Welcome to ShowerApps Top 10 lists and today we are taking look at some of the most anticipated next generation games that are set to be released in 2016.
Our list includes PS4, Xbox One and of course, the PC master race.
Quantum Break (Xbox One, 5 April 2016)
For me, Quantum Break is the game I’ve been waiting and reading on ever since it was announced around two years ago. If you were to look at the game without knowing the name, I am sure some of you would say Max Payne 4, as it has that slow motion vibe and character familiarity.
However, instead of becoming just another shooter or adventure game, it aims to create a totally new genre. In fact, it is more than just a game. What do we mean by that? Well, assuming Microsoft and Remedy delivers, Quantum Break should launch in line with a TV Show, which is set to change based on the preferences that you have made in the game. While we are not exactly sure how will that be delivered, the whole idea sounds absolutely ridiculous. Just imagining how I mess up the TV show’s plot and real life characters because of my in-game decisions makes me as excited about this game as I have ever been.
XCOM 2 (Windows, OS X and Linux, February 5, 2016)
After rebooting the franchisee with the XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which is available on PS3 and Xbox 360 as well as the PC, Firaxis Games is back with a sequel. Unlike a lot of other games that are coming out next year, XCOM is not a shooter. Instead, it focuses on a turn based tactics, a genre that has been forgotten for a long time and boy do we glad that it is back.
If you haven’t played the original, you should definitely pick it up and kill some aliens. It’s like a mix between Fallout and Heroes of Might and Magic. As for everyone else, XCOM 2 is set to continue focusing on its strong qualities, such as emotional attachments to the characters, awesome yet sometimes frustrating gameplay that is extremely satisfying and rewarding, deep customization and more. Yes, we are hyped and judging by the trailer and early impressions, XCOM 2 should not disappoint.
Mass Effect: Andromeda (Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Q4 2016)
For many, Mass Effect needs no introduction as it was and still is one of the best action RPG shooters that have ever been released. Remember ability to import your previous saves to the sequel and the way it made you feel?
Yes, the game ending has its share of controversies but it’s hard to forget the way it made you feel when you made a choice, resulting in a close teammate death, and instead of asking you to replay the mission, the story just continues, leaving you with real life emotional scars that might have influenced your other decisions thorough the game.
For better or worse, Mass Effect: Andromeda is not a sequel to the franchisee, instead, it will focus on the events that took place long after the first three Mass Effect games. Keeping in mind that this will be the first Mass Effect game on a next generation of consoles, we are as pumper as ever for the bigger and non-bland worlds, ridiculous galaxies, even better story, decisions that make you sick to your stomach and the ending that was worth it.
Cuphead (Xbox One and Windows, 2016)
In the world where we get yearly Call of Duty releases, one more Mario, another Forza or Final Fantasy, we are extremely happy to see a completely new franchisee and as you might have guessed, yes, it is an indie game.
What makes Cuphead so special is its weird art style, resembling that of the 1930s cartoons. Yes, we don’t know a lot about the game other that it is a run and gun platformer that is set to support both single-player and co-op but that’s enough to get us hyped and excited for more. Scheduled in 2016, Cuphead is also set to receive additional expansion packs with 10 to 15 bosses each.
Hopefully, the gameplay is as good as its whacky art-style.
Doom (Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Q1/Q2 2016)
Speaking of reboots, here comes one from Bethesda and for the first time in many years, I can, again, be excited about Doom. During the E3 reveal, Bethesda promised that this game won’t repeat Doom 3 mistakes and will focus on big freaking guns, badass demons and moving really fast. Site note: if you are not into violet video games, then Doom is not for you. Finally, no more slow zombies and horror movie elements.
That’s what we always wanted from Doom, and just look at the gameplay, it looks absolutely awesome, not to mention the promised 60 fps at 1080p for both PC and consoles. After so many reboots and delays, we do hope that Doom won’t be pushed back any further and will actually hit the shelves later next year.
Tom Clancy’s The Division (Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, March 8, 2016)
If you want to talk about hyped games, then add Tom Clancy’s The Division to the list. Revealed back in 2013, then delayed till 2015 and again till 2016, the game focuses on the player’s ability to co-operate with other agents and progress throughout the game.
It’s a tactical multiplayer / single player shooter and just like many other games from Ubisoft, the hype is at the high levels. However, remembering that Watchdogs was a letdown and reading some, not so positive early impressions, we remain skeptical about Ubisoft’s ability to deliver. However, the anticipation is at the all-time high.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PlayStation 4, March 18, 2016)
Developed by the legendary, Naughty Dog and exclusively for the PlayStation 4, Uncharted 4 will take place three years after the Drake’s Deception events. For better or worse, it is set to be the last game in the franchise, at least according to the developers. This alone makes it that much more exciting, as it is indeed the end to Drake’s story.
Oh, and did we say that this is the first PS4 Uncharted game? We can’t wait to see what kind of tricks will the Naughty Dog pull up with brand new hardware and game ending. Hopefully, it won’t be as controversial as Mass Effect 3.
Far Cry Primal (Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, February 23, 2016)
While not much is known about the next Far Cry title, the first and only trailer is quite telling. Yes, it is a shooter but Ubisoft Montreal has proven that it can indeed can execute again and again, especially with the most recent and crazy Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon title.
As far as Far Cry Primal goes, it will focus on the prehistoric era, and instead of killing guys with modern weapons, players will have to fight all kinds of extinct animals. It will be interesting to see how will Ubisoft implement ideas like fast travel or whether or not we will be able to ride a mammoth to travel from town to town. Yes, we are excited!
Final Fantasy XV (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, 2016)
Last but not least is the Final Fantasy XV, which will be coming on all new generation consoles. It’s been a long time since a proper FF game as previous release (excluding the online version) left many bitter and wanting more.
Hopefully, Square Enix has learned from their mistakes and will deliver a sequel that is actually worth the Final Fantasy name. While it is not a turn based like some of the older games, the initial impressions are very positive and that is a very good sign.
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