Most Surprising Game of 2016 - Doom
The clear winner of most surprising for Darkstation in 2016 went to Bethesda's latest entry in the Doom franchise. Darkstation was compelled by the quick action and just how well the Doom formula still worked in 2016. Allen had this to say about Doom in 2016, "Calling id's revival a surprise is selling short the shock of just how amazing DOOM was to play right from the start. Unlike DOOM 3, which took a narrative and approach to blasting demon spawn, DOOM does the exact opposite, putting a gun in your hand within the first ten seconds of the game (after ripping a demon in half with your bare hands)."
Most Disappointing Game of 2016 - ReCore
We try to keep things positive here at Darkstation but each year we do like to take a look back on the games we were looking forward to that let us down. In 2016 the game that let down more of Darkstation then any other is ReCore. Jukka wrote our review of ReCore this year and had this to say about the final act, "There's a fine but clear line between challenging and unfair and the developers have not only tripped but tumbled all over it."
Runner-up: Mafia III
Best Multiplayer of 2016 - Overwatch
It's hard to imagine any year having as good of a year of multiplayer offerings then that of 2016. With games like Overwatch, Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, The Division and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. After a fierce round of voting, Blizzard's Overwatch came out on top as Darkstation's best multiplayer game of 2016.
Runner-up: Battlefield 1 & Titanfall 2
Best Single Player of 2016 - Doom
For the second time in our overall awards, we're happy to award the best single player game of 2016 to Doom. Mike had this to say about his love for Doom in 2016, "DOOM is a spectacular success, which expertly blends the new and the old. The campaign is an absolute joy to play from start-to-finish."
Runner-up: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Best Handheld/Mobile Game of 2016: Pokemon Sun / Moon
In 2016 there was a clear winner for best Handheld/Mobile game, and that was the 3DS game, Pokemon Sun / Moon. The latest entry in the Pokemon franchise had most of Darkstation swooning with the combination of things we've loved about past games and new changes to the franchise. This is what Hiram had to say about Pokemon Sun / Moon in his review of the game, "Pokemon Sun and Moon are the most friendly and modern-feeling games the series has put forth in a long time."
Darkstation's Game of the Year 2016: Doom
We've arrived at Darkstation's Game of the Year for 2016. The award goes to Bethesda's Doom. The fast paced action, great story, and consistently surprising single player had us here at Darkstation wanting more. We'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate the incredible developers of Doom on there stunning achievement.
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