The Lazygamer Awards 2016 – Best Action Game

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Technically, any game is eligible to be considered an “action” game. After, action is about movement and thrills. About danger and kinetic replies. But with gaming, action maybe takes on a different meaning. Which is probably why our list this year focused on those games that kept us moving and grooving to the beat of bullets and bombs.

So which game handled action best in 2016? Well the winner is…

Hitman

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Wait, how is a game where you methodically plot and plan your every move the very best action title of the year? You may be asking that very question, presumably while hammering away at your keyboard to tell me I’m wrong, but listen here: Hitman is sublime. Yes, it is the kind of game with an emphasis on stealth, cunning and strategy. Also, double-yes, I am wearing a “Come at me bro” T-shirt right now.

But those are all elements which align perfectly for that one moment when actions genuinely do speak louder than words. The art of the kill, the split-second of judgement needed to capitilise on all that preparation and watch events unfold like dominos being knocked over. It’s magnificent, it works beautifully and weekly content drops ensure that Hitman feels consistently fresh. Not only that, but Hitman also proved that episodic gaming can work, when done properly. Or as we still described it:

Agent 47 is back and better than ever. The first season of Hitman has produced the definitive Agent 47 experience in a world of intrigue, espionage and murder. Not only the best Hitman game ever made, but also one of the top contenders for game of the year.

Hitman is your best action game of the year. And if I have my way, it’ll also soon win an award for the best use of explosive rubber duckies. And maybe even best song for the use of 47 secret herbs and spices.

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Runner-Up: Uncharted 4

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It’s better to burn out, than to fade away! Or is it? That’s the question behind Uncharted 4, as the beloved Naughty Dog series saw Nathan Drake suit up for one last round of archeological anarchy. Tense, gripping and oozing charm with a cast of characters that players had gotten to know over the better part of the last decade, Uncharted 4 wasn’t just one of the best games of 2016, but also a fitting end to a legendary series and hero.

Honourable mentions

Dishonored 2

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Dishonored 2 may be the only action game on this list that could be completed without the need to off any of your targets. But the setup for the return to a world of steam and sorcery was magical. More polished than ever before and with players split on how to approach any scenario with a myriad of options available to them, Dishonored 2 was an intricate and layered approach to a story that you were firmly in control of.

Watch Dogs 2

2016 action GOTY (5)

The first Watch Dogs game was…it was alright. If you were looking to play yet another drab sandbox as a grim defender who was out for revenge, then Watch Dogs the first was perfectly serviceable. But Ubisoft has a talent for sequels, as they infused Watch Dogs 2 with a certain joi de vive and set budding hacktivists loose on the streets of San Francisco to cause some merry havoc.

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Not only a tonal leap forward for the series, Watch Dogs 2 polished and tweaked every aspect of the original game until it shined, while never forgetting that games are meant to be fun. A pure joy to play from start to finish, Watch Dogs 2 is a hell of an improvement over its predecessor.

Rise of the Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary Edition

2016 action GOTY (2)

If there’s one entry on this list that didn’t need much tweaking however, it’s Crystal Dynamics’ return to the world of Lara Croft. Finally free to explore other platforms this year, Lara Croft was back and renewed with a new sense of purpose thanks to the groundbreaking work set in the 2013 reboot. Rise Of The Tomb Raider was more of the same, but just somehow even better in its execution.

A love letter to 20 years of tomb plundering and twin pistol action, Rise Of The Tomb Raider is a perfect example of just how far this genre has come, setting a new benchmark for the next two decades that Miss Croft will certainly be a part of.

Last Updated: December 14, 2016

  • Captain JJ

    Really looking forward to getting the new Hitman, once I’ve played Absolution, that is.

    • Airburst Demigod

      Absolution is shit turd compared to 2016 Hitman, though. So don’t make assumptions on this games quality, based on Absolution. Absolution is generally the most (and only) hated Hitman game.

  • Jonah Cash

    Uncharted 4 is a masterpiece. It is a brilliant action game with a great story. Haven’t played the new Hitman yet, but I doubt it will top Uncharted 4 for me… Each to their own I guess.

    • Captain JJ

      Unfortunately Uncharted isn’t available on all platforms, so for many of us it’s a dead franchise.

      • Original Heretic

        It’s not dead. Just unavailable. Like the super hot lass who’s intelligent, funny, adventurous, accepting. And married.

        • Lu

          And you can only get her if you have enough money?

          • Original Heretic

            If she hops over to you because you have a lot of money, then she’s not worth it.

          • Lu

            Haha well the only thing keeping me from playing uncharted is give or take 10 grand.

          • Original Heretic

            I missed out previously as well (see below). But hey, unless you have a kickass PC, a X1 and a PS4, you’re always going to miss out on some games somewhere. But the platform you on is going to allow you enjoy yourself, regardless.
            Like, honestly, the only way that you can ever play every game out there is if you are superbly rich, don’t have to work, don’t sleep for days on end and have no form of social life whatsoever.

          • Lu

            Truedat. Still have TW3 GOTYE, Skyrim SE (As soon as they release SKSE and ENB for it), my current mass effect trilogy playthrough, and give or take 50 other games floating around my library that need attention. I don’t need any more games for the next few years to be honest.

        • Captain JJ

          Hehe.
          It’s dead to me like Half Life 3, because I’ll never play it.

          • Dresden

            Rap god!

          • Captain JJ

            XD

    • Original Heretic

      Getting to U4.

      I never played any of the Uncharted games, since I had a X360, so now on PS4 I’m playing through the Nathan Drake Collection first. About 70% through the first one.

      And loving every moment!

  • Original Heretic

    I think Darryn had a heavy hand in deciding this one.

    • More like an automatic assault rifle in a fistfight.

      • Original Heretic

        So the LG staff version of “the devil made me do it”, is that “Darryn made us do it”?

  • Nikola

    Well I agreed with everything besides this, every single runner up game for me is better than Hitman I am sorry…Uncharted 4 is absolutely amazing, Dishonored 2, Watch Dogs and new Tomb raider was excellent how did Hitman win this I do not know… but then again I have’t played Hitman yet but by general reviews it does not come close to the other games.

  • iusedtobe(a)regular

    Hitman? Lol and uhhhhh………..ROTTR is more than a year old.

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    Now I know how the rest of the world felt when Donald Trump won… daaaaammmnnn…. Hitman? Over Uncharted 4? Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaammmnnnnn!

  • Agentldr

    https://youtu.be/aQ2X_U93K1o

    I love this take on the game. All these episodes are funny AF.

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