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 the ever-enthusiastic Joey Thurmond.
Fifth Choice: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Bland puzzles and an overemphasis on stealth hurt Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, but there's not much else about it that disappoints. Flawless flow within combat between melee encounters and frenzied platforming make this the most refined distillation of the Uncharted formula, not to mention the reworked shooting controls that are a dream to handle. There's also greater sincerity to the character direction and writing, which demonstrate the developer's increasing maturity to lend more weight to its stories. The gaps between combat scenarios may have also been a bit plodding, but the game never ceased to astonish me with its impeccable motion capture, scale, and graphical fidelity. All in all, Drake's farewell was everything that I expected; a satisfactory farewell to Nathan's antics.
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Fourth Choice: Titanfall 2
EA gave the impression it didn't have confidence in Titanfall 2. However, it is to Titanfall as Assassin's Creed II was to its predecessor: a profoundly superior sequel. The multiplayer has better maps, balancing with Titans and Pilots, and a greater selection of weapons, customisation, and Titans to choose from. However, I haven't scratched the multiplayer much. I've completed the pleasantly surprising campaign. While it can't shake off a generic sci-fi feel, the game's beautifully exotic set-pieces, unexpected twists with out-of-the-box level design, and phenomenal action sequences truly immerse you. The gameplay is acutely sharp and smooth from shooting to movement. The more you play it, the better it gets. By the end, I was craving for more of its epic shootouts and Titan brawls. Titanfall 3 can't drop soon enough.
Third Choice: DOOM
There's no first-person shooter more openly self-indulgent than DOOM. Embracing old school principles of speed, no cover, and little to no reloading or ADS, it's all about killing demons as quickly and enjoyably as possible. Glory Kills and a plethora of weapons seal this fantasy with expertly crafted levels that promote constant movement. An increasing array of demonic species fight off repetitiveness to make combat more tough as you progress, which will demand attentiveness that couldn't be more enthralling. It also has a keen self-awareness of its preposterous premise, but treats it with an ironic seriousness that make its backstory and collectible-laden environments worth exploring. The multiplayer and Snapmap modes are imperfect yet solid complements to the substantial campaign, which in itself marks a classy return for classic first-person shooter design.
Second Choice: Hyper Light Drifter
The environments and pixelated art direction of Hyper Light Drifter are awe-inspiring. This bright, post-apocalyptic neon setting makes for one of the most visually striking games this year, which is further enhanced by a phenomenal score by Disasterpiece and excellent 16-bit sound design. The open world (inspired by The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past) incites rampant curiosity to explore every nook and cranny in the hopes of deciphering the narrative, which is a bit too vague for its own good. The top-down, action-RPG gameplay is like a speedier Bastion, which is a treat with how tightly it's constructed, building upon itself with new abilities, weapons, and upgrades to obtain that make the fast-paced, close quarters combat a thrill. It's a game dripping with style and spunk that I would live through all over again.
First Choice: Overwatch
Overwatch is one of those rare games that hasn't lost an iota of appeal for me since launch. It has a scintillating, diverse cast of characters with all sorts of memorable designs, personalities, and dialogue. Their abilities and unique roles guarantee that no match ever feels the same with endless team compositions and strategies to practice. Most importantly, Blizzard's admirable commitment to balancing, new characters and maps, and so more illustrate its fervour for expanding the game's universe and content. Overwatch isn't just a near-perfect multiplayer shooter – it has united my friends and I for countless nights of shared laughs, cheers, and exhilaration. Even with nights that end in frustration, I always come back to it because the world could always use more heroes... Besides, someone has to be on the payload.
What do you make of Joey Thurmond'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.
And we're off. Great picks, Joey!
The whole staff showing their picks for this year?
@Xaessya Yes, one every day.
Multiplayer only game? Combined with the zealous fanbase that blizard has.. No thanks. I will never play it. Titanfall is on my wish list for this christmas ( and ratchet & flank)
@Sanquine Overwatch is a great game to be fair. But if multiplayer's not your thing, I can understand that. Even as not a big multiplayer fan, I do enjoy it, though!
Uncharted 4 for game of the year, there are no other choice
And I like uncharted 4 stealth, I've played all uncharted 4 on stealth, even reloading checkpoint when I'm discovered by enemy.
Also I don't like multiplayer only game, so no overwatch for me.
