50 Best Games of 2016

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

Monster Hunter Generations
'Monster Hunter Generations' Capcom43/50

43. Monster Hunter Generations

Each time Capcom's critter-tracking behemoth looks to be on the verge of going stale, it finds subtle ways of reinventing itself. For Generations on Nintendo 3DS, that means your traditional companions – that cat-like Felynes – are now playable, there are new combat styles, and the game has a much more user-friendly upgrade system. Behind those fresh trappings it’s still a tinderbox of traditional series elements: catch prey, score resources, craft weapons and gear – but what it lacks in new-fangled ambition it makes up for in satisfaction for returning players. Little wonder it’s sold more than 4 million copies across the globe; a staggering figure for a full-priced handheld game.

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