Opinion Column: The Essential Games of 2016

While everyone's tastes differ, a select few games are of such high quality that they belong in every self-respecting gamer's library. This is the short list of 2016's essential video games. You should purchase every one, preferably at full price.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak

Minecraft: Story Mode

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

Final Fantasy Explorers

Lego Marvel's Avengers

The Witness

Rise of the Tomb Raider


American Truck Simulator

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth




Pillars of Eternity: The White March - Part 2

Street Fighter V

I Am Setsuna

Far Cry Primal

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

The Walking Dead: Michonne

The Flame in the Flood


Grim Dawn

Stardew Valley

Soul Axiom

Black Desert Online

Tom Clancy's The Division


WWE 2K16

EA Sports UFC 2

Need for Speed

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Trackmania Turbo

Way of the Samurai 3


Eve: Valkyrie

Lucky's Tale

MLB 16: The Show

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

Job Simulator

Dark Souls III

Ratchet & Clank

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Invisible, Inc.

The Banner Saga 2

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

Star Fox Zero

Offworld Trading Company


Kathy Rain


Uncharted 4: A Thief's End


Homefront: The Revolution


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan

Total War: Warhammer


Hearts of Iron IV

Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Trials of the Blood Dragon

Mighty No. 9

Umbrella Corps

Tokyo Mirage Sessions

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Technomancer

Pokémon Go

Carmageddon: Max Damage

Monster Hunter Generations



Batman: The Telltale Series

No Man's Sky

Grow Up

Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Madden NFL 17

The King of Fighters XIV

Worms W.M.D


Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars

Attack on Titan

World of Warcraft: Legion

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice

NHL 17

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2


Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

Forza Horizon 3

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice

Yo-Kai Watch 2

Mafia III

Paper Mario: Color Splash

Dragon Quest Builders

Gears of War 4

WWE 2K17

Rollercoaster Dreams

Shadow Warrior 2

Skylanders: Imaginators

Battlefield 1

Civilization VI

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Just Dance 2017

World of Final Fantasy

Titanfall 2

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Mario Party: Star Rush

Dishonored 2

Watch Dogs 2

Planet Coaster

Pokemon Sun and Moon

Final Fantasy XV

Star Trek: Bridge Crew


Dead Rising 4

The Last Guardian

Divinity: Original Sin 2

Super Mario Run