Top Action Games of 2016

Action games. That's a pretty broad genre isn't it? Gone are the days when you could easily categorise every release, with gamers now being more accepting of blurred lines between, say, shooters and adventure games. But an action game is pretty much a title that puts guns, explosions, heart-pumping chase sequences, or combat of any sort near the front. Gears of War 4 is an action game, Uncharted 4 is an action game, Rise of the Tomb Raider is an action game. The Witness is not an action game (which is good for the action games, as otherwise it would be sitting at the top of this list - perhaps I'll re-categorise it as it deserves to be top of all lists).

But enough of that genre classification talk. You're not here for that; you're here for an easy to digest list of the very best action games (as we have deemed them) released in 2016. Here they are.

  • 19.

    Shadow of the Beast Review

    Shadow of the Beast

    Shadow of the Beast is enjoyable, its combat smooth and rewarding, but high-score chasing isn't going to keep many players around for long once the credits roll. Shadow of the Beast, a side-scrolling reimagining of the much-loved (but a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 18.

    PlayStation VR Worlds Review

    PlayStation VR Worlds

    PlayStation VR Worlds impresses with its cinematic experiences and arcade thrills, but its lack of replayability means it should have been included free with the PS VR headset. PlayStation VR Worlds' best mini-game is the one you're least excited for... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 17.

    TRON RUN/r Review

    TRON RUN/r

    TRON RUN/r is one of the most entertaining and spectacular runners around, but that has come at a price. TRON RUN/r is an odd little game. Set inside the gloriously neon, digital... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,PlayStation 4,PC

  • 16.

    Far Cry Primal Review

    Far Cry Primal

    Far Cry Primal is a great spin-off for the Far Cry franchise, but it doesn't do anything drastically new. Very much a 'take the previous template and make it feel primal' approach,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,Xbox One,PC

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  • 15.

    Enter the Gungeon Review

    Enter the Gungeon

    An interesting and fun roguelike, albeit one which doesn't capitalise on its potential. Forget the name: Enter the Gungeon may be one of the few games with a pun in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,PC,Nintendo Switch,Xbox One

  • 14.

    LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

    LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    It captures the spirit of Star Wars, but will feel very familiar if you've played a Lego game recently Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the latest Traveller's Tales Lego game,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,Xbox One,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC,Wii U,Nintendo 3DS,PS Vita

  • 13.

    Furi Review

    Furi

    Furi is an interesting game, if not an essential one. When it works it nails that moreish blend of challenge and reward. However it's easy to find yourself being frustrated. In Furi you fight bosses. You also wander about through some pretty... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo Switch,PlayStation 4,PC,Xbox One

  • 12.

    Song of the Deep Review

    Song of the Deep

    Annoying puzzles aside, Song of the Deep is an excellently put together Metroidvania with a sweet tale to tell. Song of the Deep isn't your usual Insomniac fare. This is a 2D underwater... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,Xbox One,PC

  • 11.

    Headlander Review

    Headlander

    Headlander is entertaining, looks and sounds excellent, and gives off a cool vibe, but this isn't quite a classic. Headlander is a Metroidvania. Of sorts. While this Double Fine and Adult... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,PC

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  • 10.

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Review

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

    Mankind Divided hasn't lost the soul of a Deus Ex game, but it doesn't hit the heights it's reaching for. Consider Adam Jensen: reluctant hero and poster boy of not asking for... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,PC

  • 9.

    Batman: Return to Arkham Review

    Batman: Return to Arkham

    Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are two superb action games that are essential for Batman fans. The ports in Return to Arkham have good intentions but fall short of the greatness required. Batman: Return to Arkham shows how remastering is a tricky business... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,PlayStation 4

  • 8.

    The Flame in the Flood Review

    The Flame in the Flood

    The Flame in the Flood is beautiful, desolate, and it will kill you again and again. The Flame in the Flood is a roguelike survival game, but given that... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo Switch,Xbox One,PlayStation 4,PC

  • 7.

    Quantum Break Review

    Quantum Break

    Quantum Break is a glorious use of current-gen power, with the visual fireworks on show making the combat feel positively joyous. A few years ago Quantum Break was a dead cert to become the game most likely... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox One

  • 6.

    Dark Souls 3 Review

    Dark Souls 3

    Dark Souls 3 relies too much on former glories to reach the heights of Bloodborne or the original Dark Souls, but that doesn't stop it being another superb adventure. Editor's Note: Now that Steve has had some time with the multiplayer side of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,PC,PlayStation 4

  • 5.

    Hitman: Summer Bonus Episode Review

    Hitman: Summer Bonus Episode

    An interesting and imaginative remix. Playing these bonus missions, it's hard not to wonder how many of the Hitman... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,Xbox One,PC

  • 4.

    Watch Dogs 2 review

    Watch Dogs 2

    Watch Dogs 2 is missing a bit of refinement, and has had issues with multiplayer, but joining DedSec is still a riot and a half. It's high energy fun with engaging characters, and you can make an entire city your playground. Watch Dogs 2 has launched without full multiplayer functionality. While you... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,PC,PlayStation 4

  • 3.

    Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC) Review

    Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC)

    Rise of the Tomb Raider was one of the best games of 2015 and nothing has been lost in the months since its release. On PC it can look even more spectacular, so just buy it, yeah. I like Rise of the Tomb Raider a lot, yet sadly I really don't think it got... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 2.

    Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Review

    Rise of the Tomb Raider

    An awesome adventure that delivers an epic sense of discovery. On PS4 Rise of the Tomb Raider is just as gorgeous as ever and packed full with some excellent bonus content. Tom and Colm discuss what's new in Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4.What... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox One,Xbox 360,PlayStation 4

  • 1.

    Red Dead Redemption Review

    Red Dead Redemption

    So yes, the action rocks bells. But I still can't help but feel that for me, it's the less familiar elements that help to make Red Dead Redemption the best game of 2010 thus far. For years it seemed as if no-one in Hollywood could make a successful... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3,Xbox 360