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Published on August 17th, 2016 | by Chris Scott

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2016 Video Game Power Rankings: August

Welcome to the Critically Sane monthly Power Rankings for August 2016. It’s been a couple of months since we actually published one of these but we have been keeping track of our votes internally for those last two months. As always the list is based on a mix of our opinions of what we’ve played this year, as well as conjecture on what we think is going to be awesome in the months to come. The six of us each submit a list of 10 titles which are given a point total in reverse order (so first place gets 10 points, while 10th gets one), and then the totals are combined to come up with this monthly list. May’s rankings.

8t. Pokemon Sun & Moon (13 points, +2 position change) –  Pokemon mania has kind of swept over everyone here because of Pokemon Go! While that game has faded a bit from our collective list, it does have us actually excited for the upcoming full Pokemon release

8t. Doom (13 points, returning) – Surprise of the year? Quite possibly.

8t. Battlefield 1 (13 points, +1 position change, 1 first place vote) – DICE fixed a lot of the problems of Battlefield 4 but they are still in a lot of our minds. Can this turn things back in DICE’s favor?

7. South Park: The Fractured But Whole (15 points, +11 position change) – The Stick of Truth was a favorite of ours, we’re betting a lot that The Fractured But Whole can replicate that success.

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6. Gears of War 4 (18 points, -1 position change, 1 first place vote) – Horde 3.0, need we say more?

4t. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (19 points, +3 position change, 1 first place vote) – Drake keeps sliding up and down our chart but it might be getting ready for a steep slide off.

4t. Overwatch (19 points, +1 position change) – With a smart release window, and smart post release support, Blizzard hit this one out of the park. But we’re coming into prime FPS season. I’m not sure it will be able to stand up against the big guns.

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3. Titanfall 2(23 points, +1 position change) – The most anticipated of those big FPSes coming this fall is the sequel to our 2014 Game of the Year and we couldn’t be more hyped for this one.

2. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (24 points, no change) – The sequel to Human Revolution has us salivating and its now only days away.

1. Final Fantasy XV (28 points, no change, 1 first place vote) – It’s been pushed back a bit but hopefully that is more for polish than problems.

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