The 23 Best Games for YouTube in 2016

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The 23 Best Games for YouTube in 2016

With a ton of titles and only so much time, it can be hard for a YouTube gamer to figure out what to play.

Maybe you’re looking for games that people want to watch more than others? Maybe you’re looking for upcoming games? Maybe you want mini games for your channel (or a channel that you’re about to create)?

Whatever it is, this list should be able to help you.

A Note About Having Fun

While picking a good game is important, the standard rule of thumb is to pick one that YOU want to play and that you can have fun with. If you’re having fun, it’s easy to do your best commentary and make your best videos. PewDiePie says it best, “Keep having fun with it and don’t try too hard.”

This list has a lot of great titles. Pick the ones that you think you’ll like the most.

Battlefield 1

Microsoft Windows, PS4, Xbox One – First-person shooter

Though it’s only in beta and is being released on October 21, Battlefield 1 will quickly become your own historical action movie. The game feels like taking part in a real historical battle – like you’re part of an enormous battle that you’d read about in a history book. It has tons of cool era-themed vehicles and weapons, and gorgeous maps with varied landscapes. It’s very intuitive, thrilling, and fun to play, and a true joy to watch.

Bloodborne

PS4 – Action role-playing

One of the highest rated games of 2015, Bloodborne is a thorough journey through madness. Its darkness, storytelling, and weird creatures will make for very interesting commentary and its creepiness will make for entertaining visuals. Make sure to also play the most recent DLC.

GTA V

Pretty much every platform, except Nintendo – Third-person shooter, first-person shooter, action-adventure

Grand Theft Auto V has become one of the most popular games to make videos of. You can frequently find GIFs of it on the front page of Reddit, and its great DLC, massive sandbox, and huge modding community has led to some very click-worthy thumbnails, very interesting Let’s Play videos, and a maintained level of freshness that most games don’t have.

FIFA 16

Pretty much every platform, except Nintendo – Sports

If we’re being honest, FIFA 16 is very much like the previous games, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not exciting and immersive. As with the previous FIFA games, the online is very fun and will give you a ton of edge-of-your-seat experiences for videos. Can’t neglect to mention that opening packs can also make for some very good times.

TrackMania Turbo

Microsoft Windows, PS4, Xbox One – Racing

TrackMania Turbo is a super fast-paced, hyper creative driving experience that’s fun to watch, customize, play, and comment on. Use the crazy custom maps to make cool thumbnails that viewers outside your subscriber base want to click on and then get them to subscribe with funny and engaged commentary and action oriented driving.

Garry’s Mod

Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux – Sandbox

With a ton of game modes, a huge Sandbox, an active community, an endless amount of funny things that can happen, and a track record for becoming entertaining YouTube videos, Garry’s Mod is a no-brainer. Make sure to play “Prop Hunt” and “Trouble in Terrorist Town.”

League of Legends

Microsoft Windows, OS X – Multiplayer online battle arena

League of Legends is one of the most popular games in the world right now. Its stadium sized tournaments get huge amounts of very passionate fans and it always seems to have a ton of players online at once. The fun will come from the intense games you get into, great escapes, outplays, and general interactions you have with other players.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Pretty much every platform, except Nintendo – First-person shooter

Black Ops III reminds us of why we love the Call of Duty franchise. It feels like a modern COD game with none of the gimmicks that made games of the previous two years more disliked. Zombies is great. Multiplayer is awesome. GIFs of this game are frequently seen on page of 1 of Reddit’s Gaming subreddit and the videos are usually very entertaining and fun.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Microsoft Windows, PS4, Xbox One – Third-person shooter

With its open world spanning a mid-crisis Manhattan and heavy emphasis on multiplayer, Tom Clancy’s The Division will make for some very fun times and has the power to last a while. Despite its interesting single player, combat really shines when you have a team of friends. It’s huge, deep, and there’s a lot to see and comment on.

Overwatch

Microsoft Windows, PS4, Xbox One – Multiplayer first-person shooter

From Blizzard Entertainment, a seasoned producer of great multiplayer titles, Overwatch is one of the most popular games of 2016. Its huge amount of different characters adds great variation to its objective based multiplayer gameplay, and its futuristic maps, frenetic energy, and WTF moments easily make this perfect to record for YouTube. Add in its last-minute wins and losses, along with teammate commentary from its large and passionate community, and this game becomes even more perfect for this list.

