NikePhelps’ Favorite Games of 2016

What’s popping guys it’s NikePhelps here and I’m bringing you my top 5 favorite games of 2016 that I personally played. Since I am still introducing myself to you I thought it’d be appropriate for me to let you know the type of games I like to play and what grabs my attention. Now, this isn’t the full scope of everything I got my hands on last year as I play games from a lot of different genres but these are the games that I definitely had the most fun with and had me craving for more.

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine– Action RPG

So, I’m going to come clean right off the bat, even though I absolutely loved playing the Blood and Wine DLC for the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, this was mainly an excuse to include one of the greatest games I’ve ever played on the list since the base game actually released in 2015. For those who aren’t hip, The Witcher 3 continues the story of badass Witcher, Geralt, on his journey to stop the wild hunt and find his protégé, Ciri. If you know about the game, then you know it’s first one of the biggest games ever made in terms of content. The story is rich with lore and the visuals are stunning. Before I played The Witcher 3, I wasn’t a huge fan of games set in high fantasy. Please don’t ask why because I won’t have a proper answer for you but yeah they never stuck with me. Until this game. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent into the game slaying beasts and doing endless side quests across the land taking me months to complete and I didn’t even 100% the game. That’s a task for the determined and I’m not at that level. This is a must play if you haven’t already picked it up.

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It’s real in Velen

 

Dark Souls 3– Action RPG

If you played any of the games in the Souls/Bloodborne series, then you know this can be a bitch to play. Very brutal and unforgiving but nothing beats the feeling of defeating your first real boss and realizing that you accomplish anything in the game even if it takes 50 attempts. Now, this was my first official Souls game but I was introduced to the brutal games that From Software creates with Bloodborne. I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to figure out how to tackle the game and it nearly ended me but I persevered and it was glorious. With Dark Souls 3, it sunk its hooks in me the minute I stepped into the world of Lothric. Filled with enemies who won’t hesitate to knock your block off as soon as they get a hint of your presence, Dark Souls excels at forcing you to learn the game. But once you get the hang of it, though, get ready for an adventure that is sure to challenge you but it’ll be worth it in the end.

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Pontiff Sulyvahn there is a special place in hell for you buddy

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End– Action Adventure

What can I say about Nathan Drake that hasn’t already been discussed? This is “supposedly” his last adventure but man was it an adventure! The game seemed like the greatest hits of all the previous titles in one. First, Nadine and his brother Sam (voiced by the amazing Laura Bailey and Troy Baker respectively) were awesome. I won’t spoil the story for those who have yet to play it (what are you waiting for?) but all the characters are amazing in their roles. The introduction of Sam gives Nathan’s story another layer of depth that we haven’t seen in the previous games and makes him that much more memorable. The Uncharted titles always provide a wonderful adventure, stunning visuals, and great gameplay mechanics and the latest installment does all three to near perfection. If you need a great Indiana Jones style adventure to sink your teeth into, then first I suggest playing the first 3 titles and then pick up Uncharted 4.

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That brotherly love

Gears of War 4– Third-Person Shooter

I remember back in 2006 I was just enamored with my Xbox 360. It was the first game console I had ever bought with my own money (a story for another day) and I couldn’t get enough of it. It’s still probably my favorite console of all time. Anyway, when I heard Gary Jules singing Mad World over a haunting trailer that showed my man Marcus Fenix running through a crumbling town only to be met by enormous, hideous beasts, I knew I had to have the game. Fast forward 10 years and now a new team of heroes are tackling a new threat. Marcus Fenix’s son, JD, is leading this new team with some old characters, like Marcus, making a return for nostalgia sake. There was a little skepticism when the game was announced because this is the first mainline title that wasn’t developed by Epic Games. Coalition did a fantastic job though bringing gamers a new cast of characters and new enemies while still holding on to that Gears of War charm. I can’t wait for Gears 5.

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War Ready!

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided– Action Stealth RPG

The original Deus Ex came out in 2000 on PC and back then (and now honestly) I wasn’t rocking with playing games on PC so I didn’t really hear about Deus Ex until Human Revolution was announced. When I saw the E3 trailer of Adam Jensen with his robotic arms looking crazy but in a cool way, I had to grab it. I copped it on PS3 but the game was terrible. Now I know that there are some out there who were fans and, more power to you, but I know one thing the controls were cheeks. I put maybe a good hour in before I took it back to the store. Needless to say, I was skeptical of another Deus Ex. But I saw the gameplay trailer (trailers are very powerful) and it looked like they solved the issues I was having with the last installment. I could give them one last chance. Damn did it pay off. Now, I’m not going to hold you up, the game felt a little too short for my liking. I looked up the average length of the campaign and it was about 14 hours which is a cool time but it didn’t feel like that to me. But the game felt great. The game tighter mechanics which I appreciated and I really liked the makeup of the map and how every area was connected. Speaking of that, it was a lot of things popping off in such a confined area but games right.

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Adam always has the drop on you

Well, I have shared with you my favorite games of 2016 but let me hear yours. Let me know in the comments.

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