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LGR – Best Games of 2016

August 26, 2019

[Unreal Tournament music plays] Greetings and welcome to the
LGR “Best Games of 2016” list video. And, as usual, this is going to be a non-ordered list. So I won’t be picking, like, a
#1 favorite or anything like that, but you’ll be able to tell which games I enjoyed a whole lot more than some of the others, I think. And if I sound a bit sick, it’s because I *am* sick. So my apologies for my voice being a little bit weird. It’s just how it is.
But anyway, let’s get straight to it, starting with… Project Highrise. SimTower fans rejoice! While it’s not quite the same type of
tower-building business management sim, the basic concept of SimTower remains. Plan, build and micromanage a
skyscraper to your heart’s content. But there’s a clear shift in focus here, where instead of paying so much attention
to angry individuals and elevator manipulation, it’s much more about exploring
the intricacies of resource allocation for construction and broader tenant management. Combine this with its straightforward modding and all sorts of other cool features
that I talked about in my review, and it is well worth the time for SimTower fans and people that just like business management games. Doom! As a lifelong fan of Doom
ready to tear this one apart, I was happily surprised. In what is possibly my favorite game of 2016, Doom is a premium flavor of silly
that only comes along every so often. A prime example of how to
reboot a series with fresh ideas while remaining faithful to its core values. That is the single-player, at least. And compared to how great that is, the
multiplayer was pretty forgettable and unengaging. But other than that, I have so few complaints with Doom 2016 that I can’t help but recommend it at every chance to anyone that likes first-person shooters. Firewatch. Some of the most engaging storytelling and character interaction I’ve seen all year. It’s a simple setup where you play a park
ranger in the woods looking out for fires, and there’s another ranger nearby
to talk to over a walkie-talkie. But the voice acting, the pacing, and the weirdness that always seems to be looming *just* out of sight made this game a standout favorite of mine. So, maybe it has a polarizing
ending that just sort of… ends, but for the type of rather
adult story that Firewatch tells, I thought the ending made sense, and I really liked it. Uncharted 4. While it’s on the opposite side of the
storytelling spectrum as Firewatch, Uncharted 4 also has some of the most engaging storytelling and
character interaction I’ve seen all year. Naughty Dog has taken things to an area that’s shock-and-awe on the technical level, yet still finds room to flesh out these characters we’ve come to love over the years. The gameplay is largely unchanged and one could understandably argue
that the formula has gone a bit stale. But if your playing for the same reasons that you go to see a big-budget
popcorn flick in the theater, you are gonna have a good time with this. Planet Coaster. This isn’t *just* an awesome game compared to the abysmal
Roller Coaster Tycoon World released around the same time, it’s an awesome game, period. Planet Coaster picks up right where
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 left off, and seeing as it’s made by the
same developer, that makes sense. It’s pretty much the ultimate in
3D theme park sims at the moment. And short of a few qualms I have with
finicky item placement and a lack of difficulty, it’s easily the most fun I’ve
had with any game of this type in many years now And I– uh, it’s good stuff. Play it. Carmageddon: Max Damage. The reincarnation of Carmageddon in 2015 left much to be desired in
terms of technical aspects and breadth of gameplay options, but thankfully the Max Damage edition now exists, on consoles and PCs. And the gameplay remains positively awesome if expectedly simplistic. Max Damage is a solid entry in the
Carmageddon series in my book. And if you’re like me and missed this kind
of chaotic immaturity in racing games, this update is well worth a look. Keep in mind that it only runs
at 30 FPS on consoles, though, so get it on PC if you can. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. In my opinion, the most enjoyable
Civilization game on launch since Civ III. Now that’s not to say it’s perfect, because it’s not, since even with the latest updates,
it still has some crappy AI and the interface needs work, among other things, but the changes made to the
classic formula are worthwhile. I really enjoy the unstacking of citites and extra strategic planning this introduces. Although there’s a good chance this
will turn off certain longtime players, depending on how they played for this long time. But while Civilization VI has its issues, it shows tremendous promise for the future, and I spent more time with this game – both online and offline – than almost any other this year. Forza Horizon 3. This is up there with Doom as
potentially my favorite game of 2016. Forza Horizon 3 is getting dangerously close to my ideal open-world racing game. It’s finally playable on PC, the new Australian maps to explore are fantastic, there are more vehicles and
customization options than ever, and the career finally lets you play through it in almost any way you please. All this player-led progression does come
at the cost of any real narrative structure. But if your main focus is to screw
around with all the cars that *you* want to, and just go nuts without restraint, then Forza Horizon 3 is my recommendaton all day, every day. Inside. I’ll admit I wasn’t a big fan of the
previous game from these guys, Limbo, so I passed on playing Inside until a few weeks ago. But dang it, I am glad I got around to this because Inside takes similar ideas to Limbo and goes to some delightfully
strange and captivating places. I got a very similar vibe
to the game Another World, which is one of my all-time favorites, so I could not put this one
down until I got to the end. It only took me a little
over three hours to finish, and it wasn’t exactly challenging but, wow, was it captivating! And yeah, not only is the whole
thing just fantastic up to the end, but the bizarre ending alone
is probably worth your money. Certainly was to me! Watch Dogs 2. As much as I ended up *truly*
disliking the first Watch Dogs, I enjoyed the crap out of this sequel. Watch Dogs 2 is the most detailed
urban open world I’ve seen so far, and it’s actually full of likable
main characters and interesting NPCs, instead of a bunch of cardboard cutouts. And yeah, there’s a lot of the jokes and the humor and some of these people that I thought
were just gonna *really* get on my nerves, but for some reason, with almost a Saint’s Row kind
of vibe going on, it just worked! And unlike the first one, I’ve actually
found the gameplay here to be a lot of fun. Imagine that. Well, it is if you play all stealth-like, because the combat and shooting is,
once again, just abysmal, But since you play a nerdy hipster hacker type, going stealthy and non-lethal makes sense. And playing that way made Watch Dogs 2 one of my favorites this year. Job Simulator. The demo for this was one of the first VR games I played on the HTC Vive back in 2015, and the fact that the full version is
still one of the best VR experiences, makes me happy to include it
as the first virtual reality game on any of my end-of-the-year lists. The idea is simple: select from a number of jobs like office worker,
convenience store clerk, mechanic and cook, and then accomplish mundane tasks. Well, at least they would be mundane in theory, but what makes this stand out is the humor not only from the top-notch
writing but the emergent silliness that occurs in virtual reality. The number of weird little things you can do simply by reaching out and interacting naturally and playing with the systems involved, is fantastic and I just love this. It’s a must-play for anyone
that I’m introducing to VR. Dishonored 2. Plain and simple, if you liked the first Dishonored and its throwback to the gameplay of Thief, but left wanting more,
then you’ve gotta grab this one. And if you weren’t so fond of that one,
then this is not gonna change your mind, because it’s pretty much a
straight-up continuation of the first game. Almost to a fault, since the
changes are minimal enough that it can be hard to tell
the two apart sometimes, if you’re playing as Corvo. But you also get the option
to play Emily this time, providing some new abilities and
unlocking a slightly different narrative. Either way you play through it, though, Dishonored 2 is superb with some of the most memorable and
expertly crafted level design I’ve seen in a while. And finally… [whoosh, glass breaking] Superhot. Ever since I played the seven-day
FPS version of this in 2013, I’ve been waiting for the full version to release so I could include it on a
best-games-of-the-year list of mine. Because, dude, all the statements saying this is one of the
most innovative first-person shooters in years– It’s true! All of it! When you move, they move, just like that. Leading to combat strategy game of sorts that has you dancing around bullets and pulling off moves that
would be impossible in real time. This is such a cool idea for a game. A real masterwork of depth through simplicity. Well, anyway, that is all for
my list of Best Games of 2016. And as always, this is just *my* list, so let me know what *your* list
would be in the comments below. I’m curious what I might have missed out on and I’m also curious why you enjoyed some of the games that
maybe I played and didn’t like, like Overwatch, Dark Souls III. I dunno, I just can’t get into
those kind of things. Never have. And as always, thank you very much for watching.

