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5 of the most anticipated games of 2016

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2016 is soon around the corner and there are plenty of games you should be excited for. Here is a list (in no particular order) of 5 of the most anticipated games for the upcoming year.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the fourth and final instalment in the Uncharted series made by Naughty Dog and is the last game to feature the character Nathan Drake. The game, of course, is very similar to the previous games of the same title and is still an action-adventure third-person shooter and platformer.

The story is set 3 years after the previous game, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Nathan is now a retired fortune hunter and has settled into a fairly normal life with Elena Fisher, however everything changes when his brother Sam, who was long believed dead, suddenly appears seeking Drake’s help.

Overall the last few games were amazing and critically acclaimed worldwide and this game will be no exception. From what we have been shown so far through trailers and gameplay footage the game looks fantastic and fans everywhere can’t wait to play it.

No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky is an interesting adventure survival by Hello Games. Players take the role of a planetary explorer in an uncharted galaxy. They are equipped with a spacesuit, a jetpack, a “multitool” which can be used for nearly every purpose and a spacecraft that allows them to travel between planets and engage in combat with other space-going vessels.

The overall game universe and atmosphere look fantastic and there are apparently 18 quintillion planets, many with their own set of flora and fauna. There seems like there are plenty of things in this game to keep you busy for weeks if not months. You can explore, mine, fight, trade and much more. With procedurally generated planets and smooth transitions from space to planets or vice versa, this game will be the bright and beautiful space sim that everyone has been waiting so long for.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is a highly anticipated game as the first, smaller game, gained a lot of fans even though it wasn’t really ever intended to get as big as it did. The parkour and the combat are getting a complete revamp in the new game and many people are thoroughly excited because of it. Hopefully they revamp the combat system to be far superior as a lot of people did not enjoy the old combat system as it felt that it broke the flow of the game as one moment you would be sprinting along the rooftops and the next moment you would be slowly crouching behind a chest high wall waiting for an enemy to get close enough to disarm.

Cuphead

Cuphead looks like an amazing blend of 1930s cartoons and a run and gun platformer. The artistic style of the game looks like one of the biggest selling points of the entire game as it is styled after the cartoons of the 1930s and has a lot of charm too it.

The gameplay is the generic 2D run and gun style however the gameplay isn’t what makes the game stand out. That would be the art style. Plenty of people want to play this game just based on looks alone and who can blame them. It looks wacky and amazing and everyone can’t wait to play it.

Dark Souls 3

Dark souls 3 is the spiritual successor to the original Dark Souls which was famed for being nail bitingly difficult. Dark Souls 3 is said to be more like Dark Souls 1 which personally is my favourite one as Dark Souls 2 did not have the same sort of atmosphere and feeling as the original Dark Souls so they are making a right move.

Dark Souls 3 also appears as though it is borrowing ideas from one of their other Playstation exclusive only game, Bloodborne. The combat is a lot like Bloodborne’s as it is a lot faster than previous games and it even introduces a new mechanic called weapon arts. These weapon arts are new combat modes that allow each weapon to have their own unique weapon attack. These can range from shield bashes to rapid strikes from dual weapons.

Dark Souls 3 will be a very welcomed entry in the Dark Souls series and it will only improve on everything that is already well established in Dark souls 1 and 2. Overall if the game is like an updated Dark Souls 1 I think the fans of the game will be happy and content with whatever is thrown at them.

 

by -Amir Al-Saffar

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