It's time once again for the indomitable staff here at Push Square to share their own personal Game of the Year picks. Every year, we herd our writers together and force them to spill their opinions on their five favourite games of the last 12 months. Usually, this involves poking them with a stick until they come clean. Below, you'll find the personal PlayStation picks of reviewer Liam Croft.
Fifth Choice: Titanfall 2
Let's kick this off with my biggest surprise of the year; Titanfall 2's campaign is absolutely sensational. With top-notch gunplay, exhilarating battles as both a pilot and in the titan BT 7274, and a movement system that puts previous Call of Duty titles to shame, Titanfall 2 has all its bases covered. But it's what you're not expecting that makes this one memorable, and John Cooper's trip through planet Typhon delivers this in truckloads. Along with a comprehensive multiplayer offering, Titanfall 2 ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a quality first-person shooter title.
Fourth Place: The Last Guardian
The moments when The Last Guardian shine deserve a higher place on this list. Trico is stunning, the world is beautiful, and the relationship between the boy and pet is second to none, but unfortunately, a few too many niggling problems held me back from placing this adventure any further up my list. What can be one of the most incredible games I've ever played can also in be one of the most frustrating. Wonky controls, poorly explained commands, and a terrible camera held me back from truly loving The Last Guardian.
Third Place: Inside
Inside is the greatest independent game I have ever played. As a follow up to 2010's Limbo, Inside builds on everything its predecessor manufactured and then cranks it up tenfold. And while the entire three hour experience is memorable, it's the final 20 minutes that will stick with me forever. My face was a picture, mouth aghast as I could not quite comprehend what was happening on screen. You need to experience this one yourself.
Second Place: DOOM
I cannot think of a game I had more fun with in 2016 than DOOM. This fast-paced first-person shooter has raised the bar for the genre as its level design, gunplay, and pure fun factor are simply unmatched by anything released this year or even this generation. If you're looking to pistol whip a horde of fearsome demons and then shotgun blast every single one of their heads off, make sure DOOM is at the top of your Christmas list.
First Choice: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
It was never going to be anything else, was it? Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is the crowning achievement of the Uncharted series, and the best game currently available on the PlayStation 4. From its phenomenal gameplay, lush environments, and remarkable cast of characters, Naughty Dog has once again proven why it' the best in the business. This is the pinnacle of gaming.
What do you think of John's personal picks? Are there any games on this list that would make it into your own top five? Spill your own opinions in the comments section below.