Saturday 22 October 2016

Most anticipated games of 2016 - Part 1

Emma Clark

Published 07/01/2016 | 11:31


2016 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for videogames. Here is part one of our most anticipated games to be released in 2016.

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2015 was a pretty stellar year for videogames, but that doesn’t mean we’re facing a drought of top-quality games this year. Mark is here to fill you in on his most anticipated games of the year to come.

Choosing just five games to highlight is a more challenging task than you might think. Sacrifices must be made along the way and some excellent games have sadly not made the cut. Perhaps they will be highlighted at a later date. But here are the five games that I’m most looking forward to this year.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Mirror’s Edge was a breath of fresh air, offering streamlined gameplay that rewarded you for practicing and looking for alternative routes. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst has been a long time coming and makes this list almost by default. The introduction of an open world has me a little concerned, but I’m curious to see how it works in practice.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is scheduled for release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on May 24th.


The granddaddy of first-person shooters is back, packed with an array of demons, massive weaponry, and fast-paced combat. And now it includes melee finishers too for when you want to get your hands dirty. Doom has had its fair share of issues in development with the team even going back to the drawing board at one point. The trailer was everything I wanted from a new Doom; now it just has to hit the shelves.

Doom is currently targeting a Q1 or Q2 release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Nathan Drake’s story will come to a conclusion in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds. If you’ve played an Uncharted game before, it seems unlikely that A Thief’s End will spring too many surprises. But at the same time, that’s almost a guarantee that it’ll be entertaining. Naughty Dog has rarely put a foot wrong, and we don’t expect that Nathan Drake’s legacy will be left on a sour note.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be released on April 29th, exclusively on PS4.

Gears of War 4

Very little is known about the upcoming Gears of War title other than the fact that it’s in development and will be released this year. And yet, I’m still looking forward to it. Marcus and Dom’s story is complete, so it will be interesting to see where the franchise is taken now, especially as development has been handed over to The Coalition. Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production at Epic Games, is still involved, which offers some reassurance that Gears is still in safe hands.

Gears of War 4 is slated for a Q4 release on Xbox One.

Salt and Sanctuary

This is certainly the most out-of-left-field inclusion on the list. Salt and Sanctuary is described as a stylistic, brutal action RPG platformer; think of something like a 2D Dark Souls. Ska Studios knows how to do visceral combat and strange worlds, having honed its skills with titles like The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, which makes me very excited indeed.

Salt and Sanctuary is expected on PS4 and PS Vita early in 2016.

That’s my top five for now, but there are certainly some games on my watch list that I can’t wait to find out more about. 2016 could be quite a good year indeed.

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