The Japanese website 4Gamer posted its traditional year end mass interview, asking about 140 Japanese developers which games impressed them the most in 2016.
Below you can see the aggregation of all the “votes,” excluding those cast by people not involved with game development (pro gamers and talents). Some were allowed to cast more than one vote, and, and a few voted for platforms instead of games (the NES Mini and PlayStation VR), but it’s still a pretty nice overview of the games that are currently popular among Japanese developers.
- Persona 5 (PS4/PS3): 21
- Pokémon GO (Android/iOS): 20
- Final Fantasy XV (PS4/Xbox One): 17
- The Last Guardian (PS4): 8
- Inside (PS4/Xbox One/PC): 7
- Overwatch (PC/PS4/Xbox One): 5
- Summer Lesson (PS4): 4
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4): 3
- Dragon Quest Builders (PS4/PS3/PSVita): 3
- Shadowverse (iOS/Android): 3
- Pokémon Sun & Moon (3DS): 3
- Clash Royale (iOS/Android): 3
- PlayStation VR (PS4): 3
- Coven and Labyrinth of Refrain (PS Vita): 2
- Broforce (PS4/PC): 2
- Battlefield 1 (PC/PS4/Xbox One): 2
- Life is Strange (PC/PS4/PS3/Xbox One/Xbox 360): 2
- Titanfall 2 (PC/PS4/Xbox One): 2
- Zero Time Dilemma (3DS/PS Vita/PC): 2
- REZ: Infinite (PS4): 2
- Monster Super League (Andoid/iOS): 1
- Buried Town (Android/iOS): 1
- The Tomorrow Children (PS4): 1
- Senkan Teikoku (Andoid/iOS): 1
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 (PS4/PS Vita): 1
- Five Nights at Freddy’s (PC/Android/iOS): 1
- League of Legends (PC): 1
- Seven Knights (iOS/Android): 1
- Yo-kai Watch 3 (3DS): 1
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links (iOS/Android): 1
- The Crew: Ultimate Edition (PC/PS4/Xbox One): 1
- Line Wobbler (iOS/Android): 1
- Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 (PC): 1
- Blossom Blast (iOS/Android): 1
- Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4): 1
- Megami Meguri (3DS): 1
- The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls – Starlight Stage (iOS/Android): 1
- Tales of Berseria (PS4/PS3): 1
- Kitchen (PS4): 1
- Undertale (PC): 1
- Neo ATLAS 1469 (PS Vita): 1
- Reigns (PC/iOS/Android): 1
- Nintendo NES Mini: 1
- Pavilion (PS4/PS Vita/PC): 1
- Quantum Break (Xbox One/PC): 1
- Arcade Archives: Darius (PS4): 1
- The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match Online (Android): 1
- Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (PS4/PS3/PS Vita): 1
- Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse (3DS): 1
- BlazBlue: Central Fiction (PS4/PS3): 1
- Shovel Knight (PC/PS4/Xbox One/Wii U/PS Vita/PS3/Xbox 360): 1
As you can see Persona 5 managed to pull a random win over Pokémon GO, that apparently completely overshadowed Pokémon Sun & Moon.
Final Fantasy XV came in third place, showing, together with the latest Persona, that JRPGs are still largely popular among Japanese developers.
The Last Guardian also comes in with a rather solid showing, followed by the dark horse Inside, that impressed Japanese developers as much as it did in the west.
Summer Lesson was the most voted virtual reality title, while a few usually popular series like Yakuza and Tales got only one vote each.
Last year’s vote was much more one-sided, with Splatoon beating everyone else by a country mile, with Bloodborne and Super Mario Maker trailing behind.