As you may have noticed from being on the internet or talking to other human beings, 2016 has been a bit of a shitshow. But if there’s one piece of solace to be found in the flaming wreckage of this orbital rotation, it’s been the quality of its video games. Strategy ones in particular.
This piece originally appeared December 21, 2016.
While it’s as remiss to go thanking 2016 itself for good games as it is to blame it for notable people dying—they do that every year, regardless of the time and date!—there’s no escaping the fact that between January and December we’ve been blessed with perhaps the finest roster of strategic video games in history.
I mean...just look at this list of the best of them. Yes, good strategy games come out every year. But examine the quality of each of these titles in isolation, then stack them all up together to remember they all came out within the same 12 month period. How the hell did we find the time/money to play all of these? There’s more than one a month! We couldn’t even find the time to review all of them.
The first new Civ game in six years. And it’s a damn good one.