50 Best Games of 2016

From 'Overwatch' and 'Stardew Valley' to 'Mario' and 'Pokémon', the best of a truly excellent year for games

Final Fantasy XV
'Final Fantasy XV' Square Enix44/50

44. Final Fantasy XV

As all-male four-pieces go, the group of Noctis, Ignis, Gladiolus and Prompto make more questionable style choices than height-of-the-Nineties Boyz II Men. But such quirkiness is ultimately one of this RPG's finer features. The quartet’s road trip through Eos – a world clearly inspired by the highways of middle America – encompasses both the fantastical (huge boss battles) and the ordinary (analyzing rock formations) with typical series panache. Few games do "epic" as well as Final Fantasy, even if it does get a little weird and incoherent at times. It's constantly surprisingly and despite its flaws, has to be admired for being so much more ambitious than the vast majority of other games.

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