It’s time for the MGL Game of the Year 2016 nominees to be fully revealed. After a massive year of gaming we’re here to look at the nominations and the categories we’ve chosen to award this year.

Between myself, David Game, Neal and all the MGL team have played and reviewed some amazing games this year. PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC Games and even a Wii U RPG make the list following a great year of gaming.

Some have hit heights we didn’t expect them to and others have struggled to live up to the high expectations. Amazing games have released and not achieved the sales they deserved where other big games have sold in millions to be forgotten about soon after.

Here is where it all comes together and we look at 5 categories for game of the year. Each one with 6 nominees that will see the winner crowned Game of The Year for that category. But there is more, the winner of each goes into the debate for overall MGL Game of the Year. More information to come on the Game ‘N Respawn Podcast next week. All games nominated were releases after 1st December 2015 and 30 November 2016.

For now we are going to look at the initial 5 categories, what they mean and the nominations. Get on our Facebook Page and Like It & Follow It for updates on how they are getting decided. We also talked at length on these nominations in this week’s GOTY Podcast which you can listen to below while you read this article.

Right, let’s look at the categories

MGL Nominations For Best Single Player Experience 2016

Game of The Year 2016 Nominees UC4We start with the two sides of gaming. Not Xbox One and PS4, we all know gamers on either side are best friends and very respectful towards each other. I mean of course, single player and multiplayer.

Here we are awarding a special prize of the best single player experience of 2016. Like with all our categories they are not genre specific which sees some interesting match ups.

David loved Doom, while it does divide opinion the game is brutal and challenging and really mixed up the FPS genre. No more hiding or waiting for recharging health, get in there and tear off some limbs. He also put in Final Fantasy XV here, a game that has a serious amount of pluses and minuses, but the end of the game made up for a so-so start.

I went with Uncharted 4, this stunning game was a joy to play though for so many reasons. Whether it was as good as The Last of Us is debatable but it was the perfect send off for Nathan Drake and I loved every moment of that campaign. Surprisingly I put in COD Infinite Warfare too, you may pull a funny face reading that but I loved it. It totally blew me away and made me feel stupid for questioning the game before I had even played it.

Last but not least Neal and the MGL team have nominated the amazing Pokemon Sun and Moon that has fans around the world overjoyed. Plus the episodic Hitman that was supposed to be one game but instead released in parts and worked a charm. See the full list below.

David game

  • Doom
  • Final Fantasy XV

Respawn Rossco

  • Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End
  • Call of Duty Infinite Warfare

MGL Team

  • Hitman
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon

MGL Nominations For Best Multiplayer Experience 2016

Game of The Year 2016 Nominees GOW4To the other side of gaming we go with best multiplayer experience of 2016. We see some really great games coming in here as the multiplayer market continues to grow and one even won The Game Awards GOTYBut this is MGL and we have brought our own nominations to this category.

Overwatch was nominated by David Game here since launched from developers Blizzard with some competition from similar shooters. But it blew them away and brought pure enjoyment to the multiplayer market (one I loved too). He also recognised the final chapter of Destiny Rise of Iron as the game is still amazing with the new pack really finishing the game off nicely including quality multiplayer.

I loved my time with Titanfall 2 to much to not include it here, it was close to making best single player experience too but the multiplayer is wonderful. The flow of your characters is at its best and the Titans just add to the unique quality of this experience. Gears of War 4 simply had to be entered, Horde mode is back and is as brilliant as ever.

Neal and the team put in the very fun and maybe under appreciated title of Warhammer End Times Vermintide as the rat fighting was something we scored very highly. Then you have the rather opinion splitting The Division that really does have people on the love VS hate sides. But given a number of updates the game is a lot better now than when it released and packs some multiplayer punch. The full list of nominations is below.

David Game

  • Overwatch
  • Destiny Rise of Iron

Respawn Rossco

  • Titanfall 2
  • Gears of War 4

MGL Team

  • Warhammer End Times Vermintide
  • The Division

MGL Nominations For Best Game for Narrative & Acting 2016

Game of The Year 2016 Nominees Mafia 3Now games are not all about gameplay anymore. Don’t get me wrong it really helps, but some games really put the focus on the story it has to tell. And then they get some class actors to come in and play those roles to the standard you’d find on the best TV series or full blown movie.

