This year we saw a lot of great contenders to take top spot in the best reviewed game of 2016. Whether it be multiplayer shooters like Overwatch, or expansive RPG DLC like The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine.
In order to be the best reviewed game, the title must maintain the highest average across all available platforms. However, this year the holder of the top spot ended up being a platform exclusive, that is Uncharted 4 on the PS4.
Some other close contenders included titles like Playdead’s Inside, NBA 2K17, or even the baseball management strategy game Out of the Park Baseball 17.
There was a great deal in variety for the list of best reviewed game of 2016. Everything from puzzle, to strategy, to sports and RPG. Only a couple VR games managed to make the list, Rez Infinite and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes on the PSVR. It appears since the PSVR is a new system, its gathering more attention for reviews than the more established VR systems like HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
A few indies made the list as well, one of the most interesting being Owl Boy from D-Pad Studio that has been working on the title since 2007. It features beautiful pixelated artwork, and managed to get to number 10 on our list this year, putting out several other AAA titles like Dishonored 2, Dark Souls III, and Battlefield 1.
There were very few 3DS titles this year, with Picross 3D: Round 2 and Fire Emblem Fates: Special Edition being the only inclusions.
Some games managed to make the list despite their main edition not even being released this year. For example, Rise of the Tomb Raider finally made its way to PS4 this year in the 20 Year Celebration Edition. This new platform release got in at spot number 17 this year, even though the original Rise of the Tomb Raider was released for Xbox One and PC in 2015.
Who knows what next years contenders will be. Check back next year at Twinfinite for the best reviewed games of 2017.
To find out, we collected the 25 best reviewed titles according to Metacritics' list of best games for 2016, calculated their average score across all available platforms, and laid out the ranking here. For example, even though Forza Horizon 3 scored a 91 on its Xbox One platform release, a much lower 86 on PC scaled it back to 88.5. Single console releases are ranked solely from the score for that one platform.
Video games are a true unification of art and technology, and I'm amped to be able to write about them. Lover of all things Nintendo, obsessed with narrative driven games, and hopes the couch co-op genre makes a return soon. BA/BJ/MJ from University of King's College, NS, Canada.