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 moderator Victor Nowogurski.
Fifth Choice: Stardew Valley
This one might be cheating a bit, since at the time of writing this the game has yet to be released on PS4, but I've put a good amount of time into this one on PC, and expect to do the same on Sony's console. So, what can I say that hasn't been said about this game? It takes what I loved about older Harvest Moon games and expands upon it. No longer am I just building a farm and meeting people, but I can explore caves, fish, and so much more. With so much variety, I could easily play this game for hours on end - it's that good.
Fourth Choice: Mafia III
One of my most anticipated games of 2016, Mafia III had some of the best characters in a game that I played this year. The gameplay may have been repetitive, but the story hooked me right away and kept me hooked throughout. Not only that, but the soundtrack is one of the best out there; the fact that it used licensed songs to make you feel like you were in the 60s made the experience even better.
Third Choice: Far Cry Primal
I know this might be a surprise, especially since I'm not a huge fan of the Far Cry series, but this latest instalment grabbed me like the bite of a sabretooth Tiger. The primal setting was a nice change of pace from modern settings, and the wide open world where I'm free to just explore and not feel rushed was enjoyable. Of course, the primitive weapons and gear help, too. It's one of those games that I can go back to anytime.
Second Choice: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
Let me first say that I never played Call of Duty 4, so I went into Modern Warfare Remastered without any comparison to draw from. Like so many remasters, Raven Studios could have dropped that ball on this, but it exceeded expectations. Being tired of space-future themed FPS, this return to boots-on-the-ground traditional Call of Duty was refreshing. In fact, I've put a lot more hours into this than Infinite Warfare. Plus, with the addition of six new maps for free, I can say this is the best Call of Duty this year.
First Choice: Overwatch
How could Overwatch not be my favourite of 2016? Blizzard has done it again by combining a cast of memorable characters, easy to pick up game mechanics, colourful graphics, and the addictive nature of a team-based shooter. While I don't play Overwatch constantly, I keep coming back to it often enough; what starts out as a few minutes turns into just one more game. Add in free updates that add maps and characters for the life of the game, and it's easy to see how this is my top pick of 2016.
What do you think of Victor'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.