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  1. I wholeheartedly agree with you on Firewatch. That game was a fantastic experience and I just wish that it was longer or had a spiritual sequel.

  2. I've been playing a lot of Fire Emblem: Fates this year. First fire emblem game(s) I've played and I can understand the appeal. Also I feel like I would enjoy planet coaster quite a lot if I could get more than 25 frames at most out of it. The same goes for Doom. Hearts of Iron 4 was pretty neat. Shadow warrior 2 was a nice little distraction. Basically every game I played this year I enjoyed in some form or another.

  3. Stardew Valley! Laid back and addicting gameplay, characters that evolve the more you get to know them, etc. best of 2016! Oh and made by only one dude.

  4. Dear LGR, you have not only made me interested in video games, but hardware, software, oddware and many more also. I had always watched sims youtube videos and dreamed of playing it one day and when I saw your videos it reignited my love for the sims and I purchased a copy of the sims 3 off ebay. It's so much fun and I owe it all to you! and I also went thrifting (inspired by you) and found 3 sims 3 expansion packs, and RCT3 (another game which I also became interested in again because of your chanel!) so I just wanna say thank you and please please please make tons more videos in the future!

  5. For nostalgia, can you review/play the very underrated game, Urbz Sims: in the City, PS2, Xbox, or GameCube (lol)? It was a great game that was shunned by EA (which you can read about here: https://web.archive.org/web/20140520042129/http://modthesims.info/t/502059). For lovers of this game, please LIKE this comment so LGR can see and consider it!

    And Happy New Year!

  6. Newest Hitman deserves a mention in my books. Awesome levels, almost endless replay value and most importantly; its fun as tits!

  7. Anima Gate of Memories, Shadwen, Super Mario Run are my best games of 2016.
    Anima gate of memories is one of the best games I ever played and maybe the best true indie (made by 3 people) ever made.
    Shadwen is a nice little stealth game.
    Super Mario Run is really nice and fun, one of the first new quality game on mobile.

