Here it is, our 2016 digest!
Our ‘Gamely Digest Certified Game of the Year’ (GDCGOTY) goes to XCOM 2 which is an absolutely brilliant game. There’s now a Long War 2 mod for XCOM 2 which is worth checking out. Battlefield 1 was close second, we’ve been playing it on and off for months. We’ve also got a few more honourable mentions than last year.
Beyond the excellent Total Warhammer (we’ve renamed Total War: Warhammer) we have had a great deal of disappointing Warhammer titles this year. I’m not sure what Games Workshop are playing at. They have an awesome IP and they keep dragging it down with poor games.
Obviously, No Man’s Sky was a big disappointment for a lot of people this year. We almost gave it our “meh” rating but ultimately went with a thumbs down due to the ridiculous price on release.
I don’t want to deal with DLC too much on Gamely Digest but I would just like to mention that both The Witcher 3’s big DLC would have made the list below if we did. Blood and Wine in particular is exceptionally good.
On the news front, Lionhead was sadly shut down by Microsoft. A new System Shock (wtih demo) has been announced. Relic announced Dawn of War 3 and suggested it would have more in common with the 1st - something we’re very excited about as massive fans of Dawn of War. Steam changed their review system for the better and finally added a way for users to filter out games.
This game is beautiful, the graphical upgrade makes XCOM:EU look like an early PlayStation game in comparison. The level of customisation for your soldiers has been raised a level too - some clever people are sharing their favourite action heroes recreated in XCOM garb. I’m really enjoying XCOM 2, if this kind of game interests you, don’t hesitate and just get it now.
We highly recommend Battlefield 1. It’s an excellent multiplayer shooter.
In summary, even with its negatives, Total Warhammer (how it should have been titled) is a bloody brilliant game, I recommend you try it out.
If you have a PlayStation 4 it should probably be compulsory to own or at least have played this game, it really is that good. I strongly recommend you give it a try.
Starbound is like a mix of what No Man’s Sky should hopefully (it wasn’t in the end - if you feel let down by No Man’s Sky GET THIS!) be like and Terraria. It’s fantastic and my favourite game this year so far - highly recommended.
As mentioned in the Q4 2016 digest I’m going to try and do more video reviews, once I get over Nik and my wife’s comment about my boring voice.