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 Simon Fitzgerald.
Fifth Choice: Overcooked
Mayhem! Utter mayhem! This is a great indie couch co-op that gets very heated when played with the family. Shouting, arguing, laughing, and crying, I experienced it all in the wonderfully chaotic kitchens presented to us. This is by far the best fun I've had in years playing a co-op game, and you'll just have to try it out for yourself to understand how enjoyable it really is.
Fourth Choice: The Witness
A puzzling choice you might say, but The Witness was the perfect blend of peaceful environment exploration and intricate, mind-boggling puzzle solving for me. The ingenious puzzle designs were excellently executed and I enjoyed the brain-melting torture so much that I even picked up the Platinum for it. I only wish that I could wipe my memory so I could go back and play it fresh again.
Third Choice: Enter the Gungeon
Enter the Gungeon was totally overlooked by many this year, but not by me. Roguelikes are by far my favourite genres of games, and that's why Enter the Gungeon struck a chord with me. Its challenging combat, old school visuals, and mysteriously charming secrets kept me entertained for hours this year, and with a free update coming soon I'm sure I'll be dodge rolling back into this one in the near future.
Second Choice: Ratchet & Clank
Ratchet & Clank is a charming and refreshing title that I completed with a childish grin on my face from start to finish, over and over and over and over and over again... think you get the idea. I enjoyed this game so much that I played and completed it four times in a row - yes, four times - without playing any other game in between. That's why it takes silver.
First Choice: Overwatch
Overwatch is this year's Rocket League for me; it is an outstanding game to play both alone and with a group of friends. It's my game of the year due to the sheer amount of hours that I've put into it, enjoying every moment. The amount of variety is unmatched in any other FPS that I've played to date, and with the constant support from Blizzard - releasing new characters, modes, and maps - I just can't help but return for more, time and time again.
Has Simon found the perfect top five? Or has he gone completely insane? Are you surprised by the lack of Uncharted 4? As always, let us know in the comments below.