While I've still got plenty of games from 2015 to either finish up or start, 2016 is here now and there are some big games coming our way! When it comes to my most anticipated games of the New Year, I'm going to make a point to actually play these titles when they hit in 2016, and my goal is to not back away from any due to how much time they'll require of me. Much like the rest of my Short Pause amigos, many of my most anticipated games of 2015 have slipped to 2016. In the interest of exposure and variety, I will not be mentioning any of the games I mentioned last year on this year’s iteration of my most anticipated list. So, while I'm still super-pumped for Quantum Break and Uncharted 4: A Thieves End, they will not be spotlighted here.
TheFarm51 has been pretty silent about Get Even. In fact, outside of them securing a publishing deal with Namco-Bandai to release their psychological first person-shooter on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sometime in 2016, we haven't heard much at all about their next game. Given the pedigree behind this team of ex-People Can Fly developers (they of Painkiller fame), I have no doubt that they'll deliver a unique experience. Get Even has been described as Quantum Break meets Inception, and I await more details on this game with baited breath.
If I’ve learned anything from gaming, it's to never, ever count out an ID game. While Rage didn't quite take the world by storm when it released, it was still one of the best games of 2011 in my humble opinion. When we were formally introduced to this brand new Doom at Bethesda's E3 showing in 2015, my jaw dropped at the sight of the game’s gorgeous visuals and silky smooth gunplay, all courtesy of the newly christened idTech 6 engine. I am pumped to blast and cut my way through the legions of Hell this spring!
Horizon: Zero Dawn
I didn't particularly care for much of Sony's E3 2015 showing, but, hot damn, Horizon just blew me away. I'm happy to see Guerrilla Games taking a much needed break from Killzone in order to tackle not only a third-person action game, but a third-person action game centered around hunting and taking down robotic dinosaurs! Horizon: Zero Dawn looks beautiful, with gameplay that appears to be complex and fun to boot. I won't be too surprised if this slips to 2017, but I can't wait to take down some ferocious robo-dinos when this game drops!
Being the resident Mafia fan here on the site, I'll be the first to admit I was underwhelmed by the footage and info that was revealed about Mafia III at Gamescom. It appeared to be more of a Grand Theft Auto clone than the pseudo-open-world mobster adventure I had enjoyed in the previous two franchise installments. I sighed, but I wanted to remain optimistic. We were recently treated to some new footage of the game, as well as an interview with one of the developers from Hangar 13. Both have managed to not only reignite my faith in the game, but my hype as well. Mafia III sounds like a departure from what I’ve enjoyed about the franchise, but it also seems like the logical "next step" for the series. Mafia II told a great story, so I have high hopes that new protagonist Lincoln's story will be just as compelling when the game hits in April.
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Don't act surprised to see this on my list! I still play the first Garden Warfare on the occasional night I need to fill 15 minutes here or there, and, thankfully, there are still many other people playing as well. Set to boast far more than the first game, from modes to an entire hub world and some pretty intense new character classes, Garden Warfare 2 looks to be the bigger and better sequel fans of the first game can get excited about. I've already got my digital pre-order in on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and you better believe that, come midnight on February 23rd, I'll be waging war in Zomburbia! Feel free to join me in glorious battle on either PSN or XBL by adding Vyprstryke.
Honorable Mention: Day of the Tentacle Remastered
It doesn't feel right having a remastered game on my most anticipated list considering it's not exactly new, but Day of the Tentacle Remastered deserves at least special recognition as an honorable mention. Having enjoyed my experience with Grim Fandango Remastered, I was pretty excited when Day of the Tentacle Remastered was announced at last year’s PlayStation Experience Keynote. I know Bender has played this one, and has spoken quite highly of it, so I'm excited to finally check this classic adventure game out when it drops on PSN in March.
Narrowing down just five games to include on this list was no easy feat, as these titles beat out the likes of several other juggernaut games scheduled to release this year including Street Fighter V, Cuphead, Battleborn, Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, and Dark Souls III to name a few. 2016 (at least, as of right now) looks to be a banner year for games, and I cannot wait to get my hands on all of these awesome games in the near future!