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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 10-06.

#10
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: IO Interactive
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Hitman
Taking a beloved stealth-action series like Hitman and making it episodic was nothing short of a mad risk by IO Interactive?but it has paid off in spades. Depending on how you choose to play Hitman, be it as soon as an episode comes out, or binging it all at once, something is interestingly lost either way. If you?re more of a narrative-driven person, binging it is better because the story maintains more cohesion without you replaying missions as a refresher. If you played it piecemeal as episodes were released, however, you were privy to a plethora of community challenges that are still keeping the game fresh to this day, nine months after the first episode?s release. Simply put, there is still no one better at re-inventing the stealth-action genre than Agent 47.
#09
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Arkane Studios
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dishonored 2
It?s a rare treat for a new game like the first Dishonored to have the impact it did. With a unique aesthetic and fine-tuned stealth mechanics to match, it seemed only a matter of time until we were graced with a sequel?and that time finally came this year. There is no major paradigm shift in Dishonored 2, which instead chose to hone in on series strengths. The format closely follows that of the previous game?embarking on stealth missions in sprawling levels while utilizing a variety of clever tools and abilities?but there was one major twist this time around that really drove the experience home. Players can enjoy the entire experience as two different characters, each with their own unique selection of magical abilities. In a way, Dishonored 2 is basically two full games in one.
#08
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montréal
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Watch Dogs 2
With a new location and new protagonist, Watch Dogs 2 delivered a much-needed shot in the arm to the Watch Dogs franchise. Here, players explore the “Wild West of technology”?the San Francisco Bay area?as part of hacktivist group DedSec. We found ourselves spending just as much time visiting real-life locations, driving fares around the City, or completing the various side missions as we did progressing through the main story line. There was just so many things to do! Despite issues with the seamless multiplayer at launch, once fixed, the co-op and player-versus-player missions were also a fun way to get further immersed in the game’s world. Now?if you’ll excuse us?we’ve got some more selfies to take.
#07
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Forza Horizon 3
Even with a new Forza game coming every year now, the series continues to excel on almost every front you?d expect from a racing game. Forza Horizon 3 topped them all this year, with campaign co-op, hundreds of activities, and more cars than ever before being thrown into the mix. The addition of dune buggies, too, may sound like a minor bullet point when looking at the game from afar, but hopping in one and rampaging through Forza?s take on the Australian Outback may be one of the most wonderful experiences you could get out of 2016?s gaming lineup. Forza Horizon 3 is that near-perfect blend of content and craftsmanship, and it?ll be a long time coming before another racer knocks it from this lofty perch.
#06
Publisher: EA
Developer: DICE
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Battlefield 1
Battlefield 1 was ragingly popular the very moment it was announced. Unfolding in an era rarely explored by video games, Battlefield 1?s World War I setting was enticing right out of the gate?and luckily, it delivered on the hype. The Battlefield formula has been rather rigid for the past few years, but Battlefield 1 managed to retain the core experience that has kept fans coming back while also evolving the shooter in a way that did the unique source material justice. Features like massive Behemoth vehicles and two-seater airplanes are a twist on established trends, but at the end of the day, the intense, objective-based warfare is still what hardcore fans will recognize.
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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EGM’s Best of 2016: Part Four: #10 ~ #06

We're counting down our choices for the top 25 games of 2016, and today we look at positions #10 through #06.

By EGM Staff | 12/28/2016 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 10-06.

#10
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: IO Interactive
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Hitman
Taking a beloved stealth-action series like Hitman and making it episodic was nothing short of a mad risk by IO Interactive?but it has paid off in spades. Depending on how you choose to play Hitman, be it as soon as an episode comes out, or binging it all at once, something is interestingly lost either way. If you?re more of a narrative-driven person, binging it is better because the story maintains more cohesion without you replaying missions as a refresher. If you played it piecemeal as episodes were released, however, you were privy to a plethora of community challenges that are still keeping the game fresh to this day, nine months after the first episode?s release. Simply put, there is still no one better at re-inventing the stealth-action genre than Agent 47.
#09
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Arkane Studios
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dishonored 2
It?s a rare treat for a new game like the first Dishonored to have the impact it did. With a unique aesthetic and fine-tuned stealth mechanics to match, it seemed only a matter of time until we were graced with a sequel?and that time finally came this year. There is no major paradigm shift in Dishonored 2, which instead chose to hone in on series strengths. The format closely follows that of the previous game?embarking on stealth missions in sprawling levels while utilizing a variety of clever tools and abilities?but there was one major twist this time around that really drove the experience home. Players can enjoy the entire experience as two different characters, each with their own unique selection of magical abilities. In a way, Dishonored 2 is basically two full games in one.
#08
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montréal
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Watch Dogs 2
With a new location and new protagonist, Watch Dogs 2 delivered a much-needed shot in the arm to the Watch Dogs franchise. Here, players explore the “Wild West of technology”?the San Francisco Bay area?as part of hacktivist group DedSec. We found ourselves spending just as much time visiting real-life locations, driving fares around the City, or completing the various side missions as we did progressing through the main story line. There was just so many things to do! Despite issues with the seamless multiplayer at launch, once fixed, the co-op and player-versus-player missions were also a fun way to get further immersed in the game’s world. Now?if you’ll excuse us?we’ve got some more selfies to take.
#07
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Forza Horizon 3
Even with a new Forza game coming every year now, the series continues to excel on almost every front you?d expect from a racing game. Forza Horizon 3 topped them all this year, with campaign co-op, hundreds of activities, and more cars than ever before being thrown into the mix. The addition of dune buggies, too, may sound like a minor bullet point when looking at the game from afar, but hopping in one and rampaging through Forza?s take on the Australian Outback may be one of the most wonderful experiences you could get out of 2016?s gaming lineup. Forza Horizon 3 is that near-perfect blend of content and craftsmanship, and it?ll be a long time coming before another racer knocks it from this lofty perch.
#06
Publisher: EA
Developer: DICE
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Battlefield 1
Battlefield 1 was ragingly popular the very moment it was announced. Unfolding in an era rarely explored by video games, Battlefield 1?s World War I setting was enticing right out of the gate?and luckily, it delivered on the hype. The Battlefield formula has been rather rigid for the past few years, but Battlefield 1 managed to retain the core experience that has kept fans coming back while also evolving the shooter in a way that did the unique source material justice. Features like massive Behemoth vehicles and two-seater airplanes are a twist on established trends, but at the end of the day, the intense, objective-based warfare is still what hardcore fans will recognize.
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.
Read More