Here at PNTGRM we've been hard at work formulating our 2016 GOTY list, "The GOTY's." We have used objectivity and ethics to ascertain the true GOTY, and the 6 games which, while also good, are subordinate and inferior to the one true GOTY.
This list is not ordered in any meaningful way save for the final entry, the number one, that blessed game that somehow edged out every other game and, truly, became GOTY.
This game was built in RPG Maker, which means the majority of the gameplay is a turn based slugfest. This simply won’t do for our list, unless it’s a slugfest that takes place in a setting that can be described as “The Neverhood, but on even more drugs”. The combination of noise rock, partially randomly generated dialogue, and highly digitized claymation style makes this game a headfirst dive into the truly surreal. Also I love that when you die instead of kicking you back out to the title it sends you to heaven, which is just so chill. -@ClarkJewett
Hyper Light Drifter
This game is a place, a place that I love going to. It uses a sense of pacing expertly to make you feel what’s happening - The languid exploration, the intense, staccato fights. Hyper Light Drifter is just so thoughtfully put together, it’s incredible how well everything works. The melancholy, triumphant tone! The way the background art leads you to secrets, forcing you to pay attention! Plus, it got fucking robbed in other lists this year. It’s a game I’m going to come back to for a long time, like a Ghibli movie or something. -@jrdptttt
Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice
A few days after completing this game, I realized that the new Phoenix Wright was actually really well written. It turns out that you can have a cast full of colorful and outlandish characters and still write a meaningful story with subtlety. Spirit of Justice focuses primarily around Phoenix’s protege, Apollo Justice as he grapples with his own identity and his relationship with his biological father, his adopted father, and his lawyer-dad. What makes this great is that each case also deals with this theme of identity and reflects the struggles Apollo faces, but it’s very slick about only kind of letting you in on its secret. Then a bumbling paratrooper gets chased up a tree by a puppy and makes a Metalocaplypse reference. -@ClarkJewett
I love the way that this game teases out its central tension and conflict, suggesting that what’s happening is big, dramatic, blockbuster-thriller-like in scope, but then revealing itself to be much more low-key and character-focused. Firewatch is able to deeply communicate its characters and themes to you in such a way where you don’t even really realize it’s happening, and you come out of it wondering how exactly you know Henry and Delilah so well. -@jrdptttt
Hitman is pure joy. Every time I lose a round and fail to hit man I’m always smiling if not outright cackling. Hitman is a game about becoming familiar with blueprints both spacial and temporal. It’s not a game that you're supposed to win on the first playthrough. This would be frustrating if it weren’t for the fact the game is practically on its knees begging you to run around and just clown on the NPCs. There’s so much to discover and the way you go about this is so rife with physical comedy it’s hard to put this game down. -@ClarkJewett
It’s really good. It’s got good characters who I like, and it’s good. It’s fun to play the game and when you play it, you feel good. It’s good when you win and less good when you lose (But still good!).
It’s just really, very good.
If you like to play good games that make you feel good then play Overwatch. -@jrdptttt
AND NOW... "THE GOTY's" 2016 GOTY:
The... The Senpai?!
I’m truly, truly flattered to announce to you, here, that The Senpai is PNTGRM’s official Game of the Year.
Why is the The Senpai PNTGRM’s GOTY? Let me count the ways:
- The jokes
- The goofs
- The gags
- And so much more
It’s hard at the top. PNTGRM knows this, and we believe it. But PNTGRM has proved themselves to ourselves, and we know, in our hearts, that we deserve this coveted GOTY.
Thank you very much to everyone who played ;-*