Conquer This Year’s Greatest Games With All The Guides Of 2016

2016 crushed it in the games department. There are so many amazing games, it’s almost impossible for any mentally-stable individual to play every single one. Lucky for you, we’re kind of insane here at Gameranx, and my goal to cover every great game went into high gear with guides galore.

To commemorate the world’s favorites, I’m here to provide a comprehensive list of guides, collectible locations, secret strategies, and everything else walkthrough-related for all those games my peers deemed “best” (or at least notable) in 2016. In total, I’ve completed over 500 guides in my tenure at Gameranx. That’s a lot, so let’s separate the wheat from the chaff — here are all the games we covered more-than-comprehensively, with some games getting a dozen plus articles to feed the community’s need.

This isn’t a list — it’s a compendium of everything worth revisiting. When you finally catch up with your 2016 backlog and look for secrets, unlockables, and other awesome stuff, try browsing through some of the cool articles below.

Game Guides of 2016:

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  • Battleborn
  • Fallout 4 — Add-ons
  • Uncharted 4
  • DOOM (2016)
  • Witcher 3 — Add-ons
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Pokemon GO
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided / Deus Ex GO
  • Destiny: Rise of Iron
  • Battlefield 1
  • Gears of War 4
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare / Modern Warfare Remastered
  • Titanfall 2
  • Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel
  • Dishonored 2
  • Pokemon Sun / Moon
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Dead Rising 4

Battleborn [5/3/2016]

In the end, Battleborn couldn’t compare to Overwatch — nothing could get in the way of Blizzard’s juggernaut hero shooter, but Battleborn still put out a valiant effort (for a few months) and our coverage proved to be a surprising hit. … all thanks to free stuff. You can still claim some of that free stuff if you’ve got a copy.

Fallout 4 [11/10/2015]

This 2015 juggernaut marched into 2016 with multiple DLC add-ons and extras. There’s no need to argue to the merits of this open-world RPG — everyone already did that last year, but now that the Season Pass is complete and we’ve had a chance to explore Nuka-World, Far Harbor, and construct a vault of our very own, we can confidently say that Fallout 4 deserves a spot on the list.

Mods & Updates:

Far Harbor DLC:

Contraptions DLC

Vault-Tec DLC

Nuka-World DLC

Uncharted 4 [5/11/2016]

Nathan Drake returns with all the quips and fast-paced 3rd person action fans expect from Naughty Dog’s seminal series, only this time we get an infusion of somber coming-of-middle-age exploits as Drake (and pals) cope with their role in a vastly different, post-Last of Us gaming landscape. Naturally, Uncharted 4 is huge success on every front. The most dynamic and exciting adventure of the series breathes an extra whiff of maturity into Nathan Drake.

DOOM (2016) [5/13/2016]

DOOM took everyone by surprise. The reveal blew people away, but it left most of us skeptical. The final product assuaged all worries, and DOOM (2016) has forged ahead, claiming Game Of The Year awards from multiple outlets in 2016. This game is the real deal — a fun, explosive and violent FPS. The singleplayer campaign is robust, filled with exploration and demon-murdering delights.

Witcher 3 [5/19/2015]

Another 2015 game makes the list — but Blood and Wine is an easy addition. This huge expansion adds a new ending, a new area to explore. Basically, it’s even more of what makes Witcher 3 amazing. Colorful characters, an interesting story, and tons of quests to take in a sprawling world filled with mystery. Blood and Wine, the last add-on for Witcher 3, beats out plenty of rivals as one of the best RPGs of 2016.

