Let’s take a break from our regularly scheduled Nintendo posts to [finally] finish off the game of the year discussions from 2016.
I’m going to keep it all in one post instead of break them up into 4 separate ones.
To recap the first topic from game of the year 2016, most surprising game of 2016: I gave this to Dragon Ball Fusions for the Nintendo 3DS. Read more in the link provided on why it was voted Most Surprising of 2016.
eSport of the Year 2016
Counter Strike: Go
Now, many of you may wonder why not League of Legends or Dota 2 (per usual) but 2016 seemed to be the year of CS:Go. As an eSport CS has always been in the upper echelon of eSports with the likes of Hearthstone, Dota 2, and League of Legends but it wasn’t until 2016 that we saw a massive upswing in tournaments (95) and with that a substantial up tick in prize money.
The players towards the latter half of the year started to complain of fatigue but for fans to be able to log onto Twitch almost every weekend in 2016 and have a significant CS:Go tournament going on was entertainment bliss. Not to mention 2016 brought with it the start of the ELeague with Turner, this brought CS onto TV and into Buffalo Wild Wings across the US for the semi finals and finals of Eleague season 1 & 2.
As a fan of CS, 2016 was a wonderful year and this is why Counter Strike is my eSport of the year 2016.
Handheld Game of the Year 2016
Pokemon Sun & Moon
The Pokemon series has a chance each and every year to be handheld game of the year. However, 2016 brought us several amazing 3DS titles including Fire Emblem, Bravely Second, Dragon Ball Fusions and Monster Hunter but Pokemon continued to show its polish.
Pokemon Sun & Moon offered a bit of a new dynamic that the franchise hadn’t seen by switching to trials instead of gym leaders. Sun & Moon is a breath of fresh air for the franchise, while it kept with the mechanics that we’ve come to know and love it also added some minor tweaks to make the game play that much better.
Multiplayer Game of the Year 2016
I’ve written a lot about Titanfall 2 on my site over the last few months and it should be no surprise that this game has a spot towards the top of my favorite games of 2016. As a multiplayer game Titanfall 2 truly excels as a fast, intuitive, tightly driven game. With a multitude of game modes and the ability to set a network (clan) and receive double xp during a ‘happy hour’ session with your friends kept me coming back.
Titanfall 2 may not be game of the year quality but it definitely was the best multiplayer game of the year. With free dlc the fun will continue into 2017 with Titanfall, it’s an enjoyable game that deserves high praise. Titanfall also found it’s own niche in a crowded shooter genre and was able to be seen above the rest coming out between juggernauts like Call of Duty and Battlefield One.
Game of the Year 2016 will conclude tomorrow. HOLD ON, WE’RE ALMOST HOME