    I also played many old/not-2016 games.

  8. For me, I'd include Enter the Gungeon. Its essentially Binding of Issac merged with a bullet hell and all the creepy and depressing elements swapped out with humour and bad gun puns.
    Its also hard as balls.

    Stardew Valley was also lovely because now I can play Harvest Moon on the PC without using an emulator, plus it has mods, and Pony Island was one of the cleverest games I've played in a long time, with some of the creepiest fourth wall breaking sections I've encountered.

  9. My 2c: I finally installed Doom a few weeks ago and played it for a few hours and completely lost interest. By comparison, earlier this year all the hype around the new Doom alerted me to the existence of the Brutal Doom mod, which I installed and couldn't stop playing until I beat all of Doom 1 & 2 for like the millionth time. Shrug. I guess I'm just in the minority on this one.

    Meanwhile, shortly after losing interest in Doom I installed XCOM 2 and didn't emerge from my PC room for a week.

  10. Surprised Last Guardian didn't make it, esp considering similar games e.g. Journey have made it in the past. It's an incredible experience, Trico can be a pain sometimes but that's part of the charm.

  11. For me 2016 was :
    Quantum Break, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Nascar Heat Evolution, Planet Coaster, Watch dogs 2 and yes No man's Sky…. (and yes i didn't like Doom) everyone taste is different and as LGR says it very well each year: THIS IS MY LIST! 🙂

  12. Oh my god he was so savage with no man's sky lol. I loved firewatch as well doe, and uncharted 4 was absolutely breathtaking for its beauty. Watchdogs knows its shit.

  13. I just wish Dishonored 2 performed better. I shouldn't have to play on medium settings at 1080p on a GTX 970 and an i7-6700K to get a solid 60 fps.

  14. this list needs more dark souls 3 imo. Hands down the only non mmo game that kept me hooked for months and only game i've even beaten more than 10 times, and beaten it with a lvl 1 character.

    Like seriously what rpglike games other than the souls series allows you to beat them through shear skill and willpower at level one?

  15. I'm glad to see Watch Dogs 2 on the list. I was hopefully optimistic at the game's E3 gameplay and picked it up on impulse, and it accidentally became one of my 2016 favorites, if not the biggest favorite.

  16. I liked the graphics of of civ 5 more than 6. The graphics in 6 feel more childish and it looks like everythings made of clay.

  17. LGR, have you played Legend of Grimrock ?
    If no, I truly recommend it to you ! It's a Dungeon Crawler game inspired by Dungeon Master!
    I'm sure you'll love it !

  18. U were saying fh3 is now playable? I was thinking of buying it but the optimization just led me away. I have a 980 and a i7 6700k. Do you think i would be alright?

  19. I remember when Firewatch first came out
    I got it confused with overwatch
    So I got very confused when I saw all of this Overwatch art and gameplay…
    Idefk how I did that

  20. Amazing how our tastes match up as this is the first Best games of 2016 video I've seen to FULLY agree with. It made me smile throughout. Especially with the No Man's Sky gag as it did raise my eyebrow for that split second it appeared. Well done! XD

  21. My favourite game of last year was HOI4. The game becomes kinda repetitive after a while, but it's pretty good. You can make everything except survive as Austria, because you know, Auschluss

  22. I have yet to see a best game of 2016 list with deus ex mankind divided in it. Plays just like the previous one with some added elements for more variety in outcomes, story wise though not as strong but still well put together.

  23. Ive discoverd this Treasure known as LGR only a week ago. Been binge watching the videos every day since then. Love the content and thanks for … being you 😛 Keep it up!

  24. No Overwatch in the list? I mean i guess is ok… is not as if it had won GOTY or anything… oh wait! 😛
    jokes aside, nice list there, except for job simulator… i realy can't get into that one, but Superhot VR oh my!

  25. 2016 was so terrible that there are only 5 games i enjoyed the most but those 5 are

    5 doom
    4 Superhot
    3 Ratchet & clank
    2 Stardew valley
    1 overwatch

  26. Uncharted 4.., hmm I wouldn't say stale, more a tiny bit predictable. Yet, at the same time they pulled out all the stops, story and gameplay-wise, and did the smart thing, ending Nathan's story on a high note.

  27. That was the best list of best games i've seen in a long time. Definitely picking a lot up from this one :D.

  28. One of my favourite games of 2016 was overwatch, I love the characters and their powers and the world is beautiful in my opinion but hey that’s just an opinion 🙂 feel free to disagree

  29. thanks for throwing away NMS. while i enjoy the game on occasion as long as i try and forget the broken promises, it does not belong with these other games.

  30. 5:26 "I'll admit I wasn't a big fan of the previous game from these guys, Limbo…"

    But I thought Limbo was one of your favorite games of 2010? You even responded to a comment of mine listing some of your favorites from 2010.

  31. I really, really like Forza Horizon 3. Buuut… For some reason I'm having serious technical issues on two widely different systems, in that some time it just won't start unless I do that workaround with downloading another app from the Store first.

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