Blood and Wine DLC:

Kirby: Planet Robobot [6/10/2016]

One of my personal favorites and an incredibly cute addition to the Kirby lexicon, Planet Robobot features giant robots and series-best level design. The boss battles are bigger, the stakes are higher, and everything is even more exciting. Exploring every level and unlocking those bonus hard difficulty modes is a dream thanks to tight controls and simple (but fun!) puzzles and secrets anyone can handle. Easily one of the best 3DS adventures available in 2016.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens [6/28/2016]

Star Wars is kind of a big deal, and the LEGO games are always popular with kids — mix the two together means instant success, right? LEGO The Force Awakens didn’t fall asleep at the steering wheel for this entry. Instead of doing the same old thing, the heroes of The Force Awakens jump from one activity to the next. You’ll take on flying vehicle sequence, sliding action rides, on-rails space battles, and third-person shooting sequences between solving puzzles and swapping minifigs. If you’re getting tired of LEGO adventures, The Force Awakens is a breathe of fresh, LEGO brick air.

Pokemon GO [7/6/2016]

For a few solid weeks, nothing could beat the excitement surrounding Pokemon GO. The first big augmented-reality Pokemon app for iOS and Android, Pokemon GO allowed everyone to become a real-world Pokemon trainer. While the execution hasn’t been ideal, and fans are dropping off in droves, we can all look back to that fleeting summer when Pokemon GO was everywhere; when an app brought people out of their basements and into the sunlight.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 [10/6/15]

Another game from 2015 makes the list specifically for Zombies. The oddball survival mode is a big hit with a very specific, very hardcore audience. Whenever a new Zombies map drops, streamers come out of the woodwork to hunt down the latest ridiculously convoluted, almost-impossible to solve Easter egg. In honor of their efforts, here are all the guides for Black Ops 3 and its many, many DLC packs released in the year of 2016.

Gorod Krovi Zombies Map DLC

Revelations Zombies Map DLC

No Man’s Sky [8/9/2016]

Okay, maybe we’re stretching the definition of “best” / “greatest” — but there’s no denying that No Man’s Sky was noteworthy. A massive project with out-of-control hype, it landed with an ugly thud. Post-release, we’ve seen updates that include base building mechanics, but it’s still a far cry from what fans (and reviewers) were hoping for. If you picked up No Man’s Sky on sale, here are a couple guides to help get you started.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided / Deus Ex GO [8/23/16]

The sequel to Human Revolution, Mankind Divided is a shorter, leaner and meaner Deus Ex adventure. It doesn’t rock the boat, instead improved the mechanics (and graphics fidelity) while nervously inching closer and closer to the coveted original Deus Ex timeline. One day we’ll make it, but this awesome FPS belongs on the list. It released alongside a companion app called Deus Ex GO, which is actually a fun little puzzle game in its own right.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex GO

Destiny: Rise of Iron [9/20/2016]

Destiny enters Year 3 in 2016, and it’s still going strong. The latest update includes plenty of features fans have been clamoring for, including a deeper post-game experience, and even tougher raids that only the most skilled teams can conquer. This year includes some true high-points — the raid being my personal favorite — but the new missions are a strong addition. Basically, its more Destiny. That’s all it takes to get included in the compendium.

Rise of Iron

Holiday Events

Battlefield 1 [10/21/16]

Where Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare reached for the stars, Battlefield 1 dropped down into the muck of World War 1. Returning to its historical roots, Battlefield 1 is a gritty, violent return to form for the increasingly bombastic franchise. This is the best Battlefield in years, with a smooth launch and plenty of explosive action, utilizing a new pallet of weaponry most gamers have never experienced before. Get a load of the history in the latest Battlefield with our articles covering the real-life weapons and locations found in Battlefield 1.

Gears of War 4 [10/11/2016]

Gears of War 4 steps into the future, following a new team of Gears as they battle both threats new and familiar. After a long dormancy, it’s kind of nice to return to the Gears of War world, one that isn’t completely ravaged by monsters. There’s almost a hint of hope in this entry, even when you’re busy chainsawing ugly monstrosities that pop out of slimy egg sacs.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare / Modern Warfare Remastered [11/4/2016]

Living in the shadow of the new-and-improved Battlefield 1, Infinite Warfare still managed to impress with its creative scenarios and unusually strong singleplayer component, even if the multiplayer was basically the same as last year’s model — which also made it onto this 2016 list — but the Call of Duty name is so inescapable, there’s no getting out of this game’s orbit. If anything, at least it brought us an impressive remake of the classic Modern Warfare.

