Niche Gamer – Game of the Year 2016

How is everyone doing this New Years, from all of us here at Niche Gamer, we want to say thank you. You guy have made our day, month, and year. With that gushy shit out of the way, lets talk about our game of the year. We are doing something a little bit different as we all played different games, but we hope you find it insightful.

Each staff and their game of the year for 2016 are as follows:

  • Brandon Orselli – Stardew Valley
  • Michael Jordan – Let It Die
  • Matthew – Uncharted 4
  • Alexi Nascimento-Lajoie – VA-11 HALL-A
  • Cody Gulley – Kirby: Planet Robobot

Thanks again from all of us.

-Niche Gamer Staff


The staff at Niche Gamer are crazy passionate about the same games that we cover and play every day. Please feel free to contact us any time!

  • Pocketmarmots

    That new Mika looks lewd~

    Not that I’m complaining, mind. >.>

  • buddyluv324

    We need more Mika lewds! ^_^

  • I actually made this out of old Mika images lol glad you guys like them, photoshop is a hell of a drug

  • Mr0303

    My game of the year for 2016 was Odin Sphere Leifthrasir. Everything about the game is great – the gameplay, the looks, the music, the story, the characters, the voice acting (in both languages) and even the extra features like cross save. It is a remaster done right and the best one I’ve seen.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    I actually bought the Storybook Edition because of how much I loved the original PS2 version. That game really is a gem.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    GOTY for me: Hmmmmmm…… I guess I’d have to go with…..

    This Is The Police.

    I enjoyed many games this year, but I thought that game was pretty neat.

  • Mr0303

    Yep. I got that too. Vanillaware’s artwork alone was worth it.

  • That made my number this year as well. Though of any original Title it was SMT IV: Apocalypse closely followed by Dark Souls 3.

  • Nagato

    But what is Carl’s game of the year?

  • Hmm… I suppose my GOTY would have to be either Estival Versus or Titanfall 2. I’ve been trying to go through Trails of Cold Steel and university, so I haven’t had as much time to play all my games from 2016.

  • Paul Henri

    My 2016 Game: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2

  • Tyrone Jackson

    Doom for me. Pretty damn slow year overall. Almost no titles worth picking up this holiday season.

  • Etherblaze

    Trails of Cold Steel 2 was it for me.

  • Lucky

    I don’t think I have a game of the year. I mostly play older games and I don’t recall finishing anything that came out this year.

  • Zanthos

    I’d have to give it to Dark Souls 3. A lot of good games this year, I particularly liked Salt and Sanctuary, but I put the most time in and enjoyed DKS 3 more than anything else.

  • Kiryu

    My GOTY 2016 is Trails of Cold Steel 2.

  • Feniks

    Nice Nichegamer has eclectic tastes.
    Mine are either SG0 or CS2 but those came out in Japan before 2016.

  • Feniks

    That’s cool you didn’t miss much so don’t worry!

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    VA-11 HALL-A’s an easy GOTY for me. Something about it just clicked.

  • STARSBarry

    Honestly for me it was DOOM, it scratched an itch I had been wanting for years, a good solid single player first person shooter.

  • sanic

    Have to give it to SMT IV:A, the arguments between gods was intoxicating.

  • Mr0303

    Wolfenstein The New Order may be something you like.

  • Travis Touchdown
  • Travis Touchdown

    Star Fox Zero.

  • MusouTensei

    While I’m not through yet I can pretty much say that The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II on PS3 is my GotY 2016.

    Also sorry to say but all 4 of you have shit tastes.

  • Damn, everyone I know with a PS4 has been saying Let it Die is amazing, I’ll hopefully get in on that some day! Otherwise, I played a lot of pretty good games this year, some of which really wowed me in some aspects, but as whole packages were just alright. Stellaris had some awesome writing and very, very well done sci-fi world building, but the mid to late game just lost all magic and intrigue and became generic, for instance.

    I was hoping Mankind Divided would come in clutch but it just turned out to be microtransaction hell, and the entire game was just a half-finished game so you’d want to buy the “DLC Stories” to play the rest of it, essentially a giant ‘fuck you’ from Square Enix’s new, disgusting business model of pinching pennies with a ridiculous abuse of “episodic releases”, the “augment your pre-order” debacle, etc.

    I’d have to give my pick to Furi, for being pure creativity, and pure challenge without BS difficulty. Haters will say it’s fake, but, eh, that’s niche gaming for you.

