2016 is set to be a massive year for gaming, and while there’s a lot of undoubtedly great titles coming our way, there’s always those ones that will miss the mark and end up undershooting their potential. We take a look at five games that might just suck:
Release date: 5 April 2016 (Xbox One)
Quantum Break, which comes from the makers of Max Payne and Alan Wake, is a third-person shooter that’s being made alongside a live-action television series.
The game follows a time travel experiment that has gone wrong. The event not only causes time to start breaking down, but also grants the three main characters – Jack Joyce, Beth Wilder, and Paul Serene – the ability to manipulate time. The third-person shooting looks solid, and we’re truly curious about the story, but having a tie-in show could disjoint the experience completely. Remedy have enough calibre behind their name to deliver something great, but we just hope this isn’t a one-trick time-bending pony that ends before it gets going.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Release date: 8 March 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
While we’re excited, any game with an overwhelming ambition will inadvertently make us nervous for its quality, and none are coming more ambitious than Ubisoft’s enormous undertaking, The Division. We’ve seen developer walkthroughs, but now we want to get our hands on the game to see if The Division‘s post-apocalyptic open-world New York lives up to the hype.
Also, the community will make or break this game, and if people play ball and there’s enough fresh and veteran players roaming The Division, it’ll make for an interesting experience. If not, things could get very lonely in New York once the campaign is over.
Release date: 11 March 2016 – first episode (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
After years of development, Square Enix and IO Interactive have decided to completely change the format of their highly-anticipated Hitman release, going from a fully-fledged release to an episodic adventure… and this worries us.
We’ve been extremely excited to take our favourite bald-headed, barcoded assassin into some pretty complex murderous conundrums, with massive open environments filled with possibilities, but having to wait for the next instalment (or worse: pay for it) has taken a bit of wind out of our sails. Let’s hope we’re wrong and Agent 47 has a celebratory return to the gaming world.
Far Cry Primal
Release date: 1 March 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Most could have predicted a new Far Cry would be released in 2016, but nobody could have seen the game’s concept coming. Primal takes the series back to the Stone Age – stripping away the automatic weapons and focusing on the player’s relationship with the world around them. Sabre-tooth tigers, woolly mammoths, and other frightening Jurassic creatures will be hunting you down, but, there’s a twist: you’ll be able to control them too.
It all sounds pretty alluring but we’re wondering if it’ll all get a bit stale too quickly. While we applaud Ubisoft for diverging away from the predictable first-person shooter archetype, we can’t help but to feel there’s something missing from this prehistoric adventure.
No Man’s Sky
Release date: June 2016 (PS4, PC)
What we haven’t had in a while is an intriguing-looking space exploration title. In No Man’s Sky, you can explore near-infinite worlds on your journey to the centre of the universe, mapping out planets as you go. The game is massively multiplayer in a sense, and any world you discover will proudly display your tag.
There’s an unlimited amount of places to discover in No Man’s Sky, but we wonder if the random planet generation will have the legs to keep players interested. Like the randomised gun system in Borderlands, it’ll definitely throw some different licks of paint in the opening hours, but will you inevitably see through the veil once you hit the real meat of the game?
Which game are you concerned about this year? Anything you think might suck? Tweet us @MenStuffZA and let us know…