If we take into account the list of games scheduled for 2016, this year should be fantastic for the medium. With that in mind, I decided to write a list with ten of the games I’m most excited to check out next year. Note that I don’t own every platform from the current generation, so I may not end up playing most of them. Nevertheless, I think this paints a clear picture of my personal taste and this would also work as a tentative list of the games I’d buy as soon as I move on to the next (current?) generation of consoles. Also, it’s almost impossible to determine if all the games below are coming out in 2016, since they could always be delayed even further. Feel free to share your list of anticipated games in the comment box below.
10. Horizon: Zero Dawn
This PlayStation 4 exclusive is the follow-up to the disappointing Killzone series. In this futuristic action-adventure game, the few remaining humans use primitive resources to hunt down mechanized robots that are terrorizing what’s left of the world. That’s pretty much what we know about the story, but using explosive arrows to stun and capture T. Rex robots seem so entertaining and thrilling that Horizon has my undivided attention.
9. Quantum Break
Remedy Entertainment is one of those developers that has an amazing pedigree (Max Payne, Alan Wake.) If anything, Quantum Break seems to be an ambitious third-person shooter game with an emphasis on fast-paced action sequences and what I find interesting is that there will be a live-action production tied to the game and apparently, the players will be able to shape the story of the game by interacting with the digital episodes. We don’t have all the details yet, but if the developers’ past projects are to be believed, Quantum Break might be a terrific thirst-person shooter.
8. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
I’ll try to play Mirror’s Edge before its reboot comes out in 2016. That’s one of those games that I completely ignored over the course the last generation despite being interested in its unique premise and eye-catching world. Catalyst represents a fresh start for the series and that’s not only reflected in the story, but also in the open-world gameplay, improved parkour elements and the inability of using guns.
7. The King of Fighters XIV
Street Fighter IV invigorated my love for fighting games which is why I want to play as many games in the genre as possible. There are several fighting games on the horizon (Tekken 7 and hopefully Tekken X Street Fighter,) but I recently realized that I’ve never played any of the King of Fighters games. Maybe now that the 14th entry in the series is coming out, I’ll change that.
6. The Last Guardian
To most people, The Last Guardian is famous for being in development for nearly a decade (it was announced in 2007.) But to me, the game is famous for being the spiritual successor to ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, two remarkable adventure games that were deep and thought-provoking. Apart from a few concept videos and trailers featuring a boy and a bird-dog hybrid that solve puzzles in remote places, we don’t know a lot about The Last Guadian, but I’ll keep my eye open for more details. Everything points to a 2016 release, but I won’t believe it until I see it.
5. Persona 5
People who couldn’t care less about the Japanese role-playing game genre adore the Persona series for whatever reason, which is enough for me to make me want to play it. I’ve had Persona 3 Portable on the PSP for years and I’ll try to start playing that game before Persona 5 comes out. Following the lives of a group of teenagers as they attend high school and fight demons in an alternate world is story that everyone can relate to, so why wouldn’t I love this game?
4. Final Fantasy XV
Once upon a time, the Final Fantasy series was my favorite franchise. A lot has happened since then, I have more responsibilities and less time to play long Japanese role-playing games and divisive titles like Final Fantasy XIII and XIV came out (the latter was re-released, though, and people seemed to like it now.) I like the direction Final Fantasy XV is taking though and while the game was announced a long time ago, I’m still waiting for it to come out. Maybe it’ll make me fall in love with the series again or maybe it’ll disappoint me, but playing it is a risk I’m willing to take.
3. No Man’s Sky
This could be the next Minecraft. Even after watching several gameplay videos about No Man’s Sky, I have no idea what to make of this game. If those videos are to be believed, this ambitious indie darling is all about adventure, exploration, survival and dog-fighting, but the most fascinating aspect is its procedurally generated universe which is as big as the real universe. I’m cautiously optimistic about No Man’s Sky.
2. Dark Souls 3
According to From Software, this will be the final entry in the Dark Souls series. Bloodborne might have revolutionized the style of gameplay established by Dark Souls, but the latter is a completely different kind of game. Dark Souls encourages patience and the Gothic environments look stunning. If you mind punishing games, then Dark Souls III will be right up your alley.
1. Street Fighter V
Street Fighter IV was the best fighting game of the past generation and I spent dozens of hours trying to perfect combos, learn cross-ups and make the most of my opponents mistakes. Interestingly, I spent more time watching tournaments that playing the actual game which is how I learned how to play. Clearly inspired by the MOBA genre, Street Fighter V will be a “platform game” which means that you’ll be able to play, as well as save and watch replays, purchase content with both in-game money and real money, additional characters will be released on a regular basis for free and the game will also feature cross-play between PS4, PC and SteamOS. No Xbox One version will be available though, making the PS4 the platform of choice for most fighting game fans.
Other games with a 2016 release date that I’m interested in include: Cuphead, Doom, Dragon Quest XI, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Scalebound, Tom Clancy’s The Division and The Legend of Zelda Wii U.