2016’s Game Of The Year, As Voted By You

Earlier this week I asked everyone, if they could be so kind, to vote on their favourite game of the year. Very graciously, you responded. So without further ado, here are the reader-voted favourite games of 2016.

In third place …


There might not have been much to do with SnapMap at launch, and I’ve said plenty about the multiplayer. But even though the Australian pricing of DOOM yo-yo’d a little it didn’t stop the campaign from being an absolute blast.

It was a super tight vote between DOOM and Stardew Valley for third, but DOOM eventually squeaked it out with 8% of the vote. Good job, Doom Guy.

But let’s move on: the runner-up for your favourite game of the year was:

Uncharted 4

Nathan Drake has been a bit quiet on the honours list this year, but you certainly didn’t forget him. The best climbing game of 2016 had plenty of exceptionally well crafted scenes, and was a fitting end to Drake’s exhausting, swashbuckling life. Now I just hope him and Elena settle down to regular battles of Crash Bandicoot to see who does the dishes.

Uncharted 4 had a pretty clear gap from DOOM for #2, with 12% of the vote. But it didn’t come within a hair of your favourite …

And finally … the Kotaku Australia’ readers favourite game of 2016:


Not a big surprise this one. It’s been the one game that people consistently played, talked about, read, and watched throughout the whole year. It’s also a stunning return to form for Blizzard, after all the blood, sweat and tears they poured into Project Titan. That development wasn’t all for naught.

Overwatch ended up winning with 25% of the vote, more than double what Uncharted 4 got. It was a runaway winner from the outset, especially considering there were a lot of titles fighting it out for smaller honours.

Here’s some of your other favourites:

  • Stardew Valley: coming in at #4 with 7% of the vote, this very narrowly missed out on the podium. It was beloved inside the Kotaku Australia offices though, with Amanda and I giving it plenty of love.
  • Dark Souls 3: There was one vote between Dark Souls 3 and Stardew Valley, which seems a little staggering considering a) how accomplished it is and b) how beloved the Dark Souls series is on the site. Perhaps that’s the true indicator of how many good games there have been this year.
  • Final Fantasy 15: The last honourable mention with 5% of the vote. The problems with the second half of the story didn’t detract from the fact that FF15 is perhaps the most accessible Final Fantasy game ever released, and a true sight to behold. There is the whole part where you have to spend hours listening to Prompto, but that’s balanced out by the ability to leave him to his own devices in combat. That’ll teach him to take photos from my bad side.

So those are your favourite games of the year. But stay tuned – later today we’ll have your most disappointing games of 2016.

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