In part two of our round up of the most anticipated games of 2016 we take a look at some of gaming’s biggest titles, ranging from established epics to the outright wacky…
The fourth and final instalment of the stellar Uncharted game series sees game hero Nathan Drake make a welcome return, having settled down to a life of somewhat normality. This all changes though and Nathan’s thrown back into his adventuring ways in a globetrotting journey filled with conspiracy and of course, explosive action.
Originally known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, FFXV has been in development for quite a while now. Using Square Enix’s Luminous Studio middleware engine the game hopes to showcase just how good modern gaming can look when it’s pushed hard enough. A much more open game than previous Final Fantasy it looks to modernise the franchise by changing up the locales and using a more free flowing battle system.
Turning Heads when it debuted at E3 2014, No Man’s Sky shows that you don’t need to be a big time developer to produce outstanding games. With its procedurally generated open universe and emphasis on exploration, No Man’s Sky will give players the opportunity to explore the stars and discover things that have never been discovered and then share their discoveries with what should hopefully be a huge online community.
What’s better than hunting dinosaurs? Hunting giant great Robo-Dinosaurs of course. Horizon Zero Dawn is an action role player where you take control of Aloy as she works her way through a post apocalyptic land ruled by Mecha-Dinos. Set 1000 years in the future Horizon Zero Dawn lets you tackle these beasts in whichever way you see fit opening the game up to much more exciting moments that you the player create – Hunger Games meets Jurassic World perhaps?
When a game takes Legend of Zelda as one of its inspirations then you know it’s on the right tracks. Hyper Light Drifter is a 2D action role playing game that was crowd funded on website Kickstarter achieving around £573, 000 more than originally asked for. This extra money led to more programmers and artists being brought on, a change which seems to be for the best as this looks to be one of the most visually stunning homage’s to 16 bit gaming in recent memory.
South Park: The Stick of Truth was a real shock, a game based on a cartoon that wasn’t terrible but was actually one of the best games 2014! Appearing to use the same engine, South Park: TFBW continues the story of our favourite Coloradans, this time taking them through a series of superhero related escapades. If it’s anything like the first game it’ll be crude and involving blending the cartoon with old school RPG elements.
I think that’s all the games I’m excited for in 2016, although it’s hard to know with so many amazing games set to come out. We haven’t even taken into consideration the usual sports releases such as FIFA 17 but then again that kind of goes as a given for football fans. If I’ve missed any of your anticipated games don’t be afraid to mention it in the comments!
Author – Hal, Plymouth Store