Infinite Warfare

Zombies In Spaceland

Modern Warfare Remastered

Titanfall 2 [10/28/2016]

The little shooter that could, Titanfall 2 is another surprising FPS that landed right smack dab between Battlefield 1 and Infinite Warfare. Don’t let this fleet-of-foot parkour and mech shooter slip by unnoticed. With it’s sharp design, great movement, and exhilarating gameplay both online and offline, this sequel is everything we wanted from Titanfall 1. Play it ASAP — if anything, just to experience your bot buddy BT giving you a thumbs up.

Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel [10/25/2016]

Ashes of Ariandel is everything we want from Dark Souls — creepy, oddly beautiful locations to explore, terrifying new enemies, and heart-stopping battles against incredibly tough bosses. Throw in some new magic, new armor, and a handful of weapons and this DLC belongs on our compendium of noteworthy games in 2016.

Dishonored 2 [11/11/2016]

Instead of reinventing the wheel, Dishonored 2 is all about more — more powers, more characters, and more interesting levels. Dishonored 2 is a masterclass in unique level design, with each new area adding something new and special to the formula. One level sends your chosen hero into the depths of an ever-changing clockwork mansion, while another traps you in time, allowing you to swap between the past and present. For always adding surprises, Dishonored 2 earns its place in the compendium.

Pokemon Sun / Moon [11/18/2016]

Pokemon Sun / Moon did the impossible. It made a core Pokemon adventure feel new again. Set in the Alola Region, a string of islands patterned after Hawaii, you’ll accept “Island Challenges” instead of defeating gyms, all while unraveling a plot that’s more integral than any mainline Pokemon. Totem Pokemon add extra challenge and the alien Ultra Beasts bring an element of mystery that we haven’t experienced since first finding Mewtwo.

Final Fantasy XV [11/29/2016]

After ten years of development, Final Fantasy XV is finally here. It’s a big, bombastic adventure that really surprised everyone with it’s big heart. The relationship between the four main protagonists is what drives the story. It’s an open-world RPG, and the game is jam-packed with features that only become truly apparent in the end-game. There’s a lot to love about Final Fantasy XV — it’s a leaner Final Fantasy that’s still endlessly complicated. It’s a refreshing return, and we can only hope it won’t be another ten years for the sequel to come out.

Dead Rising 4 [12/6/2016]

Capcom is making a gradual comeback, and Dead Rising 4 arrives with Christmas spirit aplenty to jolly up our lives in 2016. This sequel brings back fun for the zombie apocalypse, providing resident hero and photojournalist Frank West with too many crazy weapon combos to count. What sets the game apart is the humor on display — this isn’t meant to be taken seriously, and wise-cracking Frank helps bring levity to the 2016 holiday season.

There were so many amazing games in 2016 we couldn’t cover them all. I’d love to include more from every conceivable genre. Is there a massive omission that was deserving of more guide content on Gameranx? Let us know in the comments section!

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It's that time again when we all pick our favorite games of the year. 2016 was stuffed with great ones like Overwatch, Doom, and Final Fantasy XV, but those are all garbage compared to the One True Game of the Year.

Of course I'm talking about Battleborn. In a year full of fantastic games, Battleborn clearly blew them all out of the water with its amazing gameplay innovation and writing. Overwhat?

PC Winter Sale complete roundup: Dishonored 2, Doom, Skyrim, Rainbow Six, oh my

PC Winter Sale complete roundup: Dishonored 2, Doom, Skyrim, Rainbow Six, oh my screenshot

Did the PC game Winter Sales sneak up on you? Earlier this week Steam launched the highly anticipated sale with thousands of discounts across the Steam platform. While their sale is pretty comprehensive, we have competition in the works, and in this price wars we're seeing the cheapest Dishonored 2, Rainbow Six Complete, Civilization VI, Grand Theft Auto V, and more plenty more PC game deals.

