Every year, the IMGMR team sits down and discusses about all of the games the year had to offer.
It has become a yearly tradition not only to the gaming industry, but to IMGMR as well, to give honors to the best games the year had to offer. Let’s be honest for a minute; 2016 wasn’t the best year. Not only have we lost numerous celebrities, but the gaming industry also suffered. When you look at it from a far, 2016 left gamers stuck in a nostalgia whirlpool – there were very little place for innovation, and very little games worthwhile.
However, some titles were able to wiggle their way past that blockade and display their greatness. Today, we take a moment to honor those games in our 2016 version of the IMGMR Game Awards.
BEST MOBILE GAME – VAIN GLORY
BEST INDIE GAME – INSIDE
BEST VR GAME – RIGS
BEST ACTION GAME & BEST SHOOTER – DOOM
DOOM (2016) offered players fast-paced gameplay, a great single player campaign and outstanding visuals. The non-stop action is also justified towards the multiplayer mode. IMGMR and many other media critics believe that DOOM brought back the series from its tormented decent to hell.
Did you know? The name DOOM came from a quote in The Color of Money, where Vincent Lauria (played by Tom Cruise) replies to a character’s question with “Doom”. The series almost got called “Attack of the Attackers,” before it was declared “too silly” by the id Software team.
BEST FIGHTING GAME – STREET FIGHTER V
During the early stages of its launch, Street Fighter V had a few issues. Once resolved, the game was praised for its great core gameplay, intuitive mechanics and balanced fighting. Compared to the other fighting games released in 2016, Street Fighter V displayed why the series rules over the genre. Capcom CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto did admit that there was a lack of content, but that didn’t prevent it from setting itself apart.
Did you know? Ryu official date of birth is July 21, 1964, making this fighter now 52 years old. Ken, was born in 1965, February 14. Both are the only characters to have appeared in every single Street Fighter game.
BEST SPORTS/RACING GAME – FORZA HORIZON 3
Ever since Sports and Racing games merged in the same category, it has become a lot easier to designate a winner. This year, the award goes to Forza Horizon 3 for its performances and sheer amount of content. It this racer, it is as easy to polish your skills than it is to race players of your level. Sports games must put your skills to the test, and this year, no game does it better than Forza Horizon 3. Additionally, the game is incredibly fun and features tons of challenging trials.
Did you know? Forza Horizon 3 allows you to drive virtually any car in the various settings available in Australia. Most cars would break after a couple of runs in the water and in the sand.
BEST ONLINE & ESPORTS GAME – OVERWATCH
This year was a very good year for Blizzard. They shipped out new Hearthstone content, the World of Warcraft Legion expansion, tons of Heroes of the Storm additions, and of course, Overwatch. Overwatch wins our hearts and the awards for best Online game and best eSports game. It has single handily proven that when Blizzard aims for a genre, not only do they have the technology and team to produce something great, but also the audience to back them up. Overwatch delivers a competitive and fast-paced gameplay – it is also quite intuitive and easy to pick up and play.
Did you know? During the development of the game, there weren’t any actual work done in the morning. This happened because every morning, the team met at 10:00AM for fifteen minutes. After the short meeting, the team would play the game until 11:00AM. Testing periods sometimes run longer due to Overwatch being so fun to playtest.
BEST RPG – FINAL FANTASY XV
While most game awards ignore the month of December – there are no game entry – IMGMR believed that one of the games that was released then deserves praise. For the best RPG award, we have decided to grant it to Final Fantasy XV for its amazing role-playing performance and great story. Combat mechanics also have outdone themselves, especially when compared to the ones featured in the game’s demo. Final Fantasy XV recovered the series from the slope created by Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2 and Lightning Returns.
Did you know? Final Fantasy XV was originally named Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Its development started in 2006 for the PlayStation 3. The sales of the console were significantly high, mainly due to the game supposedly being a launch title. In 2012, the name changed to Final Fantasy XV; it was said to be available for the next-generation of console (at that time referring to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4).
BEST STUDIO OF THE YEAR – BLIZZARD
For the second year in a row, IMGMR awards BLIZZARD Entertainment with the title of Best Studio of the Year. This award is allocated to the video game company (developer or publisher) that has outdone all the rest in terms of video game development, community management, social interaction, and public relations. Blizzard demonstrated that this year again, they are able to deliver such an amount of interesting content, all while being able to solidify what was already available. Blizzard’s audience has done nothing but grow and their communities back them up regardless of the competition. It just goes to show how a little fan service and dedication can go a long way.
Did you know? For your years of service at Blizzard, you are granted incredible perks. For 5 years, you get a real sword. For 10, a shield. For 20, a helmet inspired by Diablo III’s Archangel Imperius with custom tweaks.
MOST ANTICIPATED GAME OF 2017 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2016 might not have been the best year for gaming, but 2017 is already looking booming. With games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Horizon: Zero Dawn making their way in, one of the games has surprised us and got us aching for it ever since it was teased. The Most Anticipated Game of 2017 is by far The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Not only have we seen footage, but the IMGMR was able to get a few hours of gameplay. The immense world, the sheer number of features and the hidden secrets are but a few of the many things that have captured our hearts.
Did you know? The game was subtitled Breath of the Wild to reflect the nature and expansiveness of the world. This is the first game whose subtitle isn’t named in correlation to a character or an item.
BIGGEST DISAPOINTMENT OF 2016 – NO MAN’S SKY
When the IMGMR team voted for the recipient for this category, it was unanimous – No Man’s Sky was declared the biggest disappointment of 2016. The game went through so much marketing and promotion, but unfortunately, when the final product launched, it barely offered what was promised. Numerous players requested a refund, which opened up an online debate on whether or not it was ok to reimburse someone who has played a game for more than a couple of hours. Unfortunately, even the gameplay wasn’t able to back-up the price of the game.
Did you know? No Man’s Sky designer decided to quietly leave Hello Games to join the team working on Star Citizen. Video game entrepreneur, writer, gamer and developer Derek Smart tweeted: “In other news @GjBourn of Hello Games (No Mans Sky) quit quietly from one sinking canoe to a sinking luxury cruise liner. Because reasons.” This goes to show just how much of a joke the game and the team has become post launch.
GAME OF THE YEAR: FINAL FANTASY XV & CIVILIZATION VI
Picking a winner for the IMGMR Game of the Year award was no easy task. Instead of granting the award to a single title, we have decided to select one recipient for console and one for PC. For that reason, we have awarded Final Fantasy XV and Civilization VI both the award for Best Game of the Year. Both games have outclassed others from their respective platform(s) due to their amount of content, solid gameplay, fun factor, storytelling and overall design.
Congratulations to all of the studios out there for your outstanding work. The IMGMR team is looking forward to playing your upcoming games and to see who will stand out in 2017!