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Did you overlook these gaming gems in 2016?

by JOSH HAWKINS on January 08, 2017 12:54 AM

2016 was a great year of video games. I mean, really, really great. We saw exceptional releases like “Final Fantasy XV,” “The Last Guardian,” “Doom” and “Civilization 6.”

We had our hearts broken, our faith in humanity rekindled, and even took a trip or two to hell to set things right in the world. In fact, there were a lot of great games that may have been overlooked in the bustle of the year’s best lists. Here are a few that are absolutely worth checking out.


While my original review for “Firewatch” pointed out some issues I had with the game, that doesn’t change the fact that it is easily one of my favorite games of the year. The beautiful scenery, the intriguing story and the use of the radio as your only form of communication really helped drive Henry and Delilah’s story home. It wasn’t perfect — no game truly is — but as far as overlooked gems go, this one is definitely worth your time and money.


“Tyranny” wasn’t as great a game as “Pillars of Eternity.” At least, not to me it wasn’t. It was still an outstanding tale set within a beautifully crafted classic RPG, though, and for that it gets my seal of approval. If you want something that’s going to twist your gut and keep you guessing, then “Tyranny” is a game worth checking out, especially if you love games like “Baldur’s Gate” and “Pillars of Eternity.”

‘House of the Dying Sun’

“House of the Dying Sun” is one of the greatest space-flight games I’ve ever gotten to play, and I’ve logged many an hour behind the controls of my ship, fighting off droves of the heretical enemies who were responsible for turning my life upside down. If you want a minimalistic look with excellent flight controls, and an even more excellent virtual reality mode, then “House of the Dying Sun” is worth picking up and playing. It was also made by a Shacker, so there’s that too.

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