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Team NCG’s Games of the Year 2016

2016 was yet another great year for games and we’ve played all we could get our hands on. Out of all the game releases, we all sat down and picked out our favorites.  Here are our top picks for 2016:

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Frost – Pokemon Sun and Moon
Pokemon Moon brought back the nostalgia of old Pokemon games but still managed to add elements to the game to make it feel new.  It was like an RPG, but with Pokemon.

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Dark_Laharl – The Division
“When The Division first came out I just had to buy it, I was able to play in the beta and liked that I saw. Once I had the full game I spent hours playing and had lots of fun as I leveled up and found new equipment. I played a lot of it with a co-worker and despite having a hard time dropping legendary loot it was fun while we completed the story, this alone made it the game of the year. Never mind that it sucked a lot after the story was over, meaning the end game was trash.”

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NCG Luis – Overwatch
“When deciding what to pick for my favorite game of 2016 I wanted to put a little more though into what it was that made it so I enjoyed playing a particular game. And it became clear that quality the game play was determined by the time I spent playing it and perceived enjoyment I got after playing the game.

My game of the year is Overwatch; this is the same game I had originally perceived as a Generic shooter and a Team Fortress 2 clone. The game uses simple mechanics that almost felt ripped from different shooters. It has Characters that felt too familiar as I could swear I had just played them in different games while the maps or arenas felt small and clustered.

Nonetheless it was actually all these things brought together that made the game so enjoyable. The simplicity of the game in a highly competitive format made it so that even the most inexperienced player could pick it up and actually contribute. From the start every characters mechanics are clear, characters are balanced to be able to counter each other, there is the never the worry of having someone pick that one toon who developers can’t get right because of their strengths. You no longer are playing a game where you pick the strongest character, but rather picking the best character for whatever scenario your team needs to overcome.

As skill in the game is gained, it becomes apparent that it’s not your ability to go off and kill the enemy that sets you apart, but how you contribute, communicate and execute as a team. And this is truly what you want in any game that consists of group gameplay. After a match despite win or lose your contributions are clearly presented. Matches don’t end leaving you empty handed, like if the last half hour was wasted thanks to a special fairy who could not grasp the game. Queue time, load time and replay time is low, allowing you to enjoy more of that sweet gameplay you came for.

Those are my reason for making this my game of the year for 2016. When things are said and done every match felt rewarding and queuing up for another round was always an experience I welcomed. I believe it simplicity that makes this game so special and look forward to seeing how the game evolves thanks to numerous new characters and maps being released for the 2017 seasons.”

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Stellar.ice – Overcooked
Overcooked is one of those games where you grab a couple of drinks, get your friends together, and let the chaos unfold.  You’ll spend most of the night shouting directions at one another, catching the kitchen on fire, and somehow manage to pull off the perfect service. I think it’s one of the best social games I’ve played because it forces you to work as a team rather than against each other.  The game is challenging enough to make you replay some levels, and you’re always willing to start from the beginning to bring new people into the kitchen.

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UndED – Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon 3 was a breath of fresh air for me.  While many of my other games lost their sheen after mere days of playing, Forza Horizon 3 kept me coming back to it for months.  Variety is the name of the game here, with several choices of cars, events, and locations to make sure you don’t get bored. FH3 is easily the funnest and most rewarding game I’ve played in recent memory, and the inclusion of the Blizzard Mountain DLC had me back at the wheel, drifting through icy turns with a passion.”

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NCG Mike – DOOM
Felt like a classic first person shooter.

And there you have the NCG’s top game picks for 2016! What was your favorite game from 2016? Let us know in the comments!

 

Overcooked: The Festive Seasoning

If you didn’t already hate your friends enough after working in the kitchen, Team 17 is bringing some more modes for our favorite chaotic co-op game: Overcooked. You can pick up this next DLC pack, The Festive Seasoning, FREE on December 6th.

The Festive Seasoning DLC includes:
* 8 new co-op levels set in the new Winter Lodge theme
* 2 new chefs to unlock, the snowman and reindeer
* 2 new recipes to dish up, Turkey Dinner and Stew
* A new way to cook recipes, the flamethrower!
* Santa hats for your chefs
* A brand new wintery world map, complete with a snowmobile to get around with

Overcooked review

Overcooked was released just recently and, let me tell you, this game is so much fun! Hear me out.

Overcooked’s game play is basically is working in a kitchen: grab the ingredients, prep them, cook them, deliver the finished food to the customer, wash dishes rinse and repeat. The game can get so hectic when the various stages have some sort of gimmick to make it harder for you to cook. For example, one stage is two cars that drive away from each other periodically making it hard to get ingredients or cook your food. In another stage, rats keep trying to steal your prepped food so you have to smack them away -those damn rats!

The graphics of Overcooked are nothing fancy and that’s ok; its not a game that lives and dies on them. The real beauty of Overcooked is the game play.

The controls are both simple and hard both at once. My biggest complaint of the game is on PC  you can’t really play with a keyboard and succeed (maybe you can, but I can’t). You definitely need a game pad, either a PS3/4 or Xbox controller. With controllers you only really use three buttons; chop/wash, pick up and put down, and dash. The craziness comes in when you realize that if you play as a single player you still have to control two characters, and they can both be controlled with the single controller. Doing two different actions using the same controller gets very hectic, trust me.

The real fun of Overcooked is the multiplayer. If you get three or four friends you can play through the entire campaign in your quest to become a great chef and stop the Apocalypse. You can also play against each other in a versus mode. Pick your teammate wisely. Overall, Overcooked truly shines brightest when played with friends.

Overcooked is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC for $16.99. NCG highly recommends this game!

Overcooked will get you on your couch AND in the kitchen

The Onion Kingdom is in danger and only the best chefs can save it! Journey through 30 campaign levels with a variety of challenges. Only the best chefs defeat the evil that plagues the land!

Overcooked features:

  • 28 standard campaign levels plus an additional introductory level and final boss to conquer!
  • Local co-op play for 1 to 4 players across all campaign levels!
  • 9 versus levels to go head to head locally with either 2 or 4 players
  • A range of different and unusual kitchens to play across with different recipes to master, cook soup, burritos, burgers and fish and chips
  • 14 different chefs to play as!
  • Split pad controls! Play with two people sharing the same controller
  • 11 achievements to cook up

If you’re looking for a fun party game for you and your friends, Overcooked is a great buy.  You can get it on XBox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam for $16.99.  Happy cooking!

Overcooked release date

Ghost Town Games with Team 17 have announced the release date for their new game Overcooked. A game about cooking! Haven’t heard of it? check out the trailer.

In the game you have to grab ingredients, chop them up cook them combine them and plate but that’s not all! You have to deliver the food then wash the dishes but continue cooking or have dissatisfied customers! Its hectic fun for 1 to 4 players. We managed to play a bit of the game and can guarantee a good time.

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You can pre-order starting July 20th and expect a full release on August 3rd.