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The time has come once again, as the staff at EGM sat down and fought it out over which of this year’s released games we’d put into our list of top 25 games of 2016. There were a lot of choices, a lot of mixed emotions, and a lot of arguments. However, a list was forged. This is our Top 25 games of the year, starting with numbers 05-01.

#05
Publisher: The Pokémon Company
Developer: Game Freak
Platforms: 3DS
Pokémon Sun / Moon
Pokémon Sun and Moon just might be some of the greatest Pokémon games ever made—and with 20 years of history and seven generations to perfect the formula, that says a lot. Set in the tropical islands of Alola, Sun and Moon sends players off on a series of Island Challenges. These trials replace the standard gym battles, but offer a lot more variety—and with a fully-realized 3D world, there’s a lot more to explore. With a handful of improved battle mechanics, the elimination of HMs, Alolan twists on old-school Pokémon, the best evil team yet, and a great sense of humor, everything in Pokémon Sun and Moon works together to boost an already-great series to even greater heights.

#04
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: id Software
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Doom
Bethesda took a gamble when they scrapped much of Doom 4 to completely reboot Doom. However, the result was an incredibly solid first-person shooter experience that was well worth the wait. Players find themselves stepping back into the gore-encrusted boots of the Doom Marine—resurrected to stop the forces of Hell that have been summoned to a Martian science outpost. Much of the game is praise-worthy, but we especially loved the opportunities for exploration within the title. Finding all of the Data Logs, Rune Challenges, and hidden map snippets made platforming around the levels as rewarding as it was fun. While its multiplayer had room to improve, there was no denying that it packed a hefty punch of nostalgia. Overall, we consider Doom to be one helluva game.

#03
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Platforms: PS4
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Who’d have thought, back in the days when Nathan Drake was fighting off Nazi monsters and lusting after magic treasure, that the Uncharted series would ever count humanity and restraint among its greatest strengths? Yet those two things are what made Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End such a rousing success. Sure, Drake still slaughters an army’s worth of faceless bad guys and hangs from enough ledges that his forearms should, by now, properly resemble Popeye’s, but those sections are still good fun. The greatness of Uncharted 4, though, comes from the respect with which it treats its characters, from the way it elevates its storytelling to be every bit as important as its action, and—perhaps most importantly—from its rare commitment to delivering actual closure. In a medium where most franchises never end so much as they eventually fizzle out, Naughty Dog gave us an honest-to-goodness conclusion—and an excellent one at that.

#02
Publisher: EA
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Titanfall 2
Just missing out on our top slot, Titanfall 2 shows us that sales aren’t necessarily indicative of a game’s overall quality. With a launch stuck between two other big-name shooters this year, many FPS enthusiasts didn’t have the time or money to give Titanfall 2 a chance—which is a shame, because they’re missing out on a tight, fast-paced experience found in both single-player and multiplayer alike. The campaign might not be quite as long as it could have been, but that just implies we wanted more of its steady stream of clever gameplay mechanics and seamless transition between pilot and titan gameplay. On the multiplayer front, this gameplay synergy is emphasized even further with the frantic speed of pilot combat and the methodical strategy of titan combat creating a dynamically-competitive scene.

#01
Publisher: Blizzard
Developer: Blizzard
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Overwatch
Given the studio’s pedigree and history at this point in its existence, it’s easy to assume that a new project from the folks at Blizzard is going to be something special. None of us, however, could have predicted the game that we’d get in Overwatch. While the team-based first-person hero shooter isn’t a new concept—some have even called it a “reskinned Team Fortress 2”—it was Blizzard’s execution of the idea, and polishing of all its included elements, that made it so special. No other game this year enraptured the entire EGM crew like Overwatch did, and every one of us can tell you our favorite heroes, our proudest moments, our ups and downs when challenging weekly brawls or Competitive Play, or the things we’d most love to see from the next seasonal event. As the game’s cover girl Tracer says, the world could always use more heroes—and we will always take more Overwatch.
EGM’s Best of 2016 Coverage
We’re taking a look at the best games of 2016 all week, from Christmas day through December 30th. Check back every day for our Top 25 Games of 2016, as well as our personal lists for the games we loved most this year. Check here for everything that’s been posted so far.

EGM’s Best of 2016: Part Five: #05 ~ #01

We're counting down our choices for the top 25 games of 2016, and today we look at positions #05 through #01.

