Bender's Most Anticipated Games of 2016
It's almost time to ring in the New Year and, as always, it's also time to look forward to some great games on the horizon. This list was a little easier to build this year, since three of these games were on my Most Anticipated of 2015 list, but were woefully delayed. So, without further delay — and since I can't narrow it down to only five — here are my top six most anticipated games of 2016.
The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)
On last year's list, I wrote that I was worried the new Zelda game for Wii U would be pushed into 2016. Unfortunately, those fears were realized, and we still don't have a concrete release date. However, The Legend of Zelda Wii U remains my most-anticipated game. I've always been a huge fan of the Zelda franchise, and I'm very intrigued to see what kind of new innovations and features Mr. Aonuma and company have in store for fans.
The prospect of a more open-world Zelda game is exciting, to say the least. Regardless of what platform it ends up on (whether it's Wii U, NX, or both), you can be sure that I'll be there for day one of the next adventure in the land of Hyrule.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
In terms of cinematic storytelling in a video game, it doesn't get much better than the Uncharted series. Each of Nathan Drake's adventures has been better than the last. I'm confident that, with Drake's swan song, Naughty Dog will kick it up yet another notch, delivering all of the amazing gameplay and story elements we have come to expect. The more I've seen of this game since it was first announced — from the action sequences to the next-gen graphics — the more hyped up I've gotten about it. April 26th can't come soon enough.
No Man's Sky
Ever since I first learned about No Man's Sky and its incredibly ambitious concept, I’ve been intrigued. I love the idea of exploring a massive universe, flying around in a spaceship, discovering new planets and indigenous creatures, and playing the game however I want. If developer Hello Games delivers even half of what No Man's Sky seems to promise, then it will be an epic adventure indeed.
Mirror's Edge: Catalyst
Even though the original Mirror's Edge was met with mixed reviews, it was a game that I thoroughly enjoyed and played to completion. Set in an Orwellian future where the exchange of information is highly monitored, Mirror's Edge featured fast-paced gameplay and a simple, but striking, visual style. As the main character, Faith, you could pull off sweet parkour moves and leap from rooftop-to-rooftop, all from a first-person perspective. In Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, we get to go back and learn Faith's origin story. I'm looking forward to finding out what improvements the folks at EA DICE are making to the Mirror's Edge formula when the game releases in May.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
We haven't seen much from Guerrilla Games' newest project — aside from a brief trailer and gameplay demo — but what we have seen looks absolutely awesome! Horizon is a beautiful-looking game featuring a strong female protagonist who fights robot dinosaurs in a post-apocalyptic world. What more could you ask for? It's an incredibly unique concept, and I can't wait to learn more about what kind of game it is, as well as the story and characters involved.
The Last Guardian
Like many PlayStation fans today, I have been awaiting Fumito Ueda's next game ever since I first laid eyes on Shadow of the Colossus. And what a long wait it's been! The Last Guardian was trapped in development limbo for so long that many gamers had lost hope, believing it to be long dead. I can confidently say that I never stopped believing. In fact, when I first bought my PS4, I had two things in mind. I thought, "I'm buying this now so I can play inFAMOUS: Second Son, but also because I know that The Last Guardian will eventually come to PS4." Ever since the game was reintroduced to the gaming world at E3 2015, my excitement has been born anew. Even though it may not be able to live up to nearly a decade of hype, The Last Guardian is still one of my most anticipated games.
It seems that 2016 will be another banner year for gamers of all sorts. What games are you looking forward to in the coming year? Let us know in the comments!