The Most Anticipated Games of 2016

2015 brought us a terrific year in gaming, with monstrous titles such as The Witcher 3, Metal Gear Solid V, Fallout 4, Bloodborne, Battlefront, Rocket League and others. After having such a great year, I wonder how it could possibly be topped – but lo and behold, the lineup for 2016 is stacked full of big names and exciting new faces. Maybe, just maybe, it’ll cast a big enough shadow over 2015 to claim itself as the superior year in gaming.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the most anticipated games of 2016 (included are announced, unscheduled and rumored titles, in no particular order).

 

Uncharted 4: A  Thief’s End

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Release Date: March 18th, 2016
Platforms: PS4
Developer: Naughty Dog

Naughty Dog has rocked the world with its Uncharted series, giving us some of the best action-packed, story driven games of the past generation. Each entry in the series has seen significant improvements over its predecessor, from the graphics, to the spectacle, to even the multiplayer, so we’re in for a treat when A Thief’s End heads our way in March 2016. The newest footage has looked fantastic as expected, and only gotten us more antsy for the few months we have left to wait. We’re chomping at the bit for another adventure in Nathan and Sully’s eventful lives, which includes jaw-dropping Blockbuster action and newly introduced dialogue options. Oh, and let’s not forget that the multiplayer looks cooler than ever, too.

 

Final Fantasy XV

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Release Date: TBA 2016
Platforms: XBOX One, PS4
Developer: Square Enix Business Division 2

Final Fantasy is pretty popular – you wanna know how I know? This is the fifteenth installment. Despite that, though, Square Enix continues to deliver deep, interesting and rewarding gaming experiences in nearly every newly released Final Fantasy game. They’ve experimented with different combat systems, characters, storylines and more, so they know how to keep it fresh. This time around, we’re seeing a more dark, realistic world than we are used to in the Final Fantasy franchise. Plenty of footage has been released, displaying the enchanting open world, with its fascinating creatures and environments, and the new battle system, which looks to be completely real-time, similar to what we would see in Kingdom Hearts. The open world and its breathtaking visuals, along with many new gameplay elements, such as vehicle travel and weapon switching, should be plenty to keep new and old fans of Final Fantasy pleased beyond measure. Now, we just need a confirmed release date!!

 

Tom Clancy’s The Division

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Release Date: March 8th, 2016
Platforms: Windows, XBOX One, PS4
Developers: Ubisoft Massive, Ubisoft Reflections, Ubisoft Red Storm, Ubisoft Annecy

After a long production and some delays, The Division is actually a real thing now. It’s been announced to release in March 2016, so we can hold back on writing it off as a “too good to be true” game. There’s plenty of reason to be hyped for this game: It’s an MMO shooter RPG hybrid from Tom Clancy, with an open world, tons of customization and gameplay depth. As of late, some new gameplay has emerged, highlighting the skill trees and weapon mods. Aside from that, we’ve only had glimpses of this beast of a game. It’s promising a lot of stuff, but we should remain a bit skeptical – it is Ubisoft after all. Luckily, we can get a feel of how the final product will be when the beta becomes available in early 2016.

 

No Man’s Sky

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Release Date: June 2016
Platforms: Windows, PS4
Developer: Hello Games

Hello Games shocked the gaming industry when it teased No Man’s Sky for the first time. The hype swirled and soared as people debated the endless possibilities. A nearly infinite, procedurally generated universe, with planet sized planets, creatures, weapons, ships, trading, destruction and more? Yeah, it sounds insane. As more gameplay footage has been released, people have been split on either pronouncing the game as ‘pointless’ and ‘boring’ or continuing to sing its praises. It’s got to be one of the most ambitious attempts in gaming history, and I, for one, am excited to hop in my ship and make way toward an undiscovered planet. Of course, I’ll be naming that planet very inappropriately, as expected.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Release Date: TBA Q4 2016
Platforms: Windows, XBOX One, PS4
Developer: BioWare

It’s pretty simple: Anytime BioWare is releasing a new game, people should get excited. Especially if it’s a Mass Effect game. Choices that will make you think for fifteen minutes before picking, characters that you will fall in love with, satisfying RPG elements, third-person cover shooting mechanics and a huge, beautiful Sci-Fi world are just some of the surface-level things to be looking forward to when Mass Effect: Andromeda comes out. Not much has been confirmed about the sequel, but we do know that it takes place long after the first three games.

 

Quantum Break

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Release Date: April 5th, 2016
Platform: XBOX One
Developer: Remedy Entertainment

An XBOX One exclusive, Quantum Break features a protagonist who wields time control powers. The mechanics based on that premise look to be very fun and intricate, and the gameplay released so far has shown what looks to be a beautiful game. When time is in a frozen state, otherwise known as a ‘time loop’, it’s one of the more technically and visually impressive things we’ve seen in a video game of recent memory. Some of the platforming through environments that are stuck in a ‘time loop’ looks very unique and brings a cool element to the gameplay. Hopefully the premise and mechanics aren’t the only worthwhile things that this game has to offer.

