2016 will be the year that some of the most hyped games of recent times finally get released, and as this list demonstrates, gamers have a lot to look forward to in 2016. This is by no means the most exhaustive list of the most wanted releases this year. However, for more reasons than one, the titles are below will definitely give plenty of dedicated gamers goose bumps when they are finally released. We simply can’t wait.
5. Final Fantasy XV
Having first begun development under the name Final Fantasy Versus XIII back in 2006, the fifteenth numbered instalment of the epic Final Fantasy series will finally get released – a mere decade later – before the year is out.
Whilst at first the story might seem like typical Final Fantasy fare, the game promises more realistic personalities than ever before, and will feature an open world environment with a Kingdom Hearts-style action battle system. Graphics aren’t everything, but this genre defining series has never looked so breathtaking-ly gorgeous.
4. The Last Guardian
Long thought stuck in development hell, you can imagine how exciting it was when the continued existence of The Last Guardian was confirmed at 2015’s E3, with a 2016 release date for a game first mentioned in 2009.
As the spiritual sequel to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, expectations are high, and The Last Guardian seems to be a blend of these two extraordinary games. Borrowing the partnership mechanics of Ico and the huge creatures from Shadow, The Last Guardian sees players control a young boy who must work with a lumbering creature to solve puzzles and defeat enemies. With Fumito Uedo at the helm, this game surely can’t help but be amazing.
3. No Man’s Sky
Perhaps one of the most ambitious games ever conceived, No Man’s Sky allows players to explore an entire universe of content, featuring over 18 quintillion planets. If this doesn’t sound crazy enough then consider the fact that each planet will feature unique flora and fauna, which players must discover and name.
In terms of gameplay, players will collect information on their discoveries whilst mining the planet for resources, allowing them to upgrade their ship and fly to increasingly dangerous planets, eventually reaching the center of the universe. If this game lives up to the hype it would become not just an instant classic, but also a technological milestone.
2. Pokémon GO
There’s few of us out there who haven’t dreamed of being a Pokémon trainer and, with this game, that reality comes ever closer. This unique smartphone title will blend real life and the world of Pokémon like never before, using a small bluetooth device to alert players when a Pokémon – in the real world – is near by, allowing players to battle and catch them.
It’s been confirmed that Pokémon will live in various places (water Pokémon near water etc) so this should encourage gamers to explore the world around them. Imagine how exciting it would be to be going about your every day life and then discovering that a legendary Pokémon is nearby. This is sure to bring the Pokémon fandom together like never before.
1. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
This game marks the superlative Uncharted series’ next gen debut, and Nathan and co are looking better than ever (the game is rumoured to have fully rendered chest hair physics!). In terms of story, Naughty Dogare keeping their cards close to their chest, but we do know it will see Nate’s older brother Sam make an appearance. He’ll no doubt draw Nathan away from the “normal” life he has built with Elena and back into one of violence, action and adventure.
The Uncharted series is famous for its over the top set pieces, and blending this with the characterization that Naughty Dog nailed in The Last of Us, could see this game become one of gaming’s greatest achievements.