Written By: Jacob
I’ll be honest, 2015 was not the best of gaming years for me personally. Sure, we had some breakthroughs such as Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt but we also had some pretty big games that did not live up to the hype (such as Batman deciding to go all out in a massive tank? How stealthy…) Nothing made me sit down for hours on end and enjoy in complete capacity what I was being offered, in fact, I found myself plugging in the Gamecube and playing games such as The Wind Waker and Mario Kart: Double Dash to pass the time. However, 2015 is now over and we now have a huge range of new games for players to overhype about and likely be disappointed by *cough*, I mean which will certainly live up to the anticipation and please all gamers 100%. So here is my personal list of games I am anticipating in 2016 which hopefully live up to all the fully rendered E3 videos that were likely nothing to do with the final product!
1: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Say what you want you Xbox Fanboys; Sony owned company Naughty Dog know how to make a damn good game, whether it be an narrative driven rollercoaster of emotions set in an apocalyptic world (The Last of Us, 2013) or a game series that is basically an interactive Indiana Jones movie.
The Uncharted franchise may not be the most “grounded” of games but its amazing sequences of gun battles, puzzle solving and set pieces (this time involving you grapple hook your way across a train to then leap to a motorcycle chase against enemy jeeps) keeps me coming back to see what will happen next. This game sees retired treasure hunter, Nathan Drake team up with his long-lost brother, Sam in a globetrotting adventure which will supposedly be the last in the series, so I hope they end it with a bang.
2: No Man’s Sky
If you pitched the idea of this game 10 years ago, gamers would have thought you were insane, and they would be right to do so. A game where you, the player can travel a world which is technically never-ending, where you can discover planets that only you may come across and in if you find something which has not been discovered yet, you can name if after yourself. The scope behind this game is remarkable and as of this moment, I believe this may be one of the most interesting games of 2016. How cool would it be to find something in this game that has never been seen by another player before? Or to go to a planet which is completely different from the last one you just visited. This is a game I hope lives up to its anticipation and does not end up as a game where a planet is considered “new” because it has a different shade of blue to the one you just visited. Either way I’m naming something “FelphamFM4Lyfe” when I discover a new plant or whatever.
3: Horizon: Zero Dawn
Question, what is cooler than you playing as an archer in a post-apocalyptic land which is infested with dinosaurs? The answer is if those dinosaurs were also robotic. Robot dinosaurs… I don’t really know what to say about this game, all we know is that Horizon: Zero Dawn is an action role-playing game that is created by Guerrilla Games (known for the game franchise Killzone) and has been described as having elements similar to Assassin’s Creed and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim; two games that I have thoroughly enjoyed playing throughout the years. The premise of this game sounds really cool and I’m looking forward to seeing how a single survivor of the human race can defeat a mechanical Godzilla with what is basically a stick with string on it that shoots arrows. Also Robot Dinosaurs, can you get any cooler?
4: Mirror's Edge Catalyst
Mirrors Edge has a cult following, which includes me. The idea behind the original game was awesome! However, running from rooftop to rooftop whilst jumping, sliding and swinging from industrial objects to get from one location to another whilst using hand to hand combat to disarm artillery-carrying mercenaries (breathe) sounds great on paper, but that doesn’t mean it will transcribe perfectly into a videogame.
DICE for some reason thought that a game to do with “rooftop running” would benefit more with a linear gameplay style with the majority of the game being inside… yeah. The original Mirror’s Edge was far from perfect, but the parts of the game where you could choose you own path, use the environment around you and take leap of faiths of buildings were breath-taking. It seems that the company realised this whilst developing the prequel Mirrors Edge: Catalyst as trailers and gameplay for the game show more variety of environment and now allows the player to roam freely across the futuristic representation of Tokyo. Let’s pray this game doesn’t miss a step and stumble as much as the original did.
5: The Last Guardian
Now this is Anticipation at its highest. Eight years in development, silence on its progress for the last three and suddenly a reveal at E3 2015, well played Sony. For now, all we know is that you play as a young boy who is venturing through an empty mystical land with his companion a “eagle-lion-dog” (no I don’t know where they came up with that idea either) who helps you solve challenging puzzles along the way. Why does this game have me excited? Well because it is by the developers of Shadow of the Colossus which is considered one of the greatest video games of all time. The premise, graphics and the years of hard work put into the game are finally paying off. The game is still shrouded in mystery and yet my most anticipated game of 2016.
So those are my most anticipated game of 2016. Now I’m not saying these games are going to be good (I’ve learnt from my mistakes by being hyped up for Assassin’s Creed 3) but they’re what I am thoroughly looking forward to and what I hope will be games that I don’t play once and they leave to gather dust on my shelf. For now all I can do is wait and pray that 2016 will bring me some games that I cannot put down.