The Sprite Nation team choose their favourite games of 2016
We know that the concept of ‘Game Of The Year’ is a classic gaming trope, but the finest games of any calendar year are also really fun to discuss and argue about. So here at Sprite Nation we’ve got together and each come up with our 2016 Game Of The Year or ‘GOTY’, if you’re one of those acronym loving business folk: enjoy.
James’ Pick – Overwatch (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
I’m going to start us off with the most obvious pick – Overwatch. I really didn’t want to pick Overwatch as my GOTY this year, I really tried very hard not to, but the more I thought about it the more I realised it’s a worthy winner. I’ve never been much of a first-person shooter fan, I pick up most of the big releases, but few hold my attention past the first few weeks. Overwatch however is very different. It oozes charisma and humour and the diversity amongst its playable heroes makes every match feel completely different. Even now, almost 7 months after its launch, I’m finding new ways to play and nuances within each character’s skill set. It’s the perfect shooter for people that hate shooters, if you haven’t given it a try you owe it to yourself to check it out.
The ‘so nearly’ bunch: Uncharted 4, Pokemon Sun/Moon, Inside.
Abi’s Pick – Overcooked (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
I’m going to jump straight in and say that Overcooked was a bit of a no-brainer for my GOTY. As a relentless foodie who grew up with the Cooking Mama series, the introduction of a new cooking orientated game had me scrabbling for the controller as soon as I heard about it. Overcooked’s brilliant two-button controls can be taught in seconds, allowing it to be picked up and played by anyone. Aside from the wacky level design that has me groaning as my cat in a chef’s hat falls into lava (again!), it is the multiplayer nature of Overcooked that has me picking it up again and again. In a time when games are sometimes criticized for being too insular, this is a bright little game that will have you and a sofa full of your friends laughing your heads off. See you in the kitchen!
Honorable Mentions: Firewatch, Pokemon Sun/Moon, Ratchet & Clank.
Tom’s Pick – F1 2016 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
In a year packed with awesome indie/download games, it seems wrong that I’m going to plump for the full on-disc release that is F1 2016.
Wrong, but oh, so right! Codemasters really nailed it this year, and 2016 will take some beating. As a huge Formula 1 fan, seeing the sport take the leap to next-gen consoles (forget F1 2015) has been spectacular. They have really listened to the fans and created a heap of new modes (including an engrossing 10 season career), fantastic handling with wheel or controller, and races that ebb & flow tactically, making a long session really feel worthwhile. This is not just a great F1 game, it’s an incredible racing game full stop, and made with a proper love of F1, to boot.
Close but no cigar: Firewatch, The Witness, PES 2017.
Overall Winner – Overcooked
Not since the classic couch co-op days of Mario Kart 64, Goldeneye and Mario Party have we had so much fun with a local multiplayer game. Overcooked is packed full of charm and wit, and offers beautifully simple mechanics that make it the perfect competitive multiplayer experience – NOW CHOP THAT LETTUCE – STAT!