Vidjagame Apocalypse 195 – Our Top 10 Games of 2016

2016 has been a shit year. We won’t miss it. But it’s nevertheless given us some amazing games, some of which we’ve been waiting on for years. After a couple of rounds of intense voting, we’ve come up with our 10 favorites, and assembled an all-star cast of hosts to talk about them, including Bob Mackey, Henry Gilbert, Nathan Ortega, Michael Grimm, and Brett Elston in addition to the regular crew. It’s a long’un, so strap in and find out if your favorites made the cut while we lumber toward a (hopefully) happier New Year.

Question of the Week

What’s your personal Game of the Year?
(Yep, it’s the same question as last week, so head over to the pre-existing forum thread to answer, or let us know in the comments below!)



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Kingdom Hearts III
Yakuza 0
Red Dead Redemption 2
Persona 5
Mass Effect Andromeda Deluxe Edition
Halo Wars 2
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Death Stranding
Final Fantasy VII Remake

11 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse 195 – Our Top 10 Games of 2016

  1. Thanks for another great year of gaming podcasts, Mikel and everyone else who contributes to this weekly endeavour. I’m glad to still have a constant connection to the video game world, even when there’s times I’d rather avoid the entire section of the internet that discusses games because of unfounded madness. Here’s to a better 2017 and another year of VGA.

    Curious to hear what everyone’s GOTY is, I’m sure there’ll be a nice variety from this group.

    1. Seconded. I’ve been listening to all you guys since the TDar days (so long ago now you could do a 302010 episode on it) and I’m ever appreciative of your efforts and to still have a video game podcast from you; funny, varied and informative (I rarely follow game news outside this show). Here’s to a hopefully better 2017!

  2. Is it weird that I started cherring out loud when I heard cleopatra? (Sorry people on the bus…)
    Since none of you guys really talked about it through the year, I figured it would be forgotten.

  3. Overwatch is every single thing I hate about modern gaming.

    Online only.

    Pay to win.

    Tons of dlc gouging the players.

    It absolutely typifies everything wrong with modern gaming.

    1. Sounds like you’re confused. The only buyable upgrades in Overwatch are completely cosmetic, and you unlock them for free at a pretty regular pace. Also, every update, new mode, and new character has been a free update. It’s online-only, but that’s kind of the point.

  4. Pokemon Sun and Moon felt like the kind of refreshment the series desperately needed. At first, I really hated the idea of their being no gyms, but it really let the developers build a more interesting and cohesive world. I was really sad to see the story of X and Y go back to being so lacking in depth after the fantastic story in Black/White, so I was happy to see that Sun and Moon took the story to some darker places while still being kid friendly. Finally, Team Skull is simply the best.

  5. *Minor spoilers*

    Firewatch, without a doubt.

    The game was released a few weeks after my boyfriend left me, so the idea of fleeing to the woods and making a connection with another lost soul seemed desperately appealing. Though his situation was very different than my own, I couldn’t help but become Henry. Alone in an unfamiliar environment, his only lifeline was a voice on the other end of a short wave radio. This relationship with Delilah becomes increasingly personal while remaining ever distant. Resigned that his home life won’t improve, he’s ready to move forward. yet the opportunity never arises. Something is always tying him to the past. As the game ends, you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that the life you once knew can never return, and the future you’ve come to envision will remain out of reach until you’ve dealt with your past. Presented with a choice, do you continue on to an uncertain future or give up and succumb to the rapidly approaching flames?

    In the end, Firewatch felt painfully real. Henry ends up in the same place he began. There are problems left unaddressed, mysteries left unanswered, relationships that lead nowhere. That’s life. More than any other game this year, Firewatch felt personal. I’ve completed it at least half a dozen times. For being both achingly beautiful and heartrendingly painful, Firewatch is my game of the year, bar none.

  6. Final Fantasy XV. It’s the first fancy new game I’ve bought in a long time. Had to get something to check out our 4K TV action, and this definitely did just that. I’m not too far into the game because my wife hogs the game and TV to herself while I play Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon on my new New 3DS Christmas present. It’s pretty sweet so far though. Since I live in the recent past, however, I think that Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon is my game of MY year.

  7. Doom! I mean come on, wtf is totally GoTY worthy.

    “Overwatch has such a big online community on Tumbler blah blah and I’ve never really seen that before blah blah.” Bioware much?

    Also you need to be frustrated in The Last Guardian, that’s part of the game. Stop, please stop. It was good to hear Brett on BT totally dismiss such an idiotic notion.

  8. > Playing Trico when I listened to this first
    > Skip the Trico section
    > come back to listen today
    > Chris: “like Matthew Mcconaughey watching his family in Interstellar”

    I love you Chris Antista, I love you so much, I’ll follow you anywhere

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