Hyper Light Drifter and Doom were inside my top 3 Good picks
Hyper light drifter is fantastic
Nice to see Hyper Light Drifter get a mention! Interesting reading your opinions on the others too as I'm generally not interested in shooters. May end up giving Titanfall 2 a try at some point but Doom and Overwatch hold little interest to me aside from the excellent art direction and character design.
@Sanquine agreed, Blizzard are the Nintendo of Publishers. The games fine but I still have more fun with 2 and a bit year old destiny. The biggest turn off for me was the art style, really don't care about goofy gorillas with zappers.
Joey your an American right? 3 Dudebro shooters in the top 5, that actually marries up. Lol. Great picks, I'm excited for TF2 this Chrimbo and Overwatch and Doom came out at just the wrong time in life for me.
With no TLG on this list, I'm surprised this even made it past @get2sammyb
Haha me and you have almost identical tastes Joey! I haven't played DOOM though, that's the only difference.
@naut I just discredit any list without TLG on it. Nah, it's actually nice, everyone's picked different things!
Uncharted 4..... at FIFTH? HERESY!
Nah just kidding. Joey does love his shooters though, but he seems to have good taste.
Great picks!! Honestly I think Overwatch should be on most GOTY list. It's just offers something unique and different compared the the same old rehashed stuff like UC4, FFXV etc. But hey different strokes for different folks.
Great selection, Joey! I've missed out on a lot of the major shooters this year. I'd love to play Doom and Titanfall 2 to see how they measure up!
@Tasuki old rehashed stuff? A typical dude bro shooter offers something unique.. Sorry, but borderlands for me is more unique than this game
Even though Overwatch isn't my thing, I can't deny the game's greatness. And Doom is a game I'd love to rank in my top 5 but there's just too many others that were better. It was good though, like Wolfenstein before it
@Sanquine Yeah I can see that, but comparing Borderlands and Overwatch is like comparing Mario Kart and Forza. Yeah they are both racing games like Overwatch and Borderlands are both FPS but are different in the sense that one is Story based where the other is arcade.
Looks like a great list to me. Unfortunately I've only played Doom and UC4 so far though. Hopefully will get a good go on the others at some point.
Uncharted 4 is one of the greatest games I've played...but Overwatch oh man...Overwatch is the new League of Legends, it's just addicting, fun, and a great game! My pick for goty is no doubt Overwatch!
What's the rave about Overwatch?
@iSillyBoiJudas What's the rave about Uncharted 4?
I dont really like FPS games, and have bought Overwatch on PC and PS4 and have 800 hours combined. It is without a doubt, game of the year.
i just couldn't get on with overwatch.. i do play a lot of FPS multiplayer, but i just did not connect with it at all.
titanfall is good, but think it's been a tad overrated, its shortcomings being overlooked because of the fluid shooting/movement . wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't a third one, especially if respawn's star wars game is a success. crysis 3 sold much better than TF2, and EA seem to have canned that franchise.
@wiiware I would've liked the stealth if it didn't feel so forced. Just don't think it fits that well with Uncharted as a main gameplay component, and I enjoyed it far less than the shooting sequences since they're so exhilarating when they happen in U4. I enjoy stealth A LOT, but U4 didn't get it quite perfectly. Still! Really loved the game. Second favorite in the series.
@themcnoisy I am American and FPS is my favorite genre. Don't know why, but I do love me some platformers, action, RPGs, etc. Just happened to play a lot of REALLY good shooters this year! One of the best for the genre in quite some time, so that's why they dominate my list. If I'd played more games, I'm sure it would be more diverse! Still need to get around to FFXV, Dishonored 2, The Witness, Dark Souls III, etc.
@get2sammyb Hey, I just finished TLG. It WOULD have been in my list for sure! Probably in the third or fourth slot.
@Tasuki I can see why you'd say U4 has "rehashed stuff," but I'd hardly put FFXV under that category! lol Such a unique JRPG, and I haven't even played it yet! I can just tell from its reception.
@Quintumply Thanks! Yeah, it was a phenomenal year for the FPS. A comeback in a sense!
@Arckadius WHOA, even I don't have half of that amount of time logged into Overwatch! I'd say I have about 100 hours invested into the game. So good!
@leucocyte I think a lot of people overlook T2's bland story and a lot of the boring characters. Also think the universe itself just feels generic. However, it does make up for its flaws in a lot of ways! I was worried for the first hour, but it really came into its own after the third campaign mission.
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