- Pokémon Black Version 2
- The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
- Yoshi's Island
f you’re looking for 2016’s Most Epic Hardcore Platformer of the Year (there has to be some sort of award like that floating around) you might want to search elsewhere, but only because Shiny is attempting something that a lot of platformers don’t do any more. It shows that games can play like old, look like new, and be just fine while doing so. If you’re ever looking for a quick and fun platformer experience with a large dose of art, and even more heart, look no further than Shiny.
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse offers the full package not only in terms of 3DS games, but when it terms of JRPGs in their entirety. Armageddon may be something that you would normally want to avoid, but I can guarantee that this is the one end-of-the-world event that you’ll want to be in the very center of.
Not surprisingly, this shining example of a visual novel manages to set the bar for others in its genre even after all of these years. With an enthralling storyline, diverse cast of characters, and the ability to actively shape the story’s outcome, Steins;Gate continues to come out on top.
Gal Gun: Double Peace is a lewd, shallow rail shooter focused primarily on providing as much fan service to its players as possible in a manner that almost crosses the line in several different ways. Would you like to know what else it is, though? It’s fun. It’s legitimately fun. It knew exactly what it wanted to become, and it did so without feeling the need to dance around certain topics or censor anything.
Xanadu Next may be a little dated in today’s terms, but that didn’t stop it from being an enjoyable experience for me in the slightest. Despite already having over 10 years on its track record, Xanadu Next still managed to provide a very engaging and entertaining experience that never once let me down.
The Fate series itself is a combination of strange things end up being cohesive, and this game is no exception to that rule. Fate/EXTELLA the took series in a new direction thanks to an dramatic witch in game genres and, if you ask me, it ended up paying off thanks to a solid combat system, good amount of character depth, and surprisingly large amount of story content.
Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey provides a great example of how a game can provide an entirely fresh experience merely by shifting around the mechanics that it already had, as opposed to piling on new ones.
I wanted to love Rain World, I really did, but in the end I couldn’t. Although it starts out strong, and boasts a variety of unique gameplay features, it ends up coming out a bit muddled due to the abusive limits it places on players and overbearing confusion.
So long as you can accept your good with a little bit of less-than-good (I don’t even consider anything to be “bad”), then Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku is a free-spirited (literally!) and fun romp through Japan’s spirit world.
All-in-all, Koei Tecmo and Omega Force did an excellent job with Warriors All-Stars. It may have its minor downfalls, such as a slightly decreased difficulty level and overall lack of territory battles, but it more than makes up for it with its fun and addictive gameplay, and phenomenal renditions of some of Koei Tecmo’s most beloved IPs.