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Raise a glass and take a moment as it is that time of the year again were we say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. It is also a time to reflect on the past year of gaming and ask ‘What were the games of the year?’ and in 2016 there are plenty to choose from.

Here at n3rdabl3 we always have plenty of different tastes in gaming and this year is no different. For that reason we are doing our games of the year post a little bit differently. Below your find my personal top five games of 2016 (in no particular order) with other members of the team listing theirs below.

All of these have been picked for many different reasons but in the end it comes down to which titles stood out the most to us and gave us the most enjoyment. Be it a short and sweet deal or countless hours of fun. Every game on these lists have in some way brought a smile to our faces and for that reason have earned the right to be called Game of the Year 2016.

DOOM – id Software

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DOOM was a surprise to many both for how enjoyable it was and by the fact it was actually good. For me, it was an outlet of complete joy and laughs as I murdered wave after wave of demons with seamless first person gore. DOOM was the game that rekindled the single player FPS genre this year and honestly was one of the most fun experiences I’ve had in a game for a long time now. It is the one game that made me feel like a complete badass this year and for that I thank it.

Read our review of DOOM here.

Overwatch – Blizzard Entrainment

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Let’s be honest we all saw this one coming. Even as I type this I’ve just finished playing a few matches myself and will likely watch some streams later. Overwatch is beyond amazement. It is one of the most engaging and entertaining online first person shooters in years with with a player base 20 million strong who is to argue?

Many of us on the team have put Overwatch in our lists and after spending way more hours than I should of playing it I think it’s safe to say why. Blizzard out did themselves with this one and it’s sure to continue into next year.

XCOM 2 – Firaxis Games

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XCOM 2 was not only a game that I spent countless hours in, and still do, but also a game that drove me to rage quit many a time. The follow on to the hugely successful XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2 took everything that worked and made it even more refined and polished.

With better visuals, AI, systems and even camera controls. Everything about XCOM 2 was fantastic. Yes the difficulty was raised and the game lead to moments of rage but that was what made it. I’m sure I’ll still be playing XCOM 2 even into the new year.

Read our review of XCOM 2 here.

Final Fantasy XV – Square Enix

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Though it was a long time coming Final Fantasy XV proved that the wait was well worth it. With beauty and grace Square Enix have brought the Final Fantasy series back in a surprising way. Sure the story is a bit weak at times and some design elements might not seem great but as a whole the game stands strong.

After 40 hours just to finish the story and many more to explore all the game has to offer. Final Fantasy XV is strong title with gameplay that is simple, refined yet enjoyable for countless hours. I’ll still be experiencing the world of Final Fantasy XV well into 2017.

Read our review of Final Fantasy XV here.

Pokemon Sun and Moon – Game Freak

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Though we as a team we keep arguing over which is better, Sun or Moon, both games are worthy of being included in this list. For me Pokemon Sun and Moon was the return of a classic. It feels fresh and new yet still retains another of the classic formula to keep fans like myself who have been out of the loop engaged.

More important is the fact that Pokemon Sun and Moon gets what makes Pokemon so great and pushes that forward. Even if it means leaving behind some of the more traditional gameplay elements behind. Pokemon Sun and Moon rekindled my love for Pokemon in what is easily the best Pokemon game to date.

Read our review of Pokemon Sun and Moon here.

Those are my five games of the year. Now for the team’s choices!

Aaron’s games of 2016:

  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • Titanfall 2
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Pokemon Sun
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Dylan’s games of 2016:

  • Overwatch
  • Dark Souls 3
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Ultimate Chicken Horse
  • Darkest Dungeon

Paul’s games of 2016:

  • XCOM 2
  • The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine
  • Overwatch
  • Titanfall 2
  • Dishonored 2

Oliver’s games of 2016:

  • The Division
  • Steep
  • Titanfall 2
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
  • XCOM 2

Josh’s games of 2016:

  • Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
  • Around 80% of Aragami
  • Batman The Tell-Tale Series
  • Root Letter
  • Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

Do make sure to let us know what your games of the year were below in the comment section.