5 games to get this year

There are a lot of great games coming out this year, but I feel that there are just five which I’m definitely going to be getting. Below are those five games.

Honourable mention: For Honor

Whilst there’s no guarantees that this game will be released this year, I’m most certainly keeping my fingers crossed that it is. I watched the trailer for it at last year’s E3, and it looked incredible. It’s being billed as a hack-and-slash, third person melee fighter with “visceral close range combat in multiplayer action”. Below is 7 minutes of gameplay, from IGN, which really got me excited for it. So check it out, and be prepared for some brutal multiplayer action (hopefully this year).

5) Below

I’ve been waiting for this one for some time, pretty much since I purchased my Xbox One – give or take a few months. Below is a top-down dungeon exploration game, one which revolves around the player’s survival. Unlike many games, Below will have an element of perma-death, something that I’m rather fond of… in the world of gaming, of course. I love getting attached to characters, and that love is only strengthened when I’m aware that my favourite character could die at any second, and be gone for good. This currently has a Q2/Q3 speculative release date, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up coming out late this year. Here’s hoping that it’s sooner, rather than later.

4) No Man’s Sky

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I’m not sure if much more can be said about No Man’s Sky. It’s been talked about, written about, recorded in videos – it’s difficult to get away form it. If anything, it’s been talked about for so long that it kind of feels like the game’s been out for years. But we’re still waiting for it. That being said, it’ll be out within the next month or so, and I really can’t wait. This massive space exploration game looks incredible, and I’m totally looking forward to sinking my teeth into it.

3) Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Mirror’s Edge was a marmite game for many – you either loved it, or you hated it. I personally loved it. From what I’ve read and watched, I have a feeling that the sequel will be even more of my cup of tea. That’s because Catalyst will feature an ‘open-world design’, as opposed to its more linear predecessor. This is definitely a good thing, because I was rather absorbed by the world of the first game. It was visually stunning, and still holds up to this day. So I’m very much looking forward to a revamped current-gen Mirror’s Edge world.

2) Battlefield 1

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To be honest, one and two for me are pretty much equal. I’ve been hyped for the next Battlefield game for some time, and that hype has only increased since the epic WW1 teaser trailer was released the other week. This game is going to be epic, no doubt. Provided that DICE and EA stick to the base mechanics of the Battlefield series, that make it so loved, and don’t try to Hardline / Battlefront it up, of course. Either way, I’m intrigued to see how they’ll tackle some aspects of this game this October – particularly with the new focus on melee combat. But I’m also looking forward to seeing the return of pure Battlefieldness – large maps, huge battles, different vehicles, a multitude of weapons and squad play.

1) Sea of Thieves

Technically, I’m probably slightly more excited for Battlefield 1. The hype train is well and truly chugging along for that one. With Sea of Thieves, however, far less is known – and it hasn’t been built up yet, either. RARE are keeping their cards rather close to their chest with this one, but what I’ve seen so far has been enough to wet my appetite. Again, there’s a lot that remains to be revealed about this game. But, from what I can tell, it’ll be an open-world (maybe) multiplayer game where players can create their own pirates and crews, and sail the seas together. It also looks like you’ll be able to battle rival crews, and forge your own stories in the world. That’s about all I know, but you can check out the website – here.

Obviously, there are far more than just these five games coming out this year. Well, six if you count For Honor. So what games are you looking forward to playing in 2016? Let me know in the comments below!

  • datdude

    My top five for this year (assuming none are pushed to 2017)

    1. Horizon Zero Dawn

    2. No Man’s Sky

    3. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

    4. The Last Guardian

    5. Cuphead

    I would say based solely on my personal anticipation, those would be my top five….but there are so many great games coming in the remainder of 2016 and 2017 that in reality I will end up buying well over 25 titles between now and E3 2017, I’m sure.

    • Lots of awesome games there. I’m intrigued by the next Deus Ex, and I can’t wait for Cuphead for sure. No Man’s has just announced a delay until August, and I’m feeling like it could be a slippery slope toward a 2017 release – here’s hoping it’s not, though!

      Also, Become Human looks sick. Heavy Rain was such a great game, so here’s hoping it follows suit.

  • datdude

    My top five for this year (assuming none are pushed to 2017)

    1. Horizon Zero Dawn

    2. No Man’s Sky

    3. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

    4. The Last Guardian

    5. Cuphead

    I would say based solely on my personal anticipation, those would be my top five….but there are so many great games coming in the remainder of 2016 and 2017 that in reality I will end up buying well over 25 titles between now and E3 2017, I’m sure.

    • Lots of awesome games there. I’m intrigued by the next Deus Ex, and I can’t wait for Cuphead for sure. No Man’s has just announced a delay until August, and I’m feeling like it could be a slippery slope toward a 2017 release – here’s hoping it’s not, though!

      Also, Become Human looks sick. Heavy Rain was such a great game, so here’s hoping it follows suit.

  • avi

    sea of thieves looks awesome.

    • It really does. RARE doesn’t do bad games, in general, so I’m very much looking forward to it.

      Another game called ‘7 Days to Die’ has just come up on my radar too. It’s currently on PC / Mac in Alpha (has been since Dec 2013) but it’s not got a June / July release date for XB1 and PS4. It’s a zombie survival game – similar to your Day Zs and H1Z1s, so should be interesting!

  • avi

    sea of thieves looks awesome.

    • It really does. RARE doesn’t do bad games, in general, so I’m very much looking forward to it.

      Another game called ‘7 Days to Die’ has just come up on my radar too. It’s currently on PC / Mac in Alpha (has been since Dec 2013) but it’s not got a June / July release date for XB1 and PS4. It’s a zombie survival game – similar to your Day Zs and H1Z1s, so should be interesting!