50 Best Games of 2016

Darkest Dungeon
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'Darkest Dungeon' Red Hook Studios38/50

From 'Overwatch' and 'Stardew Valley' to 'Mario' and 'Pokémon', the best of a truly excellent year for games

From 'Overwatch' and 'Stardew Valley' to 'Mario' and 'Pokémon', the best of a truly excellent year for games

38. Darkest Dungeon

The developers at Red Hook say they were inspired by the concept of "combat stress trauma" – such as that demonstrated by Bill Paxton’s Hudson in Aliens – when creating this gothic-mansion dungeon crawl. While its blend of real-time movement and turn-based combat hardly qualifies as original, its groundbreaking "Affliction" system most certainly does. Let a character's stress level max out and they can be overcome with fearfulness, irrationality or masochism, which can spread throughout your squad to further dent morale. (Flip side: by fighting off such Afflictions they score a temporary buff.) Psychological horror in a Lovecraftian RPG world makes this unmissable.

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