Game of the Year
Stardew Valley: Such an amazing game that does so many thing right. Biggest Surprise
Stardew Valley: As well as being an amazing game this just came right out of nowhere. Honourable Mention
Owlboy: Such a beautifully put together game, the art and music are just first rate. The way the developers manage to elicit such character from just the smallest of animations is astounding at times. On top of that the gameplay is good fun and the story is well told.
Firewatch: Another game that astounds with it's aural and visual splendor. Much like Owlboy it's a joy to play and the developers manage to create an amazing world full of life and character.
Dark Souls 3: I was unsure about putting this on here as it is the first Dark Souls game I haven't completed, but looking back i don't think it was because I didn't enjoy it, but because I did that classic thing of getting distracted. It's very much more of the same, but the formula is so good that I'm OK with that. It's also a step up from 2 in it's world building. One I think I'll return to over the winter break. Biggest Disappointment
I think this might be a tie between Stellaris and Dishonored 2. With Stellaris I think I got caught up in the hype that I would finally like a space 4X game. However I quickly got bored. As for Dishonored 2 I struggled to get on with it. I think on balance it has to go to Stellaris because Dishonored 2 has some great design and even though I think the story is just plain terrible it has moments that I enjoyed. Looking back on Stellaris I couldn't tell you anything that I really enjoyed doing. Most Anticipated Game
Zelda Breath of the Wild/ Nintendo Switch. Had to be really. Best not 2016 game of 2016
Up until the last month I probably would have said DOTA 2, but I think I might be done with DOTA so instead I'll say
Everyone's Gone to the Rapture. As you can probably tell from my other nominations I like a good story and a game with atmosphere and this had both of those. I can see why it won so many accolades last year.