Just Cause 3

Microsoft Windows, PS4, Xbox One – Action-adventure

If you played Just Cause 2 at all, you know what to expect. Lots of destruction. LOTS OF DESTRUCTION. Very creative vehicles, weapons, and ways to destroy. One of the biggest, prettiest, and diverse open world environments out there. A wing suit that lets you fly infinitely… the list goes on and on. It’s one of those games that you can play for hours on end, literally doing nothing, and still not get bored of.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Pretty much every platform, except Nintendo – First-person shooter

CS:GO is great because of the level of fast-paced thinking it involves, the huge competition that can emerge between players, how tense and down to the wire games get, and the artistry that can happen when you become skilled at the game. This Counter-Strike is more modern, enhanced, and enjoyable than its predecessors and the community is still, in 2016, very active. This shooter has been a YouTube favorite for many years and is totally worth giving a play and record.

Brawlhalla

Microsoft Windows, OS X, PS4 – 2D platform fighting

Brawlhalla is like the Super Smash Bros games, but with dedicated weapons. It’s the type of game that you can have a ton of fun with, even while losing. The online is great (whereas the online in the SSB games isn’t very good) and the characters are customizable. Really, if you like the SSB franchise, you’ll have a lot of fun and great commentary playing this.

Rocket League

Pretty much every platform, except Nintendo – Sports

This game is basically fútbol (or Soccer, if you’re American) played with rocket-powered trucks that fly through the air. It has some very entertaining GIFs on Reddit’s Gaming subreddit, and will leave you shouting at your monitor and entertaining your subscribers. Try the mutators to increase the in-game variety (different gravity, ball sizes, ball speeds, and general physics).

Dark Souls III

Microsoft Windows, PS4, Xbox One – Action role-playing

Easily one of the best games of the year, Dark Souls 3 will have you screaming in horror, excitement, and laughter. The bosses are huge and wild, the music and scenery is awe-inspiring, and the weapons are eye catching. The game’s great mechanics make this RPG accessible to even noobie gamers and beginner YouTube channels, and the depth of this game’s lore and sheer fun make it perfect for the hardcore. Expect to die a lot and have a great time going down and learning from your mistakes.

Unravel

Microsoft Windows, PS4, Xbox One – Single-player

Beautiful graphics, relaxed, yet accurate physics, and a whimsical concept make Unravel a delight to play and to watch. This February release has been super popular with the YouTube gaming community due mainly to its immense creativity, vivid colors, and adorable character. The puzzles at times are hard, but not unbeatable, and the quick thinking that comes with having to throw your yarn at the right time can be quite thrilling. From a viewing standpoint, Unravel is relaxing to watch and to listen to, and from a gaming standpoint, it’s super fun to play.

Firewatch

Pretty much every platform – Adventure

Another February release, the story-driven adventure game, Firewatch, receives very good numbers on YouTube. Firewatch is said to be, by Markiplier, a YouTube gamer with 13.5mm subscribers, “almost too beautiful.” The game is set in a national park, where your only human communication is with your smart and empathetic boss over a handheld radio. The year is 1989 and your job, as you get lost into a great mystery, is to protect the park from disastrous fires.

GoldenEye 007

Nintendo 64 – First-person shooter

This one’s a joke.

The cover art for GoldenEye 007 N64, showing Pierce Brosnand, a bunch of explosion, and Pierce running to escape a wild blast

Destiny

PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One – Action role-playing, first person shooter

Thrilling gameplay, exciting characters, a breathtaking atmosphere (music and scenery), good expansion packs, a solid leveling up and looting system, and a thriving online community make for Destiny being a great Let’s Play game. If you like science-fiction space games, this is one that you’ll have a lot of fun with.

Dead by Daylight

Microsoft Windows – Survival horror

Horror games tend to be great for recording because they elicit a lot of super funny commentary from players who are trying to assuage their fears. Wander through abandoned derelict structures and scary forests while trying to escape a deranged killer. Or play as the killer and kill your victims in brutal ways. I want to emphasize this: this game is brutal. Make sure to play with friends as their narration will make it so much better.

Fallout 4

Microsoft Windows, PS4, Xbox One – Action role-playing

Like other games on this list, Fallout 4 is one of those games that’s entertaining to watch, even if you’ve never played it. It’s an incredibly fun game, there’s a lot to explore, the developers were very creative and had a sense of humor (so there’s great easter eggs and hidden gems to show and comment on), the atmosphere is very unique to the Fallout franchise, the story is great, and the world is huge and deep. These types of games make for the best YouTube experiences and are always worth checking out.

