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Lgndary Thoughts - Favorite Games of 2016


The past couple of weeks have been both very busy, and also very slow! As is the usual for this time of year, video game news starts to tapper off since most people are on break for the holidays. But that doesn't mean that things haven't been crazy! This year has been busier for me than most due to the fact that I had to help my sister move home from out of state. It was a long process, but I am so glad that she is home again. Anyways, now that 2016 is almost over, I think we should all talk about some of out favorite games of the year. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

To be clear, this is not a "game of the year" post. I haven't even decided my favorite game this year because I haven't completely finished every game that I have. These are just games that I generally enjoyed playing this year, even if they aren't the best games I played.

The first game I would like to talk about is Paragon. Paragon launched for the PS4 earlier this year, but the game we have today is much different than the one that released in early 2016. Epic supports the game nearly every week with patches to tweak the game, but they recently introduced a very large patch that completely changed it. The patch itself changed almost every aspect of the game on a small level, but the largest change was the addition of a new map. 

The new map of Paragon has made all the difference for me. I have always had an interest in Paragon, but it always felt that something else was needed to really push it in the right direction. Playing my first match on the new map was the first time I felt like I was actually playing a MOBA. Paragon still has a long ways to go to perfection, but it's future is already a lot brighter than it was earlier this year. 

Hitman is another game that took me by surprise this year. I had never played a Hitman title before this year, but that didn't stop me from getting into it. The amount of options for each mission are what really blew me away with Hitman. Being able to choose exactly how I take out a target made the game much more rewarding. 

And the depth of missions was also a large draw for me. I loved seeing all of the different possibilities within each level, and then trying to figure out exactly what I needed to do to access those possibilities was a ton of fun. 

The content of the game was, of course, the biggest reason to play. But the episodic nature also made the game a lot more enjoyable to play. The fact that Hitman was released in episodes is actually the only reason I picked it up. If I had to pay $60 to play the game, I don't think I would have ever given it a chance. Being able to spend $10 to give it a shot made it a lot easier to take the dive. 

The final game that I will talk about today is one that I didn't even pay for, Furi! Furi was a PS Plus game a few months ago, and it was one that I very quickly fell in love with. The game itself isn't terribly long, but it more than makes up for it with it's fast action and unique gameplay. 

Like one of my favorite games of all time, Furi is all about boss battles. This is something that wouldn't work for every game, but Furi handles it well. Each boss works a little differently than the previous one, and it isn't always easy to take them out. The actual battle system is a lot deeper than many people would assume, and it means that the fights are often incredibly challenging. 

But while the fights are the star of the game, the character design and art style take it to another level. The environments are honestly incredible. The amount of screenshots I have taken while playing that game is crazy just because of how cool each area of the game looks. And like I said, the characters are all interesting and unique as well. With some even reminding me of Mega Man! 

Like I said at the start, these three titles are not my game of the year. I would love to name one, and probably will decide on my own at some point, but I have unfortunately not had the time to play everything throughly enough to make a concrete decision. These games are simply ones that I enjoyed this year that are not being talked about as much as I think they deserve.

But now it is your turn! What were your favorite games of 2016? Be sure to leave a comment below!

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I personally was pretty let down by most games I played this year. I think the only game that I can say I was 100% satisfied with was Pokemon Sun. Uncharted 4 was pretty good but I did have a lot of complaints with the game. Same could be said with Bravely Second. I was also VERY disappointed with Final Fantasy XV. It was one of the titles I was most anticipating for the past few years and they blew it, IMO. It's not quite as poor as No Man's Sky, but the impact hurt more.

Even looking at the list of games for this year, I've been pretty underwhelmed with the releases. Hope 2017 is better. There are some promising titles like Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mass Effect Andromeda, South Park: Fractured But Whole, and Persona so I'm guessing I'll be alright.

I'm very thankful for my PS4 this year because Nintendo completely shit the bed and if it weren't for Playstation I would have had a very boring year. My highlights were Gravity Rush Remastered, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shantae Half Genie Hero (a late entry), Mortal Kombat XL, Don't Starve Together and Battleborn.

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