Ground Punch’s Best of 2016 – Game Awards

Whether it be competitive and/or co-operate experiences, these are the best games to play with your friends.

The first-person shooter genre is an overcrowded, heap of mediocre and also incredible games, with series like Call of Duty and Battlefield absolutely dominating the landscape. It just made Overwatch that more impressive that it was able to steal a piece of that mind share when Blizzard launched a brand their brand new IP. Overwatch’s incredible game design and balancing lends itself to some heart pounding and impressive skirmishing across some wonderfully designed maps. The loveable cast of misfits that make up its 23 character roster add just that extra layer of personality that really makes Overwatch shine, above the more standard character designs seen in the likes of Call of Duty and Battlefield. Blizzard has also pushed tons of support on their player community and the game itself, with seasonal events, and the upcoming Overwatch League, it’s clear that Overwatch is here to stay.

Written by Evan Buck

In a year of amazing multiplayer releases, Battlefield 1 was something truly special. DICE decided it was going to go away from modern day warfare and visit a time that has rarely been visited, the first World War. Good multiplayer modes have to be fun, engaging, and have a reason to keep players coming back to it. Battlefield 1 has all of these and then some! Battlefield 1 offers great variety from the weapons and classes, to the maps and game modes. It takes the great Battlefield formula and improves on it, and by utilizing the setting of World War I, while still somehow making it feel fresh and new.

Written by John Murray

I can’t resist appropriating a very “2016” phrase to describe this game: Titanfall 2 made reflex shooters great again. With fluid, fast movement and shooting mechanics on par with the Activision juggernaut’s own, the original game figured out all of the important bits but couldn’t quite figure out how to keep players interested beyond their first twenty hours. Aside from an unfortunately timed launch that has kept the player base relatively small, Titanfall 2 corrects all of its predecessor’s mistakes and delivers a multiplayer experience that feels just as revolutionary as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare did almost ten years ago. Titanfall 2 is chock-full of great ideas, all of which are executed on to near perfection. Networks and Happy Hour incentivize daily logins and social interaction, the ability to regenerate individual weapons and Titans adds an extra level of progression that makes every match feel more meaningful, and replacing XP with a merit system gets rid of most of the upper-level grind. Respawn is also doing a bang-up job supporting the game, with a new map and a handful of meaningful balance changes already added post-release, and a promise to support the game well into the next year with new maps and other content that will be available free of charge (aside from some premium cosmetic items). Put simply, you owe it to yourself to give Titanfall 2 a try.

Written by Sam Young

Runners-Up: Dark Souls 3, Destiny: Rise Of Iron, DOOM, Pokémon Go, Pokémon Sun/Moon, Street Fighter V, Tom Clancy’s The Division.

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