I’ve played some amazing video games this year. The one game that was my all-time favorite this year was The Witness. The Witness was an incredible open-world puzzle adventure game that challenged me to alter how I saw things. There were over 600 puzzles scattered around the deserted island just waiting to be solved. No enemies, no game over, just a calming puzzle-adventure game where you figure out why you are on this island in the first place.
It was back in the beginning of the year when I downloaded The Witness for Steam. What followed were some of the most amusing, yet philosophical gaming experiences I’ve ever had with a video game. This game was more than just about solving random puzzles around the island; it was about discovering who you were in the game and why you were on the island in the first place. There’s no actual storyline within the game, but you start to understand it through audio logs and video clips in the windmill room. Overall, The Witness was truly a mind-blowing game to play through.
Now that 2016 is ending soon, gaming sites are rolling out the top gaming titles. Gaming site PC GAMER voted The Witness for ‘Best Puzzle Game 2016’. The game was praised by PC GAMER staff writers for the various patterns you find all across the island. Its vibrant island and crystal-clear water made for a breath-taking environment to wander around in the game. There were other categories that were part of the list and The Witness made it as the best puzzle game of 2016.
Other gaming sites praised The Witness as being one of the best gaming titles of this year. Game Revolution ranked The Witness at #8 on the ‘Best Games of 2016’ list. GQ also listed The Witness on their best games list as well. Many people didn’t see much potential of The Witness after watching the trailer, but their views shifted after playing the game.
Kudos to The Witness for receiving all of those praises! I saw the trailer for this game years ago and was excited to play this title in January. The Witness was a unique puzzle game like no other, persuading me to view the world from a different perspective. It was amazing to see various sites putting The Witness into their own list of best games of 2016 (especially a magazine like GQ!).
2016 is coming to an end soon, meaning more video game titles will be heading our way. Who knows what new puzzle game will be released this year. Could the new puzzle games be even more mind-blowing than The Witness? What unique titles are flying into the digital shelves this coming year? Stay tuned to find out!