Cylonathalf's Top 10 Games Played in 2016
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The focus of this list is to highlight the best titles that I played to completion in 2016 for the first time. All in all this was an interesting year, I spent a lot of time with large RPGs. Fortunately there were a few good ones in there.

Links to past years: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Last year I switched to a top 10 from a top 15 and I think that's sensible. It's a more standard format and less likely to include poor titles. Note that list ranking is based primarily on the rating I assigned to the games at the time I played them otherwise comparing games across genres would be too difficult a task. Unless otherwise noted all games were played on PC.
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1. Video Game: Wizardry 8 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:954]
Video Game: Wizardry 8
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The Wizardry series comes out of the old first person dungeon exploration series, though this one uses a 3D world.

There's enough quality of life improvements here to make Wiz 8 playable and fun (although occasionally tedious). I can't recommend Wiz 6 or earlier. I think there's enough game here to justify a second play in the future, but not any time soon.

Blogpost 21 March 2016
 
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2. Video Game: Far Cry 3 [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:213]
Video Game: Far Cry 3
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Far Cry 3 is a fun but flawed open world FPS with strong overtones of crime simulator. I would tend to recommend it to FPS players that don't mind open world games, though Blood Dragon is a much better game.

Blogpost 19 February 2016
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3. Video Game: Dishonored - Game of the Year [Average Rating:8.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.66 Unranked]
Video Game: Dishonored
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I like stealth games so this was a winner for me. I'll probably do a high chaos run this year and do the DLC at that point. I don't know that this game has the longevity to prompt more than 2 plays though you can't always expect games with a story to have high replay factor.

Blogpost 26 May 2016
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4. Video Game: Odallus: The Dark Call [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:6638]
Video Game: Odallus: The Dark Call
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Odallus is a fun little Castlevania inspired game from Joymasher.

Blogpost 10 October 2016
 
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5. Video Game: Oniken [Average Rating:6.25 Unranked]
Video Game: Oniken
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Joymasher's earlier game Oniken follows the Ninja Gaiden formula and does it well. There's a few more autoscrollers than I'd like, but they aren't too odious. I'd recommend it to 2D action game fans if you can pick it up on sale (the game's a bit short).

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6. Video Game: Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
Video Game: Dark Souls II
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Loved it. Loved almost all of it. Of course I was a big Dark Souls fan so that's not a huge surprise. The first game does a better job with its story, has a much more interesting world design, and is a tighter experience on account of being a shorter game. In most other ways Dark Souls II is an upgrade. Some people will object to the new hollowing process (and the inexperienced player can have a very rough first few hours on account of it), but I've made my peace with it.

Blogpost 16 July 2016
 
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7. Video Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown [Average Rating:8.40 Overall Rank:26] [Average Rating:8.40 Unranked]
Video Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
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I did my first play of this last year (with Enemy Within, and I would recommend always playing with it). In many ways I think it out does the original though some will disagree. I'm likely to play a bit with it this year with some of the second wave options enabled for more randomness.

Blogpost 15 March 2016
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8. Video Game: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:30]
Video Game: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
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I'm not entirely sure how I missed this when it came out. I think it was the stigma of the prequels draped all over it. This game is excellent if you like bioware style RPGs and Star Wars. I did both a light side and dark side run (essentially back to back) and will probably start a play of KotOR 2 as soon as I wrap up my current Fallout 3 character.

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9. Video Game: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:942]
Video Game: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
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You should play this game. Yes you. Well, if you like first person shooters ... and the 80s.

Blogpost 22 February 2016

This game has the best tutorial of any game to feature a tutorial:

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10. Video Game: Legend of Grimrock 2 [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:1865]
Video Game: Legend of Grimrock 2
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Legend of Grimrock was one my favorite games played in 2013 and the sequel is better in most ways. It's disorienting to play this type of game when it doesn't stick to the single multifloored dungeon layout, though it's hardly the first to abandon it. Anyone with any fondness for Eye of the Beholder/Dungeon Master et al. should play this one.

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