The Resetti Awards are finally here! Make no mistake: 2016 saw a very good year in video games, and these 10 titles present, what we think, are the best of the best the year had to offer. There was very little doubt as to which games got a hold of your attention and kept it without much compromise. This list might be fairly obvious, but there may also be some surprises on this list you might not have expected.
What are the Resettis, you ask? Well, this was normally reserved as a feature on a blog/school project called “The Reset Button,” which took 5 of the biggest news stories around video games and the culture that surrounds it. Nowadays, it is reserved for the 10 best titles that were released in the calendar year. In this case, it’s 2016’s time to shine with its large showcase.
Keep in mind that these titles are presented in no specific order. There’s a lot of games to choose from this year, so putting them in a specific order would do a lot of injustice to this list. No one game is rated more prominently than the other, as the award is all the same.
So, without further interruption, here is Reset Press’s 2016 Resetti Awards!
Stardew Valley, Chucklefish Games
I’d like to say this game was a sleeper hit for 2016, but with a game that takes a lot from Harvest Moon, it’s hard to see why a game like Stardew Valley would fail. The cartoony, farming simulator was a hit in February on Steam, then was made available on MacOS in July, with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 ports made by 505 Games for retail. The game seemingly has no end, even though the players get evaluated on their performance and can be later re-evaluated after a three-year cycle that lasts about 28 days. With a Switch port coming very soon, it’s hard to tell if anyone will get bored with Stardew Valley any time soon.
DOOM, id Software
No, you’re not time-traveling. This is not 1994, and the Tootsie Roll by the 69 Boyz isn’t likely to hit the airwaves at any moment. DOOM was given cautious optimism by many and it delivered on its hype by tenfold. The game brought fresh ideas into the first-person shooter genre by implementing old ideas such as health packs over regenerative health that’s become a staple to most FPS titles since 2007. While there were some issues with the multiplayer aspect, there weren’t enough from people enjoying both modes of the game. DOOM brought its hyper-violent chaos with a good amount of scary fun that made players yearn for only more DOOM.
Pokken Tournament, Bandi Namco Studios
Yes, yes. I am aware this game was released in arcades in 2015. However, let’s have a show of hands as to how many of you have arcades near you? The fighting game seemingly jolted some new life into the Pokemon franchise that already is full of life with a vibrant trading card game and new video games. However, Pokken Tournament brings a unique system that seems remnant of Tekken. The two fighting modes mid-game what allow far and near battles make fights up for grabs at any given moment. With iconic characters such as Pikachu, Suicune, Lucario, Mewtwo and more, this game seems to be headed in the right direction with another EVO tournament appearance waiting.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Naughty Dog
The end of Nathan Drake’s adventures isn’t exactly the best game in the franchise, but it is a fitting end to his story. After a 10-year run of dangerous looting, Nathan Drake puts it all behind him, but the franchise does not end here. The story of the game kept many captivated by what would happen next and, ultimately, how Nate’s times are behind him. We’ll definitely be looking forward to more adventures in the Uncharted series, but it might not be the same without Nathan. But, feelings aside, this definitely deserves to be recognized as a definitive storytelling game for 2016.
Just when we thought Playdead couldn’t exactly top its 2010 outing with Limbo, Inside come up six years later as a wonderfully captivating spiritual successor. The game, believe it or not, runs of the very same engine as Limbo and the artwork of the game doesn’t take itself too seriously, but also lays out a rather dark story as you play as a nameless boy in a red hoodie wondering through various area solving puzzles. With two different endings, it has left many fans and players with questions and theories as to how things actually played out. Playdead offered those who were intrigued by the game an almost psychological experience with questions abound. There’s no question about Inside and where it stood in 2016, however.
Civilization VI, Firaxis Games
A strategy game that’s been tested with time, the Civilization series only seems to improve upon near perfection. The 6th game in the titular series, Civilization VI, helps simplify a game that has as much complexity as Risk, but also has technical advancement within itself such as its city management system. There’s never a dull moment when competing for space in Civilization whether it’s against friends or an AI character. The turn-based game introduces new historical leaders such as Theodore Roosevelt to help keep the game fresh. In the fastest-selling game in franchise history, it doesn’t seem like Civilization is slowing down anytime soon.
Firewatch, Campo Santo
An intriguing indie title emerged onto the scene with Campo Santo’s Firewatch. Taking place after the Yellowstone National Park fire of 1988, the player plays as a lookout named Henry assigned to the Shoshone National Forest. It’s more than just spotting and putting out fires, though. The game mostly revolves around the plotted destruction of the campgrounds and to make sure you are not falsely accused of the destruction. It’s a compelling story that is soon to have a film adaptation along with it. If you’re looking for a great indie title that has seemingly flown under most radars, then Firewatch is your game to play.
Hyper Light Drifter, Heart Machine
If you haven’t heard of this game, I would like to advise you to become familiar with this title. Hyper Light Drifter, a game originating from Kickstarter, delivers a 2D action RPG that plays a lot off of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo. It’s very vibrant, colourful, and, like a few titles on this list, tells a story that wants, needs, and forces your attention onto it – all without a single moment of textual dialogue. The player is given an energy sword that isn’t unlimited and must be recharged with rare batteries through its landscape, which provides a big challenge for those seeking it. Alex Preston, the creator of the game, is currently undergoing some health issues as he had during the creation of the game. We hope Preston is doing well for himself and hope to expect more from the future.
Titanfall 2, Respawn Entertainment
First verse, same as the first? Hardly. Respawn Entertainment learned from its previous mistakes with Titanfall, the over-hyped game from 2014, and delivers in a big way with the sequel two years later. With more incentive to continue to play the multiplayer first-person shooter and looking less like a tech demo, fans were not disappointed in the sequel. Die-hards of the series, however, took some time winning over with vast changes to the gameplay, though it was better rather than for worst for the series. Not to mention, the game itself is much more open to the casual shooter fan and to those looking to maybe rent the game to play its new single-player campaign. If there were to be a Titanfall 3, it’d be best to take a lot from Titanfall 2 and try to improve upon it and leave Titanfall in the past.
Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment
This was seemingly the game to own throughout all of 2016. In one of the more bold moves a company has done, Blizzard ventured into the wide world of first-person shooters. And, wow, did they not disappoint. It seems as if Blizzard just pumps out nothing else other than great entertainment for hours on end. Whether you’re in it for the loot boxes, the glory of competitive matches, or just fun with friends, this multiplayer madness is sure to keep buyers captivated for not just this year, but for many years to follow. We knew it’d be good. However, we didn’t expect it to be one of the best shooters of all time. That’s how good Overwatch is and will still develop into with new hero additions, gameplay styles, and fixes to bugs that may occur.
So, there you have it, folks! These are the ten best games 2016 had to offer, according to us, Reset Press! Agree? Disagree? Let us know what you think of the list and comment if we missed any games. There will be debates about this, no doubt, but we’re confident in our decisions.
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