A beautiful and mysterious island full of ever more challenging puzzles to solve. Yes, it’s already released, but I haven’t played it yet and it’s still an early 2016 title, so it counts. It also just looks frikin’ awesome, and I want it on this list.
No Man’s Sky
Who doesn’t want to go exploring an entire galaxy full of 80 quintillion unique planets, with God knows how many amazing discoveries to be made? This is the kind of game we dreamed about as kids and now it’s made real. It won’t be perfect, and it probably won’t live up to the hype, but I still think it’s something potentially very special that deserves our full attention.
Slaughtering the demonic forces of hell doesn’t really get tired. The original Doom games are still some of the greatest first person shooters of all time, bar none, and this looks like a worthy sequel. It’s pushing some serious graphics on the id Tech 6 engine too. I am well and truly hyped.
Limbo was a stellar platformer with a great sense of atmosphere and real creepiness to it, one of the best indie titles in the last few years, and this looks to be another stellar platformer from the same team, in all the best possible ways. In fact, it looks like it might even better Limbo in pretty much every area, and that can only be a good thing. It’s also visually gorgeous.
The Legend of Zelda Wii U
It’s the next main game the legendary Zelda series. I don’t think anything else needs to be said really. Oh, and it looks to be returning to the open world design that made the original so brilliant.
This VR game looks like a traditional platformer, something you might have played back in the Nintendo 64 era even, but in VR a traditional platformer takes on a whole new dimension, literally. As a launch title for the Oculus Rift, I think Lucky’s Tale is a brilliant choice to really show of this brand new and genuinely exciting tech in a way that’s familiar yet new at the same time. A 2D video on YouTube really doesn’t do this game full justice.
A first person mystery game set in the Wyoming wilderness with you as a member of the firewatch team. Something’s going to go wrong, and I can’t wait to find out what. As is the case with most of the games on this list, it also looks beautiful.
I don’t know too much about this game other than it’s about a boy who must use his wits and ingenuity to survive, and ultimately escape from, a mysterious island and a terrible curse. But the world the team has crafted is so beautifully realised that I simply can’t wait to find out more. Seriously, it’s gorgeous.
I’m generally not really into linear, cinematic, story based games, but when it’s done as well as it looks to be done in this game, with this level of polish and execution, yeah, I’m excited. Uncharted 2 was a lot of fun, and I actually enjoyed the whole cinematic approach despite some obvious limitations. If this game can basically give me Uncharted 2 but with everything turned up to ten and with a bit more scope for freedom of play, then it could be one of my favourite games of 2016.
Well, those are some of the games I’m most looking forward to in 2016. How about you?