JoyStik Entertainment’s Game of the Year WINNERS!

First of all let’s give a round of applause to the gaming industry in 2016 as there has been multiple innovations to gaming in general. This is the year in which we have seen VR emerge in the industry, 4K picture in gaming on the next part of next gen gaming consoles, and a slew of games capable of topping the all-time greatest chart. But as always when the year comes to an end the ultimate question is what is game of the year? This is a tradition the JoyStik Entertainment will continue to follow as long as there are video games.

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First of all let’s give a round of applause to the gaming industry in 2016 as there has been multiple innovations to gaming in general. This is the year in which we have seen VR emerge in the industry, 4K picture in gaming on the next part of next gen gaming consoles, and a slew of games capable of topping the all-time greatest chart. But as always when the year comes to an end the ultimate question is what is game of the year? This is a tradition the JoyStik Entertainment will continue to follow as long as there are video games.

JoyStik Entertainment’s GAME OF THE YEAR winner!

  • Uncharted 4
  • Overwatch
  • Final Fantasy XV – WINNER!

  • Dishonored 2

This was the toughest decision of all the catergories, as following close behind was Uncharted 4 and Overwatch, which are both in other categories as well. In all honesty, Uncharted 4 holds the number 2 spot on this list, from the rich storytelling and perfect gameplay, but because of that reason, Final Fantasy XV wins. FFXV also has a wonderful touching story and very deep gameplay, but what seperates it from the rest is the depth of gameplay in the RPG leveling, open world map with side quest, and a game AFTER the game! Well done….Final Fantasy XV takes this reward and runs with it.

Exclusive Game of the Year nominees.

  • Uncharted 4 (PS4) – WINNER!

  • Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One)
  • Pokken Tournament (Wii U)
  • The Last Guardian (PS4)

Uncharted 4, like its previous games, captured the audience with beautiful voice actors, thrilling gameplay and story/cutscenes, and a gorgeous atmosphere. But Uncharted 4 went above and beyond the other 3 main games in the series. It used pieces of Naughty Dog’s other blockbuster game “The Last of Us” and integrated it into the world of Uncharted. Uncharted not only told a story that you played in, but also captured the story of the past, of the pirates that owned the treasure that Nathan and Sam Drake are searching for. It was truly a pleasure to play and will go down as one of the best video games ever. 

 

First Person Shooter Game of the Year nominees.

  • Titanfall 2
  • Overwatch
  • Battlefield 1
  • Doom – WINNER!

Doom, unlike the others on this list, gave an incredible story and hardcore gameplay that you crave when looking down the barrels of a variety of crazy guns. Doom felt like a brand new game, while also capturing the nostalgia of the past games, which is why I love that they called it “Doom” and not “Doom 4” or something else, because for once, a sequel really did feel like it’s own game! If you haven’t given this game a try, do it…it really is First Person Shooter of the Year.

Multiplayer Game of the Year nominees.

  • The Division
  • Overwatch – WINNER!

  • Dying Light: The Following DLC
  • Pokken Tournament

What is there NOT to like about Overwatch? It is a game that was easily nominated for Game of the Year, Shooter of the Year, and obviously the WINNER of Multiplayer of the Year. This game is the definition of multiplayer, where if you don’t play as a team, you lose. It is as simple as that. An objective based multiplayer first person shooter, with a mix of characters adds up to a wonderful game to play for hours and hours with many different people. This will be a great game for years to come.

Best Indie Game of the Year nominees.

Firewatch

  • Inside
  • We Happy Few
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Stardew Valley – WINNER!

The Indie Game of the Year was a toughy, as Indie Devs are providing GREAT games all year long, which is much appreciated! Stardew Valley stuck out from the rest though. After playing hours and hours and hours of this game, I felt like I had hardly put a dent in the game. It is a mix of classic Zelda games with its combat….Animal Crossing with it’s friendship building and income building…Harvest Moon, for the obvious reason, with it’s farming…and a hint of Don’t Starve with it’s survival aspect through the day and night cycle. I can’t wait to continue playing this game for years to come during down time in between game releases.

RPG Game of the Year nominees.

  • Dark Souls 3
  • Final Fantasy 15 – WINNER!

  • Pokemon Sun and Moon
  • The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine DLC

Also the Game of the Year WINNER, Final Fantasy XV was without a doubt the RPG of the year as well. The leveling up system in place for this game was simple but complex, and you truly feel STRONGER as the game goes on. An RPG is even better when the story digs it’s hooks into you as well, which FFXV does times 10! Thank you again for a great experience.

 

Mobile Game of the Year nominees.