 

Star Fox Zero

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Release Date: April 22nd, 2016
Platform: Wii U
Developers: Nintendo EPD, Platinum Games

DO A BARREL ROLL!
Producer Shigeru Miyamoto said that this isn’t strictly a prequel, remake or sequel of the first game or to the series…so what is it exactly? Well, it’s fuckin’ Star Fox. And you can do barrel rolls. What more do you need??

 

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

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Release Date: TBA 2016
Platform: PS4
Developer: tri-Ace

There’s no shortage of great JRPGs out there, but if you’ve been paying attention to the genre for the past decade or so, you know that Star Ocean is one of the better franchises. The great party system, the satisfying and well-executed real-time battle mechanics and the tremendous amount of world lore and locations are just a number of things we know Star Ocean does well. The newest installment will no doubt improve upon all of those aspects and deliver another deep and rewarding RPG experience. We don’t know much else about it, except that it’s a PS4 exclusive and doesn’t have a confirmed release date yet. In the meantime, check out the trailer to whet your whistle.

 

The Last Guardian

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Release Date: TBA 2016
Platform: PS4
Developers: genDESIGN, SCE Japan Studio

Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are near and dear to many of us gamers, perhaps considered some of the best games of all time. A haunting, incredible tone, with awe-inspiring moments of beauty, peril and heartbreak are some of the ways to describe those games. The Last Guardian will in some way continue those feelings and tones, as well as game play styles, and most definitely affect us on deep emotional levels, like those before it. The game has been a strange mystery and hope was fizzing out after so much time had passed. It’s been in development since 2007…now, nearly nine years later, we have confirmation that it does indeed still exist and will release sometime in 2016. We will surely have our hearts broken at some point during the game – each interaction between Trico and the boy seems sweet and pure – so it’s going to make us fond for the relationship before crushing our souls. A long wait is ahead of us, so maybe we should prepare ourselves emotionally for this monumental release.

 

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

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Release Date: May 24th, 2016
Platforms: Windows, XBOX One, PS4
Developer: EA Digital Illusions CE

The original Mirror’s Edge was a kick-ass, unique first-person platforming game with parkour elements. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is a reboot of sorts, diving into the origin story of Faith Connors, with a revamped combat system and a huge open-world, in which to jump around and sprint off of building tops. There won’t be any loading times, so you’ll be free to visit all parts of the map without hinderances. Also, there will be included cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes. It will be a hell of a time to romp through the world on current systems – and just think how perfect of a game it would be for VR.

 

Dishonored 2

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Release Date: TBA Q2 2016
Platforms: Windows, XBOX One, PS4
Developer: Arkane Studios

Dishonored was one of the more unique games of the past few years, and coming 2016, we’ll get our second go at the intriguing universe built by Arkane Studios. This time around, you have the chance to pick between playing as Empress Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano. Both offer the same missions, but slightly different views on the progression of the story. Similarly, you’ll have a different set of powers and attacks, depending on who you choose. As in the first game, there will be a plethora of ways to creatively kill your enemies – or go by the way of a rouge and sneak through the entirety of the game without killing a soul. The developers even mentioned that a third path would be available, but nothing has been disclosed about the mysterious option. No matter how you play the game, it’s sure to be a fun and brutal one.

 

Far Cry Primal

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Release Date: February 23rd, 2016 (Windows March 1st, 2016)
Platforms: Windows, XBOX One, PS4
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Far Cry Primal is the closest thing we will get to a new Turok game. If that isn’t enough to sell you, check out some of the recently released gameplay footage. Each release of a new Far Cry game has seen leaps and bounds of significant improvements, cementing the series as one of the most popular and fun to play games on the market. Far Cry 2 and Far Cry 3 seemed vastly different from each other in the way that the gameplay opened up, but Far Cry 3 to Far Cry 4 saw more of the same, with many finely-tuned aspects and some new additions to improve the experience overall. Now, with another game coming relatively quickly after Far Cry 4, Ubisoft Montreal is tackling the primal era in human history. I think it’s just the kind of jolt that the series needs to stay away from monotony. With beast taming, intense melee combat and crafting in an ancient world, Far Cry Primal is one to anticipate.

 

Ratchet & Clank

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Release Date: April 12th, 2016
Platform: PS4
Developer: Insomniac Games

I see the Ratchet & Clank series as the Pixar movies of games: They are fun, have heart and can be enjoyed by all ages. Come April 2016, Insomniac Games is dishing out a re-imagining of the first game in the series, along with a Ratchet & Clank movie. If you’re a fan of the series or have never played them before, you have reason to be excited. Insomniac rarely fails to deliver a great game, and with all of the quirkiness and versatile gameplay, the new Ratchet & Clank will definitely be a blast to play on PS4.

