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This may come as a surprise, but the people who make video games? They play and like them us much as us regular ol' non-developers. As we wave goodbye to 2016, we decided to reach out to developers and find out what their favorite five games of 2016 were. We asked for an ordered list with a sentence or two explaining each choice, with the qualifier that rules are made to be broken. This is why some lists might read more like 'games I played this year,' as opposed to 'games that came out this year,' feature extra honorable mention entries, or be just a list with no explanations. You can find the lists, presented in alphabetical order by last name, below.
You can look out for Game Informer's favorite games of the year lists in the January issue which will be in the wild soon.
Raphael Colantonio (Arkane Studios / Dishonored)
Ian Dallas (Giant Sparrow / The Unfinished Swan)
Cory Davis (Tangentlemen / Here They Lie)
Mathijs de Jonge (Guerrilla Games / Horizon Zero Dawn)
Rex Dickson (EA / Madden)
Neil Druckmann (Naughty Dog / The Last of Us)
For lists from Matt Firor (ZeniMax Online), Nina Freeman and Steve Gaynor (Fullbright), Kazuyuki Hoshino (Sega), and Kazutoki Kono (Project Aces), head to page two.
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