There were some pretty awesome games released in 2015 including Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Halo 5: Guardians. However, 2016 also looks quite promising. For example, take Pokémon GO. Pokémon fans are anxiously awaiting the arrival of this exciting new game about the magical critters. The trailer for the game looks incredible it gives fans very little information as to the actual content of the game. According to a recent interview with John Hanke and Mike Quigley from Niatic, “Pokémon will live in different parts of the world depending on what type of Pokémon they are. Water Pokémon will live near the water. It may be that certain Pokémon will only exist in certain parts of the world. Very rare Pokémon may exist in very few places. But you can trade.” However, Pokémon GO isn’t the only cool game which will be coming out soon. The following list is composed of the top 10 most exciting video games of 2016.
10. The Last Guardian
If you love fantasy action adventure games with amazing graphics and an emotionally touching story line, you have to get this game. The story takes place in a mystical land where a young boy finds a large, mysterious creature (which kind of resembles a mutant dog). The two instantly form a strong, unbreakable bond and carry on their adventures together. Throughout their journey they both rely on each other to survive the dangerous and unknown ruins which surrounds them. Their friendship and mutual trust guides them through the perils they face. The game was supposed to come out earlier but was purposefully head back because “the PS4 title is a heavy-story game” according to executive Shuhei Yoshida.
9. Homefront: The Revolution
According to Game Spot, Homefront: The Revolution will be available for PC, PS4, XONE, MAC and LNX as of June 2016. It is a first-person shooter developed by Silver Dambuster, which took over the defunct Kaos Studios. The story takes place in a near feature dystopia where the United States have crumbled to pieces and the Korean People’s Army (KPA) has imposed a brutal military occupation. Homefront: The Revolution will be somewhat different from the original game. For example, it will be an open-world type game with numerous districts to explore. Players will also be forced to scavenge for parts in order to create weapons and equipment. Moreover, the KPA’s weapons will all be fingerprint-locked. Side missions will also be available as well as the ability to modify weapons, for instance converting a rile to a LMG.
8. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix, is a sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which was released in 2011. The game combines first-person shooter, steal and role-playing elements to create a unique experience. The story takes place in 2029 in the Czech Republic capital, Prague. After the Panchaea Incident, where millions of augmented people mindlessly attacked “naturals” society became even more against and fearful of augmentations. The protagonist, once again, is Adam Jensen, who works with an international coalition to stop terrorist acts.
7. Dead Island 2
Dead Island 2 is an action role-playing, survival horror game which will be available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the sequel to the 2011 Dead Island and is the third major installment in the Dead Island series (the second being Escape Dead Island). Dead Island 2 also takes place in a different location than the other two installments, this time the game takes place in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. The game involves a new zombie outbreak, the United States Armed Forces puts California under a full quarantine though it is unknown as to how the infection began. The game was initially supposed to be released in the spring of 2015 but was delayed until this year.
6. No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky is an adventure survival video game developed and published by Hello Games, an indie studio. The game features an open universe that includes over 18 quintillion (1.8 x1019) planets to explore, each having a unique biodiversity. As they explore, players will gain information about planets which they can submit to The Atlas (a universal database). In other words, it’s kind of like Pokémon and filling your pokédex (except PETA hates Pokémon but is all for this game). You can also gain materials and blueprints to upgrade equipment and buy starships which allow you to reach further depths of the galaxy. Of course, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, certain activities draw the attention of Sentinels will will attempt to kill you if you kill too many life forms or take too many resources from a planet. Sony announced that No Man’s Sky will be released for the PlayStation 4 in June 2016. So if you don’t have a PlayStation 4, you should think about getting one, because this game is going to be awesome!
5. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Uncharted 4:A Thief’s End is the sequel to Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, and is the fourth installment in the Uncharted series. It is an action-adventure third-person shooter platform published by Sony. It was developed by Naughty Dog and will be available for the PlayStation 4. Like a few other games on this list, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was initially scheduled to be released in 2015 but was delayed and is now scheduled to be released the spring of 2016. The story takes place three years after Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Nathan “Nate” Drake is retired and works as a fortune hunter, having settled into a calm life with his wife Elena Fisher. However, Drake’s older brother Sam, whom was believed to be dead, reappears pleading for Drake’s help. Together they journey to pursue a conspiracy behind Libertatia, a lost pirate colony fabled to be filled with treasure.
4. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is actually a reboot of 2008’s Mirror’s Edge and will revolve around Faith’s origin and attempt to overthrow the totalitarian conglomerate of corporations that control the city of Glass. It is a first-person action-adventure game featuring the protagonist Faith Connors. Faith traverses through the world by parkour movements and environmental objects such as zip-lines and ledges to go from building to building. The game uses an open-world and free roaming environment as opposed to the levels and linear gameplay featured in the first game. Other than the main campaign mission, there are also side activities such as time trials, races and puzzles. DICE also stated that there will be no loading screen in the final game so that players can travel in the world without having annoying delays. Multiplayer features also included in the game: a player’s actions in the game can affect the world for other players’ games.
3. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
According to Warhorse Studios, Kingdom Come Deliverance is a “First person, open world, realistic RPG that will take you to the Medieval Europe in a time of Upheaval and strife”. The main character is a young blacksmith who loses all he has to war. While trying to fulfill his father’s final and dying wish, the humble protagonist gets involved in a conspiracy to save a kidnapped king in order to stop a bloody conflict. The game includes wandering in an awesome medieval world, fighting knights, sometimes hiding in the shadows as a rogue, or using a bard’s charisma and charm to persuade people to do your bidding. The bar is set high for Kingdom Come: Deliverance as the epic nonlinear story was created by Daniel Vávra, an award winning designer from the Mafia series. Your choice of weapons for one on one and large scale battles include sword or bow and arrow. If you’re fan of European Medieval history or history of warfare, this is the game for you.
2. Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV is an action role-playing game being developed and published by Square Enix for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the 15th installment of the Final Fantasy series. It was originally created as a spin-off of Final Fantasy Versus XII , and is greatly different from the previous games, being much darker and focusing on more realistic human characters. Final Fantasy XV will also feature an open-world environment and action-based battle system reminiscent of Kingdom Hearts. The game will also allow players to switch weapons and other elements. The story takes place in a modern-day Earth where the nation of Lucis have lost their crystals and thus regressed into medieval societies. The Crown Prince of the kingdom of Lucis, Noctis Lucis Caelum, is being driven from his home as the empire of Niflheim is invaded on the eve of peace negotiations. Noctis must defeat the forces Niflheim and save the crystal.
1. Tom Clancy’s The Division
Tom Clancy’s The Division is an open world third-person shooter role-playing game with a few survival elements. It is being developed by Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Massive, Ubisoft Reflection and Ubisoft Red Storm. The game will be available in the upcoming year for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It was announced way back in 2013, so fans all over have been anxiously awaiting its release. The story takes place in an open, destructive New York world. The goal of the game is to restore order by investigating the source of the virus. You can carry three weapons and explosives to fight your enemies. You also have to work with other division agents to succeed. Players can take cover to avoid damage and gain an advantage when attacking. As you progress through the game you earn experience points which you can use to customize gear, weapons or learn new talents and skills. The game also features a night and day cycle which affect the behaviors of enemies. All in all, Ton Clancy’s The Division is one of the most anticipated games of 2016.