The time has come to crown The Game Fanatics’ top 10 games of 2016! At the start of the year, we started publishing our own personal game of the year lists and the results have been tallied and used to create the granddaddy of all GOTY lists. Staff members who did not write a list were also invited to vote and help whittle down the list into a jam-packed top 10. Without further ado, here are our picks for the top 10 games of 2016 using the highlights from everyone’s personal lists. Let’s hope 2017 is even better!
10. The Witness
"I thought long and hard about including The Witness on this list, not because it lacked the qualities, but because it felt almost like a dream that I even played it in the first place. The game starts itself as a standard puzzle-style game until it becomes apparent that you must gain knowledge, of the island and the puzzles themselves, to further unwrap the mysteries of the game." - Matt
"Firewatch was the interactive drama this year that made me hopeful for what video game narrative can be in the future. A truly mature and sobering journey of one man wanting an escape from the complex and emotionally taxing troubles of life– particularly the deteriorating mental state of his wife. Personally, I found it to be a moving and powerful, yet solemn and subtle experience with a lot to say about game narratives from the perspectives of conflict and resolution. Also Turt Reynolds is the best name ever for a turtle and no one can tell me otherwise!" - Tyler
8. Civilization VI
"Its style, while much less realistic than V, makes the world seem vibrant and colorful, and the new adjustments to combat make warmongering more manageable than before." - Cameron
"There is nothing else, only Civ. The experience draws you in with its strategy and tactics before refusing to let go as you can sense your end goals in sight." - Jake
7. Watch Dogs 2
"Ubisoft created something special with this original tech playground...and built on the positive achievements of its predecessor. Watch Dogs 2 delivers a diverse gaming experience that’s fun and inventive. When I say diverse I mean a game that deals with social issues of color and class in the modern era. The fact that I am black, or a person of color for you politically correct folk out there, really made this game hit home for me." - O’Dell
6. Battlefield 1
"With so many great shooters on the market, Battlefield 1 managed to deliver a solid campaign mode and a tremendous multiplayer suite. Battlefield 1 feels raw, hopeless at times, and incomparably tense especially during the final moments of a Rush match." - Carlos
5. Pokémon Sun
"Pokémon Sun and Moon took everything I loved about the Pokémon series and made it great again. I can go on and on about the new additions and changes, but my point is they are very welcomed. Pokémon Sun and Moon recaptures that magic I felt when I played Pokemon Red as a child, and that’s why it is my game of the year." - Logan
"This is the game for the old-school crowd who remember booting up DOOM in DOS. This is the game for the modern gamer who is tired of the familiar FPS setting. This is the game that can still bring a smile to my face as my head bobs to the music while playing the campaign. This is the game that I get most excited about and tell everyone, “Seriously, play this game. You won’t regret it.”" - Jake
"You don’t have to be good at shooters to play Overwatch and that’s what I love about it. The objective of each game mode is fairly straightforward and the hero pool is amazingly diverse, so diverse that it never lets you feel bored. Each match is different because you never know what characters you’re going to be playing with or against, and it becomes a battle of who can adapt the quickest. So many variables makes it practically endless fun." - Funké
2. Titanfall 2
"What makes the sequel even better is that Titans feel far more balanced; you’re not an overpowering machine of destruction anymore and often you have to be far more careful than you would on your feet. The result is an online experience that rivals any other shooter on the market." - Jake
1. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
"I honestly didn’t think Uncharted 4 could live up to the hype, but I’m human so I’m allowed to be wrong from time to time." - O'Dell
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