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It's a busy time of year for everyone, but New Years is right around the corner (good riddance) and that means it's time to talk about video games! Take a few minutes away from the holiday rush and join me by the cozy fire below in discussing the best and worst games of 2016. To start us off I'll share my top 5 games of the year. It's actually quite difficult for me to narrow it down to 5 since I played more games this year than I usually do but here's what I've got (in sort-of no particular order): - The Witness (probably my overall GOTY) - The Witness is the best puzzle game I've ever played; it's a game that really sparks your interest early on and continues to captivate you to the end. The puzzle design is brilliant and starts off very friendly to beginners but frequently challenges you to think in new and creative ways. The environment design is both peacefully picturesque and deviously clever. The Witness is very good about leading you through everything it has to offer without ever pulling your arm. There's plenty to explore on your own, and the secrets to discover feel genuinely rewarding. You'll feel smart, you'll feel intrigued, and you'll feel surprised. You'll feel frustrated every once in a while - puzzles can be hard sometimes - but at the end, you'll feel very satisfied. - INSIDE - Talk about a game that sticks with you! INSIDE is a prime example that video games can be powerful forms of art and even inspire horror in ways that other forms of media can't. Everything about this game is so perfectly crafted, and it's truly an experience to behold. The puzzles aren't anything special, but that's not the focus of the game at all, and overall it shines incredibly in all of the places it wants to. INSIDE is on sale for $14 on Steam until January 2nd and I encourage you to try it out. You're really missing out on something special if you don't. - Fire Emblem Fates - FE Fates was on my GOTY list last year when I played the Japanese version and it's holding its spot on my list this year for the US release. It's a damn good strategy RPG just like FE Awakening and has a ton of replayability in its multiple storylines. Fates improved on a lot of things from other FE and introduces some cool new features as well, and it has some pretty rad Amiibo support too. The characters are fun, the story is engaging, and the gameplay is tight. It's easily one of my favorite games for the 3DS. - Kirby Planet Robobot - This game reminded me why I fell in love with Kirby games as a kid. It's been a while since I played a really fresh Kirby game but this one pulled me in deep. The Robobot feature is awesome and really adds some depth to the gameplay in ways that past Kirby gimmicks have really failed. On top of that the music is amazing and the story has some surprising depth if you're willing to dig a little bit for it. It isn't very long, but it offers the usual Arena and Meta Nightmare modes which are fun challenges if you want more out of it. - Overwatch - I didn't spend much time with Overwatch but I can't even imagine making a GOTY list without this game on it. I'm not even a fan of Blizzard but this game is incredible. The characters are all unique and fascinating in their own ways, from both a narrative and technical standpoint. The gameplay is simple enough that new players will pick a favorite character and have a lot of fun with them, but experienced players can find deeper engagement through learning and strategizing using every character. And the whole thing is designed so nicely to make sure that you as a player are completely aware of what's going on around you so you can feel smart making decisions. Blizzard knew exactly what they wanted with this game and they knocked it out of the park. Other games are going to look to Overwatch for inspiration and design for years to come. Honorable mentions for me include: - Owlboy - Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE - Hyper Light Drifter - SUPERHOT - VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action Here's a list of games from 2016 if you need to refresh your memory: https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/5eiezv/2016_end_of_year_discussions_coming_soon/dacmmsn/ Now share your thoughts! By the way don't forget to vote in Morg's forum awards if you want your voice to be heard! http://forums.thebehemoth.com/topic/18294-the-behemoth-awards-2016/
For some reason, the poll feature seems to be missing. I set up Strawpolls in the meantime. Yep! It's happening again. I thought maybe with another awards thread, new members could be inspired to join and make the forum a more active and memorable experience... maybe even get an award next year. But no promises here. I'm not a time traveler or a fortune teller. Anyways, here are your categories this year: Decide who this award goes to here! Newcomer of the Year is an award given to users that joined the ranks within the current year that make the forum better, whether it's making fun new games in the Forum Games subcategory or helping someone out with their problems in a really tough game of crossword. Don't ask me why that specifically. Decide who this award goes to here! This award is given to the moderator who has made the biggest impact on the forums. You gotta give these guys credit, it's not easy keeping an eye on this site at all times! Decide what game this award goes to here! Ah yes, the ever so delightful Game of the Year award. This award is given to any game that was released in 2016 that everyone here really likes to play! It can be anything! It can even be a board game! Yes, a BOARD GAME! My favorite kind of board games are the ones made from actual boards... just be careful not to get splinters. Decide what song this award goes to here! Now this one may be a little strange, but bear with me for a second. Don't get grizzly... ahem. This award goes to a song that people here have listened to again and again! As long as it was made in 2016, anything goes. Decide who this award goes to here! And finally, the all-important User of the Year award. It's yellow like gold, so you know it's very important! This shiny award is given to any user who has done their best to make Behemoth Forums great again, and, er, trump over the bad things here that may hide in the corners. Like dust bunnies! They aren't as cute as white bunnies. They make my nose feel gross. Also, Scaler193 isn't allowed to get this one... unless he asks very nicely. Then maybe I'll consider it. With the power of your votes, you can decide who gets which award! It's great! The final results will be up on December 31st. Awards will be given to the winners near the beginning of January.
Thats right folks it the 2015 TBF Annual Awards. This year I calculated all the votes and it came to a very clear desicion. Scaler193 won them all, besides the moderator one Sushi can have that as a bribe for the future. Better luck next year everyone! Hopefully the two time champ wont sneak up and steal the show for a third time on ya
Original Post Okay, since this year's awards have been slightly off-track for their course, I'm taking over to get the last couple of voting rounds complete. Thanks to Cat Guard for his hard work up until now! (-Chris) New Schedule for Voting: Jan 9th - Jan 12th: Voting round to limit every category to 5 nominees Jan 13th - Jan 16th: Final voting (to be submitted via PM) Jan 17th: Announcement of Winners! Here is the (slightly updated) awards list: Voting is now over! Thank you to everyone who voted! Your 2014 Award Winners are: Congrats to all the award winners (and thank you for the Mod of the Year award )! Hopefully we see even more enthusiasm during next year's awards. Thanks again to everybody who nominated, all the nominees, everybody who voted, and (of course) the award winners!