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Mark's Top 5 Games of 2016

After nearly twelve years of reviewing games, I took a six month hiatus from writing about them. I resold my new Oculus Rift without even opening the box and just gave gaming a little lower priority for a while. I picked a great time to jump back in, though, with most of my "year's best" coming out in this past quarter. The list that follows is really in no particular order; I think they're all great and on any given day, any one of them could rise to the top spot.

Mark's Top 5 Games of 2016

Grady's Top 5 Games of 2016

2016 was a year of staggering highs and disappointing lows. There weren't as many standout games as last year by a long shot, but I can genuinely say I've discovered a few new gaming obsessions this year. Though there were only a few, each of the strongest games of the year offered enough variety to make this a rewarding year for videogames overall. However, with games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Persona 5 being pushed into 2017, I think I will remember this as the year of game delays more than anything else. 

Grady's Top 5 Games of 2016

Mike T's Top 5 Games of 2016

2016 saw the release of a number of prominent titles from a variety of genres.  Perhaps most surprisingly, first-person shooters have begun breaking out of their previously-established mold.  Battlefield 1 sought out World War I as a setting in contrast to the increasingly futuristic settings of shooters.  Titanfall 2 built on a strong foundation and stayed committed to its focus on mechs, despite being such a rare sight in western titles.  Even Blizzard took a risk with Overwatch, a MOBA-style first-person shooter.  Finally, DOOM stood out as a brilliantly-crafted blend of the new and old, to the surprise of many.

Mike T's Top 5 Games of 2016