50 Best Games of 2016

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

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
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41. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2

This goofy, irreverent pastiche of EA's Battlefield shooter franchise skews towards the simple side in terms of structure, but it does a great job of building on what made the 2014 original such a surprise hit. It's fundamentally a simplified, silly team-based shooter that serves as a perfect introduction to online multiplayer shooters. If you're too scared to jump straight into Battlefield or Titanfall for fear of being instantly annihilated, you could do far worse than use this to learn the ropes. The game world of Zomburbia is as enjoyable to explore as it is colorful, with the parallel single-player campaigns slinging in some neat tactical twists to supplement the chuckle-worthy gunplay. You’ve truly not lived until you’ve seen off the undead by drilling cobs of corn into their skulls. Big maps, great characters: it’s a real grower.

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