David added Uncharted 4 A Thief’s end right away. A game that was just magnificently acted and written and couldn’t not be entered. Not to mention the wonderful conclusion to the series. Quite the opposite to that he brings in Doom once more as the opposite side, since the story and acting were all down to inferences and action. Everything was blunt and brutal with the game really hitting it’s highest at the ending.

I went with infinite Warfare once again due to some magnificent performances from every single character in that game. They really made you feel it, the team you as captain Reyes work with at Kit Harington as the villain were exceptional. And just to prove you don’t always need great gameplay to be nominated here it’s Mafia 3. While not great to play, that story and performance of the cast really keep you playing to the end.

The team have picked two great games too in Gears Of War 4 that Neal just loved and he cast did a wonderful acting job with. Quantum Break was given a rather unfair hard time around the web too on it’s release and we here at MGL believe it was great. Especially in terms of story and acting that worked so well, even braving live action and game together.

David Game

  • Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End
  • Doom

Respawn Rossco

  • Call Of Duty Infinite Warfare
  • Mafia 3

MGL Team

  • Gears of War 4
  • Quantum Break

MGL Best Big Game 2016 (The BBG)

Game of The Year 2016 Nominees BBG Xenoblade Chronicles XThe BBG! Yes, the best big game of the year includes any game that you can play or replay for hours and lose time faster than you lose lives in Dark Souls games. The rules here mean the game should have masses of content or options available to players.

One rule David loved was the dates since the games for these awards start back in December 2015 so he could nominate Xenoblade Chronicles X. He loves this game and so do many others and feel if it was on any other format it would have been more recognised. Over to you Nintendo Switch! He also nominated the expansion content to World of Warcraft in Legion which adds even more to this massive world.

I went with a game that managed to win me over after a rocky start. Destiny was not what I expected on day one and left it a long time. Rise of Iron and the Destiny Collection is so much more than the original and a huge game that can’t be ignored here. Dishonored 2 comes in due to the sheer options you have in the game, one play though will set you back 12 hours, but you need to do it at least twice then you can change so many actions in the game after that. Not to mention the update coming in soon with a new game plus and more.

The team have nominated the massive Final Fantasy XV that has so much in this world its hard not to include it. Hitman is back again with a massive amount of options open to gamers to take down targets in so many different ways across many missions. All the games nominated are below.

David Game

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X
  • World of Warcraft Legion

Respawn Rossco

  • Destiny The Collection
  • Dishonored 2

MGL Team

  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Hitman

MGL Nominations For Most Fun to Play Game 2016

Game of The Year 2016 Nominees Ratchet The final category brings us to what sometimes gets forgotten about with video games. They are supposed to be fun. These games all brought a smile to our faces to play and really deserve that to be awarded.

Enter The Gungeon was one game David debated over buying before MGL asked him to review it. Now he can’t put it down and is always picking the game up for more play time. Doom is back too since you can’t not include a game that has you getting health orbs by ripping the arms of demons now can you?

The remake of Ratchet and Clank makes my nomination because it was pure genius once again from insomniac games. I loved it, the story characters and the fun weapons. Everything about this game is amazing. But then we also have Overwatch, the perfect multiplayer game for gamer dads like me. Fun, fast and easy to pick up and get involved without hour long in depth contests. It’s the multiplayer game to get you into multiplayer for me.

The team have gone with more rat killing in Warhammer End Times Vermintide that is another very fun multiplayer game. Plus those little creatures are back again as Pokemon Sun and Moon really brings the fun in this latest game. See the final nominees listed below.

David Game

  • Enter The Gungeon
  • Doom

Respawn Rossco

  • Ratchet And Clank
  • Overwatch

MGL Team

  • Warhammer End Times Vermintide
  • Pokemon Sun and Moon

That’s it for the first part of the nominations gamers, keep in touch with us on Facebook For Updates On This. Plus listen to Game N Respawn next week to find out the next steps for the MGL Game of the Year 2016. Also see our Twitter Feed for updates too.

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Until next time gamers, game on.

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Rossco is the co-founder of MGL and loves a game with a good single player story. His nickname "Respawn Rossco" comes from his inability to play online shooters, yet he continues to try! His articles are all about enjoying gaming no matter the format you play, he updates MGL daily with news, reviews and in-depth articles.

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