Stuff Singapore Readers' Choice Awards: Game Changer of the Year 2016 finalists

The movers and shakers that sent shockwaves through the gaming world

From gaming tech to the games themselves, these nominees made our trigger-happy hearts palpitate.

Whether it's something we've waited years to finally experience, a machine that perfectly refines its predecessors' success, or a bold original new concept, these games and the vehicles that deliver them to us all embody something unforgettable.

So which one ultimately gave you the most hours of fun? You decide.

 

Sony PlayStation VR

While VR isn’t a new concept, PlayStation’s headset dazzled us with its comfortable, sturdy build, Full HD resolution, silky smooth motion tracking and 120Hz refresh rate. The fact that it comes with access to some of the best games in the biz is a huge bonus, sealing its title as the brand that brought VR gaming to the masses.

Overwatch

Just when we were beginning to think Blizzard could no longer impress us, they dropped the Overwatch bomb and blew our collective gamer minds. The MOBA-flavoured FPS introduced us to a world of diverse characters, tense gameplay mechanics and hours (days/months) of frantic, bullet-spraying fun — condensed into bite sized games that lasted just long enough to keep us completely hooked.

Pokémon Go

You can’t have a list of game changers without including the AR app that managed to get pretty much the entire world off its butt and out the door in pursuit of virtual monsters. Instead of just chatting with team mates online, gamers actually interacted with each other in real life for once. Plus the nostalgic appeal to an entire generation of Pokémon fans was just too great to ignore — we never stood a chance.

Razer Blade Stealth

With its Intel Core i7 i7-7500U processor, 16GB RAM and Intel HD 620 Optional Core external graphics module, the Razer Blade Stealth might be overkill for some people — but for gamers, this ultrabook tops the wish list. Featuring killer performance contained within a sleek, light chassis topped off with a customizable Chroma keyboard, this ultrabook made gaming ultraportable.

Microsoft Xbox One S

2016 was a big year for consoles but the Xbox One S stood out for its UHD 4K Blu-ray player, access to exclusive Xbox titles and full backwards compatibility, so it didn’t leave all your old favourites obsolete. Also, it looks freaking amazing — 40% smaller than its predecessor with a lovely white paint job, straight lines and simplistic shape — a minimalist Storm Trooper’s dream console.

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