  • Super Mario Run
  • Pokemon GO – WINNER!

  • Severed
  • Hearthstone:  Whispers of the Old Gods DLC

Mobile games continue to compete with console and PC gaming, although most would say it isn’t for the hardcore gamer. That is, until Pokemon GO emerge, and my God did it…with MILLIONS of active daily users, this game brought out gamers who NEVER game, and brought them together in a community. MMO? Hell yeah it was….

Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #10 to #1

 

Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #10 to #1

At first glance, a Top 100 list seems like way too much, but in reality, it is very difficult to break down ONLY 100 games. We took on the challenge and finally finished after much help from the supporters at JoyStik Entertainment from all over the world. Please remember, this is OUR list and you will probably have some harsh words! Please do leave them below :). ENJOY!

Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #10 to #1

At first glance, a Top 100 list seems like way too much, but in reality, it is very difficult to break down ONLY 100 games. We took on the challenge and finally finished after much help from the supporters at JoyStik Entertainment from all over the world. Please remember, this is OUR list and you will probably have some harsh words! Please do leave them below :). ENJOY!

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10) Grand Theft Auto Vice City – PlayStation 2

“Grand Theft Auto Vice City was one of those games you simply refused to complete the story, because you were having too much fun strolling around the map and finding all the secrets. I remember at one point when I was introduced to the game, I wasn’t even sure if there was a story and that is truly special because the story actually is amazing too! I could ramble for days about this wonderful masterpiece”

9) Metal Gear Solid 2 – PlayStation 2

“Metal Gear Solid 2 is surprising the best in the series, and only features a hand full of Solid Snake. You play as a new recruit, Raiden. If you think Solid Snake’s story is intriguing, wait until you see Raiden’s past unfolding as you play through a story in which he attempts to save the President of the United States, and learns about his past.”

8) Final Fantasy VII – PlayStation 1

“Final Fantasy VII is regarded by most, as the best in the series for many. I personally am on the same boat. The combat was complex enough to never get stale, but simple enough to learn and master. The story was one of the best in video game history, and at the time, the graphics blew people away. To not experience this game is a sin in my book!”

7) Red Dead Redemption – PS3/ Xbox360

“Hands down the best cowboy experience there has ever been. The goes for movies, tv shows, anything. Red Dead Redemption is THE video game to play if you like westerns. Rockstar took everything great about Grand Theft Auto and turned it into a western cowboy experience. If you enjoyed the TV show Westworld because you believed it would be awesome to experience that theme park, you can nearly get that experience in Red Dead Redemption. It is exciting to think this series is continuing.”

6) Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic – Original Xbox

“Star Wars KOTOR was one of the first difficult RPG video games I completely fully. The story was so gripping that I had to press on, and that ending was incredible (no spoilers here). The gameplay for this RPG was unlike any I have played before, and was such a special experience as a Star Wars fan and a video game fan.”

5) Halo 3 – Xbox360

“All the trash talk you learned while playing Halo 2 local multiplayer (because who really played it online), was now available to the masses with Xbox Live on Xbox360. Sure, the story was good, but who plays Halo for the story really. The multiplayer was flawless, and no matter how many hours you played competing against random people, you could continue enjoying it. A game for the ages, that is for sure.”

4) Super Mario World – Super Nintendo

“Does this game ever get old? The answer is no. It does not…ever….get old. You could play this game 100 times and beat it, start over, and beat it again and it is still enjoyable. One of the best level designs in gaming came from Super Mario World. As a launch title game, that is completely unheard of to be nearly the best game on the console. Welcome to the game Yoshi, the only way out is…if Mario doesn’t catch you before you run off the edge.”

3) Chrono Trigger – Super Nintendo

“Chrono Trigger, unlike most RPGs of it’s time used turn based action combat, while adding some motion to the battle field but still not REALLY hands on combat. Some make the argument that Chrono Trigger is the great game ever made, most like due to the characters, story, graphics for its time, combat system, and its replay value still today.”

2) The Last of Us – PlayStation 3

“When somebody tells me they haven’t played The Last of Us, I seriously cringe. If you are a gamer, and have no experienced what Naughty Dog made here, it really is a shame. Some of the best gameplay and leveling system ever witnessed in gaming, along with a story they will bring a grown man to tears, The Last of Us is arguably the greatest video game ever made.”

