As I was doing my cursory roundup of all the games I have on pre-order for the foreseeable future, I started to see what my fall/winter gaming is going to look like. With so many potentially excellent games lined up for the remainder of 2016, I thought I’d assemble my top ten most anticipated games here to share.
Here we go!
#10: Resident Evil 4 (08.30.16)
Believe it or not, I’ve never played RE4. I know, I know. I’ve always wanted to, and the impending version for current gen seems like the perfect time to dive in. I’m looking forward to finally experiencing this classic.
#9: PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness (09.13.16)
Since I first read about this title, I was hooked. I haven’t seen the anime series this was based on, but depending on how the game shakes out, I may end up looking into that, too. The setting of a dystopian future where everyone’s mental state is on display fascinates me.
#8: Dead Rising 4 (12.06.16)
I tried to get into Dead Rising 3 when I first got my Xbox One, but I just didn’t click with it. I’m hoping Dead Rising 4 is the entry that gets me in the door.
I love the series’ irreverent tone and overall silliness. I’m also super into the Christmas theme for this one. And hopefully I find people to play with, as I’d love to experience the game with a friend.
#7: Yomawari: Night Alone (10.25.16)
From the moment I read that the adversaries in this game were inspired by Japanese urban legends, I was hooked. The fact that you are playing as a little girl who is searching for both her dog as well as her older sister, only furthered my interest. The art style is intriguing and I can’t wait to give my Vita something to do with this release.
#6: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (08.23.16)
From the moment that I heard the same team who worked on the Thief reboot was working on this game, I was on board. I know Thief wasn’t perfect, but I had a stellar time with the game. One level in particular (the asylum) stands out as one of the most unnerving and well done levels in any game I’ve ever played. I can’t wait to see what they bring to the Deus Ex table.
#5: Pokemon Sun (11.18.16)
One of my favorite 3DS games was also my very first Pokemon game: X. I spent well over 100 hours with that entry, and it made me an instant fan of the series. Since I first heard about Pokemon Sun/Moon, I was intrigued by the island location. I’m also excited to see the new versions of older Pokemon in action.
#4: The Last Guardian (10.25.16)
Something about the Trico (the creature) deeply moves me. He seems simultaneously strong and fragile. I instinctively want to protect him. Every time I see him in action, I get choked up at his creature majesty.
I will do everything I can to keep him safe, come October. And so help me, if Team Ico kills him off during the game, I will be a mess.
#3: Destiny: Rise of Iron (09.20.16)
I love Destiny. I’ve loved it since I first played it upon release. Its hooks in me run deep. It has the smoothest gameplay and tightest gun mechanics of any game I’ve played…ever. I just love it.
Rise of Iron isn’t only a welcome set of fresh content, it looks amazing in its own right. I can’t wait to dive in.
#2: BioShock: The Collection (09.13.16)
The original BioShock reigns supreme as my favorite game of all time. The fact that I can soon go back to Rapture and see it in all its remastered glory is an invitation I won’t be able to resist. Rapture is one of the most atmospheric locales in all of video game history, and I marvel at the descent every time.
#1: Dishonored 2 (11.11.16)
From the moment Dishonored 2 was announced, it became my most anticipated title of 2016. Period. I had no expectations going into the original, and I loved it. The art style was strong and left an impression. The gameplay was unique and allowed for many options. Sure, every time I tried to stealth my way through an objective I failed miserably and had to go high chaos, but that didn’t make me enjoy my time in Dunwall any less.
I can’t wait to try my hand at playing as Emily this time around. Her skill set looks amazing. November 11th will be a glorious day, indeed.
Which games of 2016 are you most excited for? Which will you be playing upon release?