As well as looking forward to enjoying a year of prosperity, fresh memes and a “new you”, you no doubt have a list of games in your head that you simply can’t wait to play over the coming months. Bearing in mind there are probably announcements which are yet to come, there is already plenty to look forward to in 2016. Here are 5 of the already confirmed games that are at the top of my wish list for the year ahead.
- DYING LIGHT: THE FOLLOWING
When I picked up my Xbox One just under a year ago, Dying Light was the first game that I picked up and played. A zombie survival game played from a first person perspective and incorporating what can only be described as some real hardcore parkour, the game was truly unique. It was a thrilling roller coaster ride of zombie mass murder, off-the-wall crafted weaponry and non-stop, heart pounding chases in the night.
Despite the original release having plenty of DLC packs and great replayability of its own, the promise of more is a far more exciting prospect. The new expansion will be standalone, meaning it is the perfect opportunity for new players to get in on the action as well. Boasting a map the size of the original game’s and all of its DLC combined, as well as having new weaponry and driveable vehicles at your disposal, Dying Light: The Following sounds more like a vastly improved sequel than a mere expansion. In any case, this game will certainly be hot come February.
- TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION
Tom Clancy games in general always create hype. As one of Ubisoft’s leading brands, every new release with the writer’s name at the head of it gets gamers excited. The Division did just this upon its initial announcement, but it has been a long time since then and many gamers had begun to lost interest. Then the closed beta came around, which although limited did once again show that the game had promise. In 2016 we can finally expect to see the game finally hit our living rooms.
A new branch of the Tom Clancy collection, The Division is based in New York City in a post-pandemic timeline. The establishments of the City have fallen, and it is under the control of gangs and outlaws. The Division have been sent in to take it back. You play as a single member of The Division, with others operating working alongside you. The city is dangerous though, and even fellow Division members may not be trustworthy. The open elements, on-edge teamwork and ongoing tension of the game make it unique as a shooter. Let’s just hope it lives up to the hype.
- FARCRY PRIMAL
A late entry against the others on this list, Far Cry Primal is the latest in another of Ubisoft’s epic franchises which we can expect to see early in 2016. The game has been dubbed a “Farcry game without guns”, making it unique in the series with its setting during an early, tribal period in the story of mankind. Instead you must use primitive weapons to survive, as well as your influence towards the many animal species of the land.
Your character is able to communicate with, tame and utilise the abilities of creatures from bears, to sabretooth tigers, to long-sighted owls on his journey. Early gameplay footage of this new system looks awesome, and it appears to have been developed perfectly, as well as fitting comfortably into the style of the Farcry games. Everything about this game makes it look as though it will be a special one, from the way it looks to its new features to the way that it is going to play. A fresh take on the Farcry series, Farcry Primal is certainly one to keep a close eye on.
- NO MAN’S SKY
Unless you have been living on another planet, you will have heard something about No Man’s Sky. An indie game which boasts that it is the biggest game ever made, No Man’s Sky sets you free to explore an entire universe of unique planets and forge your own story amongst them. Every player in the game will start somewhere different, with an almost infinite number of systems to explore from there. Every planet has its own geography, marvels and dangers, meaning the game offers an unending explorative adventure for the player to embark on.
Not a huge amount of footage has been released for the game as yet, but what we have seen has been mind-bogglingly big, not to mention very, very good. The game is bright and colourful for a space adventure, and is as big and open as its creators suggest on paper. It has been stated that there will be some storyline to follow, but the path you take through an ever growing universe is largely up to you, making this an incredibly open and excitingly unique game for any kind of gamer to look forward to.
Some gamers may question DOOM’s place at the top of my list, but so far of all the games which we know are coming in 2016, this one has gotten me the most excited. Another game which looked for a long time as though it may never happen, 2015’s E3 conference showed that DOOM is very much alive and well along its production timeline. The footage we were shown proved that everything about the classic games was present within the games new, refreshed and rebooted style. A modern DOOM game was something that could be a big miss or a huge hit with fans of the classics in the series, and if a short video can prove anything it proved this was certainly looking like the latter.
The developers it seems had taken a long time to make sure the game was done right. Change too much from the old ways and DOOM would fall on deaf ears. Change too little and it would never hold upper in gaming’s modern age. For lack of a better description, and based purely on the small amount of footage released so far, the developers appear to have nailed it. All of your favourite weapons return to wreak havoc and destruction but with high definition blood and gore. DOOM has never looked more incredibly exciting than this, and that is why it holds my top spot.
As I said at the beginning, this is just a selection of the great games we can hope to play this year, and there will surely be more announcements over the coming months which will expand and shuffle this list like a hurricane. As gamers, we can only hope that this will be the case, but if not, at least we know that we have some things to look forward to nonetheless.
Which of the games that have been announced for 2016 are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments, and tell us what you think of Nathan’s top 5 going into the year ahead.