Three Great Games You May Have Missed in 2016

2016 proved that the video game industry continues to excel in the production and release of high quality products. Not only were gamers treated to gems such as Overwatch, Battlefield 1, Dishonored 2, and Uncharted 4 by big budget developers, independent developers earned their place in games of the year lists with titles such as Inside and Stardew Valley. The aforementioned games only scratch the surface of what was an incredible and prolific year for game releases. And when you consider that on top of all this, Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft were also adding to their online catalogue of titles from past generations, it begs the question of just how many titles passed our respective gamer waysides in 2016. To help you out, here are three inexpensive, but still fantastic, titles that you may have missed last year.

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

So technically, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime was released initially in 2015 on Xbox One and home computer, but it also didn’t find its way to PlayStation 4 until 2016 and owners of the console should be happy that it did. The game can be played by one to four players, but excels as a single screen co-operative game. “Co-op” is the operative word here – players need to communicate and work together in order to control their ship as they fly through space conquering the evil entity known as anti-love. Players are constantly on the move as they switch between different  weapons, vessel shield stations, and the ship’s helm. The game’s colourful cartoon characters, upbeat electronic soundtrack, and tongue-in-cheek story round out what is a truly fun and fantastic co-op title.

Salt and Sanctuary

For each of Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime’s colourful enemies and sparkly explosions, Salt and Sanctuary has two or three disturbing enemies that aim to crush your optimism with sword and shield. The simplest way to explain the game is as a 2D Dark Souls, with the developers clearly borrowing that series’ levelling system, boss introductions, and weapon upgrade systems. While Salt and Sanctuary never reaches the incredibly high quality pinnacle of Dark Souls’ level design or depth of combat, the game still remains a stellar action game in its own right. The game is tough but fair, has a massive selection of weapons and armor to acquire, hides secrets in its vast levels, and delivers engaging, fun combat that requires skill. Any fan of Dark Souls should give Salt and Sanctuary a solid try.

Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir

Originally released for PS2 in 2007 as Odin Sphere, the beefed up Leifthrasir arrived in 2016 for PS3, PS4,and PSVita, and elevated an already fantastic game in regards to its visuals, level design, and the refinement of its combat. The 2D game is essentially a beat-em-up RPG played through circular levels. The lovely hand-drawn graphics bring to life an incredibly well written story involving Norse mythology and a war to end the world, presented through five different characters’ perspectives, with each viewpoint intertwining with the others and revealing more about the plot. Leifthrasir made many changes to the game, including making combat quicker, adding numerous enemies and changes to boss AI, adding defence and dodge abilities to the playable characters, and redesigning the user interface. The original Odin Sphere was already worth playing through in 2016, but Leifthrasir brought many modern improvements to the game that make it just that much better.

Daniel Podborochynski

A Canadian who loves video games, soccer, sandwiches, reading, cats, dogs, Aphex Twin, bike rides, Fallout, Daft Punk, barbecue, and beer.

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