression and tight gameplay are the reasons why Overwatch is being hailed as not only shooter of the year, but shooter of the last decade for some.

Honourable Mentions: Titanfall 2, DOOM, Battlefield 1


Best Story

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

John Powell: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Although a bit drawn out, Uncharted 4 was all about relationships and real, deep emotion. One of the best stories ever told in gaming.

Honourable Mentions: Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders, The Walking Dead: Michonne, Quantum Break, Gears of War 4.

Alex Cattani: Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4’s narrative is so well told that it gives most modern actions title a run for their money. This time around, the outlandish globe-trotting escapades of Nathan Drake and company take a back seat. While a grand adventure is still to be had, Naughty Dog focused more on character development this time around, and of course nailed it.

Honourable Mentions: The Last Guardian, Virginia, Fire Watch.


Best Racing Game

Forza Horizon 3

John Powell: Forza Horizon 3

The series continues to deliver no matter what type of racing fan you are.

Honourable Mentions: F1 2016, Forza Horizon 3, Trackmania Turbo.










Best Sports Game

John Powell: NBA 2K17

Deep and diverse, this is a gaming masterpiece for hoop fans.

Honourable Mentions: NBA 2K17, MLB 16: The Show, F1 2016, Madden NFL 17, NHL 17, FIFA 17.


Best Action Game

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

John Powell: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

A one of a kind, epic adventure.

Honourable Mentions: Dead Rising 4, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Overwatch, Battlefield 1, TitanFall 2, Gears of War 4, Quantum Break.

Alex Cattani: Titanfall 2

One minute you’re controlling a nimble pilot, pulling off headshots while zip-lining across buildings. The next, you’re in control of a sixty-foot tall war machine wreaking havoc on your foes. Titianfall 2 brings the thrills for as long as you’re able to keep up.

Honourable Mentions: Furi, Gears of War 4, DOOM.


Best Role-Playing Game

Final Fantasy

John Powell: Final Fantasy XV

Great story, great characters, Final Fantasy XV had it all and like so many games this year, took the franchise in a fresh direction.

Honourable Mentions: Dark Souls 3, Pokemon Sun and Moon, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

Alex Cattani: Dark Souls 3

Dark Souls 3 is just as crushingly difficult as one would expect. But when those seemingly impossible odds are overcome, the sense of reward felt is second to none.

Honourable Mentions: Final Fantasy XV, Dues Ex: Mankind Divided.


Best Puzzle – Rhythm Game

The Turing Test

John Powell: The Turing Test

A fascinating world full of fascinating problems and fun.

Honourable Mentions: Deus Ex Go, Stephen’s Sausage Roll, The Witness, The Turing Test.











Best Fighting Game

John Powell: Killer Instinct Season 3

Kicking butt never felt so good especially with so many characters to choose from.

Honourable Mentions: Street Fighter V, WWE 2K17, EA Sports UFC 2.

Alex Cattani: Street Fighter 5

While bare bones upon launch, Street Fighter 5's core gameplay is excellen

Honourable Mentions: The King of Fighters XIV.


Best Platformer

John Powell: Inside

An experience that will intrigue you, confound and delight you.

Honourable Mentions: OwlBoy, Bound, Inside, Unravel.

Alex Cattani: Ratchet and Clank (2016)

Insomniac games' excellently crafted Ratchet and Clank remake takes the best elements of the original and at the same time, modernizes certain gameplay mechanics.

Honourable Mentions: Inside


Most Underrated Game

Quantum Break

John Powell: Quantum Break

"With Quantum Break, Remedy Entertainment has improved on the Alan Wake formula incorporating far more action to please those trigger-happy players. Gameplay, narrative, cinematics, Quantum Break has every base covered. It is an extraordinary achievement but if at any time you find yourself flustered, do what the good Doctor does and hold tight and pretend it’s a plan."

Honourable Mentions: Doom, Plants vs. Zombies 2: Garden Warfare, Dead Rising 4.

