50 Best Games of 2016

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

World of Warcraft: Legion
'World of Warcraft: Legion' Blizzard Entertainment8/50

8. World of Warcraft: Legion

Legion couldn't have come at a better time. Arriving on the heels of Warlords of Draenor, WoW's sparsest expansion, it was liable to be torn to shreds by disgruntled players starved for content. It's a testament to its achievement that it managed to negate the pervasive ill-will hanging over the game. Not surprisingly, it does a whole lot right. For the first time ever in WoW, you feel like your character is a prime mover and shaker in Azeroth, alongside the greats of Warcraft lore. This is partly due to Blizzard figuring out how to tell better stories with their quests, but it owes an equal debt to the class hall content, which spins off an epic, globe-trotting and ever-expanding story, complete with crucial rewards, unique to each character class. The world quest system is way stickier than it deserves to be, too, serving up interesting challenges every day that grant you some of the best rewards in the game. And there are Demon Hunters. And much more – just like in any great, massive game – and it's too much to list. In short, Legion is perhaps the best WoW expansion ever. If you've been looking for an excuse to jump back in, here is it.

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