Happy New Year everyone, welcome to 2016!
It’s time once again to dust off that old forecaster as I dig out my long standing tradition called the GamerCast, aka my not so clever rebranding of a “FutureCast” which is something a weatherman uses during the nightly news to show you what the weather is bringing for the next few days.
Considering that I deal more in video games than in weather, lets have a look ahead at some of the games I can’t wait to get my hands on in the coming year. Honestly though, narrowing down this list to just a few games to talk about was MASSIVELY difficult for me as 2016 already promises to be an incredible year for games.
Did I miss something from the list below? Let me know what games YOU can’t wait to play this year in the comments.
So without further delay, here are some of the games that I’m looking forward to digging into this year. And yes, some of these may have made my list last year. (Thanks game delays!)
Full list awaits you after the jump…
Tom Clancy’s The Division
I’ve been pining away for this game since it was announced as Ubisoft’s “One More Thing” announcement that they’ve starting doing every year at their E3 presser. That debut trailer revealing that a biological agent was released on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day in the United States, causing chaos in New York City, and that a secret task force of agents had been activated to stop it really caught my attention. What intrigues me about all of this is that this is all based around the real life Operation Dark Winter and Directive 51, with the game managing to spin those real life facts into a very interesting “What If” type of scenario.
While I’m still not allowed to discuss it, I was able to go hands on with the game last month and thankfully my fears were cast aside as the world and gameplay are excellent. With a beta set to kick off soon, I can’t wait to dive back into this game in anticipation of the full release in March.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
I have fond memories of playing previous Ghost Recon games with my friends and when Ubisoft surprised the E3 crowd with this latest entry, I was on board from the get go. Featuring the four man Ghost squad, players are introduced to an open world sandbox, where technical details like a dynamic weather system, day/night cycle, and NPC characters with distinct jobs and schedules, promises to make gameplay unique and memorable. Set in Bolivia, the Ghosts are tasked with taking down a major drug cartel and players have access to tools and gadgets that allow for numerous ways to play. And hey, being able to skydive out of a helicopter into a major firefight looks freakin’ awesome.
The Legend of Zelda WiiU
I won’t lie, I still feel uncomfortable using such a generic name for the next Zelda title. I’m still a bit shocked that Nintendo hasn’t bothered to properly title the thing. Originally expected in 2015, the game slipped into 2016 and subsequently the backburner where Nintendo has decided to let it simmer for quite some time. There’s still a ton we don’t know about this game which is quite sad and a little puzzling considering the sparse lineup of games currently facing the WiiU. Clearly something is up with the game, which many have been been speculating that it’s now a dual release on the new NX console and WiiU. Whatever it is, I can’t wait to finally see what Nintendo has been working on all these years.
I have absolutely no clue what this game is about or how it plays but hot damn does it look like a classic Disney cartoon and I need to have it.
Horizon Zero Dawn
One of the big surprises from this past E3, Horizon Zero Dawn comes from the folks over at Guerrilla Games, known for the futuristic first person shooter franchise, Killzone. Unlike Killzone however, humanity has mostly fallen, replaced by mechanized creatures that have animal-like qualities. As nature takes back the world, the remaining population of humans have formed tribes and use resources from the robots to survive and create. Said to be a mix of games like Assassin’s Creed and Skyrim, I was taken in by the beautiful world and third person action elements shown off in the initial demo where the main character Aloy uses a bow and explosive devices to take down deer-like creatures only to be attacked by a giant T-Rex looking thing. It was very cool, super unique and Horizon is a game I can’t wait to get my mitts on.
Mass Effect Andromeda
Andromeda is the next step for the Mass Effect series, and represents a fresh start of sorts as many of the characters from the past games are not returning. Not much is known about Andromeda outside of the fact that the story centers around a brand new character. In the end though, it’s a “next-gen” Mass Effect game, what’s not to love?
Ubisoft was full of surprises at their E3 press conference last year, and For Honor was another one many didn’t see coming. At it’s core, For Honor sets out to answer the age old question of who would win in a fight: Vikings, Samurai, or Knights. Players take up arms as one of these groups and fights alongside fellow players and NPC characters using interesting melee combat techniques including a cool looking stance system. There’s still a lot we don’t know, but the first impressions went a long way in keeping me interested in finding out more.
I loved the first game and it’s blend of first person stealth combat. Dishonored 2 not only brings back Corvo Attano, but this time players can select a second character, Emily Kaldwin who Arkane promises plays differently and has different abilities. Not only that, the location has shifted out of Dunwall and into the sunny southern island nation of Karnaca. I for one am ready to return to this world.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
While Human Revolution had some flaws, there’s no denying that it was a great experience. Providing a futuristic RPG spin on the stealth action genre, Mankind Divided promised to take everything people liked about Human Revolution and make it even better. The game has been looking wonderful with a big visual upgrade, boss battles that no longer suck, and new and improved abilities for Adam Jensen to tap into. Sadly, the game was scheduled for release next month, but that is no longer the case after being shelved for more development time. We should now be expecting this one sometime in August.
Other Notable Games: Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Street Fighter V, Overwatch, Ratchet & Clank, Homefront: The Revolution, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, Quantum Break, ReCore, Gears of War 4, Crackdown 3