It’s time for my top three games of 2016. We’re starting off with a sequel to one of my favorite titles in recent years and proof that the developer didn’t get lucky with their first run.

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LongWar 3

Long War Studios is the formal studio of the team behind the now famous Long War mod to XCOM Enemy Unknown. The mod radically changed the game by expanding the systems, difficulty and choices; creating one of the most in-depth mods we have ever seen. With the studio officially up, I had a chance to talk to them about the creation of Long War and the future of their studio.

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Darkest Dungeon (3)

Today’s post is about an unusual topic: Luck. Luck may be an intangible resource, but it has become a major component of any game built around risk: From rogue-likes to strategy games and anything with abstracted systems. Luck can be a cruel mistress; a fact that anyone who missed a 95% shot in XCOM can relate to, but its use in game design presents an interesting debate around the player’s lack of control.

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Binding of Isaac Rebirth (2)

Recently, Klei Entertainment put out the first piece of purchasable DLC for Invisible Inc. In it, it extends the campaign mode while adding in other features as well. While more content is always welcomed, I was hoping for more; specifically a certain kind of content that helps to improve games built around randomization or replayability. For today’s post, I want to talk more about supplemental content and how it can do wonders for making your game better.

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