Hello everyone fighter xaos here, and before this year ends I would like to share my Top 10 games of the year that were only on PlayStation hardware. This consist of both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita, but mainly the PlayStation 4. If one missed it, I already counted down the Top 10 multi-platform games of 2016 with my fellow Geek Fighter, 16BitJeff, on an episode of the Ikaricast Classic. Here’s the link to that episode featured on Hero Club! Now, without further ado here are my Top 10 PlayStation games of 2016 that were released in the U.S. for the year!
10. Ratchet and Clank
While perhaps not the greatest game in the franchise, Ratchet and Clank still can holds its own as a fun platformer. The controls are still smooth and the story is still entertaining. It is something that consoles that aren’t Nintendo can use more of, and it seems Sony is still willing to give the genre another home as well as the upcoming Crash Bandicoot remake package.
9. Mother Russia Bleeds
If there’s something I love it is a good old fashioned “beat ’em up” game. Now, as a big fan of Streets of Rage, Final Fight, and Double Dragon this just screamed out to me as one I had to play. This game plays well, and adds enough of its own flavor via the setting and game mechanics to have it stand out among the previously mentioned pioneers in the genre. It also had a decent soundtrack. Though I must admit I feel like “retro style pixel” games are saturating the indie market these days, but this one does enough to garner my attention and make me love the throwback to the old days of the “beat ’em up” genre.
8. Digimon Story : Cyber Sleuth – PS4/PS Vita
I am aware this game technically release last year, but that was in Japan and not anywhere else. It was not until 2016, where it would be released here in the west, so it counts in my book. This game was a surprise because it made me feel like I was playing a Shin Megami Tensei game set in the Digimon universe. Which that would not be a crazy claim because the character designer is Suzuhito Yasuda who worked on Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. Another part of the surprise was that before this year, there were not any Japanese RPGs that I was looking forward to, or that caught my interest. This year changed my perspective for modern Japanese RPGs and this game was the one that started the change for me.
7. Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator – PS4
Guilty Gear Xrd Sign came out last year, but this is such an improvement and has so much more content including a story that follows on Sign’s story, where it could be argued that this is a sequel. The game features a unique and absolutely eye-catching art style with 3D character models that almost look like high res pixels, but when one takes a closer look one realizes they’re actually polygonal 3D character models. The gameplay is as deep as any other Guilty Gear with all kinds of systems and cancels, along with plenty of game modes as well as new characters to play with. It is one of the better fighters this year, and definitely worth spending the money on.
6. God Eater 2 Rage Burst – PS4/PS Vita
Exclusive to PlayStation consoles God Eater Rage 2 Rage Burst, is game for those who love to hunt monsters, but don’t have a Nintendo console. I would even claim it is worht contender to be Monster Hunter’s rival. It features an interesting story and cool characters which have their own chamrs separating the game from other similar games. It plays extremely well too.
5. The Last Guardian
A game plagued by development issues, and even then seems to have a few issues on the standard PS4 as opposed to the PS4 Pro. Despite its issues it has the artistic merit, maintains to be different, and feature solid gameplay that justifies it as a worth purchase.
4. World of Final Fantasy – PS4/PS Vita
Another game that turned me around on the Japanese RPG was World of Final Fantasy. I remember when it was revealed that there was quite an uproar that this game was too “cute”, mainly from certain people who think that being an adult means only being able to enjoy games that are “dark” or “gritty”. Now, yes this game is cute, but it is an awesome throwback to classic Final Fantasy games with old characters, and an old school battle system. This game is a ton of fun and personally I have no problem with the cuteness, so this game goes high up on this list.
3. Dragon Quest Builders – PS4/PS Vita
At first glance this game can be seen as just another Minecraft cash-grab in set in the Dragon Quest universe. However this game is a lot more than that! The building in this game is simplistic and satisfying and the classic Akira Toriyama art style just adds much more appeal to it.
2. King of Fighters XIV
This game got a ton of flack for its sub par graphics, but I truly believe this game is much more of a value as a fighting game than Street Fighter V. While I do believe that consoles should not skimp on power so as not to limit games, something I wish Nintendo wouldn’t do in favor of its gimmicks, I also believe that graphics aren’t everything. Basically that the power should be there but it shouldn’t be necessary in a game. This game brings an arcade mode with stories for each team, 50+ characters, with different offline and online modes. This game is my favorite fighting game this year and on top of that it will receive a major patch in January that will make the graphics better.
1. Uncharted 4
This game may have not been what everyone was expecting but Naughty Dog knocked it out of the park. The writing in this game was honestly some of the most enjoyable, as Nathan and his brother Sam along with the other characters have great character interactions that feel very fleshed out. The story is simply great, though it is different from the previous games. The ending was very satisfying, and felt like a good send off to the franchise. Though, it seems there are still Uncharted games being made, though not necessarily with Nathan Drake as our protagonist.
The game also features a robust multiplayer that not only features tons of customization, different gameplay modes and 60 frames per second animation. There are always more and more being added to the game over time as well. The newest addition being a new mode called Survival where one can play with friends, or alone against hordes of enemies. With it’s tons of multiplayer modes and great as always single player story, Uncharted 4 makes the top of my personal list for top Sony exclusives in 2016…
Now, who agrees or disagrees with my list? Hit me up here in the comments below, or over on Twitter! Do not forget one can always check me out on the Ikaricast Classic featured here on Hero Club!