2016’s slate of video games looks set to be one of the best in years.
Below are my top 11 most anticipated titles, scheduled to arrive at various points throughout the year. If you don’t agree with any of them, post in the comments below and let me know what you’re looking forward to most.
Hitman (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – March 11th
I’ve always enjoyed donning the red tie and acting out stealthy assassinations in Hitman. This latest entry is doing away with a traditional campaign, opting instead for large open-ended expanses, filled with countless objectives. I’m really excited to get free-reign across a variety of exotic locations, playing exactly as I wish without any restrictions. The game will release in parts at first via a digital-only format, whilst extra content will be tapered regularly post-launch.
Ratchet & Clank (PS4) – April 12th PS4 EXCLUSIVE
The game based on the movie, based on the game. This remake really does the term justice, since not only are they giving the original a graphical overhaul to make even Naughty Dog proud, the team has expanded the story, added extra levels and crafted brand-new weapons. Not only that, but the animated movie is also out around the same time. Winning.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4) – April 26th PS4 EXCLUSIVE
Nate is back, but all good things must come to an end. Naughty Dog’s next iteration in the Uncharted series is going to be their last. Fortunately, judging from recent gameplay, Uncharted 4 looks set to become the biggest entry yet – not to mention the most beautiful. Dialogue options were recently revealed to be included as well, but as to whether they affect the ending remains to be seen.
It’s been a while since gamers took to the high-rise buildings in Mirror’s Edge, but 2016 finally marks the year in which EA bring Faith back. After playing it during Gamescom 2015 I was incredibly impressed with what was shown. The controls felt spot-on, enabling me to scale walls and vault scenery seamlessly, plus the addition of a grappling hook made traversing buildings a lot quicker.
In No Man’s Sky no player will get to experience everything it has to offer. Its built-in system for procedurally generated galaxies — with their own planets — makes this a hugely ambitious game. The added fact that the life on each planet is also randomly generated speaks volumes for the exploration at hand. Good bye social life.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – August 23rd
Who else fell in love with Human Revolution’s black and gold colour palette? Just me? It’s not just the look of Deus Ex that made me adore it, the gameplay was flexible enough for me to stick to stealth, go guns blazing, or perform a mixture of both. The thought of diving back into its world, once again with Adam Jensen, makes me very, very happy.
Yooka-Laylee (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC, Mac, Linux) – Q3 2016
Remember when Rare made awesome games, like Banjo-Kazooie? Turns out a lot of people who worked on that series formed their own studio. Their first title is a spiritual successor to Banjo and was successfully funded through Kickstarter. Even the original composer from Banjo-Kazooie has returned. Mix that with two charming characters, Yooka and Laylee, and I feel nostalgic already.
Allison Road (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – Q3 2016
In 2014 players were treated to a teaser for a first-person horror game by Hideo Kojima. Sadly, due to unfortunate circumstances and the departure of Hideo from publisher Konami, P.T. died a quick death. Fortunately its legacy lives on, as a number of fans have started development on a horror game that takes inspiration from Hideo’s game. It’s been picked up by Worms publisher Team17, so you know it’s in good hands. Here’s hoping for some adrenaline-filled horror when it’s due to launch at the end of 2016.
Mass Effect: Andromeda (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – Q4 2016
Bioware’s Mass Effect trilogy stands tall as one of my favourite gaming stories of all time. Andromeda’s a brand-new chapter set across the galaxy, leaving behind the story of Commander Sherpherd. Not much is known at this stage, but it appears that inter-galaxy traversal is back, putting an emphasis once again on exploration. I can’t wait to craft my own character and get stuck into some dialogue heavy gameplay
South Park: The Fractured but Whole (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – Expected 2016
Ever since 2013’s South Park game I’ve been clamouring for more. It was my game of the year, and the next title looks set to build on its successor in every way. Expect an open-ended South Park to explore, probably taking inspiration from recent amendments to the series.
Dishonored 2 – (PS4, Xbox One, PC) Expected 2016
I have fond memories of playing the original Dishonored. Packing gameplay similar to that of Deus Ex, I could go for the kill or remain sneakily in the shadows. The cute art design gave the world a unique sense of character and the powers I could acquire gave me multiple ways in which to kill or bypass my foes. This sequel sees the Empress’s daughter from the last game, Emily, all grown up and seeking justice for the death of her mother. Expect your decisions to once again affect the storyline.
What are you looking forward to?