We’re at about the midpoint way through 2016, so we thought it would be fitting to take a look at the highest rated games of the year on Metacritic.
Metascore – PC: 91 | Xbox One: 91 | PS4: 90
Blizzard’s shot at the multiplayer shooter genre has gone down with a bang all platforms. The reason for this shooter’s immediate success is that at its core, Overwatch is a mix of many other very successful things, blended together into a cohesive, glossy, and tight competitive game that looks as gorgeous as it plays.
4. Out of the Park Baseball 17
Metascore – PC: 92
While not a big sport down here in South Africa, baseball is hugely popular in North America and across Asia, so it’s no surprise that there’s a huge love for Out of the Park Baseball 17. Hailed as one of the best sports sims available on the market, Out of the Park Baseball 17 is officially licensed by the MLB, and gives players the chance to start a new career with your favourite 2016 MLB team or span through almost 150 years of baseball history and run any team from the past. You can even set up your own fictional baseball universe or compete in online leagues against other OOTP players.
3. The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine expansion
Metascore – PC: 92 | Xbox One: 93 | PS4: 92
While not necessarily a full game per se, The Witcher 3‘s Blood and Wine DLC expansion is so big and packed full of content, that it’s easy to consider it a full game unto itself. Despite its low price tag, Blood and Wine is a substantial 30-hour expansion filled with memorable moments, tons of quests and a beautiful new world to explore. A must-buy for Witcher 3 players and possibly the winning card that would invest non-Witcher 3 players to embrace the stellar game.
Metascore – Xbox One: 92
Inside is one of the surprise hits of the year on Xbox One, but it should really be coming as no surprise given the pedigree of Playdead Studios, the team behind the 2010’s Limbo. Inside is a puzzle platformer, in which the player controls a young boy that explores a surreal environment presented as a primarily monochromatic, 2.5D game, using only splashes of colour to highlight parts of the environment. The player can make the boy walk, run, swim and use objects in the environment to progress in the game, although you’ll have to harness the ability to possess lifeless bodies to help you solve puzzles. It’s an interesting concept and looks gorgeous in motion.
1. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Metascore – PS4: 92
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End reminds us exactly why we love Naughty Dog’s award-winning action adventure franchise. Uncharted 4‘s personalised story brings the narrative to a heartfelt conclusion that rounds off the character development of Nathan Drake, and marks the end of one of the best franchises of the past two console generations. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a must-play for any PS4 owner.
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