The Games You Probably Missed From 2016
By Matthew Arcilla
Even if we assume that 80% of all video games are garbage, that’s still hundreds of games released every year worth your time. There just isn’t enough time or money to play all the games. Between big releases like Gravity Rush 2 and Yakuza 0 last week and For Honor and Halo Wars 2 next month, you can play all the games you missed last year. Here are the overlooked games of 2016.
Play on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC, Linux, Mac
If Stranger Things hooked its claws into you then Oxenfree is the game for you. Like the aforementioned Netflix series, this mystery adventure wears its influences proudly. You play Alex, a young woman contemplating the future with her friends as they hold a weekend island party. It fuses suburban lawlessness with sci fi thrills, and then drenches it in the chills of a John Carpenter movie, right down to its synth heavy soundtrack.
Stories: Path of Destinies
Play on: Windows PC, PlayStation 4
This game combines the fun of an action RPG with the forking narratives of a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Stories casts you as Reynardo, a swashbuckling fox adventurer fighting against an oppressive Emperor. While most of the action involves thrilling Arkham Asylum-style combat, Reynardo also possesses a magic tome that lets him see the many ways his story could unfold. Through it players are encouraged to experience the over two dozen endings.
Play on: Windows PC, Linux, Mac
When it comes to roleplaying games, no other developer marches to its own beat like Obsidian Entertainment. Tyranny follows up on their critical success with Pillars of Eternity by casting players in the unique role of a Fatebinder, a high ranking agent in an empire of evil. Whether you’re building your character’s backstory or engaging with its deep dialogue trees, choices matter in this game in which evil is the status quo.
Ladykiller in a Bind
Play on: Windows PC, Mac, Linux
This visual novel from pervert auteur Christine Love is about consensual kinky sex. You play a young woman coerced into impersonating your brother on a cruise full of his randy peers. While you avoid being found out, you’re also playing a high stakes popularity contest for the prize of a cool $4 million. Between the BDSM and the manipulation this is one NSFW experience. Wait, why are you playing games at work?