By EGM Staff | 12/29/2016 10:00 AM PT

Lists

The time has come once again, as the staff at EGM sat down and fought it out over which of this year’s released games we’d put into our list of top 25 games of 2016. There were a lot of choices, a lot of mixed emotions, and a lot of arguments. However, a list was forged. This is our Top 25 games of the year, starting with numbers 05-01.

#05
Publisher: The Pokémon Company
Developer: Game Freak
Platforms: 3DS
Pokémon Sun / Moon
Pokémon Sun and Moon just might be some of the greatest Pokémon games ever made—and with 20 years of history and seven generations to perfect the formula, that says a lot. Set in the tropical islands of Alola, Sun and Moon sends players off on a series of Island Challenges. These trials replace the standard gym battles, but offer a lot more variety—and with a fully-realized 3D world, there’s a lot more to explore. With a handful of improved battle mechanics, the elimination of HMs, Alolan twists on old-school Pokémon, the best evil team yet, and a great sense of humor, everything in Pokémon Sun and Moon works together to boost an already-great series to even greater heights.

#04
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: id Software
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Doom
Bethesda took a gamble when they scrapped much of Doom 4 to completely reboot Doom. However, the result was an incredibly solid first-person shooter experience that was well worth the wait. Players find themselves stepping back into the gore-encrusted boots of the Doom Marine—resurrected to stop the forces of Hell that have been summoned to a Martian science outpost. Much of the game is praise-worthy, but we especially loved the opportunities for exploration within the title. Finding all of the Data Logs, Rune Challenges, and hidden map snippets made platforming around the levels as rewarding as it was fun. While its multiplayer had room to improve, there was no denying that it packed a hefty punch of nostalgia. Overall, we consider Doom to be one helluva game.

#03
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Platforms: PS4
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Who’d have thought, back in the days when Nathan Drake was fighting off Nazi monsters and lusting after magic treasure, that the Uncharted series would ever count humanity and restraint among its greatest strengths? Yet those two things are what made Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End such a rousing success. Sure, Drake still slaughters an army’s worth of faceless bad guys and hangs from enough ledges that his forearms should, by now, properly resemble Popeye’s, but those sections are still good fun. The greatness of Uncharted 4, though, comes from the respect with which it treats its characters, from the way it elevates its storytelling to be every bit as important as its action, and—perhaps most importantly—from its rare commitment to delivering actual closure. In a medium where most franchises never end so much as they eventually fizzle out, Naughty Dog gave us an honest-to-goodness conclusion—and an excellent one at that.

#02
Publisher: EA
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Titanfall 2
Just missing out on our top slot, Titanfall 2 shows us that sales aren’t necessarily indicative of a game’s overall quality. With a launch stuck between two other big-name shooters this year, many FPS enthusiasts didn’t have the time or money to give Titanfall 2 a chance—which is a shame, because they’re missing out on a tight, fast-paced experience found in both single-player and multiplayer alike. The campaign might not be quite as long as it could have been, but that just implies we wanted more of its steady stream of clever gameplay mechanics and seamless transition between pilot and titan gameplay. On the multiplayer front, this gameplay synergy is emphasized even further with the frantic speed of pilot combat and the methodical strategy of titan combat creating a dynamically-competitive scene.

#01
Publisher: Blizzard
Developer: Blizzard
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Overwatch
Given the studio’s pedigree and history at this point in its existence, it’s easy to assume that a new project from the folks at Blizzard is going to be something special. None of us, however, could have predicted the game that we’d get in Overwatch. While the team-based first-person hero shooter isn’t a new concept—some have even called it a “reskinned Team Fortress 2”—it was Blizzard’s execution of the idea, and polishing of all its included elements, that made it so special. No other game this year enraptured the entire EGM crew like Overwatch did, and every one of us can tell you our favorite heroes, our proudest moments, our ups and downs when challenging weekly brawls or Competitive Play, or the things we’d most love to see from the next seasonal event. As the game’s cover girl Tracer says, the world could always use more heroes—and we will always take more Overwatch.
EGM’s Best of 2016 Coverage
We’re taking a look at the best games of 2016 all week, from Christmas day through December 30th. Check back every day for our Top 25 Games of 2016, as well as our personal lists for the games we loved most this year. Check here for everything that’s been posted so far.
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