Undertale

Microsoft Windows, OS X – Role-playing

Undertale’s silly puns and puzzles, amazing writing and moving storytelling, humor, and overall charming style are what make this RPG work on YouTube. Though the graphics aren’t the nicest, the game is a ridiculous amount of fun to play and has perfect scores from some of the biggest review sites. What does this mean for you? This means that you’ll have good viewer engagement because if the commentator is having fun, the viewer will too.

No Man’s Sky

Microsoft Windows, PS4 – Adventure, sandbox, survival

Having just been released, No Man’s Sky is making huge waves in the gaming community. Despite the major flak it’s been getting, it’s still great for live streaming and the abundance of unique places to explore also makes it great for novel videos. Similar to Minecraft, the game is a procedurally generated open world, except instead of a world, it’s literally a universe that has over 18 quintillion planets, all of which have their own animals, plants, and environments. Fly around the universe exploring, getting into fights, bartering, obtaining valuable resources, and customizing your ship and character.

Minecraft

Pretty much every platform – Adventure, sandbox, survival

Saving the most popular for last. Minecraft helped to define gaming videos on YouTube. It has a rich history of being entertaining to watch and entertaining to play. It’s highly customizable, highly explorable, packed with surprises, faultless for any age, and has a very good online so you can play with friends. It’s pretty much perfect for making gaming videos.

Agame.com

What if you don’t want to play titles that everybody else is playing? Mini games are the perfect solution for giving your channel variety, while keeping it fresh compared to other gaming channels. Agame is a solid place to start because it has a diverse wealth of mini games that are updated frequently. Lots of creativity on this site.

The front page of Agame.com shows a wide variety of mini games to use for YouTube Videos

Mousebreaker.com

Mousebreaker is good alternative for fun mini games. It has less variety than Agame, but a lot of good games that Agame doesn’t have. Make sure to mostly pick the 4 and 5 star games.

The front page of Mousebreaker.com shows a wide variety of mini games to use for YouTube Videos

Games You Frequently See Appearing on Reddit.com/r/gaming

Need even more variety? Check the front page of Reddit’s Gaming subreddit for trending games. These are games that have elements that aren’t only fun to play, but fun to watch. If they weren’t fun to watch, they wouldn’t be on this website. It’s a good place to start if you’re stuck.

The front page of Reddit.com/r/gaming - a long list of very entertaining videogame GIFs, videos, and images

Popular Games from IGN

Another good place to find ideas for games, if this list isn’t enough for you, is the front page of IGN. On the side of the page, you can find a solid list of games that are popular. While all of these aren’t inherently perfect for gaming videos, they have a trending relevance, which means people will be searching for them and will want to watch them.

IGN's list of top 10 popular games out now - all good ideas for games to use for videos

Upcoming Games from IGN

Finally, to know what games to play right when they’re released, when they have the most amount of hype, use IGN’s “Popular Games Coming Soon.” Play these games right when they come out, and you can be one of the first with a Let’s Play video for a particular hyped up game.

IGN's list of top 10 popular games coming soon - all good ideas for games to use for videos

Where Was Nintendo?

Wondering why I left out so many great Nintendo games? No doubt Nintendo’s titles are excellent and very deserving of YouTube videos, however, the company has a policy about using their videos for Let’s Plays that has a lot of creators up in arms. As of now, it’s probably best that you don’t use their games in your videos in order to avoid unneeded penalties.

Conclusion

The games on this list are games that are sure to entertain you, while also entertaining your audience. While some of the older games still make for great online content, there are lots of new titles constantly being released that are replacing the old. There’s a huge variety in 2016, and it’s looking like a good time to be a YouTube gamer.

Anything you’d like to see added to this list? Any questions or feedback? Let me know what you think in the comments and if you liked this article, maybe consider sharing it with friends.

Or- if you need any help producing your videos, feel free to reach out as well.

Bonus!

Here’s another list that’s pretty good too.

Edward Sturm

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  • Mike

    I lold at Goldeneye

  • Virers

    overwatch is painfully shit to watch much like watching mobas.

    • I don’t know if that’s entirely true. It’s pretty fun, the gameplay’s exciting, it’s vivid, it has a super strong community, and there’s a lot to comment on. It also has a decent number of popular let’s plays on YouTube.

    • I don’t know if that’s entirely true. It’s pretty fun, the gameplay’s exciting, it’s vivid, it has a super strong community, and there’s a lot to comment on. It also has a decent number of popular let’s plays on YouTube.