Top 5 Games for early 2016
The new gaming year is in full swing and these five top titles will keep you busy all the way into the summertime
The beginning of a new gaming year is always a strange time, as we get to grips with the remaining releases from the year during the drought known as January. Now that we’re well into 2016, the bigger titles are starting to crest the horizon, and we’ve got a rundown of five of the most exciting between now and May.
Far Cry Primal (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – 23rd February
The Far Cry series began on PC all the way back in 2004 and has been through some massive changes since, starting out as a pretty serious shooter, becoming even more hardcore in the second entry and even spawning outright parodies like Blood Dragon.
Now it has changed yet again with Primal, taking players back to prehistory as a caveman who gets separated from his tribe and has to survive in the one of the most dangerous environments ever known. Other humans and great beasts will be the main dangers, and you’ll have to hide and fight and tame and scavenge to rebuild.
Ubisoft has done a great job reinventing the series time and time again and Far Cry Primal looks like it has plenty of new features to add into the mix with gorgeous graphics, open world gameplay and tameable lions and tigers and bears. Oh my!
The Division (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – 8th March
Tom Clancy’s The Division (to give the game its full title) takes you to a world which is in the middle of being ravaged by a killer virus. Players will be dropped into New York with the goal of establishing some semblance of order and getting the city back on its feet, while you hunt for the source of the pathogen.
The Division plays like an open world RPG with social elements whereby you can team up with other real players for co-op. You’ll head out on missions to secure new personnel or resources, all of which help to build up your command base and restore a sense of civilisation to the snowy wastes of the city that never sleeps.
You can also venture into the Dark Zone where the virus is out of control and fight against other humans for the best loot and weapons. It seems like there’s plenty of content in The Division and you can get a taste with an open beta set for the 18th of February on Xbox One and the 19th on PS4 and PC.
Quantum Break (Xbox One, PC) – 5th April
The makers of Max Payne sure take their sweet time between games, with only four titles since the first Max debuted in 2001. Quantum Break has seen its share of delays, moving from 2014 to 2015 and slipping to 2016 to give the developers a little more time to polish.
And it seems to have worked because Quantum Break is one of the best looking games I’ve ever seen, with an all new game engine and some stunningly lifelike character models. A time travel experiment has gone wrong, gifting two men with the ability to manipulate time itself. Needless to say, one of them is bad and the other one is you.
In the game, you’ll be able to use your abilities to stop bullets in mid air, move at impossible speed and a whole load of other tricks which we won’t spoil for you. The production values look incredibly high, with the cast including Irish fella Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men) and Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings) – all of whom also appear in the tie in TV series.
Dark Souls III (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – 12th April
Following on from Demon’s Souls in 2009, Japanese developer From Software wanted to make things even more difficult for gamers who had grown too soft with years of easy titles. So they created Dark Souls, and launched a thousand nightmares.
The series has continued to grow in popularity from its first entry in 2011 and even with time out to create the incredible Bloodborne, From has managed to have a new Dark Souls game ready in just two short years. This time you’re heading to another really, really dark and scary place filled with monsters created from raw nightmare fuel.
The gameplay will be little changed from Dark Souls II but it was already nigh on perfect, and From are promising a little more story and some extra RPG elements this time around. Mostly you can be sure that it will remain incredibly challenging and utterly compelling for fans.
Uncharted 4 (PS4) – 29th April
Adventurer and sometime stealer Nathan Drake made his debut on the PlayStation 3 in 2007, and instantly became one of the most iconic videogame characters ever created. Developers Naughty Dog have led him on an incredible journey in the intervening years, and now it’s time for that tale to reach its conclusion.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has a pretty definitive title and it’s said Drake won’t be back as a game headliner ever again. So it’s important to his legion of fans that this is the ultimate swansong, filled with incredible action scenes, emotional moments and lots of slagging from Sully.
The main cast is all back with a new addition in the form of Nate’s brother Sam, voiced by veteran Troy Baker. The siblings team up to seek a famed pirate treasure but it’s bound to be a hard road, and one with a lot of poignancy for long time fans.