Rex Dickson is the creative director of the Madden game series with Electronic Arts, and was one of the developers that Game Informer spoke with for the article. While games such as Farcry and Adrift made the list, various people were surprised (and delighted) to see Trails in the Sky SC join his list of favorite games of 2016.
Rex had this to say about the game:
I am a JRPG fan boy and have been for a long time. The trails series on the PSVita really blew me away with story and character development. The relationship between the two lead characters (Joshua and Estelle) was as powerful and memorable to me as Cloud and Aeris back in FF7. I think I sunk well over 100 hours into this franchise and loved every second.
To see other comments and games from Rex and other developers, you can read the Game Informer article here.
You can also find Rex Dickson on twitter here.
Also, thanks to the many people who pointed this article out to me!