Happy New Year! It’s that time of year again where I assemble a list of games that are slated to come out this year that I just simply can’t wait to play. By my calculations, 2016 is already shaping up to be an even better year than 2015 with a whole slew of exquisitely juicy new games.
Regardless if you own a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, or PC the amount of games due out in 2016 is astonishing. Now this isn’t to say that 12 months from now when we look back at the best games of 2016 that these games will be on this list. You never know when Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo will reveal a game out of nowhere and steal the spotlight.
Without further ado, here are the most anticipated video games of 2016 in no particular order:
Star Fox Zero (Wii U, April 22nd): Star Fox fans have been clamouring for a new game, and in 2016 their prayers will be answered. Originally slated for a fall 2015 release, Nintendo decided to delay Star Fox Zero until 2016 to ensure that the game would live up to fan expectations. In Star Fox Zero, you’ll use your TV’s cinematic view to fly and identify targets while using the GamePad’s screen to lock onto enemies in a first person view.
It’s well known that Star Fox Zero’s main focus is on the single player experience, however the Star Fox Zero website now lists the game as one to two players. In addition, a disclaimer at the bottom of the website mentions that broadband internet access is required for online features. What all of this means we still don’t know, but it looks as if the delay may have brought some new and excited features to an already fantastic looking game.
Quantum Break (Xbox One, April 5th): First revealed with a teaser trailer during the Xbox One reveal event in May 2013, this third-person shooter action game is being developed by Remedy Entertainment. Best known for the Max Payne and Alan Wake series of games, Remedy Entertainment has revealed that Quantum Break will feature a digital live-action series that will interact with the game based on the player’s choices.
A time travel experiment has gone wrong and causes time to start breaking down, giving the game’s two main characters, Jack Joyce and Paul Serene, different time-based abilities. This is sure to be one of the hottest games this spring when it’s released.
Gravity Rush 2 (PlayStation 4, TBD 2016): The sequel to my all-time favourite PS Vita original game Gravity Rush is coming to the PlayStation 4 this year. With all new gravity-shifting combat mechanics at your disposal, Kat now has the use of three gravity styles. In addition, Gravity Rush 2 has a new Tag Battle system that allows you to team up with an AI-controlled ally to take on enemies.
Fans will be happy to know that an upgraded version of the original Gravity Rush will be coming to the PlayStation 4 in February as well. Officially launching February 9th, Gravity Rush Remastered with all three original DLC packs will be brought to life on the big screen.
Gears of War 4 (Xbox One, Q4 2016): Officially revealed at the Microsoft press conference at E3 2015, Gears of War 4 blew the socks off of just about everybody. Headed by producer Rod Fergusson, who helped create Gears of War at Epic Games, Vancouver’s own The Coalition are developing this breathtaking game. Gears of War 4 features new female and male protagonists, Kait and JD.
The footage shown at E3 2015 reveals a dark castle with gothic influences and both protagonist using a flashlight as they explore the environment. With unbelievable graphics and sound, Gears of War 4 is shaping up to be one of the best Xbox One games of 2016. Looking to play of Gears of War 4 early? Come this spring there will be a multiplayer beta, and owners of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will get early access.
The Legend of Zelda (Wii U, TBD 2016): Originally slated for 2015, The Legend of Zelda on the Wii U is the series’ first open-world game that promises to dazzle Wii U owners. During The Video Game Awards in 2014, incredible gameplay was shown off that demonstrated the massiveness of the game’s environment. It’s not known just how big the game is, however it looks to be the biggest explorable environment in a Zelda game to date.
In what could possibly be the most excitement prospect of all, producer Eiji Aonuma stated that The Legend of Zelda on the Wii U would be more than just a single-player experience. Could this mean local co-op or maybe even online play? Regardless, I can’t wait to play!
Cuphead (Xbox One/PC, TBD 2016): Another Canadian developed game makes the list, this time from the brothers at Studio MDHR. This classic run and gun action game has been on my radar since it was shown at E3 2014. Cuphead is a visually appealing game this is inspired the cartoons of the 1930s with jaw-dropping graphics and sound that look and feel right from the early 20th century.
Offering both single player and co-op, you will traverse strange worlds, discover hidden treasures, and experience non-stop action. If you’re a fan of Contra III, Gunstar Heroes, and Super Mario World, you’ll be excited to know these games influenced Studio MDHR’s design choices.
Ratchet and Clank (PlayStation 4, April 12th): In celebration of the Ratchet and Clank movie, Insomniac Games have developed a brand new game based on elements from the original PlayStation 2 Ratchet & Clank game. Featuring an hour of new cinematics, join Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark and other new faces as they battle to save the Solana Galaxy from the evil Chairman Drek.
With mind-blowing new visuals that demonstrate the power of the PlayStation 4, Ratchet and Clank has brand new planets for you to explore, updated gameplay segments, and all-new bosses. Fan favourite weapons from the Ratchet & Clank Future series make their return in addition to brand new weapons. I haven’t been this excited about a Ratchet and Clank game for quite some time.
Day of the Tentacle Remastered (PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PC, Early 2016): Headed up by former Lucasarts employee Time Schafer, Double Fine is set to release Day of the Tentacle Remastered—the HD remaster of the 1993 sequel to Maniac Mansion. With all-new hand-drawn, high-resolution artwork, you’ll follow the adventures of three awkward teenagers who travel through time around a mad scientist’s mansion.
You can toggle between the past, present, and future timelines at will, be careful what you do with one character in the past as it can affect the future. Get ready to raise the roof, Day of the Tentacle Remastered with come with the full game of Manic Mansion as an in-game bonus. As an added extra, the PlayStation versions of this game will offer Cross-Buy support. Totally awesome!
Crackdown 3 (Xbox One, Q3 2016): The Crackdown series was one of my all-time favourite on the Xbox 360. After many hints and teases of a new Crackdown game, it was to my delight when Crackdown 3 was announced for the mighty Xbox One. Developed by the original creator of Crackdown on the Xbox 360, Dave Jones promises to leverage Xbox Live to deliver cooperative mayhem and destruction that made the original Crackdown a fan favourite.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PlayStation 4, April 26th): Officially announced as Sony’s press conference during E3 2014, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the next thrilling installment in the Uncharted series by Naughty Dog. Nathan Drake, Sully, Sam, and Elena make their return in this highly anticipated action-adventure third-person shooter platform game on the PlayStation 4.
Set three years after the events of Uncharted 3, the now retired fortune hunter Nathan Drake has settled into a normal life with his wife Elena. One day, Nathan Drake’s thought to be dead brother Sam shows up and is in need of his younger brother’s help. Together both Nathan and Sam set out on a journey that spans the globe in pursuit of a conspiracy behind a long lost pirate colony, and its legendary pooled pirate treasure.
With some many great and exciting games coming in 2016, it’s hard to just pick 10 games. Let me know in the comments section below what games you’re looking forward to playing in 2016.