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Here are the best video games of 2016

2016 saw a year of games that padded the libraries of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you own one of those consoles, here are the titles you should absolutely check out.

Jeff Bakalar
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1 of 12 Playdead

Inside

Inside is a brilliant work of dark fiction that creates at atmosphere that tells a twisted and engaging story. It's smart, bizarre and one the finest gaming experiences of the year.

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2 of 12 Team ICO/SIE

The Last Guardian

After 10 years of on-and-off development, controversy and who knows what else, The Last Guardian finally made its way to the PlayStation 4. While some technical glitches are present, The Last Guardian is still a fantastic experience and one of the best PS4 exclusives for 2016.

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3 of 12 Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch

Overwatch's runaway success can be attributed to an excellent cast of memorable characters, impressive game balancing and the nonstop addictive nature of the game's superb online multiplayer.

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4 of 12 Superhot Team

Superhot

Superhot was a great independent title for PC that utilized a unique art and play style where time only passes when your character moves. Combine that with a really engaging story, and Superhot was a beautiful departure from the regular gaming grind.

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5 of 12 Respawn Entertainment

Titanfall 2

The original Titanfall didn't have a campaign at all, but the one in Titanfall 2 actually outshines the multiplayer experience. In fact, it's one of this year's best shooters. Go figure.

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6 of 12 Naughty Dog

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is a spectacular send-off that celebrates the franchise all while delivering superb storytelling, acting, production values -- you name it. If you own a PS4, it doesn't get much better than this.

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7 of 12 Thekla Inc.

The Witness

From the mind that brought us 2008's Braid, Jonathan Blow's The Witness is a strange and intoxicating first-person exploration puzzle game that leaves you isolated on an island. It's up to you to decide how to move on, solving peculiar mazes and discovering the story of the world along the way.

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8 of 12 Arkane Studios

Dishonored 2

Dishonored 2 feels like a near-perfect update to the original game, pushing the limits of this excellent stealth-action series even further.

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9 of 12 id Software/Bethesda

Doom

Doom's campaign is actually what you'd want from a proper reboot of the series: a nonstop gorefest featuring ultrasatisfying gameplay and above else, just plain fun.

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10 of 12 Square Enix

Final Fantasy XV

Another game on our list that sat in development for about a decade, Final Fantasy XV has proved it was worth the wait.

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11 of 12 Campo Santo

Firewatch

Picturesque and mysterious, Firewatch brings a fantastic narrative that's a pleasure to experience and includes some of the best voice acting performances of the year.

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12 of 12 Microsoft Studios

Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon 3 is the best game in the franchise's history. This open-world racer features gorgeous environments and a super-satisfying amount of diverse driving action.

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