 

Firewatch

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Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Platforms: Linux, Windows, OS X, PS4
Developer: Camp Santo

Firewatch follows a volunteer fire lookout named Henry, who has been assigned a tower in the Shoshone National Forest, soon after the events of the Yellowstone fires of 1988. The showcased footage has given us promise of an engaging, funny, well-written and gorgeous first-person game, strongly driven by its narrative. Hints of mystery are very present in the undertones of the unique game – something strange is bound to occur or be revealed at some point in the story. I can’t wait to get my hands on this single player experience.

 

Dark Souls III

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Release Date: April 12th, 2016
Platforms: Windows, XBOX One, PS4
Developer: FromSoftware

Dark Souls is infamous for its extreme difficulty and hardcore approach, but hell if it doesn’t offer some of the most rewarding and fresh gameplay in the industry. With a third (fourth, including Demon’s Souls) installment coming, fans can expect more of the same, along with some new additions such as a larger world to explore, more fluid combat and newly featured magic. Let’s try not to rage so hard when we die this time.

 

Yooka-Laylee

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Release Date: October 2016
Platforms: Linux, Windows, OS X, XBOX One, PS4, Wii U
Developer: Playtonic Games

After an insanely successful crowd funding campaign, the guys behind Banjo Kazooie are back with Yooka-Laylee, a very similar looking game for the modern era of gamers. Yooka-Laylee features familiar gameplay, in attractive new landscapes, with lovable new characters. If it can capture even a fraction of the magic that Banjo Kazooie was, it’ll be fantastic. One thing it has over Banjo Kazooie? It’ll be on basically every platform.

 

Crackdown 3

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Release Date: TBA 2016
Platform: XBOX One
Developer: Reagent Games

Crackdown is back with its genetically enhanced protagonist, but this time, the focus moves to mass-scale destruction in the sandbox world. So, not only will you blow shit up and throw around cars/bad guys, but you’ll also have the ability to literally destroy everything you see in the game. “How is that even possible?” You may ask. Well, they’ve established a system where multiple servers are set up, one for each section of a map and its destructible environments. The more that’s being destroyed, the more servers are automatically set up to handle the excess carnage. Doing so alone will be fun, but we can tackle the challenge of taking destruction to a whole new level in the multiplayer mode with friends, too.

 

DOOM

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Release Date: TBA 2016
Platforms: Windows, XBOX One, PS4
Developer: id Software

The father of shooters is being revitalized on current platforms, realized with the same bloody, hard-hitting action that we are used to seeing in the series. We can take the relentlessly paced shooting online with our friends in competitive multiplayer or even try out some co-op, aside from the usual single player helping. Red hues, dismemberment and all, violence nuts can unite when DOOM releases sometime in 2016.

 

Gears of War 4

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Release Date: TBA 2016
Platform: XBOX One
Developer: The Coalition

Gears of War has been one of the best-selling and most played franchises in XBOX history. Many of us have stayed up until the morning hours taking on waves of AI enemies with our buddies online or facing off in intense competitive matches. With the fourth installment, the series will get the automatic improvement of using XBOX One’s processing power, with prettier graphics and probably way more on-screen  enemies. Whenever it comes out in 2016, we’ll be sure to continue Marcus Fenix’s journey and jump online with our friends to rip some people to shreds with the Chainsaw Bayonet.

 

Mafia III

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Release Date: TBA 2016
Platforms: Windows, OS X, XBOX One, PS4
Developer: Hangar 13

Everybody’s fantasized about being in the Mafia. The Mafia games have let us live out that fantasy with GTA-style play and captivating stories. In Mafia III, we take the wheel as Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam vet who’s out for revenge against the local mobs who killed his friends. Unlike the previous Mafia games, you won’t be directly affiliated with an established mob, in fact, you’re setting up a makeshift mob of your own. This gang is made up of ruffians and misfits, with four lieutenants helping you out, including Vito from Mafia II. The open world takes place in 1968 New Orleans, giving you freedom to explore and approach the game from multiple angles. The gameplay revolves around the gunplay, as usual, along with the classic vehicles to drive and other elements, even leading outside of the city into the swampland of Louisiana. Take my money, Hangar 13, I’m all in.

 
There’s a ton of games to look forward to in 2016, and we’ll surely have more games to stack on our shelves (or into our hard drives) that will command our attention. So many games and so little time. How will we ever catch up? I still need to play more Witcher 3 and MGSV. And finish Shadows of Mordor. And stop playing Madden.

Anyways, what do you guys think of our list? What games would you add and why? What’re your most anticipated games of 2016? Let’s start a discussion in the comments!

 

Author: Austin Adams @IamAustinAdams

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