2016 was a great year for gamers, we were blessed with releases such as Fallout 4, The Witcher 3 and plenty more. We’re only three weeks into the year but we’ve already been teased with upcoming releases for the year. Here are 7 games released in 2016 that define the widely used term “next-gen”.
Bethesda brought a lot to E3 2015, with the Dishonored 2 announcement, Fallout 4’s showcase, but they also brought the long awaited DOOM reveal, and man they didn’t disappoint.
DOOM looked amazing. They seemed to have really, really focused on the part that players care about the most in DOOM- the killing and all out destruction of demons. It’s especailly nice since the last entry to the DOOM franchise wasn’t exactly.. the best. This one is shaping up to be a GOTY candidate however.
Check out the most recent trailer below. DOOM releases May 13th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Let’s be serious, Blizzard never disappoints. They’re a time proven development team with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Coupled with the fact that they lead the gaming world in the MMORPG and RTS genre’s, when they say they want to dip their toes in the FPS style of games, we welcome it with open arms.
That said, Overwatch seems to be shaping up to be a great competitor. Of course it’s in Blizzard’s typical style of art, being more cartoony, since they’ve never been into super realism. It seems to have some features from other popular FPS games, most notably Black Ops 3’s specialists. Of course I’m not saying BO3 is the first to include something like that, but that’s what it reminds me of the most.
Check out the trailer for the game below. Overwatch is set to release May 24th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Gears Of War 4
Marcus Fenix must have huge feet because nobody is filling those shoes anytime soon.
I was quite disappointed when I heard Marcus wouldn’t be the main protagonist of Gears 4 and instead replaced with a blonde (really?) soldier named JD and his female counterpart Kait. It doesn’t quite have the same badass ring to it as Marcus and Dom, but it might grow on us yet. The initial game play was shown at E3 2015 and it seems like the whole game has had a re-skin, including a handful of new enemies that don’t resemble the locust or lambets. It is unclear if any of the characters/enemies will make an appearance in the game, but it’s probably best to leave some surprises.
Initially, the reveal is a little underwhelming. The absence of Marcus or any other characters the we adjusted to is a big risk to take, but it may also play in the favor for Epic Games as we’re introduced to a completely different perspective of the war.
Check out the trailer below. Gears of War 4 is set to release October 11th for Xbox One, with a beta coming April 18th.
Arkane Studios are making a comeback with the sequel to Dishonored, and it’s looking better than ever.
Dishonored 2 is canon from the first installment and will have you in the shoes of Corvo Attano, the protagonist of Dishonored and Emily Kaldwin, who is Empress of the Empire of the Isles (that’s a mouthful), who just so happens to be the girl you save in the first game. It is set 15 years after the previous game so expect some changes in the world, but it’s safe to say we can expect to see the fluent stealth/combat and a wide array of gadgets and weapons we were treated to in Dishonored.
Check out the trailer below. Dishonored 2 is set to release sometime 2016, expect an official date to come at Bethesda’s E3 conference in June 2016. It’ll be for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Mass Effect Andromeda
With the disappointing ending to Mass Effect 3, we weren’t sure whether or not to give this a place on the list.
But one thing has us all hyped about the game, anticipation. Will we finally get answers about Shepard, or what happened after the events of MO3? Or are we simply waiting to get slapped in the feels again? Regardless of our previous rocky relationship with Mass Effect, Andromeda looks amazing. So far we haven’t seen much on the game, we’re looking forward to jumping into the game and exploring the universe all over again.
Check out the trailer below. Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to release in the beginning of 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Nathan Drake makes another return in Uncharted 4 and it looks absolutely amazing.
The games haven’t been known to disappoint and we’re hoping this one follows the trend. It’s looking a bit more focused on action (or at least what was shown in the trailers), but we can’t complain, Naughty Dog seem to have the 3rd person cover shooter down to a tee. Most of the reveal looks similar to past games, but a couple of new features are branching dialogue and multiple paths to take. I imagine this will be used in a stealth/combat way, where you have the choice of taking your enemies head on our using your environment to bypass them.
Quite possibly one of the most exciting games of 2016 (so far), I’m looking forward to how this holds up against the new Tomb Raider game.
Check out the trailer below. Uncharted 4 is set to release May 1oth for PS4.
Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
Mirror’s Edge was released way back in 2008, that’s eight years ago, and it blew our minds.
A first person parkour video game was unheard of then, the nearest thing to it would of been the mantling mechanics in Call of Duty. It influenced games such as Dying Light. The game was a commercial success and we eagerly awaited a sequel, we didn’t think it would take eight years though! Catalyst will have us back in the shoes of Faith, a runner in a dystopian future that is obsessed with perfect health.
Your job as a runner entails getting packages of cigarettes, fizzy drinks and other banned products from point A to B, but you’ll undoubtedly get roped into a deeper, darker story and we can’t wait to see what’s around the corner for Faith.
This was our list of 7 games in 2016 that will define the next generation, what are your opinions? Have we missed a game that you think will be a huge commercial success and define the current generation of consoles?
Check out the trailer below. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is set to release May 24th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.