Alex Cattani: Loud on Planet X

Loud on Planet X features underground musicians battling waves of aliens with nothing but their music. Genres such as punk, indie rock, hip-hop and pop are all well represented. Fans of both the music and rhythm game genres owe it to themselves to play this one.

Honourable Mentions: Virginia, Furi, Headlander


Best Kids Game

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

John Powell: Pokemon Sun and Moon

"With so many sequels, remakes and remasters, you wouldn’t think a 3DS game would lead the pack in innovation and ingenuity but Sun and Moon does so in every way. It stands as a fantastic example of how to make a classic series even better than anyone thought it could."

Honourable Mentions: Plants vs. Zombies 2: Garden Warfare, Lego Marvel's Avengers, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Yo-kai Watch 2, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Skylanders Imaginators.





Best Multiplayer

Overwatch

John Powell: Overwatch

I am not a multiplayer fan so if one draws me in as this one did, it is a top shelf release without a doubt. Addictive, fun and just insane, Overwatch isn't just the best multiplayer games this year, it is one of the very best games of 2016 too.

Honourable Mentions: Battlefield 1, Tom Clancy's: The Division, Battleborn.

Alex Cattani: Overwatch

Overwatch’s frantic multiplayer battles are some of the most intense competitive multiplayer I’ve played in years.

Honourable Mentions: Titanfall 2, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Overcooked.


Worst Game of 2016

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

John Powell: Ghostbusters

"For what Ghostbusters is bustin’ definitely made me feel good and I would have felt a whole lot better if the price wasn’t $64.99. That is just far too much to ask considering what you get in return. Who you gonna call? I suggest someone else until there is a flash sale on Xbox Live and that price comes down, way, way down."

Dishonourable Mentions: 7 Days to Die, Umbrella Corps.

Alex Cattani: Resident Evil: Umbrellas Corps

Resident Evil: Umbrellas Corps plays like a fan title made in about a week. Stay away!

Dishonourable Mentions: Ghostbusters, Alekhine's Gun.



Console Awards

Xbox One - Game of the Year

John Powell: Gears of War 4

Honourable Mentions: Quantum Break, Doom, Overwatch, Titanfall 2, Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, Killer Instinct Season 3, Dying Light: The Following.

Alex Cattani: Gears of War 4

Honourable Mentions: Titanfall 2, Doom, Inside.

Best Exclusive:

John Powell: Gears of War 4

Honourable Mentions: Quantum Break, Forza Horizon 3.

Alex Cattani: Gears of War 4

Honourable Mentions: Quantum Break


PlayStation 4 - Game of the Year

John Powell: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Honourable Mentions: Overwatch, Titanfall 2, The Last Guardian.

Alex Cattani: Uncharted 4

Honourable Mentions: Titanfall 2, Overwatch, Firewatch.

Best Exclusive:

John Powell: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Honourable Mentions: The Last Guardian.

Alex Cattani: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Honourable Mentions: Ratchet and Clank, The Last Guardian, The Witness.

Alex Cattani: Bloodborne


Nintendo Wii U - Game of the Year

John Powell: Super Mario Maker

Honourable Mentions: Lego Marvel's Avengers, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Paper Mario: Color Splash.

Best Exclusive:

John Powell: Paper Mario: Color Splash

Honourable Mentions: Lego Marvel's Avengers, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, Star Fox Zero, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


Nintendo 3DS - Game of the Year

John Powell: Pokémon Sun and Moon

Honourable Mentions: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Fire Emblem Fates, Hyrule Warriors Legends, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Monster Hunter Generations, Yo-kai Watch 2, Pokémon Sun and Moon, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS.

Best Exclusive:

John Powell: Pokémon Sun and Moon

Honourable Mentions: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Fire Emblem Fates, Hyrule Warriors Legends, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Monster Hunter Generations, Yo-kai Watch 2, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS.


PC - Game of the Year

John Powell: Gears of War 4

Honourable Mentions: Quantum Break, Final Fantasy IX, Doom, Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Civilization VI.

 
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