The Gematsu community Games of the Year 2016 results and overall Game of the Year vote

What the community says about all the winners.

The Gematsu community Games of the Year 2016 results

Hello, Gematsu community! Community modguy Zero here again. We closed the polls for our Games of the Year 2016 vote a few weeks ago. I know many of you have been excited to see the outcome. I’ve run into lots of delays, but I’m happy to say I finally have the results.

Before we begin, I’m excited to reveal our new Gema-themed trophies! For those of you unaware, Gema is our exclusive mascot, or as some of you like to call him, the Gematsu Robot. I really wanted to have trophies for our winners this year, so I reached out to Gzei, the winner of our recent Sword Art Online art contest for help. He worked with me and made some amazing trophies for us. On behalf of our entire community, thanks so much, Gzei! If you want to see more of Gzei’s amazing art, there’s a Tumblr page full of it.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Wii U

■ Winner

The Wii U Gematsu community Game of the Year is …

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Gold)

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • kthanxyousuck: “I enjoyed Tokyo Mirage Sessions because it reminded me of a slice of life anime. While the idol/friends wanting to achieve their dreams plot was a bit cheesy, it was upbeat and inviting. The characters were all mature and well written (even though Barry felt like he was a parody character). Gameplay wise weaving the fire emblem triangle in with the usual SMT/Persona battle system worked really well. The game probably has the best use of the gamepad on the Wii U with the line messaging app.”

■ Runners-Up

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Silver)

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Here’s what we’re saying:

  • Zero (Gematsu Community Mod): “I consider Twilight Princess one of the more under appreciated Zelda titles. The level design and environments change in interesting ways when you play as Wolf Link. The combat and game play is uniquely crafted around this, which made the Wolf Link parts arguably the best parts of the game. I also really grew to enjoy Midna, I think she is one of the better written companion characters in the series, and all of this held true with the high def remaster. I’m looking forward to using my Wolf Link Amiibo in Breath of the Wild, and I hope Nintendo continues to use Wolf Link in the future. It doesn’t feel like it’s been 10 years since Twilight Princess first released, but the game is still great today, and one of those special games I’ll never forget.”

Pokken Tournament (Bronze)

Pokken Tournament

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • shogunknight: “The combat mechanics in Pokken are pretty solid. The battle style reminds me of Dissidia Final Fantasy. You can call in support pokemon that provide aid either attacking or defending, some even do status effects like reduction of critical rate and some increase attack power. The right combination of support can make you either pack a punch or become close to a tank. The support pokemon take a while to charge up though. I played it numerous times with friends, my favorite part of the game was the combat, but I wish the roster was bigger. My favorite character was Blaziken.”


■ Winner

The 3DS Gematsu community Game of the Year is …

Pokemon Sun / Pokemon Moon (Gold)

Pokemon Sun and Moon

Here’s what we’re saying:

  • Pekola (Gematsu Community Mod): “With Pokemon Sun & Moon everything feels fresh and new, yet familiar at the same time. You still get all your fancy critters. You get this expansive world full of charming characters and a sense of adventure. However, underneath the bright and positive presentation you also get a deep story that reminds us just how important family and friends are. How abuse can change you, and how little by little a person can grow. For me personally, Pokemon is like an anchor, a constant source of joy. It reminds me that there’s always a place to go back to that will always feel like home in an otherwise hectic, changing world. This being the culmination of 20 years of games, twenty years of memories, I can say it’s been worth it. May Pokemon live on for another 20 years. Train on!”

■ Runners-Up

Fire Emblem Fates (Silver)

Fire Emblem Fates

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Cocteau: “The characters in Fates are fun, varied, and quirky and the buddy system received an overhaul which added a whole new dynamic to combat. Most of the maps are challenging and the different perspectives you could play the story from keeps everything fresh. The game also has some nicely animated cut-scenes that enhance the story. All of this is a of reminder why FE is one of best srpg franchises to date.”

