It somehow feels like SUPERHOT has always existed. It somehow feels as though it only came out as recently as last year. Perhaps that’s a testament to how thoroughly it has permeated our collective gaming memories. Now, three years on from its release, it is the iconic title we all knew that it would be. The stylish visuals, clever mechanics (“Time moves when you move!”), and ever-increasing challenges of its levels have made a lasting impression and a combination that is hard to put down. The follow-up, SUPERHOT VR became what many consider to be the gold standard for VR games. To say that it has been successful would be an understatement. Given its legacy on PC, the release of SUPERHOT on Switch may at first seem superfluous (“SUPERFLUOUS”?), but in reality it is an earnest port that makes a whole lot of sense for the platform, and more importantly feels right at home.
This year Rex decided to be different and call his list the “Favorite Games of 2016”, but honestly, there are 10 games here and some honorable mentions. Why isn’t it a “Top 10 Games of 2016” list like everyone else? I’ll never know. But what I do know, is that Rex has played a healthy amount of games this year, and distilling those games to get these results onto this list couldn’t have been easy.
To say that 2016 has been an interesting year would be a drastic understatement. The year has put us through our paces, bringing with it an unrelenting series of cultural events great and terrible that are sure to leave a lasting mark for decades to come. If the year’s events were a sine wave, both its frequency and amplitude would stand out amongst those of other recent years. Happily, I’d say that most of the big things to hit the gaming scene in 2016 were perched atop the peaks of those waves. It feels like those of us in the gaming community say this every year, but it truly has never been a better time to be a gamer. We’ve had some really excellent titles to sink our teeth into, a surprising number of which were deliveries on development promises that have been keeping us hungry for over five or even as much as ten years.
Klein has actually had more time for games this year, and has rounded-up a powerful Top 10 Games he’s played in 2016. Yes, a few of them are from his 2015 list, but that doesn’t mean those games haven’t done something worthwhile to earn a place onto this year’s list – though, there sure is a lot of shooting on this list.