We’re hitting the sweet-spot of the gaming release calender for 2016, and the next couple months have some massive games coming our way; so we’ve rounded up the 7 we’re dying to get our hands on.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Release Date: 10 May 2016 (PS4)
The Uncharted series needs little to no introduction at this point. After three best-selling games and numerous Game of the Year awards, the franchise is set to get its fourth long-awaited instalment. Naughty Dog have been pretty quiet on story details, but we do know our favourite treasure hunter will be embarking on his most ambitious and dangerous adventure yet, full of steep cliffs to climb, epic shootouts to partake in and a lot of massive explosions to survive. The gameplay demos have already given us a glimpse of the incredible level of detail and action we’ve come to expect from the series.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
Release date: 26 May 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
It’s always nice to see a cult classic get a second chance in the spotlight. The original Mirror’s Edge delivered the critically-praised and novel concept of a first-person parkour game, and those who played it generally loved it. Simply known as Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, the new game sees the return of the heroine Faith and her free-running antics. In all the gameplay footage we’ve seen so far, the Catalyst is looking fluid, fast, and absolutely gorgeous, running on the Frostbite 3 engine (Battlefield 4).
Release date: 13 May 2016 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
id Software’s highly-anticipated Doom reboot is gory, loud, brutal and gorgeous – exactly what we’ve been hoping for. Doom maintains so much of what we know and love about the franchise: grimy metal corridors, all manner of hellish demons eager to hasten your demise, and an arsenal of firearms and other fun weapons to let you make quick work of them. The game also features execution moves known as Glory Kills, such as ripping demons’ jaws off, breaking limbs and sawing them in half. It’s all pretty spectacular in motion.
Gears of War 4
Release date: 11 October 2016 (Xbox One)
It was an inevitability that another Gears of War would hit the market, and 2016 will see Gears of War 4 arrive on Xbox One. The new entry is in development at Black Tusk Studios (who now go as The Coalition) following Microsoft’s purchase of the third-person franchise from Epic Games. The game appears to be taking a darker, more sombre tone with a heavy influence on horror, and will once again be a co-op affair, allowing players to take control of some new soldiers, JD (son of Gears of War protagonist Marcus Fenix), Kait Diaz, and Delmont Walker, as they battle against a new foe unlike anything seen before. Thankfully, there’s a lot of firepower, chainsaws and attiude to go around.
Release Date: 2017 (Xbox One)
Developed by Platinum Games, the makers of such excellent action games as Bayonetta 2 and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Scalebound looks like a fantasy game of epic proportions. You play as an adventurer who travels to a distant world full of enormous monsters. Luckily for you, you soon befriend a dragon who helps you take on these vicious beasts. Really, that’s about all we know so far about the game, but from what we’ve seen it looks suitably grand. If the game is anything like that (or like the excellent titles Platinum has made in the past), it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.
The Legend of Zelda Wii U
Release date: 2016 (Wii U)
We’ve barely seen a thing from the new Legend of Zelda despite it first being revealed more than a year ago. A reveal trailer, a little bit of gameplay and a few seconds of Link atop his faithful steed Epona – that’s it. What we know is that Nintendo is putting together a truly massive open world, one bigger than in any previous Zelda title – and that it will offer players a certain level of freedom.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Release date: 2016 (PS4)
Killzone studio Guerrilla Games didn’t unveil a new entry into its gritty shooter franchise at E3 2015, but instead showcased a new game, Horizon: Zero Dawn. The game is a third-person action adventure game that is gorgeous to look at and features great hunting, stealth and combat mechanics. However, there are really only two words you need to know: Robot dinosaurs.
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