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse (Bronze)

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • MrTyrant: “What I liked the most about SMT IV Apocalypse was the storyline and gameplay improvements. The story keep being dark as always with some interesting twist but they added a touch of humour with the main character and his multiple responses, as well as trusted companions ones with plenty of interaction but not only that because they also gave us the possibility to add them as support for combat, each one with their own abilities that could mix with our demon party adding a little bit of strategy. The combat system and interface was improved, being now faster and easy to navigate throught. The soundtrack was fantastic mixing old tunes with new ones that just fit right with the game setting or events.”


■ Winner

The Smartphone Gematsu community Game of the Year is …

Pokemon GO (Gold)

Pokemon GO

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Biskmatar: “Pokemon GO is a game that literally ANYONE can play or join in. I’ve played GO with friends who weren’t really gamers and people who really liked the series. It started off as a huge social experience that similarly reminds me of the Wii, when EVERYONE was playing it. Pokemon GO even encouraged me to get out and exercise as well due to the in-game mechanics.”

■ Runners-Up

Granblue Fantasy (Silver)

Granblue Fantasy

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Ferrick: “I love the music (Nobuo Uematsu working his magic again), the characters and their art, the fan art, and the story, world and setting.”

Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius (Bronze)

Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius

Here’s what we’re saying:

  • Zero (Gematsu Community Mod): “I’ve been surprised how much I enjoy Brave Exvius. It has an old school Final Fantasy story, with a “touch” hybrid version of the ATB system, that is easy for new players to pick up and learn. You can customize your party and auto battle for repeat random battles, and the dungeons while small, are a nice change of pace from just moving from spot to spot on the world map. Brave Exvius does feature a summoning system, like many smartphone games these days, you can earn items in game that allow you to roll the dice at a chance to summon legendary characters. It’s all about luck, but one of my first rare characters I unlocked was Tellah from Final Fantasy 4. He’s a really effective mage in the game, and only gets more powerful as you level him up. The combat seems pretty easy on the surface, but as you progress in the story, the battles become more difficult and having a balanced party is key. I tend to look for games that are fun to play in smaller play sessions on my phone, Brave Exvius is one of the best I’ve played, and I’d recommend giving it a try.”

PS Vita

■ Winner

The PS Vita Gematsu community Game of the Year is …

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (Gold)

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Evil Ascendant (Gematsu Community Mod): “Despite lacking in the department of western releases for several years, the beginning of 2016 rewarded fans in the west with the release of, in my opinion, one of the strongest Digimon games to date. From the main menu to the end of the game, a catchy soundtrack accompanies players as they battle and train their Digimon partners across an enjoyable and content-rich story which takes people to both real world locations and digital ones. It boasts an impressive roster of Digimon from across multiple series which, along with the game, look great on either Vita of PS4. Now let’s hope Media.Vision is working on the next one…*Hint, nudge, hint, wink.”

■ Runners-Up

World of Final Fantasy (Silver)

World of Final Fantasy

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Hayate Aizhlumendei: “I enjoyed World of Final Fantasy for its simple yet also strategic gameplay, its enchanting visuals and characters, and the fun to collect mirages. It is a blast collecting and customizing series favorites and even some new, all while being absorbed by the music and story alike. Even without knowing the allusions and other references to the other games, one can still follow along and fully enjoy the game, making it a sound choice for one to ease into the series if they’re new, and enjoy them still if they’re not. It’s definitely worth picking up.”

Steins;Gate 0 (Bronze)

Steins Gate 0

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • TreizeX: “Steins;Gate 0 is a great addition to the series. People might be disappointed with the lack of time travel, but it’s a story regarding the consequences of Okabe’s decision at the end of the first game, and it’s told very well. You’ll meet new interesting characters and can only feel pity for Okabe with how calm and reserved he sounds now, but the payoff is well worth it.”


■ Winner

The PC Gematsu community Game of the Year is …

DOOM (Gold)


Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • z_merquise: “It’s a totally bad-ass shooter. It retains the fast-paced action and huge exploration of the classic Doom while introducing new mechanics. The melee-kills gives a risk/reward mechanic that’s very satisfying to pull-off. And a rocking soundtrack that syncs well with the carnage happening in the game.”

