Christopher Jarvis / Fri 23rd Dec 2016
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I was a huge fan of the original Watch Dogs, with its innovative gameplay and immersive environment. But it had a lot of flaws that are difficult to look past, so while I expected its sequel to improve upon the formula, I certainly didn't predict that Watch Dogs 2 would be one of the best games I've played this year. Between the fantastic RC gameplay and the amount of pure fun San Francisco is, I could not pull myself away from what may just be my new favourite open world game.
By this stage, I'm sure most readers have heard about how disappointing No Man's Sky was, and you may have heard about how the Foundation update promisingly makes the game more interesting. But when it was released, there was no base-building, no creative mode, and nothing to do but be disappointed by everything in the game. Whether it was because of Sean Murray's lies, or whether it was my own fault for getting excited about a game that was never meant to be much more than an exploration game, No Man's Sky is unsurpassed as my disappointment of the year.
Most Anticipated for 2017
In 2005, the game Ultimate Spider-Man was released to excellent reviews. And while I spent far too many hours swinging around in the Spider-Man 3 movie tie-in, no Spider-game since has been as much fun as Ultimate. So when I heard that Insomniac, the extremely capable team behind Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive, would be taking on the webhead, 'excited' doesn't even begin to cover how I felt. Here's hoping Spider-Man PS4 is as good as it already looks!
Game Of The Year (2016)
Have you been paying attention? I'm the reviewer behind many of the glowing Hitman reviews on GSR, so it should come as no surprise that this year's Hitman is my Game of the Year. Episode after episode, IO-Interactive continued to impress, entertain, and ensure that I was getting my money's worth all the way through to the present day. Every aspect - storyline, graphics, audio, world, and gameplay - has been refined to such a high degree and I have nothing but praise for this year's legendary entry in the Hitman franchise.