10. Pokemon Go

9. Reigns

8. Darkest Dungeon

7. The Banner Saga 2

6. Overwatch

5. Dark Souls 3

4. Stellaris


2. Hyper Light Drifter

1. Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 is a truly magnificent accomplishment in game design and execution. Every bit of the game is impeccably done. While a lot of games have the kinds of traversal mechanics that Titanfall 2 has, nothing feels like Titanfall 2.  That is what makes this the best game of the year, – the way it feels. More than any other aspect of the medium, feel is what defines games. In a year where great games were built to make you want to gamble on a loot box or increase accuracy of your favorite GPS app, the relative purity of Titanfall 2 makes it stand out. Instead of trapping players in a restrictive character class, Titanfall 2 lets people customize almost every aspect of their multiplayer loadout. The game is even more distinctive on account of its campaign (remember those?), which is a masterclass in how to pace mechanics. Titanfall 2 is constantly introducing and discarding new, interesting gameplay mechanics and, consequently, never gets dull or repetitive. When the mechanical brilliance of the campaign is put together with Titanfall 2’s solid “A boy and his robot” story and one of the year’s standout new characters, BT 7274, you get, arguably, the best shooter campaign of the year. Luckily, this is my list, though, so I don’t need to argue with anyone. Titanfall 2 is my #1 game of 2016.