■ Runners-Up

Stardew Valley (Silver)

Stardew Valley

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • ExistentialThought: “Stardew Valley is more than just a love letter to the Harvest Moon series, it carved out its own identity with its characters, art, and gameplay. It is an extremely fun and relaxing game. The goals are simple, but how you get there is up to you. Also, I really appreciate the developer. He is passionate about the genre and has supported the game post-launch.”.”

XCOM 2 (Bronze)


Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • The Fabulous Wombat: “My favorite thing about XCOM in general is the evolving nature of the narrative and relationships you form with your units, the drama that basically creates itself on the battlefield, the game really nails the sense of tension when you are cornered, and of loss when one of your valuable units dies, especially since you create these characters yourself and level them up and equip them yourself.”

Xbox One

■ Winner

The Xbox One Gematsu community Game of the Year is …

Final Fantasy XV (Gold)

Final Fantasy XV

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Cocteau: “Final Fantasy XV was a game that wanted to be a wide variety of things for a wide variety of people. In that I think it succeeded in being of the more accessible entries in the franchise. It had a lot of nods for long-time fans as well, especially those who loved FF VI. Exploration was generally well done and gameplay fell into the “easy to pick up difficult to master” category. Where the game really shines though is creating atmosphere. FF XV was able to capture the sense of adventure that comes with being on the road with your buddies. Of course it probably helped that they spent half the time slaying demons and monsters. An overall good game.”

■ Runners-Up

Overwatch (Silver)


Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • DesmaX: “Overwatch always feel exhilarating to play, meaning every move counts. It’s just one of those games that get your heart racing when the match is nearly ending; since most of the time, they tend to end with a near victory for each side. It’s surprisingly well balanced for a game with a number of different characters too; not only for the characters, but for the maps too. And with the number of different characters, every match feels different from one another, even if there isn’t many maps in the game.”

Gear of War 4 (Bronze)

Gears of War 4

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Cocteau: “Gears 4 fine-tuned the shooting and cover mechanics from previous games that always felt a bit to stiff and the story branches off in an interesting direction even if it’s not fully realized by the end. The online is the highlight as it remains competitive and thankfully has fixed most of the balancing issues 2 and 3 had. New additions keep horde mode fresh and fun for some couch coop as well.”

PlayStation 4

■ Winner

The PlayStation 4 Gematsu community Game of the Year is …

Final Fantasy XV (Gold)

Final Fantasy XV

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Esura: “Final Fantasy XV was that game that had so much build up, so much long hype for and while it didn’t fully deliver on everything promised when it was Versus XIII I’d say the finished project is still highly enjoyable. There was many things I loved about the game but I’d say the best part of the game for me was just seeing the camaraderie between Noctis and his friends as they journey across the land to reclaim their home. You really got the feeling that these characters are true bros and they show this not only in the dialog but even simple things like how they interact with each other during battle or when camping.”

■ Runners-Up

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Silver)

Uncharted 4: A Thiefs End

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Yuntu: “Uncharted 4 was a great final to a great franchise. It expanded on everything the series has to offer without diminishing in quality and actually improving almost every aspect of it. Outside of that it actually managed to delve deeper into Nathan´s background, Sully and others without it feeling shoehorned into the franchise just to have backstories. It felt natural. And it has probably one of my favourite endings to a franchise I’ve witnessed so far. It just feels right. It simply works.”

Dark Souls III (Bronze)

Dark Souls III

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • ayanami-chan: “Dark Souls III represents success in its purest form: having challenges presented to you that appears insurmountable until you achieve victory. Dark Souls III melds atmosphere, brilliant world design, and interesting world building with quality game philosophies of old.”