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1) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – Nintendo 64

“Last but not least, Ocarina of Time. Just wow. This game blew people away and still topples video games today. On such a weak console, Zelda OOT was able to bring a massive open world while delivering some of the best level/dungeon designs ever seen in gaming. It is hard to say that the story is something incredible, but it is enough to make you by attention to what is going on. Above the story though there is a world so such with feeling, that you feel every emotion they want you to feel. The accomplishment of finding a secret piece of a heart, or building the Giant Sword, or winning the bigger money bag in a mini game, makes you want to explore. Many open world games today feel more like work when doing side quest, but with Zelda OOT it is pure joy. I am not sure if there will ever be another Zelda game this good, or a video game that can make you feel so proud to be a gamer, but thank you for the countless hours and many times revisited to this game Nintendo. Hats off to our #1 VIDEO GAME OF ALL TIME. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: OCARINA OF TIME!”

 

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Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #100 to #91

At first glance, a Top 100 list seems like way too much, but in reality, it is very difficult to break down ONLY 100 games. We took on the challenge and finally finished after much help from the supporters at JoyStik Entertainment from all over the world. Please remember, this is OUR list and you will probably have some harsh words! Please do leave them below :). ENJOY!

Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #100 to #91

At first glance, a Top 100 list seems like way too much, but in reality, it is very difficult to break down ONLY 100 games. We took on the challenge and finally finished after much help from the supporters at JoyStik Entertainment from all over the world. Please remember, this is OUR list and you will probably have some harsh words! Please do leave them below :). ENJOY!

100) Angry Birds – Mobile

“Real time fun meets real time physics!”

99) Wario Ware – Gamecube

“Being forced into a speedrun has never been more fun.”

98) Twisted Metal – Playstation

“The first time you REALLY felt hardcore being the wheel…and scared as hell.”

97) Star Wars Republic Commando – Original Xbox

“This game could be A Star Wars Story movie today. Great FPS about brothers in arms.”

96) Donkey Kong Country

“An impressive Co-op platformer, in which the recipe to the game is still used today.”

95) The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening – GameBoy

“Took the great world of Zelda: Link to the Past and recreated a new story on handheld!”

94) Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – PlayStation 3

“Using The Force felt so real, and you were able to do so from the Dark Side shall you please.”

93) Dr. Mario – NES

“Everything great about Tetris, put a tough spin on it, and add Mario who has upgraded from a plumber to a doctor…and BOOM! #93 on the list.”

92) MLB The Show series – From PlayStation 2 to PlayStation 4

“The most realistic baseball game, and highest rated baseball game, for many many years.”

91) Galaga

“The original Galaga has stolen the hearts of all gamers. The game today still sheds light on many puzzle shooters today (Resogun, Geometry Wars, Super Stardust, ect.).”

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Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #40 to #31

Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #40 to #31

At first glance, a Top 100 list seems like way too much, but in reality, it is very difficult to break down ONLY 100 games. We took on the challenge and finally finished after much help from the supporters at JoyStik Entertainment from all over the world. Please remember, this is OUR list and you will probably have some harsh words! Please do leave them below :). ENJOY!

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40) Bloodborne – PlayStation 4

“This game is BLOODY brilliant. Get it? Ha ha well anyway this game has the same dark souls feel, but with a new intriguing twist. Much faster combat than Dark Souls appealed to a new breed of gamers.”

39) Left 4 Dead 2 – Xbox360

“PILLS HERE!!! L4D2 is an amazing 4v4 zombie game picking up right where the first one left off. I can’t tell you how many all nighters I pulled with some friends just having fun and BS-ing our way through.”

38) Rise of the Tomb Raider – PS4/ Xbox One/ PC

“I have been wanting to play this game LONG since before it came out. I haven’t gotten the chance to finish it, but I have to say if you enjoyed the first one, you MUST PICK THIS UP. It’s beautiful next gen graphics are just porn for the eyes.”

37) Super Mario Bros 3 – NES

“Theres not much to say about this wonderful title that hasn’t been said over the years, but heres my 2 cents. This game to this day is still fun to play over and over again. PERIOD. A massive leap from Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros 2.” 

36) Grand Theft Auto V – PS4/ Xbox One/ PC

“GTA V is one of the best open world games I’ve ever played. The 3 Person story that has multiple endings. The multiplayer allows you to compete is gang activity against or with other players across the globe. Excuse me while I go cruse through Los Santos in my 64…”

35) Mario Kart Double Dash – GameCube

“Mario Kart Double Dash put a spin on things when they added a Co-op aspect to the already great series. Many would say Double Dash is the best in the series, but without a doubt it is the most underrated in the series.” 

34) Fallout 3 – PS3/ Xbox360

“Playing this game you have a 100% chance of loving it. For those who know that was a V.A.T.S joke. This game was my into to the fallout series an I have never looked back. Anybody could easily put over 100 hours into it across PC, 360, and PS3.”

