As 2015 comes to an end, I thought it would be appropriate have a quick look at what games are coming out in 2016 and explain why you should be hyped for them.
Scalebound seems to be an open world action RPG. Now that doesn’t exactly get me frothing with excitement. That is until you realize that Platinum Games, developers of games like Bayonetta, Vanquish, Wonderful 101 and Metal Gear Rising: Revengance are making it. If you have played any of those games, then you know why you should be excited about Scalebound because it will probably be lots of fun to play. Plus you (might) be capturing and train a dragon, which sounds cool as hell.
Release Date: Q4 of 2016 on XBONE
Johnathan Blow’s long-awaited follow-up to the majestic Braid should totally be on your radar, if you love weird puzzle games. There actually isn’t much information regarding just what The Witness is about or even what you actually do. It looks like you explore an island solving puzzles that are both in the environment and on terminals, but I am sure there will be all sorts of hidden surprises to uncover. It also looks really lovely, which is certainly a plus.
Release Date: 26th of Janurary on PC and PS4 with over platforms coming later in the year.
No Man’s Sky
I still do not know what No Man’s Sky actually is. It seems to be a space exploration game where the galaxy and planets are procedurally generated – which means that they are ‘made’ with maths and programming in front of you whilst you are exploring. But what you really do is a mystery. It might have combat in it? The website implies you have to survive, so it might be the space equivalent of games like Don’t Starve where you have to manage fuel and avoid space pirates, comets and dangerous fauna/flora. Whatever it turns out to be, it sounds awesome. I hope it lives up to the hype.
Release Date: June on the PS4 and PC.
If you enjoy Japanese Role-playing games with a dash of Pokémon and dating simulator thrown in for good measure then Persona 5 should be up your alley. The basic premise is that there is a murder mystery that requires a group of teenagers to enter some strange demon realm in order to solve it and in doing so they can some their own personas – basically demons based upon their character traits. Persona 4, on my list, was considered one of the greatest Japanese Role-playing Games ever when it was released. So one hopes that this follows that same high bar of quality.
Release Date: 2016 on PS3 and PS4.
Far Cry Primal
It seems to be an open world first person shooter, much like the previous Far Cry games, only this time it is set in the fucking STONE AGE. How can you not be immediately hyped for this game? That is a time period that almost no games even acknowledge, let alone a trip-A developer/publisher like Ubisoft. I just hope it isn’t just Far Cry 4 in a loin-cloth, like how Blood Dragon is (supposedly, I haven’t played it yet) Far Cry 3 in retro 80s day-glo leg warmers. I look forward to taming animals and shooting dudes with stone arrows.
Release date: 23rd of February on XBONE, PC and PS4
Lets be honest here, if you have no affinity for the Uncharted games then you probably won’t get Uncharted 4. If you do, however, then you might be in for a bit of a treat. Because this is reportedly the last Uncharted game Naughty Dog will be making, it looks incredible, it somehow has dialogue options during conversations in the game and is being helmed by Neil Druckmann, the person behind the seminal Last of Us. If that doesn’t excite you, then I don’t know what will.
Release date: April 27th on the PS4
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
I loved Mirror’s Edge when it came out. Their artstyle, the soundtrack, the atmosphere and the traversal were all fantastic. It was just the combat that let it down which, come to think of it, is a pretty big problem to have! Mirror’s Edge Catalyst sounds like an interesting step for a sequel to take. It is open world and is a sort of reboot/prequel. Parkour-ing through a whole city sounds like something I would love to do. So if they fix the combat, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst could be one hell of a game!
Release: 26th May 2016 on PC, XBONE and PS4
Legend of Zelda Wii U
I recently bought a Wii U so I have a sudden desire to play a ‘proper’ LoZ game after finishing 3D Dot Game Heroes. I have heard that it is going to be open world and will probably look fantastic since Nintendo are master’s of art design. I hope this means that the dungeon design is reinvented to keep things fresh.
Release: Q1 of 2016 on the Wii U
This will be a bit of a disservice to Cuphead, but if I am honest there is only one reason why this game is this list: The artstyle. It looks like a 1920s Disney cartoon!!! That is something I haven’t seen in a game since the old Mickey Mouse platformers in the nineties. That isn’t to say that Cuphead’s game-play doesn’t look good though. The developers call it a “classic run and gun action game…focused on boss battles” – so think of something like Metal Slug and I would assume you would be close. Which could be really exciting; there are very few of those types of games any more.