■ Winner

The Gematsu community best Imported title of 2016 is …

Persona 5 (Gold)

Persona 5

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Articuno76: “The dungeon pacing in Persona 5 is excellent thanks to how the game handles difficulty. Where in P4 where it would become a drag/grind and you might waste a day or two inching forward, in P5 you can change the criteria for winning battles from trying to kill all the enemies outright to ending the fight by holding them up. You get less XP this way (though still a sizable percentage), but enough to continue moving forward without needing to grind (literally, or in the sense of slog through painfully slow battles). In fact, because winning a fight with a hold up condition is generally faster than a conventional victory the most curious and brilliant thing happens: falling behind the difficulty curve actually ACCELERATES the pace of dungeon completion. Think about it. Think about it really hard. If that’s not a triumph of game design I don’t know what is.”

■ Runners-Up

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (Silver)

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Ping: “The final chapter of Kiryu’s story. The side stories are great, they have their own unique story and sometimes with elements of comedy. Side stories are also fully voiced now which is another plus. Also, you can finally run from enemies on the streets if you don’t feel like fighting.”

Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers (Bronze)

Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • kokorozashii: “Having played previous Super Robot Wars it’s nice to see a bunch of mainline original characters gathered into a game, the battles look nice, and the music is great.”


■ Winner

The Gematsu community best remastered title of 2016 is …

Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (Gold)

Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • kokorozashii: “Leifthrasir is an amazing remaster! Updated art assets, a completely new mode with improved gameplay, extra bosses, extra story chapters while still having the separate original mode intact for players that want to experience the original version of the game.”

■ Runners-Up

Gravity Rush Remastered (Silver)

Gravity Rush Remastered

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Evil Ascendant (Gematsu Community Mod): “A true gem of a game that truly sets the standards on what a remaster should be in my opinion, it looks beautiful and although short it’s a wonderful experience.”

Ratchet & Clank (bronze)

Ratchet & Clank

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Rexy: “Ratchet has always had a special place in my heart during the glory days of PS2 platforming. The fact it stood the test of time when platformers are at an all time low and still succeed in entertaining many people brings a smile to my face. The remake allowed me to go through Ratchet and Clank again but this time with a new coat of paint to see familiar worlds reborn on the PS4 was just breathtaking.”


■ Winner

The Gematsu community best video game character of 2016 is …

Noctis from Final Fantasy XV (Gold)


Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Karysonson: “Noctis is a very caring individual who cares deeply about his country and friends. Even after the incident in his childhood that changed him into a more solemn person his heart still shines through.”

■ Runners-Up

Nathan Drake from from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (silver)

Nathan DRake

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Mr. Teddie: “Having been into this series since back when I got my PS3 for MGS4 in 08, it’s obvious that I would develop an attachment to the series, and its characters sooner, or later. But whereas before I liked the characters, and being around in their adventure, in this game I really grew to understand Nate as a human being, not just as an entertaining treasure hunter. Chapter 4 of this game develops Nathan more than I think the entirety of the original trilogy did. If we had a favorite moments or chapters this year, that chapter would probably be up there as one of my favorites this year.”

Trico from The Last Guardian (Bronze)


Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Rexy: “Throughout the game I grew to develop a relationship with Trico that I didn’t expect initially. At first I felt he acted too feisty with me but as he warmed up to me and started to warm up to him. I was always concerned for him when I felt that his life was in danger.”


■ Winner

The Gematsu community best video game soundtrack of 2016 is …

Final Fantasy XV (Gold)

Final Fantasy XV

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • Murasaki: “The soundtrack is one of the best aspects of this game. It tells about some emotions more than a few words could have (I feel it makes many scenes in the game even better!) The OST gives this game so much more meaning and heart that it would not have without it- It enhances the beautiful and epic moments, but also adorns the weaker spots to create a compelling journey that makes you smile and cry.”

■ Runners-Up

Dark Souls III (Silver)

Dark Souls III

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • shogunknight: “The music in Dark Souls III is very immersive and sets a perfect tone for the situations placed on the gamer. A mix of eerie, calm and danger in each track.”

The Last Guardian (Bronze)

The Last Guardian

Here’s what our readers are saying:

  • bloodiOS: “The Last Guardian’s soundtrack is serene and atmospheric. It soothes my soul while complementing my playing experience.”


