Gaming experience in 2015 was awesome with releases like Destiny: The Taken King, FIFA 16, Mad Max, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, PES 2016 and more.
2016 is shaping up to be just as impressive or even better than what we had last year. It’s a year where virtual reality headsets, ones capable of playing fantastic games, will be on store shelves and in people’s homes, unleashing entirely new kinds of interactive experiences. It’s a year in which iconic franchises like The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Doom look to return to their former luster. It might even be the year that The Last Guardian finally comes out.
The nature of game development means that it’s likely that at least a few of these games will be delayed until 2017 or later. In fact, some of the games on this list are ones we were excited to play this year. But even if some see delays, 2016 still looks to be a very impressive 12 months of new games.
XCOM 2 (PC – February 5th)
Street Fighter V (PS4, PC – February 16th)
The next Street Fighter looks to be a solid mix of old and new. It features returning favorites like Dhalsim, Zangief, and Vega, as well as newbies ranging from Brazilian fighter Laura to the series’ first Arabic combatant, Rashid.
Hitman (PS4, Xbox One, PC – March 11th)
It’s been a few years since we’ve seen a new Hitmangame — not including the inventive mobile spinoffHitman Go — a series about pulling off cold-blooded murder with brutal efficiency. The new prequel will continue the trend toward giving you lots of freedom in terms of how you go about your job, offering large sandboxes to explore and multiple routes to take.
Dark Souls III (PS4, Xbox One, PC – April 12th)
The Souls series took a bit of a detour with the gothic Bloodborne, but things get back to normal with the third installment in April. Expect the same brutal action as past games, but a lot faster and a lot weirder.
Quantum Break (Xbox One – April 5th)
Despite being announced three years ago, Quantum Break remains a bit of a mystery. A video game / TV show hybrid from the studio behind Alan Wake, it’s an ambitious release, but questions remain about how the different parts will work together, and whether they’ll blend seamlessly. But after several delays, we should finally be able to find out in April.
Uncharted 4 (PS4 – April 26th)
Battleborn (PS4, Xbox One, PC – May 3rd)
What do you get when you mix the RPG / FPS hybridBorderlands with a competitive multiplayer game likeDota 2 or League of Legends? The answer looks a lot like Battleborn, the latest genre-defying release from Gearbox Software.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (PS4, Xbox One, PC – May 24th)
Bound (PS4 – 2016)
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PS4, Xbox One, PC – August 23rd)
The sequel to the groundbreaking Deus Ex: Human Revolution doesn’t change the formula too much. Expect the same blend of stealth, combat, and cyberpunk augmentations, only on a much bigger scale, and with more freedom to tackle problems however you want.
Dishonored 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC – 2016)
Doom (PS4, Xbox One, PC – 2016)
The much delayed, much troubled reboot of the demonic first-person shooter is finally coming. The game was first announced in 2008, and after a reportedly tortured development process — which apparently included a complete restart in 2011 — we finally got a proper look at the game at E3 this year. We don’t know yet whether it will be a return to form for the iconic series, but we at least know it will have plenty of demons, guns, and demons-wielding guns.
Edge of Nowhere (Oculus Rift – 2016)
EVE Valkyrie (Oculus Rift – 2016)
Final Fantasy XV (PS4, Xbox One – 2016)
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a proper Final Fantasy to be excited about, so anticipation for FF XVis high. The game has been in development for quite a while — work began in 2006, when it was still calledFinal Fantasy Versus XIII and slated to launch on the PS3 — so there’s a good chance it’ll end up being a mess, but it’s hard not to look forward to riding a chocobo once again.
Gears of War 4 (Xbox One – 2016)
Crackdown 3 (Xbox One – 2016)
The explosive sandbox action of Crackdown is making its long-awaited return this year — but this time it’s powered by Microsoft’s cloud technology for even greater destruction.
Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4, Xbox One, PC – December)
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