2016 looks to be another solid year for games and I could not be more excited for the mammoth lineup, but after a lot of consideration I painstakingly managed to narrow it down to six choices. So read on, enjoy and let me know what titles you just can’t wait to get your hands on.
Starting with the game I’m sure everybody is just as excited for as I am for – Uncharted 4: Thief’s End. What can I say about this colossal hit for the PlayStation brand that hasn’t been said already. I love Uncharted’s stories, its characters and globetrotting all around the world. What has excited me the most this time round however, is that we get to see just how Naughty Dog wraps up the story and where the lives of these characters that I have grown to love over these last three adventures (four if you count the Vita) ends. Knowing the high quality work Naughty Dog puts into their games, I’m positive that they are going to deliver a great finale to one of my favorite series of all time.
Cuphead – in Don’t Deal with the Devil
Cuphead is a game that looks like a bunch of old Disney cartoons and Contra had a love child. If (like me) you’re a huge fan of platformers and hard titles, this game is supposed to be set at that old school arcade level of difficulty. Another thing that has me excited is the option of Co-op – I believe it’s drop-in/drop-out, which I personally feel games should have more of but that’s another topic for another day. With its unique look and style, this game may be the reason why I finally take the leap and go purchase an Xbox One.
No Man’s Sky
It took me a lot of time to get into Minecraft, partly due to it being boring and that I didn’t like the way it looked – not to argue with one of the biggest games ever, just my opinion. Eventually I found the fun in it when playing with friends, but even then I could never get hooked on it like many people are. No Man’s Sky looks to be the Minecraft experience I never got and so much more. With it’s giant solar system that is completely wide open to explore and it’s countless number of planets, I don’t even care that I may never see another person if the game is this big and fun to explore. No Man’s Sky looks to change the game when it comes to the time wasting genre and I cannot wait.
Overwatch – the former MMO codenamed Titan turned online class based FPS, is a game that can scratch my multiplayer itch with. Its multiple characters, emphasis on teamwork, a unique and interesting art style and similarities to Team Fortress 2 that makes me want to put hours and hours into this online shooter. Gameplay looks fun and engaging, the characters look well balanced with a character for every type of playstyle. Another thing is that Overwatch has been rumoured to be a free to play title – with the $60 game being a sort of starter pack. With Blizzard being the ones making this game and having a great track record, whether it’s F2P or costs money upfront… I’m sold on picking this up.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Me and Ubisoft haven’t been the best of friends lately. With Watch Dogs being – in my opinion, and absolute turd and I didn’t hear anything too flattering for Assassin’s Creed Unity. With Syndicate last year and this game however, maybe Ubisoft can start to restore my respect towards them. The game I’m am referring to is Ghost Recon: Wildlands. With its open world, non-linear missions, customizable characters and cooperative play that extents up to four players. You can go in stealth, go loud or go in by helicopter if you so please. One of my worries is of course the game’s A.I. capabilities and if it will as dynamic and reactive as stated. If Ghost Recon can meet my now built up expectations, then it should start to repair that fractured relationship I have with Ubisoft and in the eyes of many other gamers.
The Last Guardian
My final game on this list is one that has been on my radar since it was first announced back in 2009 and now following nearly nine years of development time, is allegedly coming this year. The Last Guardian – made by the makers of Shadow of the Colossus and Ico, follows a boy trying to escape a dungeon with the help of his new giant dog-bird hybrid friend. When I first saw this game all that time ago, I was at the very least interested with idea of what they were going for. But then the game sort of fell off the face of the earth with many people thinking it’s was going to be cancelled – until showing it’s face at last year’s E3, coming out of the woodwork and surprising everybody. Hopefully all that extra time can help deliver a game that is something that will be remembered from other console generations from now.