Top Games of 2016

2016 isn't going to be remembered as a great year for many people. We had more celebrity deaths than seemed normal (Prince, David Bowie, and Ronnie Corbett to name just three), Brexit, and Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States. At least we've had video games to keep us happy.

2016 also saw the emergence of mid-generation consoles. The PS4 Pro launched on November 10, while Xbox Scorpio was announced at E3 in June. With a heavy push for 4K gaming (even though the PS4 Pro doesn't offer much in the way of native 4K support) new TVs were the talk of the town, too.

Here we round up the very best games of 2016, whether that be on PS4, Xbox One, PC, or handheld. In a year that has perhaps been light on true classics, it's still delivered some extremely solid games, especially if you're into first person shooters. Doom, Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare have all impressed.

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  • 30.

    Hitman: Episode 4 - Bangkok

    A familiar setting makes for some excellent kills in Hitman's latest episode. In Hitman's newest mission, Club 27, Agent 47 finds himself - or can find himself - in a penthouse bedroom, sitting behind a modest dressing screen,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

  • 29.

    BioShock: The Collection

    The reality is that the games haven't changed, but you might have. Scoring this is weird. Given that the remasters are, in most respects, unchanged from their original release, reviewing them could theoretically be as easy... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

  • 28.

    Virginia

    As a whole Virginia is wonderfully cinematic, and a fantastic story to inhabit as it unfolds. With Virginia there's a handy litmus test that we can get out of the way, right off the bat. You will probably not like Virginia... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • 27.

    FIFA 17

    Is FIFA 17 a big change for the series or more of the same? It's a bit of both really. Listen to Tom's thoughts about FIFA 17 in this video review. With added Dave, and Messi in goal! FIFA 17's The Journey is EA's best footballing... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One

  • 26.

    Batman: Arkham VR

    PlayStation VR's best launch title? Batman: Arkham VR is an incredible experience, but it’s over far too soon Dave becomes one with the Caped Crusader in Rocksteady's deeply immersive VR experience, but is left wanting... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4

  • 25.

    XCOM 2

    Vive la résistance! Is XCOM 2 good on consoles? XCOM 2: The Ballad of Warlord Kelly Some of the added mechanics in XCOM 2 mean Commander Alice get's heavily invested in her rag-tag team of guerrilla resistance fighters,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • 24.

    DriveClub VR

    How well has Sony's stunning racer transitioned to PlayStation VR? DriveClub VR is incredibly immersive, but boy have the graphics taken a hit Sony's VR racer is one of the best PlayStation VR launch games, but just make... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4

  • 23.

    Farming Simulator 17

    Is this the farming sim three-year-olds have been waiting for? A video review with Tom and his three-year-old son, Jacob. Usually we'd have a lot of extra content here to complement the video review. In this instance the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • 22.

    Skyrim: Special Edition

    This remaster doesn't quite have something for everyone. The state of mods on Skyrim Special Edition's consoles Modding your Bethesda game so you can dress as Deadpool or make your mate in power armour look like Buzz Lightyear... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • 21.

    Watch Dogs 2

    DedSec are the kids in America, (woah!) Watch Dogs 2 has launched without full multiplayer functionality. While you can invite friends to play co-op, the seamless multiplayer caused enough lag issues that mean it's down until... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • 20.

    Final Fantasy XV

    The Final Fantasy "for fans and first-timers" Getting a handle on Final Fantasy XV's combat In Final Fantasy XV the developers have made a complete departure from the traditional turn based combat that you'll remember... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

  • 19.

    Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS

    A great port of an excellent Wii U game, but where's the online level sharing? Super Mario Maker 3DS doesn't have online level sharing, and that's a problem Mario Maker for 3DS is great. It works brilliantly on the 3DS... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 18.

    Pokemon Sun

    The core gameplay of Pokémon is as brilliant as it ever was Coming back to Pokémon after twenty years  The phenomenon that was Pokémon Go may have been a poor game in the eyes of Colm but it did rekindle his interest in the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 17.

    Pony Island

    I haven't played anything as engaging and interesting as Pony Island in a long time. Pony Island isn't about ponies. Do not be put off by the title. This bargain bin-priced PC game has nothing at all in common to any one... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 16.

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 15.

    Superhot

    Sometimes games just feel right, and Superhot is such a game. It takes something familiar and turns it on its head to create what I expect will become an indie classic. I'm not a cool person. I dress like a supply teacher,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 14.

    Hitman Episode Two – Sapienza

    A superb second instalment, and one which shows off Hitman's greatest strengths. If IOI still has something to prove with this episodic version of Hitman - and judging by the amount of people saying they'll wait and see how... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

  • 13.

    The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

    Geralt’s final hours are his absolute best. As the latest volley of fire in CD Projekt's war on poor DLC, Blood & Wine makes quite a statement. It's the last story they plan to tell about the titular Witcher, Geralt of Rivia,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

  • 12.

    Overwatch

    The more you play Overwatch the more you realise Blizzard thought of basically everything you might criticise it for. It's not clear if a bunch of developers got the same memo about team shooters, or if they accidentally... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

  • 11.

    Forza Horizon 3

    Don't miss out on the best festival of the year. Racing games have gotten very serious. With arcade games like Blur, Split Second and Ridge Racer failing to excite a large enough audience, and genre staple Need For Speed... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, Xbox One

  • 10.

    Rise of the Tomb Raider

    After a year-long wait, PS4 owners finally get to play one of the best games of this generation. Tom and Colm discuss what's new in Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4.What exactly do you get in Blood Ties and Lara's Nightmare?... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One

  • 9.

    Thumper

    A beetle on a journey of rhythm and violence What is Thumper, really? The inclusion of a giant futuristic space head is a confusing one, but does it really matter? Alice has clearly been playing too much Thumper as she... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4

  • 8.

    Gears of War 4

    A brilliant debut from The Coalition that should delight fans and thrill newcomers. Gears of War 4's campaign is bloody good fun Shooter campaigns aren't always that good these days, but Gears of War 4 combines wonderful... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, Xbox One

  • 7.

    Battlefield 1

    More refinement than revolution, but after the disappointing Hardline this is Battlefield back at its best. Battlefield 1's Operations mode perfectly captures the chaos of war DICE's shooter sets itself apart with its... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • 6.

    Titanfall 2

    Shooter fans have plenty to choose from this autumn, but Titanfall 2 doesn't deserve to be overlooked. Titanfall 2's single-player campaign is a winning combination of Call of Duty, Mirror's Edge & Avatar As well as being... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • 5.

    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

    With a campaign worthy of every shooter fan's time, Infinity Ward's latest heralds a stunning return to form. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a difficult game to score Infinite Warfare's familiarity poses a problem,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • 4.

    The Last Guardian

    Almost a decade in the making, The Last Guardian has issues but will surely go down in history as one of the best love stories in video games. The Last Guardian: Trico loves me, and I love him. But I also hate him Sony's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3, PS4

  • 3.

    The Witness

    I'm so caught up inside the world of The Witness that it's hard to think about anything else. It is one of the best games I've ever encountered. At one point towards the end of The Witness I considered whether it might be... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, PC

  • 2.

    Inside

    Inside delights from start to finish. Don't miss out on what will surely be one of the best games of this generation. Playdead's Inside, the studio's follow-up to indie darling Limbo, is very much in the mould of its predecessor:... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One, PC

  • 1.

    Dishonored 2

    Dishonored 2 has earned my first VideoGamer 10. 5 things Dishonored 2 is doing so right After a few hours playing The Clockwork Mansion level of Dishonored 2 at preview, Alice was unreasonably excited at the prospect of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One