For better or worse 2015 was a great year for the gaming industry, even a better one when you think about The Witcher 3, which is probably one of the best game ever made so far. But as we leave 2015 in the past with all its accomplishments and fails, we can now focus on 2016 and the new developments that are being prepared by game providers. Who knows what this year will bring for us gamers and game enthusiasts, but by considering that the gaming industry is constantly evolving it sure does promise to bring exciting new games to look forward to. Here on GeekSnack, we’re all waiting to try out new games and share new gaming experiences with you guys, so in honor of our common passion we have summed up the Top 10 ‘soon to be released’ games of 2016.
Nonetheless, these games might impress or become major fails, but even so they are games worth expecting and trying, if not for the epic experience, for the lessons game providers might learn in order to create even better versions of the game.
Because any respectable top of games has to include at least one Shooter game that also has an MOBA genre, Battleborn fits the best profile. Also, Battleborn already has a PC beta version available to play since 29 October 2015 but it made its way into our 2016 top because the game’s beta version for Playstation 4 will be released early this year and the official release of the game is set to be on 3 May 2016 on PC, Playstation and Xbox One. What makes the game special is that although it is a first person shooter the game modes were developed to resemble an MOBA game and the fact that players can switch to 3rd person perspective if they wish to activate special abilities. Personally, after trying out the beta version of Battleborn I can say that I had a lot of fun playing it and it made me want to expect the official release of the game more than Overwatch did.
And they say that gamers don’t have an adventurous spirit and should go outside more, probably because they haven’t seen the upcoming story of Firewatch. The game is a First-Person adventure in which the player becomes the Firewatcher of a national forest that takes care of unwanted fires all while exploring a beautiful wilderness, climbing and putting himself in danger sometimes, I mean grizzlies live in those forests. Firewatch is actually a debut video game developed by Campo Santo that will be published by Panic for PC, Playstation 4 and it will also be available for OS X and Linux. The gameplay resembles Postal if you ever tried that game because you simply play throughout days and go around doing whatever you want while having satirical conversations with the person in charge. Sometimes a laid back adventure game can get you out of your daily routine and also you can prove to your mom/friends that you do go outside.
As the future stores a lot of possibilities it always gives game developers new ideas about what could happen with the human race and the possibility of being attacked by our own technological advancements and the Deus Ex series are based on that particular idea. The upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is going to combine a cyber-punk themed role-playing game with an FPS game style and it is hard to resist its story as is it set in the nearby future, 2029, when supposedly, augmented people “cyborgs” and humans that refuse biotechnological advancements will be at war. The game will be the sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution and its official release date is 23 August 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
A highly expected game that takes us down on the memory lane to one of our favorite childhood game is Street Fighter V. There is not a lot to say about it than the fact that it is a fighting video game just as we remember it with upgraded fighting skills, attacks and more special abilities added to make knocking out your opponent more interactive. The game is set to be released on PC and Playstation 4 in February in 2016 and it will launch with 16 characters from all Street Fighter series and even new ones but additional characters are planned to be developed and released soon after the game’s launch.
It is impossible not to be attracted by an action-adventure video game in which you play the role of a badass female living in a futuristic and almost ”too good to be true” city. If you are familiar with EA’s Mirror’s Edge from 2008 on PS3 or 2009 on PC, you’ll be on the lookout for the upcoming Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. Although the game is a reboot of the previous version, the story will revolve around Faith’s origin and fight against evil corporations that rule her city. More importantly, improvements were made to the game itself, one of which is a free-roaming environment that gives more freedom to players to reach their objective and gets rid of that boring effect of a linear gameplay. The new Mirror’s Edge was revealed in June 2013 and we only learned its official title, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, in 2015, but after three years, it seems that our wait will end and by May we can finally enjoy the game on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
You can never go wrong when you combine the imaginative possibilities of gaming with an unlimited resource such as space, and the indie studio Hello Games did one hell of a job. No Man’s Sky is the survival-adventure game that I’ve been waiting ever since its announcement at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2014. Although promotional support comes from Sony Computer Entertainment, the development of the game is entirely supported by Hello Games. No Man’s Sky, which is set to be released in June 2016, gives space exploration a new definition. Programmers at Hello Games managed to create an open universe that includes more than 18 quintillion planets all with a unique fauna, flora and set of rules and all open for exploration and everything is procedurally generated. Another interesting fact is that you have the possibility of naming any creature you discover and uploading it into the game’s Atlas, so everyone in No Man’s Sky will know that creature as you name it. There are other roles you can play, besides simply exploring the beauty and dangers of a whole new universe, but the idea of the game is simply mind-blowing. Space travel, planet exploration, trades, space pirates, creature discoveries, mining and more create the perfect excuse to ignore real life and indulge in a whole new exciting life. No Man’s Sky is a game we must play in 2016 and if scientists would discover a way of uploading the conscious mind in a virtual system I would love to upload myself in this upcoming game.
If console enthusiasts couldn’t understand why PC users were so frustrated by possibly the most challenging game they’ve ever played, Dark Souls II, now, with the upcoming Dark Souls III which will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, they might just get what dying in a game really means. That song from the trailer actually made me look behind my shoulder to see if death is watching over me. FromSoftware promises that Dark Souls III design a difficulty thoroughly follows its predecessor and that should give us all a very good reason to highly expect the game. It seems that Japanese players are more fortunate as Dark Souls III will be launched on 24 March 2016 in Japan. As for the rest of the world, we will only have access to it one month later.
Enough with the future and all its possibilities, it’s time to go back to our primal roots and enjoy a nice action-adventure game that takes us back to the Mesolithic period where we can experience the life of the first people on earth. We’ve learned from history about ancient cultures that initially began from tribes whose primal objective in life was to hunt and survive the dangerous environment. If that’s not convincing enough for you, you can literally kill mammoths, that should be a good enough reason. At least, I want to try out Far Cry Primal as soon as it will be published by Ubisoft on 23 February 2016. It doesn’t matter if you like to play on PC or consoles because Far Cry Primal will be available for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Although those of us who enjoy video games on PC will only have the game available from 1st of March 2016, going back to the prehistoric era and reaching inside for our primal instincts sounds exciting enough.
Ever since its first version from 1993 Doom has been one of the best FPS horror game ever developed and in 2016, it will reach its 8th version that promises to be an amazing horror experience. Just like in Dark Souls 3, you get to fight against hideous forces of hell consisting in demons and undead giving players the satisfaction of fighting against evil. As Doom is considered to be a pioneer of FPS games and also some of the first to include 3D graphics in its design we can only expect that the upcoming version of the game to be as entertaining as its predecessors. An official release date has not been announced but Doom will be released in the first half of 2016 for either PC, Playstation 4 or Xbox One. Although the production of the game took a while as it was originally announced in 2008 it will finally be available and it won’t be a sequel or a reboot, we can expect a new Doom game.
Mass Effect Andromeda is probably the most expected game of 2016 and also it is probably the only game from this top that will not disappoint its fans. The Mass Effect series have one of the best stories ever told with a complementary storytelling and also, all its action happens in space, in our own universe which as I mentioned before is the best place to set the story of a game. Personally, I enjoyed the first three versions of Mass Effect, I loved exploring in the first series, the way they focused the story more on the characters in the second series and how they finalized the story in the 3rd version. After finishing Mass Effect 3, I was quite sad because it felt like the series have ended but after EA announced Mass Effect Andromeda on June 15, 2015, I could not be more excited. Andromeda seems to be more of a far away sequel of its predecessors that will bring back the exploration feature. Unfortunately, the game is only set to be released at the end of 2016 but it will be available for PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
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