Overall Game of the Year 2016

Overall Game of the Year 2016 - Article

by Evan Norris, posted on 13 January 2017 / 9,609 Views

With WiiU running out the clock and a host of high-profile games on PC, PS4, and XOne delayed to 2017, 2016 was a relatively lackluster year. There were a few bright spots, though. id Software brought back old-school shooting with Doom, Planet Coaster made construction simulation accessible and fun, and buoyed by the popularity of Pokémon Go on mobile devices, Pokémon Sun/Moon broke sales records. Meanwhile, Sony launched Uncharted 4 and the long-awaited The Last Guardian to positive press, and Blizzard breathed new life into the FPS genre with Overwatch. But only one of these titles wins our award for Overall Game of the Year 2016.




The Shortlist:
 

Doom

Doom

 

The Last Guardian

TLG

 

Overwatch

Overwatch

 

Planet Coaster

Planet Coaster

 

Pokémon Sun/Moon

Pokemon Sun & Moon

 

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

 

 

 

The Runner-Up:

 

The Last Guardian

TLG runner-up

After a decade-long wait, the spiritual successor to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian, finally arrived on PS4 in 2016. With a deep focus on exploration, death-defying platforming, and puzzle-solving, The Last Guardian is challenging, immersive, and often vertigo-inducing. In order to traverse crumbling ruins, the game's young hero must work in tandem with Trico, a griffin-like creature, to access secret areas and defeat enchanted statues. Director Fumito Ueda scored a third masterpiece with The Last Guardian, our 2016 Game of the Year runner-up.

 

 

The Winner:

 

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Uncharted 4

A bittersweet farewell for one of the more interesting game protagonists of the last decade, Uncharted 4 sends Nathan Drake and his crew out in style. Developer Naughty Dog opened a window into Nate's past life and even shined a light on his future legacy.

In Uncharted 4, once again Nate Drake and his team of professional treasure trackers trot around the globe fighting off hired goons and seeking fame and fortune. While the cinematic cut scenes are beautifully shot and perfectly acted, it's the firefights that make the game truly great. Naughty Dog outdid itself for Uncharted 4, infusing some of the stealth elements of The Last of Us into Uncharted's cover-based gun fights. The result is a game gorgeous to watch and joyful to play, and a feather in the cap of 2016.


Previous Winners:

2015 - Rocket League
2014 - Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
2013 - Super Mario 3D World
2012 - Journey
2011 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2010 - Mass Effect 2
2009 - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
2008 - LittleBigPlanet
2007 - BioShock 


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Machina (on 13 January 2017)

A couple of interesting observations for me: This is our 10th GotY and the first time in 10 years that we’ve awarded it more than once to the same franchise (Uncharted 2 winning in 2009, and now Uncharted 4). That’s a bittersweet fact really, because I always quite liked the fact that we’d given it to a new franchise each year (and often to new Ips/experiences), but it was the clear winner this year so breaking the streak was unavoidable. This is also just the 4th time we’ve awarded GotY to the title that won the most critic Game of the Year awards. The other instances where our winner matched up with the majority were in 2007, 2009, and 2011. 2011 is an interesting case, though; Skyrim only won that one by 1 vote. Thanks everyone who voted, and to the staff who volunteered to write up the articles and keep this tradition going :)


Miguel_Zorro (on 13 January 2017)

Planet Coaster???


SanAndreasX (on 13 January 2017)

WTF is Planet Coaster? First I ever heard of it.


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Zkuq (on 13 January 2017)

You might want to get acquainted with it if this is really the first time you're hearing of it. ;) I haven't played it but I think it sounds pretty neat.


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Miguel_Zorro (on 13 January 2017)

I saw a video with some coaster game where they crashed the coaster and there was mass carnage. If that's the game, it looked like a bit of fun. I didn't realize it was a GOTY contender.


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SanAndreasX (on 14 January 2017)

The description says construction sim, a la Theme Park or Rollercoaster Tycoon. Sounds like it has a bit of Burnout-style chaos to it.


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flashfire926 (on 13 January 2017)

Planet coaster earns a nomination? Is it that good of a game?


Chazore (on 14 January 2017)

It's basically the Minecraft of park sim games. It allows you to create so much, than simply just throwing down buildings.


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KazumaKiryu (on 13 January 2017)

Uncharted 4 has earned it. A game for gamers. Great Story / Gameplay / Characters / Atmosphere / Graphic & Details / Soundtracks. Now I'm ready for the next masterpiece, "The Last of Us 2". And "Persona 5" of course! :)


naruball (on 13 January 2017)

Perfect winner and an even better runner-up.


HEMSTAR (on 13 January 2017)

Deserved, even though i love The Last guardian and it's my favourite game of the year, it's just plagued with issues. Uncharted 4 on the other hand is just the complete package, true deserving goty. Wow, i'm surprised The Last of Us didn't win 2013, that would of made 5 PS exclusives.


Shubham@vgc (on 13 January 2017)

Well deserved award for uncharted 4...best game of 2016...


