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I like to do at least one dedicated favorite games list thread per year. It's just a fun way to get to know each other a little better. Traditionally, I've asked people to list their favorite game from each year that they have a library from. This year I thought I'd change it up by focusing on games released in the last five years to get a bigger picture of what newer material we're into. What are your five favorite games from each of the last five years, as in beginning with games released in 2016 and concluding with games released in 2020?

(If you don't recall a game's release year, just like Google it or something. Also, if you don't own five games originally released in a given year, you can just list the games you do own from that year in your order of overall preference. Also also, you have the option to list your five fave games from this year as well if you want, but including games from this year isn't required since the year's only half-over.)

My picks are not objective. They reflect my personal biases. Anyway, for me...

2016:

1) Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
2) Ittle Dew 2
3) That Dragon, Cancer
4) Pony Island
5) The Last Guardian

2017:

1) Butterfly Soup
2) What Remains of Edith Finch
3) Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
4) Night in the Woods
5) Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

2018:

1) Celeste
2) Donut County
3) Return of the Obra Dinn
4) Alwa's Awakening
5) God of War

2019:

1) Knights and Bikes
2) Death Stranding
3) A Plague Tale: Innocence
4) Gato Roboto
5) Untitled Goose Game

2020:

1) The Last of Us Part II
2) Spiritfarer
3) Hades
4) Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
5) ScourgeBringer

2021 (so far):

1) It Takes Two
2) Returnal
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3) Oddworld: Soulstorm
4) The Medium
5) Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

I've used a dividing line for my 2021 selections to denote the fact that the first two entries are likely to remain in my top five picks for the year indefinitely, while the other three are pretty likely to be booted out of the top five by titles I'm anticipating later this year, like maybe Cris Tales, Where the Heart Leads, Psychonauts 2, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Lake, 12 Minutes, Metroid Dread (needless to say), Deathloop, and above all by the likes of Stray, Solar Ash, and Goodbye Volcano High if those last two games come out this year. Yeah, I liked Returnal. Also...

Honorable Mention: Kentucky Route Zero

I'm giving this one a special mention because it's among my favorite games ever, but it was released in chapters over the course of many years, with the last one released last year, so...technically kinda sorta compatible with the format here, but not totally.

Anyway, your turn next person!

Last edited by Jaicee - on 26 June 2021

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2016:

1) Stardew Valley
2) Uncharted 4
3) Dishonored 2
4) INSIDE
5) Alone With You

2017:

1) Night In The Woods
2) Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
3) Little Nightmares
4) What Remains of Edith Finch
5) Cosmic Star Heroine

2018:

1) Divinity Original Sin 2 (Console release)
2) Gris
3) Flipping Death
4) Celeste
5) The Gardens Between

2019:

1) A Plague Tale: Innocence
2) Death Stranding
3) The Outer World's
4) Gears 5
5) Vane

2020:

1) Cyberpunk 2077
2) Nioh 2
3) Ori and the Will of Wisps
4) Ghost of Tsushima
5) Risk of Rain 2

2021: So Far

1) Haven
2) Little Nightmares 2



Ride The Chariot

Thanks, VersusEvil!

Inside, Stardew Valley, and Uncharted 4 are great picks for 2016! All those came close to making my 2016 list too.

Cosmic Star Heroine and Little Nightmares are also a couple picks from 2017 that I liked a lot too! 2017 was one of the best years in gaming history, IMO. I could list 15 games from that year that that I absolutely love. Such an expanded list would include NieR: Automata, Dream Daddy, Sonic Mania, Star Fox 2, Metroid: Samus Returns, and so many others!

I was somewhat curious about Flipping Death back when I saw a trailer for it, but forgot all about it. It's that good?

Last edited by Jaicee - on 26 June 2021


2016:

1) Uncharted 4
2) Dark Souls 3 
3) Tales of Berseria
4) The Last Guardian
5) Owlboy

2017:

1) Nier Automata
2) Hollow Knight 
3) Horizon Zero Dawn 
4) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 
5) TLOZ Breath of the Wild

2018:

1) Monster Hunter World
2) God of War
3) Hades
4) Dark Souls Remastered
5) Celeste

2019:

1) Sekiro
2) Astral Chain
3) Bloodstained
4) Devil May Cry 5
5) FE Three Houses 

2020:

1) FFVII Remake
2) The Last of Us part 2 
3) Ghosts of Tsushima
4) Nioh 2
5) Ori Will of the Wisps

2021 so far:

1) MH Rise
2) Crash 4 its about time... 

Best year: 2017, im still missing some great games that year that would make my list of favorites.

Worst year: 2019, very slow year. 2021 is so far being slow as well. 



I've gone with original release dates (so have ignored the dates for prots, even if it's the port I played).

