2016 has been an interesting year for video games. While I don’t think anyone would go on record to say it has been a defining year for the 8th console generation (yet, at least), the new consoles found some stride this year with some unique games that kept gamers playing until the wee hours of the morning. Come on, we have all been there. You start gaming late at night and tell yourself you have an hour. Four hours later you realize you have to get sleep to get to work soon, but only after one more mission! Spoiler alert, you get no sleep before work. But as true gamers, we all know those nights are great because they tend to speak volumes about the quality of games being played in those small hours of the night and morning.
So while 2016 may not have redefined gaming, that doesn’t mean it didn’t have some gems among the chunks of coal. Here are five of the best video games of 2016 (so far). The list stands as a testimony to the surreal and original places gaming seems to be headed. Do not expect many HUGE games on this list, as many of the bigger games have fallen somewhat flat. This list speaks volumes about the indie genre and how it has taken over, quietly and undeniably.