Not having a powerful enough PC (as of yet) means I often miss out on the graphically-demanding AAA games and have to wait a long time until I can upgrade my computer to even remotely have a chance to run them at playable frame-rates. All is not lost, however, as I always have the ever-reliable indie market to fall back on. Championed by the legendary Devolver Digital, this game is a brutal beat ’em up that is sure to win over fans of Double Dragon and Streets of Rage. If you like your action hardcore and music so loud it practically rebounds off the walls, then look no further than Mother Russia Bleeds.
I’m quite ashamed to admit that until a few weeks prior to uploading this list, I had absolutely not heard of Devil Daggers. Imagine my surprise when I discovered it initially came out at the start of the year, with newer versions added along the way. Anyway, now that I have hastily put in a good 4+ hours into it, I can safely say I have not played a more distilled, pure, naked form of addictive gameplay in a long while. For the uninitiated, Devil Daggers is all about survival – in the most brutal, stark definition of it. You see, the game only has one achievement, and that is to survive for at-least 500 seconds.
Don’t get fooled though – it is amongst the most challenging achievements available. With graphics that harken back to the first-person shooters of the 90’s, there is much to love (and treasure) about this game, and then some. Without a shadow of a doubt, Devil Daggers is my 2016 GOTY!
I’m going to keep this one simple: if you love a wide and wacky range of weapons from this to that, then do yourself a favor and add Shadow Warrior 2 to your wish list. The surprisingly deep amount of weapon customizing is commendable, but it’s the addition of magic and special attributes that you can attach to your weapon of choice that is the real kicker here. And yea, the rest of the game is great, too!
I first read about this game in a magazine way, way back in 2009. I remember totally falling in love with the screenshots, they were so beautiful and cute. The hand-painted graphics, lush environments, the cuteness of the titular characters; all indicated that A Boy & His Blob is a must-play for those who love getting their hearts melted while solving neatly laid out puzzles. The only problem: the game remained Wii-exlusive until the beginning of this year, when it was ported to the PC by the ever-dependable Wayforward Technologies. Seeing how the game is an accessible and lovable treat to the eyes, ears, and the heart, I’d say the 7 years wait was totally worth it.
This was a bona-fide surprise discovery of the year for me. I’d never heard of the company ACE Team before in my life and now thanks to this game I cannot seem to get enough of their games, each wonderfully surreal than the last. This game is a lovely loveletter to the campy B-movie scene of the 1950’s, with eye-pleasing aesthetics that borrow from that time period. Though the gameplay gets a bit repetitive after a few hours, it’s not enough to completely bog down the experience, with the excellent narration and tongue-in-cheek presentation keeping things fresh and humorous just enough for the player to go that extra “five minutes”. You should definitely play it!