2016

1. Dark Souls III
2. Inside
3. The Last Guardian
4. Mirror's Edge Catalyst
5. Superhot

2017

1. The Surge
2. WipEout Omega Collection
3. Horizon Zero Dawn
4. Super Mario Odyssey
5. Gran Turismo Sport

2018

1. Shadow of the Colossus
2. God of War
3. Dark Souls: Remastered
4. Valkyria Chronicles 4
5. Wreckfest

2019

1. Control
2. Resident Evil 2
3. The Surge 2
4. Pokemon Sword/Shield
5. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

2020

1. Demon's Souls
2. Cyberpunk 2077
3. The Last of Us Part II
4. Hellpoint
5. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics



2021

1. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
2. Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX
3. Resident Evil Village



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Jaicee said:

Thanks, VersusEvil!

Inside, Stardew Valley, and Uncharted 4 are great picks for 2016! All those came close to making my 2016 list too.

Cosmic Star Heroine and Little Nightmares are also a couple picks from 2017 that I liked a lot too! 2017 was one of the best years in gaming history, IMO. I could list 15 games from that year that that I absolutely love. Such an expanded list would include NieR: Automata, Dream Daddy, Sonic Mania, Star Fox 2, Metroid: Samus Returns, and so many others!

I was somewhat curious about Flipping Death back when I saw a trailer for it, but forgot all about it. It's that good?

Flipping Death was a sleeper hit for me, wasn't a fan of Zoinks previous games and bought FD without expecting anything but it was a pretty fun & imaginative game. I enjoyed my entire time with it. 



Ride The Chariot

I don't know if I even played and completed five games total each year from each of the past five years, but here goes:

2016

1) Doom

2017

1) Super Mario Odyssey
2) Breath of the Wild
3) Blaster Master Zero

2018

1) Spider-Man
2) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
3) Shadow of the Colossus remaster
4) Mega Man 11

2019

1) Resident Evil 2
2) Gears 5
3) Mortal Kombat 11
4) Link's Awakening

2020

1) Ori and the Will of the Wisps
2) Final Fantasy VII Remake

2021 (so far)

Nothing yet

I have quite a few games still sitting either unplayed or unfinished in my collection, and when I finish them I could fill in the gaps.



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I'm going to do this based on the release date of the platform I've played it on, just to keep it simple on myself.


2016
1. Dark Souls 3 (PS4)
2. Uncharted 4 (PS4)
3. World of Final Fantasy (PS4)


2017

1. Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
2. Puyo Puyo Tetris (Switch)
3.  Axiom Verge (Switch)
4.  Mario + Rabbids (Switch)
5.  Arms (Switch)


2018

1. Dead Cells (Switch)
2. Octopath Traveler (Switch)
3. West of Loathing (Switch)
4. Spider-Man (PS4)
5.  Dragon Quest Builders (Switch)


2019
1. Wargroove (Switch)
2. Cadence of Hyrule (Switch)
3. Untitled Goose Game (Switch)
4. Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch)
5. Dragon Quest XI: DE (Switch)


2020
1. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)
2. Super Mario 35 (Switch)
3. Streets of Rage 4 (Switch)
4. Final Fantasy 7 Remake (PS4)
5. Shantae and the 7 Sirens (Switch)


For me it was really hard to fill out years 2016 and 2020.  In 2016 I was mostly doing retro gaming, and for 2020...well I still have a pretty good sized backlog.  In a year or two I might have more 2020 games to list.  On the other hand I had to leave several great games off of 2018.  Broken Age, Valkyria Chronicles 4, and Smash Bros are all great games that I would rank higher than the bottom game of any of my other years.



That's interesting. Let's see.

2016:

Bravely Second
Star Fox Zero
Deus Ex Mankind Divided

2017:

Zelda Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
Arms
Doom
Xenoblade Chronicles 2

2018:

Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Mega Man 11
Octopatch Traveler
Kirby Star Allies
Pokemon Let's Go Eevee

2019:

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
Daemon X Machina
Dragon Quest 11 S
Astral Chain
Zelda Link's Awakening

2020:

Streets of Rage 4
Paper Mario Origami King
Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity
Trials of Mana
Super Mario 35

2021:

New Pokemon Snap



Gameplay > Graphics

Substance > Style

Art Direction > Realism

2016
1) Persona 5
2) Civilization VI
3) Stardew Valley
4) Darksouls 3
5) Final Fantasy XV

2017
1) Hollow Knight
2) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild
3) Horizon Zero Dawn
4) Super Mario Odyssey
5) Splatoon 2

Damn it, what a strong year I could make a top 10 with this one

2018
1) God of War
2) Octopath Traveler
3) Deadcells
4) The Shadow of Colossus RE
5) And Honorale mention is Astrobot, I only played it nonstop for about 3 hours because I myself don't have VR but this guys is the Mario Bros of VR games, probably will be my number 1 once I have enough money to get a PSVR for myself

2019
1) Fire Emblem: Three Houses
2) Resident Evil 2 RE
3) Kingdom Hearts 3
4) Ring Fit Adventure
5) Crash Team Racing RE

2020
1) The Last of Us 2
2) Final Fantasy VII: RE
3) Animal Crossing: New Horizons
4) Hades
5) Ori and the Will of the Wisps


As for 2021, I haven't played anything meaningful releases this year except Little Nightmares 2

I'm also not including ports from older systems, only new-released remakes, that's why Crash TR and The Shadow of Colossus are allowed, but Pikmin 3 and Dragon Quest XI for Switch are not