Top 5 Most Overlooked Video Games Of 2016


2016 was a pretty good year for gaming, VR found its feet, Pokemon came back with an almighty bang and the industry raked in a reported $99.6 billion. Of course, with that much money floating around, the market is fast becoming oversaturated with poor quality, get-rich-quick titles, making it harder than ever to discover those hidden gems

5. Parkitect

Parkitect is what Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 would’ve looked like if it was made in 2016, it’s as simple as that. Unfortunately for smalltime developers Texel Raptor, they released it in the same year as Planet Coaster; the spiritual Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 and the best rollercoaster game there’s ever been.

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Nevertheless, Parkitect is a wonderful game in its own right and, for anyone who prefers Rollercoaster Tycoon 2’s isometric approach to theme park building, it’s definitely a worthwhile purchase.

4. Hitman

No doubt the biggest name on this list, it’s such a shock that IO Interactive’s episodic action-stealth title has gone largely unnoticed. Perhaps the fact that the game was released in separate installments put a lot of buyers off but, given the widely positive review scores, it’s a bit of an anomaly.

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We do know that a full collection, entitled Hitman: The Complete First Season, is set to hit the shelves in January, so maybe that’ll spark a bit more noise.

Of course the title of that forthcoming collection suggests there will be another installment in the future, it will be interesting to see whether or not publishers Square Enix go down the episodic route again.

3. Zero Time Dilemma

Given that this game is only available on the Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita and MS Windows, it’s hardly surprising that not many people have heard about it. Even so, it’s a quite excellent game chockfull of tricky puzzles, curious plot fragments and unfathomable character depth.

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It does have drawbacks, mainly some awfully dubbed and poorly animated cutscenes, however, if you can look past those flaws and immerse yourself in the action you’ll likely fall in love with everything else.

It’s not worth shelling out for a new console just to play ZTD but, if you already have a Vita or a 3DS, I’d definitely recommend giving it a whirl.

2. Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter is one of the most beautiful games you will ever play. Inspired by the life of its lead designer, Alex Preston, it’s presented in a 2D pixelated style comparable to Capybara Games’ Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP.

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Preston has congenital heart disease and has often been hospitalised with problems related to his illness, he says the game is an attempt to express something very personal with the audience, conveying the emotions of his life-altering condition.

He also says that the game is a combination of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo, if that doesn’t sell it to you, I don’t know what will.

1. Abzu

If you’ve never heard of Abzu and don’t know what it is, I implore you to go and play it before you read on.

Set beneath the waves of the ocean, the game was developed by Matt Nava’s Giant Squid Studios. Nava was the art director behind Flower and Journey, and his influence in the creation of Abzu is clear in every single environment and every single animation.

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I have never been so mesmerised by a game in my entire life. Yes it’s short and yes it’s linear, however, in the few hours that I played it, I completely forgot that I was playing a video game, and that’s perhaps the biggest compliment any adventure game can ask for.

Source – Whatculture

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