Ground Punch’s Best of 2016 – Game Awards

In an always-connected world, sometimes there is nothing better than shutting the world out and sitting down to enjoy a great video game all by yourself. The single player games below are simple must-haves.

The single player in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is really the standard to which all narrative games should be judged. It is not a game that relies on its gameplay mechanics to hook you, but rather its superb character relations and development. Furthermore, it captures the vibe of being a happy-go-lucky adventurer – a la Indiana Jones – unlike any other game. The action set-pieces are beyond fantastic and are some of the most nerve-wracking and adrenaline pumping moments in gaming. In my opinion, this is the best Uncharted game of the series. Additionally, I really liked the fact that there’s no supernatural twist: it’s just a good old-fashioned treasure hunt. Overall, I thought the pacing and character development throughout this game were among the best I’ve seen, and as such, it is absolutely worth every gamer’s time.

Written by Nikhil Chowdri

DOOM is arguably the best FPS campaign of the last decade, and I don’t say that lightly. I honestly didn’t think this kind of game could work in 2016, but somehow, id Software managed to strike the perfect balance between old-school mechanics and modern gameplay hooks, pairing quick movement and relatively simplistic gunplay with frenetic, varied combat encounters, and beautiful, secret-rich environments, that are as fun to traverse as they are to look at. The writing manages to keep a light, humorous tone without ever resorting to cheap Duke Nukem-esque winks and nods, and the game nails its heavy metal aesthetic with a rocking soundtrack and top-notch art design.

Written by Sam Young


The Last Guardian is one of the best single player experiences this year, mostly because of your lovable companion named Trico. Trico is a bird/dog-like creature that becomes one of the best companions I have ever had in a video game, but that isn’t the only thing that makes for a great single player experience. The Last Guardian is also fun to play, has a great story, and great mechanics going for it. This game is a once in a lifetime experience and by far one of the best single player experiences on offer this year.

Written by John Murray

Runners-Up: Batman A Telltate Series, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Dark Souls 3, Final Fantasy XV, Hyper Light Drifter, I Am Setsuna, Inside, Pokémon Sun/Moon, Severed, Titanfall 2, WATCH_DOGS 2, The Witness.

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