Top 10 Games We Reviewed in 2016

Top 10 Games We Reviewed in 2016

Sure-fire hits and underrated gems

A.J. Maciejewski

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It's true that 2016 has been full of many disappointing overhyped games but we try to stay positive here at Video Chums. So, out of the 248 titles that we've reviewed this year, here are the ten games that got the best scores.

10 Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

Although the purple-haired half-genie's third adventure debuted back in 2014, it premiered on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 earlier this year. Considering I haven't reviewed it yet, I decided to give it a spin on PS4 and it was just as fantastic as I remember it being on Wii U over a year prior. The abilities that Shantae learns make it feel like you're playing as Zero in a Mega Man X game which is a fresh spin on the classic formula. Overall, this is my favourite Shantae game to date. That being said, the original, Risky's Revenge, and Half-Genie Hero are definitely worth checking out, too. What an incredible series! [Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Review]

9 Klaus

I love whenever game developers go the extra mile to create a varied adventure full of memorable moments. Klaus combines puzzles and platforming perfectly. Occasionally, it feels like you're playing Super Meat Boy while other times it's more like Life Goes On: Done to Death. I'll never forget the awesomeness of the glitch world no matter how many 2D platformers I play. [Klaus Review]

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Klaus can be a shadowy little fellow...

8 Unravel

Speaking of puzzle platformers, this yarn-filled tale is just as imaginative as last year's Yoshi's Woolly World. Playing as a little knit fellow as you uncover the memories of a family is simply awe-inspiring. The gameplay is spot-on with many ingenious puzzles to figure out, action sequences to work through, and loads of both fun-filled and surprisingly eerie moments. [Unravel Review]

7 Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book

Enough 2D platformers, here's an underrated JRPG! You may recognize Sophie from my second Top 10 Underrated Games I've Reviewed and Top 10 PS4 JRPGs lists and here she is yet again. This journey is full of surprises and satisfying adventures that it's actually more enjoyable than most mainstream RPGs. In the end, you can tell that the developers put in extra effort to bring the series to a new level and it surely paid off. [Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book Review]

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book screenshot
Sophie kills three birds with one stick

6 Ratchet & Clank

I'm one of the biggest Ratchet & Clank fans and have been playing them ever since the first game debuted back on PlayStation 2. Heck, I even went out of my way to watch the Ratchet & Clank movie and enjoyed it quite a lot. So, when this reimagining of the first game came out, I just had to play it. I can't believe how much they improved it from the original and it looks amazing on PlayStation 4. If you miss 3D platformers as much as I do then this is a must-buy game. [Ratchet & Clank (2016) Review]

5 Dragon Quest Builders

I think I reviewed enough of these games so here's one that Mary reviewed. Dragon Quest Builders combines the charming fantasy world of Dragon Quest with the addictive open-world gameplay of Minecraft to create an unexpectedly phenomenal gameplay dynamic that'll keep anyone hooked for weeks. The mix of structured progression with creativity appeals to gamers of all backgrounds. Overall, Dragon Quest Builders is an awesome game that any gamer with an imagination will love. [Dragon Quest Builders Review]

Dragon Quest Builders screenshot
A home made of cubes: perfect for anyone with OCD

4 Stranger of Sword City

Now that I talked about a game with mass appeal, here's one strictly for the hardcore. Stranger of Sword City is one of the hardest grid-based dungeon crawlers ever made yet old-school RPG fans such as myself will embrace the tough difficulty with open arms. If you're tired of modern day hand-holding then you need to pick this sucker up. [Stranger of Sword City Review]

3 Bravely Second: End Layer

To start off the top three games on this list (none of which I've reviewed), Bravely Second took the formula of what made the original game a must-play portable JRPG and refined it to be better than ever. With an astounding number of jobs to combine and master and a familiar yet massive world to explore, Bravely Second should be in any RPG enthusiast's library. [Bravely Second: End Layer Review]

Bravely Second: End Layer screenshot
It's a neat place to live but you need very reliable air conditioning

2 Rise of the Tomb Raider

Lara Croft has been using her guns more than fans are used to in her recent adventures but Rise of the Tomb Raider is bursting with satisfying puzzles within tons of optional challenge tombs. It's quite similar to the 2013 game yet the environments are even more gorgeous and there are more collectibles than you can shake a couple of pistols at. [Rise of the Tomb Raider Review]

1 Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE

When it comes to JRPGs, Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE is one of the best. It may be a spin-off of Shin Megami Tensei but it's much more lighthearted with tons of colourful characters and a hilarious sense of humour. With help from a cast of handy Mirages (based on Fire Emblem characters), your party can overcome any enemy as you chain attacks and take advantage of the Unity system to wow the anticipating crowd. That's right; you have an audience as you battle. How many JRPGs can say that? In the end, this unique, lovable, and phenomenally brilliant JRPG is proudly our game of the year for 2016! [Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE Review]

Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE screenshot
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