8 Video Games You Won’t Want to Miss in 2016

featured image credit to Playtonic Games

It’s going to be a busy year for gaming. Here are some of the big titles being released in 2016…or so we’re hoping! Darn those pesky pushed release dates.

STREET FIGHTER 5 [PS4]

It’s Street Fighter– what more needs to be said? There’s some new faces, including an Aztec warrior, a more-or-less air bender, an electric jiu jitsu master, and a toxic fighter who looks like something straight out of Roger Rabbit.

While most Street Fighter games stick to their formula of success, it’s hard to resist the constant upgrade in graphics and the zany nature of never being able to predict what will happen next. Look out for this one February 16– kick some serious butt right after facing the challenges of Singles Awareness Day.

FIRE EMBLEM [Nintendo 3DS)

The success of Fire Emblem Awakening revived a dying franchise. Fire Emblem Fates consists of two releases: Birthright and Conquest If a player purchases one physical copy and finishes the game, they will be able to download the other title as a DLC at a cheaper price. A bundle including the third game, Revelation, will  also be sold for $79.99.

Game developers took player feedback seriously when creating Fates. Though Awakening contained storylines deemed passable, players were often left wanting more. Each game of Fates contains a different perspective of the main storyline, but exists as its own game. If you’ve managed to avoid international spoilers, you might find some surprises waiting for you with three different play throughs.

Fire Emblem Fates will be available February 19, 2016.

UNCHARTED [PS4]

The production of Uncharted 4 has been a rocky one. Besides the departure (or some say muscling out) of creative director and writer Amy Hennig and game director Justin Richmonda, the game has been delayed twice. Fan are still eager and will see what all the fuss is about on April 26, 2016, when Nate Drake embarks on his supposedly final adventure on a quest for pirate treasure. Teasers have included features like new combat moves and dialogue options for possible variety in gameplay

Save up those doubloons, ya filthy bilge rats.

MIRROR’S EDGE CATALYST  [PS4, Xbox One, Windows]

Channel your inner parkour this May! There is nothing quite like the adrenaline rush one gets from playing Mirror’s Edge, and it’s so much more entertaining to see the moves done in glorious HD than risk ending up on America’s Funniest Home Videos or breaking your neck outside doing actual parkour.

You won’t look cool. Just buy the game.

A major change in Catalyst is the removal of the use of guns by playable characters. Instead, melee attacks and combos will become integrated with the movement of characters, keeping things fluid. Though the original team from Mirror’s Edge is not involved in the title’s reinvented sequel, it’s hard to deny yourself the adrenaline rush and curiosity that the trailers tease so hard.

Pre-orders from Amazon include special features for gameplay and bragging rights and other showy items for multiplayer.

YOOKA-LAYLEE [PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Windows, Linux and MacOSX]

Remember when life was simpler? You’d come home from school and crash on the couch while your grandma made you a sandwich while hours of your life were lost to your Super Nintendo or N64? Instead of the normal chatty quests with NPCs, the goal of the game was collecting coins, bananas, books or what-have-you and kicking some oversized, goofy-looking boss’ ass. Simpler times, looser premises…

Yooka-Laylee looks like a barrel of fun straight out of your childhood. Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country alumni Chris Sutherland (Project Designer), Steve Mayles (Character Art Director), Steven Hurst (Environment Art Director) and Grant Kirkhope (Composer…think Funky Konghave created a new adventure loaded with zany animal powers, transformations, upgraded abilities and, yes, the much beloved mine cart levels from Donkey Kong.

This game is a must-play for any nostalgic gamers out there. Look out for it in October 2016.

FINAL FANTASY XV [PS4, Xbox One]

Yes, a location in this game is called Insomnia because the developers knew you were going to take the next two days off work to try and finish the game before anyone else.

Game designer Tetsuya Nomura wanted to make a more realistic game with sights and emotions that could be found in the real world, less like the Final Fantasy games of days long past. Though he left the project to work on Kingdom Hearts III, co-director (now solo director) Hajime Tabata insists the game will remain true to Nomura’s original vision.

It has been six years since the release of a Final Fantasy game. FFXV has been shrouded in mystery for some time and seems to change details including the combat system, how much of the environment will be able to be explored and interacted with and whether or not difficulty settings will be implemented.

Final Fantasy: Bro Road Trip Edition? Hey, we’re game to see what happens. Look for more details in March of 2016 with a possible release in Summer/Fall of 2016.

GEARS OF WAR 4 [Xbox One]

Another release delayed to Fall of 2016, we can only assume this refining will make the game even better. Microsoft’s newly acquired title is led by former Epic Games Director of Production Rod Fergusson ensures that the game will stay true to its roots. In the spirit of sticking to the success of its predecessors, previews for the game have featured two-player co-op and suggested it was important to playing the main campaign.

Details are scarce, but it’s hard to imagine a third-person shooter that you and your buddies can goof off with can disappoint.

MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA

We’ll keep it short and simple, just like the Johnny Cash song that hauntingly croons in this preview. Watch it, get pumped and wait and suffer with the rest of us.

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