  • I do have to say, as someone who has tried to like DKS for years, DKS3 was the first game I actually felt was approachable, from a more or less casual background like mine, and I enjoyed it way more than the others, even if the people who liked those games will disown it for that.

  • Didney Worl

    Doom was my game of the year.

  • Alexis Nascimento-Lajoie

    It’s so hard to listen to my own voice ;_;

  • Alexis Nascimento-Lajoie

    I actually almost chose Odin Sphere; Leifthrasir as my GOTY but only opted against since it’s technically not a “new” game, despite all the changes they did to the original.

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  • FlamableMind

    >Michael Jordan – Let It Die
    Just like how you left the forum to die :^)

  • FlamableMind

    >not harvest moon
    Nintendrone with shit taste detected

  • Shattno

    It’s called capitalism. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

  • Madbrainbox

    Total War Warhammer for me.Especially after they released the Wood Elves.

  • Guin

    GOTY was Smug.

  • 2501

    Furi has been my favorite game of 2016. It’s like someone mixed Shinobi (2002) with No More Heroes.

  • 2501

    Smug is always GOTY.

  • STARSBarry

    I did play it and while this was ALOT better than the at the time current slog, it was just did not scratch the DOOM itch, I think it was more the fact you where basically Fury incarnate in the new DOOM, from the little bits like the way he shakes as he cracks his knuckles in the elevator you feel as if your character is silently seething in rage, he never speaks but has more chracter than I have ever felt from the likes of Master Chief hell I think he beats out Gordon Freeman as far as silent protagonists go.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    Steins;Gate 0 because those goddamn feels~.

  • Uncle Slick

    My game of the year would probably be…

    Let It Die.

    Funny to have a GOTY from a game that basically just came out, but it’s just amazing.

    It’s free, but it feels like a full 60$ game.

    Long live Suda 51!

  • burdebc

    I would have to pick DOOM for 2016. The excellently balanced gameplay that basically forced you to keep moving and the sheer badassness of every element of the game make it the best game I played that launched this year.

    Starbound was a close second for being basically everything No Man’s Sky promised to be.

  • Michael Richardson

    SMT IV: Apocalypse for me. Another Atlus home run.

  • NuclearKangaroo

    same boat here, tough i did take the change during this winter sale to get me XCOM 2 and DOOM, ill see if they are as good as people say

  • Mr0303

    That’s fair I suppose. To me the original was great, but the lag really was a detriment to my enjoyment. Leifthrasir had so much new content that I considered it a new game.

  • Mr0303

    I get what you are saying. The two are very different games. I was suggesting it as a good single player shooter – something that is quite rare nowadays.

  • Lucky

    Doom wads work for me. Some of them use the source ports to the extent that they feel like new games entirely, and at times they are.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    I’d really like to know if they’re at least making a good profit off Let it Die, or do they simply not care? I wouldn’t mind getting cucked by GHM to pay for a game like that.

  • Sati Zakito

    you’re biased! but right at the same time (I like it too)

  • Mr0303

    I’m pretty biased. Vanillaware make some of my favourite games.

  • Kiryu

    We’re all biased to some point.

  • Mr0303

    We’re allowed to be when it comes to personal preferences.

  • Kiryu

    Indeed.I’m also biased when it comes to Falcom,for me nobody does better jrpgs then them.

  • passthegrenadeplease

    Even though it’s a love and hate relationship, I’ll have to go with Overwatch. The game is digital crack, it’s a breath of fresh air to me.

  • Sati Zakito

    Games x Vanilla.

  • Mr0303

    Even the food in their games is amazing:

  • AR7777

    Grim Dawn for me

  • larverto365

    top 10 anime deaths

  • Game of the year is Persona 5 for me.

  • Sean Sharpe

    Trails of Cold Steel II or Pokemon Sun for me.

  • RetroGamer

    Mine was Pokemon Moon.

  • Uncle Slick

    Yeah, I wouldn’t want the game to just shut down because they’re not making money, that’d suck.

    I’d pay full price for this for sure if it came to that.

  • Obbliglol

    SMTIV:A was great, but Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth was basically Raidou with hacking, so I dunno. Lots of great little games this year. Glad to see Furi getting some rep.

  • Zanthos

    And from the other more hardcore spectrum, I still enjoyed it the hell out of it. I kept want to see and fight the next boss and I kept feeling that same sense of satisfaction.