Shubham@vgc (on 13 January 2017)

Well deserved award for uncharted 4...best game of 2016...


Qwark (on 13 January 2017)

Playstation is doing very well according to this list since this is their fourth exclusive entering the list. It's somewhat amazing the last of us didn't make it.


ps3-sales! (on 13 January 2017)

Ehh. Honestly I don't think The Last Guardian deserved runner-up based off of technical issues alone. But Uncharted 4 is great and deserving.


pastro243 (on 13 January 2017)

Really deserved


snyps (on 13 January 2017)

Great choice


sub-zero-TM (on 13 January 2017)

Amazing game


Chazore (on 16 January 2017)

Weird to see Planet Coaster tossed in there and I feel like the runner up and GOTY were thrown in to appease a single group, but it got GOTY nonetheless. I just hope next year we see more awards for different games on different systems, than just that multiplat game or that single system game type.


StokedUp (on 13 January 2017)

"Shined a light on his future legacy" I like the that, and I also really want that to happen.


BraLoD (on 13 January 2017)

I demand an edit to add that Trico is a cat-like creature on TLG description! Cats rulez.


Veknoid_Outcast (on 13 January 2017)

Trico is love. Trico is life.


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Qwark (on 13 January 2017)

It's something along the hybrid of a dog, bird and a rat. It also behaves more like a dog than a cat since it actually does what you want most of the time.


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BraLoD (on 13 January 2017)

Yeah, seems like you have a lot to learn about cats.
Trico screams "CAT" within 5 seconds of watching it.


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Qwark (on 13 January 2017)

It really depends on which characteristics you value it moves more like a cat and shares some trades with it. Since it crawls into or under litteraly anything. But Trico is way more obidient communicative than a cat and cares more about you than itself. It even wants to catch a few spears to it's body for you and defends you no matter what. Those characteristics are more natural to a pack animal like wolves and dogs. If Trico was more cat like he would simply jump from one obstacle to the next and impatiently wait for you to do the same.


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Zkuq (on 13 January 2017)

Heh, I just read a review where the reviewer pretty much said it's as stubborn as a cat, refusing to obey you way too often.


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hunter_alien (on 13 January 2017)

Great choice if you ask me :-)


Signalstar (on 14 January 2017)

So platform awards are done? I feel like this year since user votes were calculated most of the winners were the safe/ consensus/ obvious picks. There was more drama and surprises with the staff picks (even though i disagreed with them often).


Slimebeast (on 14 January 2017)

Should have been XCOM2 or Dark Souls 3.


ICStats (on 14 January 2017)

Damn straight, PS4 is the place to play.


cliffhanger (on 13 January 2017)

My personal game of the year as well. Surprised Ovewatch didn't win tbh


LipeJJ (on 13 January 2017)

Uncharted 4 was a good game, but my pick for this year would be either Pokémon or The Last Guardian. <3


Mr_No (on 13 January 2017)

Truly the game of the year. Truly deserved.


KLAMarine (on 13 January 2017)

Should have been Doom


WoodenPints (on 13 January 2017)

Out of the nominations listed I'd of picked DOOM but as with most the winners of the awards this year I've been completely out of touch with the majority, Disappointing winners all round this year for me.


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Chazore (on 15 January 2017)

Weird to see Planet Coaster tossed in there and I feel like the runner up and GOTY were thrown in to appease a single group, but it got GOTY nonetheless. I just hope next year we see more awards for different games on different systems, than just that multiplat game or that single system game type.


ClassicGamingWizzz (on 15 January 2017)

LOL did you wrote a second comment because your last one had so many dislikes?
Da fuk !!!

"I feel like the runner up and GOTY were thrown in to appease a single group" second time i see this and its still funny.


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Chazore (on 15 January 2017)

Second time I see you stalking me and still holding that heavy grudge =P.


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shikamaru317 (on 13 January 2017)

Dishonored 2 was my personal game of the year.


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Chazore (on 14 January 2017)

Weird to see Planet Coaster tossed in there and I feel like the runner up and GOTY were thrown in to appease a single group, but it got GOTY nonetheless. I just hope next year we see more awards for different games on different systems, than just that multiplat game or that single system game type.


Ali_16x (on 14 January 2017)

lmao you never disappoint


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Chazore (on 14 January 2017)

Good to know. I'm here on Fridays as well.


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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 14 January 2017)

LOL at this > I feel like the runner up and GOTY were thrown in to appease a single group.


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Chazore (on 14 January 2017)

I love how you two go out of your way to go against your non favorite stand up comedian.


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cliffhanger (on 13 January 2017)

SKyrim cameout in 2011?? So Nintendo fans are praising a 6 year old game coming out on their brand new system? That's a little cringe-worthy


Zkuq (on 14 January 2017)

Not different from praising remasters really, and that happens a lot on other consoles.


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kazuyamishima (on 13 January 2017)

Little fact: No xbox brand related game winner since 2007 and before that