33) Batman Arkham City – PS3/ Xbox360

“Being Batman never felt better. The franchise launched itself with Arkham Asylum, but Arkham City took everything great about Asylum and multiplied it with better combat, a massive map, and a deeper story.”

32) Overwatch – PS4/ Xbox One/ PC

“On most of the Game of the Year list for 2016, Overwatch will be enjoyed for quite some time. A multiplayer First Person Shooter, with objective based matches. It is important to work as a team or you will witness failure every single time. One person will not and cannot carry a team in Overwatch.”

31) Secret of Mana – Super Nintendo

“When you look in the dictionary for RPG you will find SoM in the list. This game has an amazing story and great narrative. Real time combat in an RPG was rare back in the SNES days, which is why many players loved this title. If you had a multi-tap, you could play up to 3 players at a time which was unheard of!”

 

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Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #30 to #21

Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #30 to #21

At first glance, a Top 100 list seems like way too much, but in reality, it is very difficult to break down ONLY 100 games. We took on the challenge and finally finished after much help from the supporters at JoyStik Entertainment from all over the world. Please remember, this is OUR list and you will probably have some harsh words! Please do leave them below :). ENJOY!

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30) Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – PS3/Xbox 360

“Skyrim, released on, 11/11/11, made a huge impact on all gamers around the world with its hit trailer tease and dramatic new theme. It was in those very moments we knew we were getting a great new story.”

29) World of Warcraft – PC

“Probably known as the most popular MMORPG, this game got its own movie and is relatively known for the famous YouTube quote, “Leeeeeeeroy Jenkins!”

28) Madden Series – All platforms

“From 1998 on computers running MS-DOS to 2017 on all gaming platforms, Madden has been the most popular Football game up-to- date and has never failed to keep improving every year.

27) Halo 2 – Original Xbox

“MCPON John-117, also known famously as, “Master Chief,” has returned again after the first hit, Halo: Combat Evolved. Halo 2 is one of those remarkable games that you can never decide which one is the best of the trilogy; it has been decided here.”

26) Metroid Prime – GameCube

“If Nintendo has ever published a good game, Metroid Prime is definitely one of them. One of the best female leads in gaming history is back and ready to deliver another great story.”

25) Rocket League – PS4/Xbox One/PC

“Famously known for being the first game to ever support cross-network play between gaming platforms, Rocket League hits home with great competitive gameplay and explosions!”

24) Shadow of the Colossus – PlayStation 2

“Originally known as Wander and the Colossus; Shadow of the Colossus is one of the PlayStation greats that will never be forgotten. A mesmerizing story and dramatic ending, this game is the favorite to many gamers including the famous, “JackSepticEye.”

23) Metal Gear Solid 1 – PlayStation 1

“Starting as a PlayStation Exclusive, Metal Gear Solid is one of those games that simply blew your mind away. A badass main character that everyone at some point tries impersonates to books, comics, and cosplay.

22) Infamous 2 – PlayStation 3

“Sucker Punch Productions, famously known for the, Sly Cooper Trilogy they sold their rights to focus on making the second game of, Infamous. Another great Sony Exclusive, Infamous 2 made an impact on gaming and set the table for their future game, Infamous: Second Son.”

21) Final Fantasy XV – PS4/Xbox One/PC

“Square Enix, does it again with another great of their many games. New gameplay style and intriguing story, Final Fantasy knows what the fans want and they give.

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Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #50 to #41

Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #50 to #41

At first glance, a Top 100 list seems like way too much, but in reality, it is very difficult to break down ONLY 100 games. We took on the challenge and finally finished after much help from the supporters at JoyStik Entertainment from all over the world. Please remember, this is OUR list and you will probably have some harsh words! Please do leave them below :). ENJOY!

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50) Dying Light – PlayStation 4

“When Parcore meets a zombie infection you need to run for your life… Literally. This game mixes mirrors edge with a feel of borderlands for an awesome time.”

49) Zelda: Windwaker – GameCube

“All your Tri-Force shards R belong to us. Wind Waker revolutionizes the zelda series by addign a cartoonic graphic style and a story that transends even the ocean floor itself.”

48) Final Fantasy II – Super Nintendo

“A game series that is obviously still around today all started it’s real popularity with this game. A heart felt story and an wide variety of character classes to play as keeps you on your toes throughout the entire game. Not the BEST Final Fantasy game of the series, but definitely close.”

47) Counter Strike Global Offensive– Xbox 360/ PC

“Its time to GO. Global Offensive that is, in this awesome FPS you have to really think your moves out. No running and gunning. Just you, your gun, your team, and a great time.”

