Top 7 Most Anticipated Games of 2016
Unlike the guy who sits next to me in the office, I think 2016 is going to be a great year for video games. We might even get a new Nintendo console, but seeing as we know nothing about that, here’s a list of seven games I’m really looking forward to. Although I reckon a couple will get delayed and I may still be playing Fallout 4, making the entire list pointless.
Unravel – PS4, Xbox One, and PC
I haven’t seen much of Unravel, but what I have seen looks right up my street. 2D platforming with a large dollop of puzzle solving. The fact that it’s coming from EA is a little bizarre, something hammered home during the publisher’s E3 conference, but the people making Unravel seem so passionate about the project it’s rubbed off a little. Fingers crossed the gameplay matches the rather lovely visuals. I really want Yarny’s first game to be a good one.
Quantum Break – Xbox One
A lot of people seem down on Quantum Break, but I can’t help but be excited by it. It’s from Remedy, the studio that made Alan Wake (an awesome game) and Max Payne (an awesome game). Quantum Break seems to be mixing Max Payne-style combat with an extra dose of time control, making the whole thing look incredibly cool. It’s an Xbox One exclusive, so feel free to say it’ll be shit, but I have high hopes. Some sort of TV show element is attached, which could be piss, but as long as it’s not integral it shouldn’t matter.
Ratchet & Clank – PS4
I wouldn’t say the Ratchet & Clank series is underrated, but I think it’s definitely underappreciated. Insomniac’s series has consistently delivered the goods if you’re into action adventure games, and is far more than just a 3D platformer. This re-imagining of the original game looks spectacular and will hopefully give everyone a nice reminder about how great the series is. If Nintendo had made Ratchet & Clank it would likely be regarded more highly.
No Man’s Sky – PS4 and PC
There’s no question that No Man’s Sky was announced too early. The game justifiably found a huge fanbase, to the extent that at times it felt too much for the small independent studio making it, Hello Games. Hopefully that isn’t the case, and in June (barring any delay) we should finally get to explore the tantalising procedurally generated world being offered. I’m nervous, but my fingers are tightly crossed.
Crackdown 3 – Xbox One
If any game due in 2016 looks primed to be delayed into 2017 surely it’s Crackdown 3, but we have been promised multiplayer of some sort this summer. Being the first game to make use of Microsoft’s cloud processing (a term the company isn’t quite as vocal about now as it was around the Xbox One’s reveal), there will no doubt be huge technical hurdles to navigate as the team attempts to get realistic destruction working on a massive scale in an online shooter. A lot could go wrong, but imagine if it all works as promised and we can talk about ‘the cloud’ again without laughing under our breath.
Gears of War 4 – Xbox One
Gears of War Ultimate Edition was a nice stop gap, but the real big hitter is due this year. Gears of War 4 is the first from-inception Gears title made entirely without input from Epic Games, so new guys The Coalition will be under pressure to deliver the goods. The first footage suggests we might be in for a game with more survival horror tones than we’ve had from the series to date, but that’s no bad thing. As the Xbox One’s showpiece game for 2016, this has to deliver.
The Last Guardian – PS4
What’s been shown of The Last Guardian doesn’t really fill me with confidence, but the development pedigree here is so strong that I’ve got to believe the game will fulfil the prophecy and be the greatest release of all time. Shadow of the Colossus is one of the all-time greats, Ico is excellent, so this should be Game of the Year material. If it releases in 2016. Hopefully it doesn’t feel too much like a PS3 game ported over to PS4, but just to see it on store shelves will be something of a miracle itself.
Sea of Thieves – Xbox One and PC
I really hope Sea of Thieves delivers a ton of exploration, as that’s what I’m most interested in at the moment – and why No Man’s Sky is in my list. A pirate-themed adventure in a massive world should be cool, and the reveal trailer showed great promise, but I’m concerned it’ll end up being Destiny with parrots. I don’t really want to have to play with other people all the time, and given the ambitious nature of the project I’m already expecting a delay into 2017. Hopefully Rare will prove me wrong and we’ll all be swashbuckling away over Christmas 2016.
Driveclub city tracks – PS4
This isn’t really a game, so I’ve cheekily put it on the end here. Proper city tracks are what I’ve wanted in Driveclub since it launched, and they are coming in 2016. It’s not clear what we’re going to get, but if it can be even a little big PGR I’ll be very happy.