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 Jade Sayers.
Fifth Choice: Root Letter
Root Letter came to me at a really key time in my life. I used it as an escape from a lot of 'real world' stuff that was happening to me, and it's partly due to this emotional connection that I now have with the game that it's one of my favourites of the year. This is helped by the fact that Root Letter is also a great game in which you're able to solve a mystery and interact with a lot of relatable characters.
Fourth Choice: Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness
I watched the whole first series of the Psycho-Pass anime in about a week just before this game was released, so it couldn't have come at a better time for me. I loved the way that Mandatory Happiness put me directly into the world that I'd become so enamoured with, and enabled me to interact with my favourite characters.
Third Choice: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Uncharted 4 was actually my introduction to the Uncharted series, and although probably not best entry point plot-wise, it was enough to get me hooked. It's hard to play Uncharted 4 and not be blown away by the spectacle of it all. Not only is the game a visual masterpiece, it also has a compelling storyline and some fantastically written characters.
Second Choice: Attack on Titan
In the absence of a second series of Attack on Titan and having fully caught up with the manga, I bought the game just to fill the Titan-shaped hole in my life. I didn't expect much from it, having played my share (and probably everyone else's) of duff movie and TV show tie-ins. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Attack on Titan. Perhaps my low expectations helped, but to me, playing the game really felt like being part of that world, and it remains one of the most immersive games I have ever played.
First Choice: Zero Time Dilemma
The Zero Escape series has long been one of my favourites, so Zero Time Dilemma was one of my most anticipated games of the year. Luckily, I wasn't let down, and consequently, I found I wasn't able to put the game down (which led to its own problem of it being over far too quickly). I've been recommending Zero Time Dilemma to anyone who'll listen, and will continue to do so until everyone I know has played it. It has everything I love in a game, and the plot brings mystery white the puzzles are challenging and prevent the experience from purely consisting of written text. Zero Time Dilemma fills in a lot of gaps in the Zero Escape story by bringing familiar characters in, while also keeping things fresh by introducing new ones.
What do you think of Jade'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.