I thought 2015 was a pretty good year for gaming. So it begs the question – will 2016 be even better? Let’s take a look at my most anticipated games of the new year.
#10 – Kingdom Hearts III
I have played a little bit of Kingdom Hearts (all the way back when it was on PS2) and remembered enjoying it a lot, so understandably I bought the game not too long ago to play fully (if you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen the photo of the stack of games I have waiting to be played. It’s been added to since Christmas and I’m not sorry for it). I mean, as a film student and lover of all things adorable, it’s hard for me to give this game amiss. Also, KH3 has been a long awaiting for, apparently to a lot of people who freaked out when it was announced at E3 2013. We still don’t have a release day for it, but I get the feeling that it will be soon. It better be, anyway.
#9 – Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
Unlike Kingdom Hearts, I have never played Mirror’s Edge, but I’ve always wanted to. But with it being popular, written by Rhianna Pratchett (who is sadly not returning for this game) and featured first-person parkour. With myself being a lover of the Assassins Creed and Prince of Persia games for their platforms, I think I will enjoy this game when I finally get round to playing it. Hey, maybe I’ll even buy both of them to enjoy one after the other.
Surprisingly, not much has been revealed about the storyline apart from it explorers more of Faith’s past. The combat has also been refined and even multiplayer elements, such as races, have been added to this game.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be released May 26th – at least, if it’s not delayed again.
#8 – Doom
Again, this not a game I’ve played from the past but it looks fricking badass. It’s chaotic with guns, demons and whole lotta blood. Even the tagline for this game reels you in:
“Badass demons, big effing guns, and moving really fast.”
After enjoying the first person view of slaughtering your enemies in Shadow Warriors, this is going to be even better. Even if I’m not a fan of blood.
At this time, there is no release date, apart from some point this year.
#7 – Overwatch
Now, I’m not usually one for online multiplayer games such as Overwatch or the like, but I guess after practically everyone streaming the beta all over YouTube and Twitch, it was hard to ignore. With a futuristic setting, 21 characters (so far) and being on multiple platforms (PC, PS4 and Xbox One), I think it’s going to be a very popular Twitch streamed game.
While there are only 2 game modes announced so far, I have no doubt that the content will be much richer when it is released in Spring.
#6 – Hyrule Warriors Legends
Well, after choosing Hyrule Warriors as my favourite game of last year, it’s pretty self-explanatory why the sequel is on my list. And with The Wind Waker being one of my favourite Legend of Zelda games, I’m more than happy to have the inclusion of many of my favourites from that game into this one.
But I think the reason why this game is so high on my list is because of my curiosity – who is Linkle? Is she in any way related to Link? Can there be two Links in one game with Toon Link and normal Link? What about Ganondorf and Phantom Ganon? And why do Japan get an exclusive Treasure Editon and no-one else does? It looks so cool!
The Treasure Box Edition of Hyrule Warriors Legends exclusive to Amazon Japan and GAMECITY includes a premium box, a fairy plushie, a golden ocarina and Linkle’s compass pendant.
Hyrule Warriors Legends is set to be released 25th March on 3DS.
#5 – Rise of the Tomb Raider
You’re probably wondering, “Angel, why is a game that was released last year already on your list for next year?”. Easy – it was an Xbox exclusive with it being released on PC and PS4 some time later this year.
From what I’ve accidentally heard (I haven’t looked at any reviews or playthroughs), a lot of players are saying it’s much better than the first Tomb Raider – Lara is much more spirited and the game puts her under more strain than ever before. There’s also a Survivor Mode where Lara can actually starve to death. As a long time Tomb Raider fan, I think I can overlook the exclusive terms. Just this one time though.
#4 – Battleborn
Thinking about it, this game is very similar to Overwatch, only it seems much more story driven – it has online multiplayer, there’s a lot of choice for characters, etc., etc. Only, the reason why this is much higher up than Overwatch is because it’s made by the same developers behind Borderlands. Borderlands was easily another game I loved playing last year and seeing as they won’t give us 3, this will have to do.
I’m also looking forward to playing an old school archer when it’s released on May 3rd.
#3 – Zelda Wii U
After many many delays of this game, I think I’m finally ready for it – and so is Nintendo. My love for Zelda seems to grow every day, and even greater more when thinking about this game. An open, lush world to explore as Link with Epona within Hyrule. A place where you can encounter enemies by flipping off your horse. Somewhere that allows apples that replenish health grow on trees.
Not only that, but this Zelda game feels like it has a different vibe to its previous counter parts – it might be because of what I’ve seen of the trailers, but I think that this when Link is truly on his own. There’s no sign of Zelda and he seems to be in a world that could also be a desert wasteland if it wasn’t full of trees and mountains. What I’m trying to say is that it almost feels…apocalyptic. Guess we’ll have to wait and see at some point later this year.
#2 – Final Fantasy VII Remake
I’ve talked about this game so much since it was announced at E3 last year, so I won’t repeat myself too much. Final Fantasy VII is arguably one of the greatest games of all time – I will challenge anyone who says otherwise. But the fact that Square Enix are rebooting it to not only look better but play better too after such demand is while I’m excited. Turn-based RPGs have evolved over the past ten years and I’m glad Final Fantasy VII is stepping in that direction.
Also, Cloud Strife looks amazing the Unreal Engine 4.
#1 – Tekken 7
I know, I’m biased – but wouldn’t be boring if I wasn’t? As a long term fangirl who’s watched the trailers, read all the Wiki profiles and even planned a trip to Japan to play it on the arcade, how could I not put this as my number one? After the climax of Tekken 6, I’m craving it. So many questions, but so few answers. Especially after the recent trailer of the inclusion of Akuma from Street Fighter in the game. What’s that all about? What debt does he owe Kazumi? Why does she have the Devil Gene? Where did her tiger come from? Can she really stop Heihachi and Kazuya? Gah, it kills me everytime not knowing the answering.
Despite my lacking of patience, it’s just as much fun thinking up your own theories.
And there we have it – hope you enjoyed! Let me know what you’re looking forward to this year, perhaps you agree/disagree? Comment away! And Happy Belated New Year – I’m sure 2016 will be a great one.