In no particular order, here are our top 5 most anticipated games of 2016!
Bear in mind that not all of these are full releases, as there are some exciting bits of DLC coming up this year that we’re also pretty excited about here at Digital Fox. We have a mix of the obvious and the less obvious here, so be sure to check out the games and DLC on this list.
No Man’s Sky
This is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2016 in the gaming community; as such, it probably needs little or no introduction after the hype train which has run over the last few months. No Man’s Sky promises to be an ambitious project allowing the player a potentially infinite amount of exploration.
The general goal of No Man’s will be to travel to the centre of the galaxy, but there is nothing to force the player to pursue this goal. We’re excited to see how successful Hello Games have been in creating a varied and interesting universe. How different will the planets be? Will brave explorers come across galactic conflicts on their travels? What role does the player hold in the universe? It is a game we will be following very closely and covering when it releases (hopefully) in the summer.
The exact release date is up in the air again because of potential plans to also run the game on the Xbox One, and make it playable with Gear VR. It wasn’t so long ago that there was talk of No Man’s Sky having a period of exclusivity on the PS4, so we shall see how this pans out.
Let’s hope it lives up to the hype!
A spin-off from the hugely successful and enjoyable original, Terraria: Otherworld will fill in the gap between Terraria and its sequel. Otherworld looks to start the player off in a corrupt world and provides you with the means to purify the land once more; a novel concept, compared to the original game, where the player worked to halt the spread of the corruption/crimson.
Otherworld is built in a new engine, allowing for fresh mechanics and some slightly more complex physics to be introduced. There will also be a new feature in the form of tower defense, which will be a central mechanic in the title. With some fresh visuals and new features, Otherworld looks to be a very exciting addition to the world of Terraria indeed.
The game has no specific release date yet as Re-Logic are very much a ‘it’s ready when it’s ready’ developer, but it will be out some time in 2016. Plus, if you liked the original, consider checking out our coverage of it in Skint Gaming: Terraria!
Guns of Icarus: Alliance
Guns of Icarus Online is a massively fun steampunk sky ship warzone and friendship tester, which offers an original take on team-based multiplayer. Although Alliance is technically a new DLC expansion, it’s set to have more content than some full price releases, adding different gamemodes and additional depth to the game world.
Players will be able to take part in events that will affect the success of their faction in the world, and PVE modes will be added as well as the current PVP set up. Muse Games haven’t been able to make the DLC as extensive as they were hoping, but they are aiming to add everything they initially planned as time goes on.
There’s no definite release date for the Alliance DLC just yet, but it will be priced at around $15 or your regional equivalent, with the cost of the base game being dropped to around $10. What’s that? You’d like to take a look at our Skint Gaming: Guns of Icarus Online? No complaints here; isn’t it nice to not have to resort to shameless plugs?
There’s no denying that the upcoming release of XCOM 2 has a lot of people excited, and with the stellar reviews being published left, right and centre, it just wouldn’t sit right with us if we didn’t include it on our most anticipated games of 2016. With the polishing and improving of the mechanics from XCOM: Enemy Unknown, as well as further improvements and additions to the gameplay XCOM 2 promises to be a great game.
The game assumes that mankind lost in the battle against the invasion; you are charged with running a guerrilla operation to hit back at the alien forces that have wrested control of the Earth. Set for release this week, get ready to make a stand against the alien overlords.
Dying Light: The Following
To round off our most anticipated games of 2016, we have Dying Light: The Following; another DLC expansion that’s set to add a vast amount of new content ontop of the base game. The Following takes the player out of Harran into an entirely new area of the map, bigger than all the areas from the original map combined, where the player is faced with open countryside rather than close buildings.
Techland has added driving to the DLC, potentially to make up for there being fewer opportunities for Parkour in the countryside, but the driving looks incredibly fun so there’s little doubt that it’ll be a worthy addition. The player is searching for a mysterious group called “The Following” (roll credits) and humans who are reportedly immune to the infection. To get close to these people, Kyle Crane must earn enough good will to be accepted into their inner circles. The gameplay trailer for The Following looks amazing and we can’t wait to get a look at it.
So there you have it! Those were our top 5 most anticipated games of 2016, but, of course, there are many more games set for release this year. Don’t fear, however, as we’ll be covering the best of the rest as the year rolls on.