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.

  • 30.

    Virginia Review

    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,... more

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

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    FIFA 17 Review

    FIFA 17

    EA introduces FIFA's best new mode in years and delivers an excellent game on the pitch. The Journey may well bring back lapsed fans. Listen to Tom's thoughts about FIFA 17 in this video review. With added Dave,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC,PlayStation 4

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    Batman: Arkham VR Review

    Batman: Arkham VR

    A short but stunning 90-minute experience that truly lets you 'Be the Batman'. Batman: Arkham VR is an incredible experience, but it’s over far too soon... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,PC

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    XCOM 2 Review

    XCOM 2

    XCOM 2 is more tense and thrilling than a turn-based strategy has any right to be. There are some great additions to the original gameplay, but the port to console is an imperfect one. XCOM 2: The Ballad of Warlord Kelly Some of the added mechanics in XCOM 2... more

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

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    DriveClub VR Review

    DriveClub VR

    DriveClub VR has lost the stunning visuals of the original game, but it remains a brilliant racer to play. The immersion offered by VR is superb, making this an essential launch title. DriveClub VR is incredibly immersive, but boy have the graphics taken a hit... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 25.

    Farming Simulator 17 Review (toddler edition)

    Farming Simulator 17

    Lots of tractors. Hens. Trailers. People driving tractors. Combine harvesters. No train on train track. A video review with Tom and his three-year-old son, Jacob. Usually we'd have... more

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

  • 24.

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Review

    Skyrim: Special Edition

    Skyrim Special Edition on console looks lovely and runs well, and with all the DLC included it's a great option if you aren't fussed about mods. If you are fussed about mods you might be disappointed. Or already have a PC. The state of mods on Skyrim Special Edition's consoles Modding your... more

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

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    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

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    Final Fantasy XV review

    Final Fantasy XV

    Final Fantasy XV is about adventure and excitement. There are oddities, and it's not the FF you're used to, but it's a good time with some good boys, and has an unexpected emotional resonance to it. Sometimes it seems like it shouldn't work, but it does. Getting a handle on Final Fantasy XV's combat In Final Fantasy XV the... more

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

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    Super Mario Maker 3DS Review

    Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS

    Super Mario Maker for 3DS is a perfect fit for the handheld, with loads of content and excellent creation tools, but why can't you share levels online? That decision is baffling. Super Mario Maker 3DS doesn't have online level sharing, and that's a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    Pokémon Sun & Moon Review

    Pokemon Sun

    The visual overhaul makes this the best looking Pokémon yet. Naturally, the amount of Pokémon on offer is almost insurmountable and will have you catching them all for quite a while, but be aware, they are a needy lot. Coming back to Pokémon after twenty years  The phenomenon that was Pokémon... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    Pony Island Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    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

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    Superhot Review

    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, wear dorky... more

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

  • 16.

    Hitman Episode Two – Sapienza Review

    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 -... more

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

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    Overwatch Review

    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... more

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

  • 14.

    The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Review

    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 &... more

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

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    PES 2017 Review

    PES 2017

    Strange refereeing aside, PES 2017 is a wonderful football game that just begs to be played. It just wouldn't be PES if it was perfect. It's been a while since I last felt like I was really into a football game.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC,PlayStation 4

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    Forza Horizon 3 Review

    Forza Horizon 3

    Forza Horizon 3 is a beautiful, immensely entertaining, joyous arcade racer that successfully builds on Playground Games' already tremendous formula. Racing games have gotten very serious. With arcade games like Blur, Split... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,PC

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    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

  • 10.

    Thumper Review

    Thumper

    Thumper is a great rhythm action game, with strong visuals, fantastic design, and more speed than Keanu Reeves on a bus rigged to explode. What is Thumper, really? The inclusion of a giant futuristic space head is... more

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

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    Gears of War 4 Review

    Gears of War 4

    Gears of War 4 had a lot to live up to, but The Coalition has delivered a visually stunning and thrilling campaign, plus top notch multiplayer modes. One of the Xbox One's very best titles, and the PC version is excellent too. Gears of War 4's campaign is bloody good fun Shooter campaigns aren't... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox One

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    Battlefield 1 Review

    Battlefield 1

    World class multiplayer and an original, successful approach to single-player make Battlefield 1 the shooter to beat this Christmas. Battlefield 1's Operations mode perfectly captures the chaos of war... more

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

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    Titanfall 2 Review

    Titanfall 2

    With its thrilling multiplayer now backed up by a surprisingly excellent single-player campaign, Titanfall 2 is every bit the sequel I'd been hoping for. Titanfall 2's single-player campaign is a winning combination of Call of... more

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

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    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Review

    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

    Infinite Warfare's multiplayer may lack new ideas, but it's still first-rate, and its stunning sci-fi campaign is Call of Duty's best in years. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a difficult game to score Infinite... more

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

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    The Last Guardian Review

    The Last Guardian

    For some The Last Guardian's iffy controls, awkward camera, and glitches might be hard to overcome. Others won't care as they experience one of the most incredible relationships in video game history. The Last Guardian: Trico loves me, and I love him. But I also hate him... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

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    Inside Review

    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... more

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

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    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

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    The Witness Review

    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: PlayStation 4,Xbox One,PC

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    Dishonored 2 review: I would change nothing about this game

    Dishonored 2

    Dishonored 2 takes everything you loved about Dishonored and improves upon it without becoming bloated. It's a beautifully designed, layered game, stuffed with hidden gems and secret stories. Also you can stab people in mid air. 5 things Dishonored 2 is doing so right After a few hours playing The... more

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