Now that we’ve moved on from 2015, and the surplus of games I’ve yet to finish, it’s time to take a look at some of the games that I’m most excited to get my hands on in 2016! Hopefully they don’t (not likely) end up in backlog hell! There are so many great games slated for this year — in addition to the many unannounced projects that I’m sure would make this list if I knew about them — so I’m sure my list will look different than yours.
Dammit, never mind!
Tom Clancy's The Division
The Division game was on my most anticipated list last year, and it remains on this year’s iteration of my list. I know gamers in general tend to panic when a game is delayed several times, but I try to remain optimistic in these situations. The Division is described as an open-world, tactical third-person shooter and role-playing game. It takes place in New York City after a nationwide pandemic has caused the government to collapse. With the Tom Clancy name attached to this project, the promise of tactical gameplay in an open-world sounds incredibly appealing. Even though I can’t talk about the Alpha I was in last month, I will say that I remain very excited for the release of The Division on March 8th.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Speaking of delays! Even though Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was delayed another month, I’m still 100% confident that Naughty Dog is going to deliver one of the best experiences of the year. I mean come on, we have both Nolan North AND Troy Baker leading the way and, if all of their scenes are just as well acted as the snippet we saw at last month’s PlayStation Experience, I fully expect this to be the best entry yet in this storied franchise. This is Naughty Dog’s last hurrah with Nathan Drake, so there’s ZERO chance this thing isn’t a Game of the Year contender when it’s all said and done.
We first saw Boundless during Paris Games Week and, after developer Wonderstruck went into detail about what the game entails, my excitement for the title is now boundless as well! Boundless is an open-world sandbox game that sounds incredibly ambitious. Every world is procedurally generated, and there is nothing off-limits when it comes to exploring each of them. The biggest mechanic in Boundless, though, is the ability to conjure up a portal which you can utilize to access another world should you find the current planet you’re on too hostile or dreary for your liking. The only thing is, you won’t know what the next world has in store until you cross through the portal. There is also a massive economy for you to trade and find missions in, as well as the ability to play the game cooperatively and form clans. Even though Wonderstruck hasn’t officially announced a release date in 2016, I’m still stoked to get my hands on Boundless.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
I had absolutely zero experience with the Deus Ex franchise until Human Revolution blew me away in 2011. Not only was I playing in a futuristic Detroit, but the game allowed me to play the way I wanted to play it. The deep RPG elements based around upgrading your character’s augmentations allowed you to tailor him to your preferred play-style. In Mankind Divided, you once again step into the shoes of Adam Jensen, two years after the events of Human Revolution. I fully expect another killer electronic soundtrack and incredibly immersive, stealth-based gameplay experience.
Gears of War 4
Last year, Quantum Break was one of my most anticipated games of 2015, and my excitement for the title hasn’t dwindled at all as we get closer to its launch in 2016. However, after having FINALLY played Gears of War courtesy of The Ultimate Edition last year, I’m now a bona-fide Gears of War fan. I still need to play through the sequels — now a possibility on my Xbox One thanks to backwards compatibility — but if Gears of War 4 is able to improve on the solid gameplay of its much older predecessor, while featuring high-octane action and an awesome group of bad-asses to play as, I’m sure the dudebro in me will be very happy with the series’ first made-for-next-gen entry.
Anything and Everything VR Related
I’ve read enough hands-on previews from those who have personally tried out virtual reality, whether on PlayStation VR or Oculus Rift, to know that this is something I want to jump into on Day 1. It’s one thing to say you’re reading about playing as a thief in PlayStation’s The London Heist demo, but it’s another to put on the headset and actually experience what it’s like to be in that situation first-hand. Games like Robinson: The Journey, Allison Road, and Adrift are examples of games that sound incredibly appealing on paper, and some of the videos we’ve seen related to these titles look very promising. In order for VR to succeed, there must be a strong catalogue of games to convince consumers to buy into it. I think the games are there, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the biggest video game experience in a long time when virtual reality hits later this year.
There you have it, my most anticipated games of 2016! It’s never easy to come up with a list like this because there are so many games we don’t know about yet. If there are, in fact, more games coming this year that are just as appealing as the ones I’ve listed above, then 2016 is shaping up to be an epic year for gamers. What are your most anticipated games of 2016? I want to know! Sound off in the comments below!