Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2016
The Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2016
2015 was a great year for gaming and there were some fantastic games released throughout the calendar year. 2016 is also shaping up pretty well too, with AAA games accompanied by high expectations such as Final Fantasy XV due for release, as well as smaller titles with a lot of excitement such as No Man’s Sky and Firewatch. There’s a lot to look forward to this year, regardless of which platform you own. So, in chronological order, here’s my Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2016:
First announced in March 2014, Firewatch has impressed gamers with its striking art style, first-person exploration based gameplay and somewhat mysterious story. Firewatch is the debut title from Campo Santo, a studio founded by Jake Rodkin and Sean Vanaman, creative leads on Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Nels Anderson, lead designer on Mark of the Ninja and artist Olly Moss who is perhaps best known for his reimagining of film posters. The game sees you take control of Henry, a park ranger in Shoshone National Forest in 1989 who explores the park uncovering clues to who has been ransacking his tower and who the mysterious figure is watching him from afar. Your only contact in the game is Delilah, who you can contact via walkie-talkie. There is also some choices to be made as your responses to Delilah will dictate your relationship with her. There is quite a bit of anticipation surrounding this indie title and gamers don’t have too much longer to wait.
Release Date: February 9th (PS4, Win, Mac, Linux)
Far Cry Primal
The popular Far Cry series receives another entry, this time with a pre-historic setting. With game development led by Ubisoft Montreal, players can expect a world of mammoths, sabre-toothed cats and different tribes. You play as Takkar, a hunter who finds himself stranded with the power to control different animals. The game will feature staples of the Far Cry franchise such as numerous tools and weapons, collectibles and gameplay revolving around winning back territories. It will be interesting to see if the game can hold players’ attention without the trademark gunplay the series has utilised so far but the gameplay footage that has been released certainly looks promising for Far Cry fans.
Release Date: February 23rd (PS4, XBO) March 1st (PC)
Tom Clancy’s The Division
When The Division finally releases in March it will have been nearly three years since it was first revealed at E3 2013 after numerous delays. Developed mainly by Ubisoft Massive based in Sweden, the game sees you trying to win back New York after a devastating virus has swept through the city on Black Friday. The third-person shooter allows you to team up with other players, or agents, to tackle missions and compete for loot in the game’s PvP area, the Dark Zone. The game has garnered attention with its striking depiction of an abandoned New York City in the midst of holiday decorations, its co-operative gameplay and the game’s concept of an MMO/RPG hybrid. Many have compared this game to Destiny, although Ubisoft has been eager to point out the game can be played solo if one chooses. Many people are eager to find out if The Division can live up to its ambitious concept.
Release Date: March 8th (PS4, XBO, Win)
Another hotly anticipated game of 2016 is Quantum Break, an Xbox One exclusive developed by Remedy Entertainment, developers of Max Payne and Alan Wake. The game follows several characters who can manipulate time, after an experiment involving time travel goes wrong in the North Eastern U.S.A. Gamers take control of Jack Joyce, who is pursued by a corporation named Monarch Solutions, and will have to use a mix of gunplay and time manipulation powers to progress through the main story. Quantum Break is also trying something new with a supplemental live-action, digital TV series which is part of the game. Events in the TV show will affect how you choose to play the game. The show will follow the game’s antagonists and you can affect which actions they take at the start of each ‘episode’. It’s an interesting idea that has some talent behind it including actors Shawn Ashmore and Aiden Gillen. Xbox fans will be hoping the game will be worth it as this is another title that has suffered more than one delay.
Release Date: April 5th (XBO)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Developer Naughty Dog has promised Uncharted 4 will be the end of Nathan Drake’s story after four main titles. Players can expect the usual exceptional storytelling that Naughty Dog creates alongside some thrilling action set pieces and puzzle based gameplay. It was also recently revealed at PSX that the game will feature some choice based gameplay with a couple of opportunities to steer the conversation in the cut-scenes. The plot takes place three years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception with Nathan Drake retired as a fortune hunter when his older brother named Sam, long believed dead returns and leads Nathan on yet another adventure. Fans of the franchise will be interested to see how Naughty Dog wraps up the acclaimed series.
Release Date: April 26th (PS4)
No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky is developed by Hello Games and is a first-person adventure game set in space. Players can visit planets, gather materials, fight space pirates and upgrade and improve their ship. What sets No Man’s Sky apart though is its procedural generated universe. Players can discover planets and animals and name them for all to see. The universe is massive making it more likely you’ll stumble upon someone’s discovery than the player themselves. The nature of the game means that the planets will differ in appearance, variety and population. There are multiple ways to play: you can explore and discover, buy and sell items and fight NPC’s for their loot. It’s a very ambitious project and many are excited to see if No Man’s Sky can live up to its potential.
Release Date: June 2016 (PS4, Win)
Final Fantasy XV
A running theme of this list is delays and expectation. No game can quite match Final Fantasy XV though which has been in development in some form or another for almost a decade. Originally announced as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, the game was delayed and eventually moved onto another console entirely. Much of the game has been reworked from it’s original concept and players were given their first opportunity to play the game hands on with the recent demo Episode Duscae. Combat has changed to become more fluid and faster paced than previous titles. Final Fantasy XV will follow Noctis and his allies as they traverse the open world in search of a crystal that was stolen from their kingdom. Gamers can expect classic Final Fantasy elements such as magic and summons as well as a lengthy storyline. There’s been lots of discussion about this game and it will be interesting to see how the game performs commercially and critically.
Release Date: 2016 (PS4, XBO)
Horizon Zero Dawn
Last year’s big surprise at E3 was Horizon Zero Dawn, a third person action RPG developed by Guerilla Games who are best known for the Killzone series. The game is a drastic departure from Guerilla’s previous shooter-focused titles with players controlling Aloy, a female hunter in a post-apocalyptic setting filled with mechanized creatures that resemble dinosaurs. The game will feature a large open-world for players to explore with no loading screens. Little else is known at this point about the game; it will involve hunting and taking down these creatures with various tools and weapons to loot their resources. However, the game is still scheduled for 2016 and it is certainly one of Playstation’s most exciting exclusives.
Release Date: 2016 (PS4)
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Bioware and EA have kept very quiet regarding Mass Effect in the past year or so. At the time of writing we have had no gameplay or in-game footage to watch and very little is known about the game. Andromeda, as the name suggests, will take place in a different galaxy to that of the first three games and so seemingly won’t connect directly to Commander Shepard’s story. Other details are thin on the ground but we do know the Mako will return in the game. There has been doubt cast on the game’s Q4 2016 release date but EA could be taking the same approach Bethesda did with Fallout 4; saving news of the game till closer to release. Either way, it’s worth keeping an eye out at E3 this year for more news…
Release Date: Q4 2016 (PS4, XBO, Win)
The Legend of Zelda
Nintendo fans have been waiting quite a while for a new, fully fledged Zelda game and they will get their wish later this year. Coming to Wii U is The Legend of Zelda, which promises an open world to explore and a more open-ended approach to gameplay. The developers have promised that the game will reimagine what the Zelda games are and give the player more choice than they are used to from these games. Another victim of delays, The Legend of Zelda is hotly anticipated and it will be interesting to learn more about the proposed changes. Could the delay have been to simultaneously develop the game for Nintendo’s next console, the NX? We’re likely to hear more about the game later this year.
Release Date: 2016 (WiiU)
Those are the Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2016.
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