For video games, 2016 wasn't the soul-scarring dumpster fire that it was for just about every other facet of life.

(That would be 2014, whose noxious events in the world of games precipitated some of the noxious events in the world at large in 2016.)

No, 2016 was mostly just another year of splashy games big and small — and, in virtual reality and the Nintendo Switch, another year that nudged forward the technology with which we play them.

Here are the 16 best video games of 2016:

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Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox, or find him on PSN or Xbox Live under the name davewiththeid.