46) Diablo 3 – PS4/ Xbox One/ PC

“Ah Diablo… BRING ON THE COWS!!! Oh theres no cow level? Ok well this dungon crawler offers so much more than the typical crawler, bring some friends and start the grinding of the dead. MOO!!!”

45) Super Metroid – Super Nintendo

“The classic game that gave the genre name of Metroid-Vania. Not to be biased or anything but THIS GAME IS AMAZING!!! I didn’t get to play this until years after its release but BOY I sure did love it. It has a timeless feel and a great gameplay to boot.”

44) Hearthstone – Mobile/ PC

“Hearthstone is a card based game on PC and Mobile devices. It resembles World of Warcraft characters and the same mystical feel. Humor and badass-ness is present as you would expect from this company.”

43) Uncharted 2 – PlayStation 3

“When Naughty Dog released Uncharted 1, people were absolutely floored. They were used to games like Crash Bandicoot (nothing against this game) and it got pushed aside for this upcoming series. Uncharted 2 on the other hand, took it to the next level with amazing graphics, a story you couldn’t look away from, and much better controls. Thank you Nathan Drake.” 

42) Minecraft – PC

“SSSSSS- BOOM! Minecraft on the PC is leaps and bounds better than console. With serviers you can mod on, custom skins that are free and tons and tons of content you can explore, Minecraft is a wonderful game for both young and old alike.”

41) Dead Space – Xbox 360

“Ah, the game that made millions of gamers sleep with the lights on. I still remember playing this in my room one night, the music was building up, I had my trusty plasma cutter loaded and ready. Then I hear it, a noise that made my skin crawl. I was ready! I then get distracted by a shadow appearing on my wall next to my monitor and my dog howled! I fell out of my chair and before I knew it a necromorph killed me.”

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Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #60 to #51

Top 100 Video Games of All Time – #60 to #51

At first glance, a Top 100 list seems like way too much, but in reality, it is very difficult to break down ONLY 100 games. We took on the challenge and finally finished after much help from the supporters at JoyStik Entertainment from all over the world. Please remember, this is OUR list and you will probably have some harsh words! Please do leave them below :). ENJOY!

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60) Mega Man X – Super Nintendo

“Mega Man is an iconic series, in which X was the tenth installment for the franchise. Fun fact: X was a new type of robot with the ability to make his own decisions. Recognizing the potential danger of this model, Light sealed X away in a diagnostic capsule for over 30 years of testing.”

59) Ms Pac-man – Arcades

“Ms. Pac-Man is an arcade video game from the Golden Age. Even though this came after the original Pac-Man, there is no doubt that Ms Pac-man fixed any issues, making one of the most popular arcade games of all time.”

58) Portal 2 – Xbox 360

“Need some extra brain power? Skip Lumosity and just play Portal. An interesting futuristic puzzle game that will have your brain in knots.”

57) Mario Sunshine – GameCube

“The evolution of Super Mario 64 brought us Mario Sunshine on GameCube. It is no surprise there are so many Mario games in this list, as the replayability of this series is at the top of the list. Great level design and a fun twist to Mario 64.”

56) Burnout Paradise – Xbox 360

“Burnout brought fun to racing games like Mario Kart did, but with an adult feel. Wrecking other players in a street race like you are the Dale Earnhardt of the city is beyond fun. Bring this series back please!”

55) Ni No Kuni – PlayStation 3

“What do you get when you mix Final Fantasy with Pokemon? Yep. This game took everybody by surprise with its beautiful story telling, the anime graphics, and unique combat system.”

54) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Xbox 360/ PS3

“Sifting through Call of Duty games was the biggest pain in the neck, but I do believe MW2 stands out the most. The improved multiplayer is still fun and popular today, and the campaign has a story that you care about! Boots on the ground soldiers!”

53) Luigi’s Mansion – GameCube

“MARRIOOOO? Nope, this game is all about the man in green. Luigi comes to the rescue in this spooky tale of vaccumming up ghost like Ghost Busters has Luigi! Clever gameplay keeps you coming back.”

52) Zelda: A Link to the Past – Super Nintendo

“Zelda: A Link to the Past may be one of the greatest games on the Super Nintendo. Considered an open world for it’s time and filled with clever dungeons, the nostalgia you feel when playing this game still today is enough to rank it in a top 100 list.”

51) God of War 2 – PlayStation 2

“The best God of War in the series. The story was a fresh from beginning to end while keeping the same great combat. The addition of weapons was a plus as well. Raise your first for God of War 4 PlayStation nation!”

 

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