Top 10 most anticipated video games of 2016

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Last year was a great one for gaming and it looks like 2016 is going to be no different. While our Top 10 Video Games of 2015 list was a group effort handled using the Mario Kart method, these are a list of games that bought a ticket aboard my personal hype train so forgive me for not putting the likes of Final Fantasy XV and XCOM 2 on there. Let’s get started, shall we?

10. The Witness

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Jonathan Blow’s puzzle adventure game was announced way back in 2009 and later resurfaced in 2013 along with the PlayStation 4’s reveal. Inspired by MystThe Witness has players exploring a colorful island filled with over 650 puzzles that will take an estimated 80 hours to complete all of it. Doesn’t look like the game is going to hold your hand either; you may run in to puzzles of a significantly harder caliber early on. The reason this game is number 10 on the list is because it comes out this month on the 26th for PS4 and PC and later in the year for iOS. With the 6-year wait for The Witness just about coming to a close, it’s nice to see the year begin with a therapeutic puzzle game from the developer of Braid.

9. For Honor

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In a market dominated by online shooters, it’s refreshing to see Ubisoft Montreal try something incredibly new with For Honor. An online sword-fighting game where you get to play as knights, Vikings, and samurai can only be a good thing if pulled off correctly. Despite its badass reveal at E3 last year, I wasn’t really looking forward to the game considering Ubisoft’s lackluster track record the year before. That was until I played it at PSX and had an absolute blast. The controls feel natural and have a steady learning curve to them and communicating is an absolute must unless you want to get cornered by three bad guys. I’m curious as to what the single-player campaign will be like, but Ubisoft has a gem on their hands and I look forward to seeing what they’ll do with it upon release.

8. No Man’s Sky

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Do you like open-world games? Well, how about open-UNIVERSE games? How is that even possible? The ambitious team at Hello Games have been working hard at making No Man’s Sky, a game that has you exploring up to 18 quintillion procedurally-generated planets in an effort to simply make your own discoveries and share them with the online database of other players. Since it would take me 32 billion years to count how many planets there are in No Man’s Sky, the chances of you landing on a previously discovered planet are slim-to-none. On these worlds you will find new creatures, vegetation, enemies and you may even engage in space battles on your way to them. I still remain a bit skeptical on this game, because how long can it procedurally-generate itself before it gets boring? I guess we’ll find out when it launches for PS4 and PC in June.

7. Star Fox Zero

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10 years is a long time. That’s how long we’ve been waiting for a new installment in the Star Fox franchise. Designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and developed in partnership with Platinum Games, Star Fox Zero is a re-imagining of Star Fox 64 featuring the original team (sorry Krystal fans) but with a different story and levels. However, since the gameplay reveal at E3 2015, it has garnered a large amount of criticism due to its graphics, flawed gyro-controls, and lack of tense battles which Star Fox and Platinum Games are known for. It was then delayed to April 22, 2016 in order to touch up on these issues, and boy does it look WAY better now! The latest trailer shows some minor graphical improvements along with more intense battles, and that was back in November. Imagine what more they’ll be able to do within these next few months!

6. Quantum Break

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The talented team at Remedy Entertainment is at it again, bridging the gap between TV and video games. Quantum Break was announced alongside the Xbox One in 2013 and has since gone through recasting unknown actors to the likes of Shawn Ashmore (X-Men), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings) and Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones). What’s special about this time-bending third-person shooter is the live-action show that comes with it; how you play the game affects the episodes and the episodes inform you how to play the game. With the likes of Max Payne and Alan Wake under their belt, it’s hard to see Remedy go wrong with Quantum Break, especially if it’s taken them this long to develop.

5. Unravel

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Picture this: you’re sitting in on an EA Press Conference at E3 trying to stay awake over business executives talking about how the next Madden game will revolutionize the genre. Then someone named Martin Sahlin comes on with the most genuine passion for the art of gaming that I’ve ever seen on an E3 stage. Hands shaking, he takes out a plush of Yarny, the beloved red protagonist in his game Unravel which tells the story of an old woman’s life through the perspective of Yarny as he tries to knit her missing pieces back together. The red yarn represents love and the bonds we make with others. When it comes to the game, it’s a 2.5-D side-scroller where Yarny progresses through different environments, solving puzzles and avoiding or assisting local fauna. To be honest, Unravel wouldn’t even be on my list if it weren’t for Martin Sahlin’s presentation at the EA Press Conference. Whether on purpose or not, he managed to stand out in a way that left us all talking about his game.

4. Doom

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It’s about damn time! Doom is the long-awaited fourth installment and reboot of the critically-acclaimed shooter franchise which started back in 1993 by id Software. Ever since Doom 3, fans have been clamoring for a new game with… less hallways and flashlights. Now Doom is returning to its roots of run-and-gun shooting, big FREAKING guns, and a plethora of gore with some new elements like melee finishers and a stage-creation mode. There have also been a couple of Alpha tests (which I didn’t get to play) and so far the only feedback I’ve heard is positive. For a game that has been rotting in development hell for almost 12 years, it looks like Doom fans will finally get the game they’ve been asking for.

3. The Last Guardian

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For the last few years before E3 2015, the common joke was “Hey guys, what if they finally show The Last Guardian again?” Team Ico, the talented minds behind Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, revealed The Last Guardian at E3 2009 and it remained a mystery for the next 6 years until it was finally re-revealed at the 2o15 show. Now coming to the PS4 and being developed by genDESIGN, players will take control of a boy traveling with his guardian Trico sneaking past enemies and solving environmental puzzles all while getting assistance from Trico. The team at genDESIGN is made up mostly of members from Team Ico and if we can only expect The Last Guardian to be one of the most beautiful and atmospheric games of this year.

2. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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If there’s one thing PlayStation fans have been looking forward to the most, it’s the conclusion to Nathan Drake’s story. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will feature more of our favorite snarky treasure-hunter alongside his brother Sam while also giving us more control over how the story plays out with dialogue options. A few gameplay trailers have showed us that climbing and shooting have been more refined while also demonstrating the advanced AI that will not stop looking for your location. Not to mention the grappling hook adds a new layer of traversal and fighting into the mix. Fans of the multiplayer will find that it’s still just as fun especially with it running at a buttery smooth 60fps. Considering this will be the final Uncharted game Naughty Dog makes, let’s hope they go out with a bang!

1. The Legend of Zelda for Wii U

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Most people get hyped for a game because of all the stuff they know about it beforehand, but in the case of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, it’s what I DON’T know that’s getting me the most excited. Ever since this game was announced back in E3 2014, Nintendo has only given us about 5 minutes total of footage, 4 of which were off-screen. Heck, the only thing we got to see last year was a 13-second clip announcing the game would be out this year.  What makes this Zelda game important is that it’s the first 3D game to be open-world and on land (The Wind Waker was also open-world but it was surrounded by ocean). Nintendo EAD 3’s goal is to explore the qualities of the first Legend of Zelda for NES, modify them, and apply them to this new game. It was meant to come out last year, but it was delayed to 2016 and it seems possible it will also be an NX launch title alongside the Wii U game. All I know is that my heart can’t take the constant frustration of waiting this long with so little information being given. With so many open-world games being released, it’ll be exciting to see what The Legend of Zelda for Wii U brings to that genre.

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l love to play games and write stuff about them. I can't play something and not tell anyone how I feel about it. Call it a sickness, because it is.