GMG's Winter sale is probably the best competition to Steam. Just in their third batch of deals alone contained 662 deals. Add in the already existing offers and by George we have a decent sale on our hands. GMG's 10% off coupon, which stacks with existing instant savings will in most cases make better prices than Steam's sale. Be sure to plug in coupon WINTER10 in the "Vouchers" section at checkout to get their best prices.

Steam's big sale is the largest and contains plenty of lowest ever prices itself. What you ought to really look for here are deals on Steam exclusive titles, like Planet Coaster, Ark: Survival Evolved, and Elite Dangerous - all titles you won't find elsewhere online but are getting fairly large discounts.

GMG and Steam represent the two largest PC gaming retailers on the market, but a few other offerings are on the table from the rest. GamesPlanet has the lowest price Dishonored 2 and competitive prices on other Bethesda titles. GamersGate is hosing the lowest price ever on Ubisoft's Watch Dogs 2 and Steep. Origin's Holiday sale has the best price on the in-demand Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2. DLGamer is seeing a new low on the ever popular Grand Theft Auto V and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. All the deals listed below are at their best prices online from authorized retailers during this Winter Sale.

GamesPlanet Winter Sale

Note: Prices in USD after conversion from GBP.

GMG Winter Sale

Use Voucher Code: WINTER10

DLGamer Winter Sale

Bundle Stars Winter Sale

Use Promo Code: WINTERSALE10

GamersGate Christmas Sale

WinGameStore Winter Sale


Steam Winter Sale

Origin Holiday Sale


Weekend deals: $7 Star Wars classics bundle and cheapest Civilization VI

Weekend deals: $7 Star Wars classics bundle and cheapest Civilization VI screenshot

If Rogue One is the best movie since Empire, then it's a Star Wars weekend all around. If Mickey drops the ball and Rogue One is an epic Disney disaster, we'll all yearn for the Star Wars of old. Either way the Star Wars Classic Collection bundle for $7.48 at GamesPlanet this weekend is a win for PC gamers. Eight LucasArts classics like Star Wars: Rebellion, X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter, and Empire at War at an 81% discount. It blows away the similar Steam collection bundles for $23, but be warned that GamesPlanet shows prices only in British Pounds, but the £5.99 can be purchased worldwide and will converted to about $7.48.

The week also marks the beginning of the PC gaming winter and Christmas sales. This week GMG rolled out its 2016 sale with dozens of titles on sale from dozens of publishers, and while the deals were good at the beginning of the week, they improved massivly at the end with further breaks on Civlization VI falling to $39.86 -- the first time we've seen Civilization VI under $40. The full GMG winter sale is broken down here, or see below for the top deals.

In the last few days before Christmas, Sony and Microsoft are in a console price war. The cheapest 500GB Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 Slim consoles are down to a mere $250 at all major retailers, and some are even tossing in extra bonuses for kicks. The Microsoft Store is giving you a free Ubisoft Game of your choice when you buy any Xbox One S console through them this weekend while GameStop is tossing in a bonus $25 Gift Card with your $250 PS4 Slim Uncharted 4 bundle. Best Buy is going so far as to bundle Xbox One S consoles with laptops and HDTVs on the cheap. Best deals since Cyber Monday.

Top Deals

Recent Releases

Upcoming Releases

PC Game Deals

GMG Winter Sale 2016

GamesPlanet Xmas Deals

GamersGate Christmas Sale


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Xbox One

Wii U

Misc Console Deals

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Game deals from Dealzon. Sales help support Destructoid.

Bunch of $10 deals at GameStop: Ratchet and Clank, Star Wars Battlefront, and more

Bunch of $10 deals at GameStop: Ratchet and Clank, Star Wars Battlefront, and more screenshot

Ratchet and Clank for ten bucks is pretty much a steal. GameStop has a silent 'sale' on several console and PC games at this Hamilton sweet spot that might be worth a gander.

Free shipping only happens if your total order is $24.99 or more and you apply promo code SAVER at checkout, but store pickup options are also available. All games listed below are in stock for shipping (at the time of writing at least) or are at least available at this price for download.

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