50 Best Games of 2016

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

Uncharted 4
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3. Uncharted 4

With the studio's A-team busy with The Last of Us, the third entry in Naughty Dog’s Indiana Jones-inspired treasure hunting romp wilted in the shadow of its peerless predecessor – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Five years after Uncharted 3, and with its zombie blockbuster seemingly on the back burner, Neil Druckmann and his crew stormed back with the globe-trotting masterpiece Uncharted 4 in May, ominously subtitled A Thief’s End – and once again showed us just how perfectly they could blend action, romance and drama with jaw-dropping visuals and pitch-perfect writing. More than any other entry in the series, the trademark set-pieces – which move back and forth in time between Nathan's orphaned upbringing and his current quest to outwit the villainous rival treasure hunter Rafe – are emotional as often as they are physical. The crazy, Bond-esque car chase through the Madagascan port city with Nate's long-lost brother is followed by a gut-wrenching scene between Nate and his wife, Elena as she discovers he’s been lying to her about just about everything. After the final, fire-engulfed boss fight the game wraps with a playable scene that leaps forward in time to show the Drakes as a family – complete with a daughter who might just grow up to be the next Lara Croft. Those are just two moments amongst so many that pull on threads as varied as what it means to grow up, choice and responsibility, grief, family and whether or not character really is the same thing as destiny. But you know – with jumping puzzles and cover mechanics.

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