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----The PVS Top 10 Lists for 2016---

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Video Games!

Television!

Movies!


------Top 10 Video Games------

Write Up - Jeffrey Schimmer    

Voters - Tony Polanco, Anthony Kirshy, Sergio Santos, Dana Abercrombie, Jacqueline LaFontaine, Jakejames Lugo

2016 was certainly was a pivotal year for gaming. On July 6th, Niantic released PokeMon Go. The game took the world by storm, from New York to Taiwan. The geolocation piqued people's interest, despite consistent server crashes during the first few weeks after the release. Then in August, the independent developer Hello Games released No Man’s Sky. With it’s complicated algorithm the was literally a (nearly) limitless universe to discover. By the end of August, both games faded away. As ambitious as they were, they lacked certain elements to keep people playing for the long haul. VR, however, has been a consistent source of interest. PlayStation entered the fray with it’s PSVR against the HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift and even Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard. There are no VR games in our list, which shows that this genre (can we call it a genre still?) has a ways to go.

Also lacking on the list is any sports game. There were some talks behind the scenes about this, and the conclusion was that there wasn’t anything of note. There wasn’t anything as creative as 2015’s Rocket League and the evermore games (FIFA, Madden, etc.) didn’t make great strides.

And so without further ado…

10 - Ratchet & Clank

8 (Tie) - The Last Guardian

8 (Tie) - Gears of War 4

7 - Quantum Break

6 - Doom


Honorable Mentions

Batman: The Tell Tale Series
Battlefield 1
Dark Souls III
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Far Cry: Primal
Forza Horizon 3

Hitman
Inside
Mafia 3
Mirror's Edge Catalyst
Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir
Pokemon Sun and Moon
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Titanfall 2
World of Final Fantasy


5 - Watch Dogs 2

4 - Uncharted 4

3 - Dishonored 2

2 - Final Fantasy 15

1 - Overwatch


-Top 10 Television Shows and Web Series- 

Write Up - Jeffrey Schimmer    

Voters - Anthony Kirshy, Jacqueline LaFontaine, Damen Ellingson

Can we still call it television? Four of our top ten shows are webseries. If we’re being honest with ourselves, there probably should be one or two more web series, but we slacked off in one way or another in our television watching and missed them. And I slipped again calling it television. Damn!

To address the elephant in the room, Game of Thrones is not on the list. We won’t get into all the reasons why, but the main one is that it gets so much (well deserved) attention, we wanted to shine a light on the other shows that we love. Therefore I’m renaming this the Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun Memorial List.

And so without further ado…

10 - Brooklyn 9-9

9 - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

7 (Tie) - The Good Place

7 (Tie) - Insecure

6 - Black Mirror


Honorable Mentions


Bob’s Burgers

Daredevil

Flaked

Horace & Pete

Lady Dynamite

Love

Mr. Robot

Peaky Blinders

Silicon Valley

Veep


5 - Bojack Horseman

4 - Broad City

3 - Luke Cage

2 - Westworld

1 - Stranger Things


------------Top 10 Films------------

Write Up - Jeffrey Schimmer    

Voters - Anthony, Jacqueline, Dan, Jeffrey

It’s tough to pin down 2016 in film. There wasn’t a general theme in Hollywood like 2015, dubbed the year of the spy. Superhero movies continued their dominance in the box office with some good (Deadpool), some bad (Batman Vs. Superman) and some very ugly (Suicide Squad). Perhaps it was the year of the surprise. Who would have thought a musical and a film about a black boy from the hood would be competing for awards this year? When comparing our belated list to others, there are definitely some mainstays, but there was a fair share of surprises (wait until number 5).

And so without further ado…

10 - Kubo and the Two Strings

9 - Rogue One

8 - Swiss Army Man


Honorable Mentions

10 Cloverfield Lane

April and the Extraordinary World

Captain Fantastic

Doctor Strange

Everybody Wants Some!!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Finding Dory

Green Room

Hell Or High Water

Midnight Special

Neruda

Queen of Katwe
The Jungle Book

The Nice Guys

The Witch


7 - The Lobster

6 - The Witch

5 - Manchester By The Sea

4 - Zootopia


Worst of 2016

Suicide Squad

X-Men Apocalypse

Sausage Party


3 - Arrival

2 - Moonlight

1 - La La Land