2016 is a massive year for the gaming industry, with long-awaited games finally being released, an influential franchise coming to the end, reboots, sequels, and some original content worth forking cash out for. The following is a list of my most anticipated games that have yet to come out this year.
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4) – May 10th
Here comes the end of one of the most successful PS4 exclusive franchises, an action adventure third-person shooter that follows Nolan North as treasure hunter Nathan Drake. The final installment takes place a few years after the events of the third game when Drake has retired from his treasure hunting ways, settling down with his wife Elena Fisher. Unfortunately for him this peace doesn’t last as his older brother Sam, previously believed dead, reappears asking for Nathan’s help. Troy Baker voiced and motion capped for Sam, so I am excited to see Nolan’s and Troy’s performances together in a game with outstanding graphics and larger environments to explore. If you have not yet seen any of the gameplay for this, check it out! This franchise will most certainly be going out with a bang.
- Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (Ps4, Xbox One, PC) – May 24th
Catalyst is the reboot to 2008’s Mirror’s Edge, a game with a fantastic and unique art style which fell short due to the hard to memorize controls and linear platform. However, Catalyst sets to introduce parkour expert Faith Connors to the current generation of gamers, with an open-world action-adventure where players control Faith as she attempts to overthrow a totalitarian conglomerate of corporations who rule over the City of Glass in which she lives in. I have strong hopes for this reboot as it is set to focus more on defensive actions over shooting enemies, while my fingers are crossed that the controls will be easier to remember, and the parkour elements will be smoother.
- No Man’s Sky (PS4, PC) – June 21st
This is the game I will spend the entirety of summer playing, because this game is freaking huge! No Man’s Sky is a procedurally generated adventure, survival game where players are allowed to interact with an entire universe that includes 18 quintillion planets. The coolest thing about this game is that it is so utterly enormous that even if you are on a server with another player, it will be impossible to find them; plus when you discover a planet/animal/flora/etc… you name it, upload the information, and if anyone else does come across it they will see who founded and named it. There are four classes within the game, – exploration, survival, combat and trading – these will dictate the type of ship you get, activities to do, and general way of life within the game. If you do not fancy engaging in combat often, become an explorer and enjoy basking in the unique environments of each planet, if you want to play like this is a first person shooter, pick combat and enter every planet guns blazing. It’s up to you. Personally, I’m going to take the exploration route and discover new areas of space, befriend some aliens, and name a bunch of plants funny names, because why not?
- Final Fantasy XV (PS4, Xbox One) – September 30th
I have no prior experience with any of the Final Fantasy series as it has been coming out since 1987, and was on its 7th game by the time I was born. So for those of you that are utterly uninformed like me, here is a quick run down on what FF is: Final Fantasy is a science fiction/fantasy role-playing video game published by Square Enix, a Japanese gaming company. Since its inception the series has branched into a variety of genres within media, from a third person shooter to anime. FFXV is the fifth main installment within the series, it was originally announced in 2006 under the title Final Fantasy Versus XIII and has been in development ever since. Until now, when this long-awaited game was upgraded to the current generation and given a new name.
I have decided that maybe it is time to give this franchise a try, after all it is definitely my type of game. Plus, the graphics of the series have always impressed me as they crossed the line between realism and anime. The idea of embarking on a road trip with some badass monster slayer best friends en route to retake a stolen throne sounds fun, I’m ready to step into the shoes of Noctis and explore the open world of Eos.
- Gears of War 4 (Xbox One) – October 11th
Dang! Those Xbox exclusives. Sadly, I will not actually be able to play this game as I am a proud owner of the PS4 *sobs quietly*. Gears of War 2 was the first game that made me truly understand what a great medium for storytelling gaming was as the second game generated emotions within my 10-year-old mind that no other game had managed to do before; a specific scene within the game comes to mind, a scene I will never forget as it both scarred me and upset me – if you have played Gears 2, you know the scene. However, one thing that always engaged audiences was the hundreds of hours you could lose on multiplayer, with 10 new maps, – plus one new one for free every month – more female characters, better graphics, a ranking system, and a handful of new modes, this new Gears of War is set to have the best multiplayer experience within the series so far. *Debates whether it would be considered unreasonable to buy an Xbox One just to play Gears 4*.
Release dates yet to be announced/games I don’t have too much to say about:
- Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4): Mechanical wildlife in a post apocalyptic world. All that needs to be said.
- Mass Effect Andromeda (PS4, Xbox One, PC): I did not get to experience the original trilogy, but I am ready to see how the series will be introduced to the current generation, and what new story lies ahead.
- Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
- Dishonoured 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) *November 11th 2016*: Never managed to play much of the first Dishonoured, but you play as a kick ass female assassin in this one so I’m up for it.
- Wild (PS4): You can fly around as an owl, I’m sold.
- The Walking Dead Season 3 (Platforms TBA): Desperately wanting to know what happens next after watching the previous seasons on youtube.
- Outlast 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC): Prepared for the restless nights as I’ll be sleeping with one eye open if this is anywhere near how scary the first game and Whistleblower were.
What games are you excited for this year? And what games do you want to play that maybe you won’t be able to?