As we head into the busy period of the game release calendar for 2016, there’s so many blockbuster titles hitting store shelves that it’s hard to keep up. As a result, we’ve rounded up 5 exciting games that are worth keeping on your radar this season:
Release date: 16 September 2016 (Xbox One, PC)
ReCore is one of the most interesting looking games arriving this quarter. One of the creators behind Mega Man, Keiji Inafune, and the makers of Metroid Prime are behind this third-person action adventure, which stars Joule — one of the last surviving humans — who’s fighting her way through a destroyed desert world, working with a series of quirky mechanical pets to help her fight robotic villains.
Players will have to use Joule’s skills as well as the various abilities of her mechanical allies to survive her journey. The intriguing concept and vivid world has us quite excited for this one.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Release date: 4 November 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
We know what you’re thinking: a Call of Duty game on an “overlooked games” list? Let’s be honest, gamers have become somewhat jaded and fatigued with the annual entry into the divisive Call of Duty series, leaving many to not even pay attention to what Activision is up to with the series, but we’re feeling more curious than usual about CoD: Infinite Warfare. Even though the core style of the heavily-directed campaign never changes too much, there’s always something interesting in these blockbuster games. The full-tilt futuristic setting and zero-G space segments look compelling; so we’re expecting some new gameplay twists to hit Activision’s prized series, because it doesn’t look like Call of Duty is going back to WWII anytime soon.
Mother Russia Bleeds
Release date: 5 September 2016 (PC)
For fans of old-school beat-’em-ups like Streets of Rage and Final Fight will have to put Mother Russia Bleeds on their radar. This nostalgia-inspired action game is set in, as the name suggests, Russia, and throws you and a buddy into a violent, co-op brawler that sees you take on drug-riddled baddies and high-end criminals. Players will also be able to pick up weapons, use the environment, and throw enemies into deadly traps and objects.
Shadow Warrior 2
Release date: TBA 2016 (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
2013’s Shadow Warrior reboot wasn’t the best game to come out that year, but it was a sadly overlooked throwback to the age of brutal first-person shooters. Shadow Warrior 2 is the natural evolution of Flying Wild Hog’s offbeat FPS following the further misadventures of former corporate shogun Lo Wang. The sequel sees the return of the “bullets and blades” combat style, allowing players to switch between guns and swords on the fly, as well as introducing co-op to the game. It’s also said to include an enhanced damage and dismemberment system, and procedurally generated environments.
The Last Guardian
Release date: TBC (PS4)
While it looks incredible, The Last Guardian has been delayed so many times that gamers have kind of just slid it to the back of their minds. But, the anticipated release is finally set to see the light of day this year (maybe), and it’s a game that should be on everyone’s wishlist. As the spiritual successor to Fumito Ueda’s Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian follows in the footsteps of those quiet, minimalist adventures about boys exploring desolate worlds to save girls. It’s a third-person game with platforming, including climbing and jumping alongside a griffin-like beast, as well as puzzles.