For all of those who followed along reading this, thank you! We now have our nominees for the Gematsu community Game of the Year! I want to say thanks the community for all the wonderful quotes. It wasn’t easy getting some of these, but I want to do even better later this year, please keep leaving detailed replies for me to share in our articles!

We have one final bit of business to complete. The time has finally come to vote for the community’s overall Game of the Year. The winner from each category is placed into this final poll, where everyone decides what the game of the year was. Final Fantasy XV can’t be selected twice, so both Overwatch and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be added to make things fair. Please vote using the poll below. If you could leave a reply detailing the game you voted for and why, I’ll be selecting some for the results article. Thanks so much and let the voting begin!

What was the best game of 2016?

Thank you for your vote!

Total Voters: 789

Here are the Games of the Year results in full:

What was the best Wii U game of 2016?

  1. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Nintendo) – 777 votes
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Nintendo) – 320 votes
  3. Pokken Tournament (Nintendo) – 215 votes
  4. Paper Mario: Color Splash (Nintendo) – 86 votes

Total Votes: 1,398

What was the best 3DS game of 2016?

  1. Pokemon Sun / Moon (Nintendo) – 532 votes
  2. Fire Emblem Fates (Nintendo) – 404 votes
  3. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse (Atlus) – 388 votes
  4. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice (3DS) – 168 votes

Total Votes: 1,492

What was the best smartphone game of 2016?

  1. Pokemon GO (Niantic) – 374 votes
  2. Granblue Fantasy (Cygames) – 372 votes
  3. Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius (Square Enix) – 296 votes
  4. Mobius Final Fantasy (Square Enix) – 185 votes

Total Votes: 1,227

What was the best PS Vita game of 2016?

  1. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (Bandai Namco) – 516 votes
  2. World of Final Fantasy (Square Enix) – 461 votes
  3. Steins;Gate 0 (PQube) – 320 votes
  4. Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls – 143 votes

Total Votes: 1,440

What was the best PC game of 2016?

  1. DOOM (Bethesda Softworks) – 544 votes
  2. Stardew Valley (Chucklefish Games) – 318 votes
  3. XCOM 2 (2K Games) – 201 votes
  4. VA-11 HALL-A (Sukeban Games) – 193 votes

Total Votes: 1,256

What was the best Xbox One game of 2016?

  1. Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix) – 537 votes
  2. Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment) – 287 votes
  3. Gears of War 4 (Microsoft) – 267 votes
  4. Quantum Break (Microsoft) – 119 votes

Total Votes: 1,210

What was the best PlayStation 4 game of 2016?

  1. Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix) – 618 votes
  2. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (SIE) – 426 votes
  3. Dark Souls III (Bandai Namco) – 319 votes
  4. The Last Guardian (SIE) – 219 votes

Total Votes: 1,582

What was the best import title of 2016?

  1. Persona 5 (Atlus) – 974 votes
  2. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (Sega) – 249 votes
  3. Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers (Bandai Namco) – 128 votes
  4. Tokyo Xanadu eX+ (Falcom) – 106 votes

Total Votes: 1,457

What was the best remastered title of 2016?

  1. Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (Atlus) – 653 votes
  2. Gravity Rush Remastered (SIE) – 299 votes
  3. Ratchet & Clank (SIE) – 293 votes
  4. Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (Sega) – 262 votes

Total Votes: 1,507

Who was the best video game character of 2016?

  1. Noctis from Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix) – 495 votes
  2. Nathan Drake from from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (SIE) – 401 votes
  3. Trico from The Last Guardian (SIE) – 374 votes
  4. Marine from DOOM (Bethesda Softworks) – 180 votes

Total Votes: 1,450

What was the best video game soundtrack of 2016?

  1. Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix) – 885 votes
  2. Dark Souls III (Bandai Namco) – 262 votes
  3. The Last Guardian (SIE) – 171 votes
  4. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (SIE) – 102 votes

Total Votes: 1,420

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