Most anticipated games of 2016
When we started compiling this list of the 10 most anticipated games of 2016, we were once again reminded of what a treat we’re in for this year. There is a large number of titles that are just waiting to delight us with their offerings. Meant for different platforms, they have got millions exited for their arrival.
While 2015 gave us such gems as The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Menace, Bloodborne, Super Mario Maker and more, 2016 also looks to be jam-packed with a lot of action. There are some huge titles coming our way soon.
Some of these games have proper release dates for us to look forward to, but some have just been confirmed to be preparing for a 2016 launch. We’re guessing most of the release dates will become clear this June, when the all-important E3 will be upon us.
But in the meantime, it will definitely be wise to start saving up some cash for getting these titles when they finally arrive. Without wasting much time then, let’s have a look at the list which we’ve prepared today.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
If you don’t own a PlayStation console, the Uncharted series is something you should definitely purchase one for. Yes, it’s that good! These games make you feel like you’re actually playing a real movie. Uncharted titles are characterized by some witty writing, simple yet diverse gameplay and some puzzle solving as well.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be the final installment to feature series protagonist Nathan Drake. It will be bigger than all the previous games, and will involve Drake embarking on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a conspiracy behind a long lost pirate colony. It will be released for the PS4 on April 26 this year.
Hitman titles have a massive fan base worldwide, but some of them were hugely disappointed with the last offering from the series. It was a great game per se, but it took one too many diversions from the core ethos of the series. The makers of 2016’s Hitman have confirmed that they won’t make the same mistake again.
They have promised less linear gameplay, large sandboxes and an overall more open-ended approach this time around, much to the delight of fans. However, one catch is that that game will be released in the form of episodes; so it won’t be available to play at one go. The first episode comes out on March 11 for the PS4, the Xbox One and PC.
The first-person shooter that gave life to the genre itself, is up for a huge reboot. Slated to be released for the PS4, the Xbox One and PC this spring, Doom has taken a step back to the original games from the series and has hence brought several old-school elements along with it.
It will feature straight-up bloody and gory first-person shooter gameplay. Melee weapons like chainsaws as well as classic guns like the super shotgun and the BFG 9000 will be making a return here. This title will not feature any cover mechanics, with an aim of encouraging fast combat.
No Man’s Sky
If space exploration is your thing, No Man’s Sky is the game you should definitely be gunning for. It’s based on such a new concept that’s it is incredibly hard for us to even describe to you what’s in it. It procedurally generates worlds to create one of the largest video game environments that we’ve ever seen.
There will be planets to explore, with their own flora and fauna, and you can even be the first person ever to set foot on a planet, gaining the honor of naming it for the world. The makers of No Man’s Sky have officially revealed that there are exactly 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 planets in this title, meaning it will take you 585 billion years to see them all.
That’s the kind of massive scale we’re looking at here, and that’s why we don’t actually know what we can expect from No Man’s Sky, except for the fact that it’s going to be one hell of a journey. The game will be released for the PS4 and PC in June this year.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
Assassin’s Creed won’t have a main installment this year, but parkour fans will have one more game to look forward to in the form of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. A reboot of 2008’s Mirror’s Edge, this title will take place in a futuristic city which is seeing an attempt to overthrow its totalitarian rulers.
You’ll be leaping across buildings, riding zip-lines, stealthily attacking enemies and much more in this highly awaited action-adventure offering. Scheduled to be released for the PS4, the Xbox One and PC on May 24, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst has been revealed to feature multiplayer gameplay as well.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
If there’s one studio which knows how to make epic role-playing games, it’s BioWare. We saw that with the original Mass Effect trilogy, and the developer is now ready to unleash a sequel to it in the form of Mass Effect: Andromeda. It will transpire long after the events from the previous titles; so you’ll be seeing different characters here.
For those unaware, this series is known for its intricate RPG offerings that are complemented by some serious cover-based third-person shooter gameplay. The new title is slated to hit the PS4, the Xbox One and PC in Q4 this year.
The beauty of the first Dishonored game was that there was a plethora of ways in which you could complete your missions. You could go about stealthily or go all guns blazing, or even choose to do both at the same time. Hell, you could even complete the whole game without killing even a single person. And that too while playing as an assassin.
Dishonored 2 will look to offer more of that. You can choose to play as either one of the two protagonists, with both having a ridiculous set of weapon skills and supernatural abilities. This title is definitely a must-buy for stealth fans out there. It hits the PS4, the Xbox One and PC sometime later this year.
The Legend of Zelda
This game has more to it than just the distinction of being the first ever Zelda game with HD graphics. It will feature a massive open world which you’ll be able to traverse using Link’s horse, Epona.
Nintendo has a lot riding on 2016’s The Legend of Zelda and wants to make sure it turns out to be every bit of the amazing title it’s being anticipated to be. This Wii U exclusive doesn’t have a proper release date yet, but its makers have indeed mentioned that 2016 is the year it’s arriving.
The Last Guardian was stuck in development limbo for an extremely long time, which is why fans were over overjoyed when it was finally unveiled last year. If you’ve played and loved games like Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, you most definitely should be looking forward to The Last Guardian as it’s being built by the same team and involves similar elements.
It will feature a young boy who befriends a giant bird, and tries to evade guards that are after them both. This PS4 exclusive has faced a lot of delays since the start of its development; so it’s hard to imagine that it will stay true to its 2016 release promise. We’re optimistic though that we’ll finally be able to jump into it later this year.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
March is when this Ubisoft offering releases; so we’re not too far away from sinking ourselves into it. This game is unique in more ways than one. Set in a post-apocalyptic open world, Tom Clancy’s The Division combines its third-person shooter gameplay with elements from role-playing games well as MMOs.
It was first unveiled in 2013, but has faced a few delays and is finally ready to arrive now. Slated to hit the PS4, the Xbox One and PC on the above mentioned date, it features single-player as well as multiplayer gameplay.