Top 10 Games to be released in 2016
Co-written by Paul Farrell and Jonathan Shaw
10. ARK Survival Evolved (XBOX ONE, PS4)
A critically acclaimed PC title, it was first released on steam back in June 2015 and developed by Studio Wildcard. ARK Survival Evolved has become one of the most prominent survival games on PC, especially, considering you get to explore the world on a dinosaur. And I seriously cannot think of anything more awesome than that. While it is an early access currently in 2016, it will move into the beta stages where a full release may be possible and console players may finally get to experience it. Expect the full release to be in June 2016.
9. Rocket league (PS4, XBOX ONE)
Rocket League is the result you get if you put FIFA and Motor storm in a blender. Made by developer Psyonix, Rocket League finally comes to PS4 and Xbox One this year. With exclusive goodies for the two systems in the form of three new cars, exclusive to the Xbox One is the Halo warthog and Gears of War Armadillo, and for the PS3 you get Twisted Metals very own Sweet Tooth, who will no doubt fit in perfectly with all the mayhem. Release date February 2016.
8. XCOM 2 (PC exclusive)
If you enjoyed the brilliant XCOM Enemy Unknown then you will be pleased to know that there is a sequel coming to PC. Set 20 years after Enemy Unknown, players must now launch a counter offensive against the aliens who have taken over Earth, using the large airborne mobile command centre the Avenger you must find resources, recruit fighters and eliminate aliens, and reclaim the planet all while evading the alien forces who are hunting you. The reclamation of Earth begins on February 5, 2016.
7. DayZ (XBOX ONE, PS4)
DayZ is a PC survival horror game released back in February 2013. It started off as a mod for Arma 2 and became popular enough to get a standalone game. It finally comes to consoles and is set in a zombie infested Russia, where players must survive by any means necessary from the oncoming onslaught of zombies and the most feared enemy imaginable and other players with guns. Scattered throughout the map are a whole host of weapons for you to find and use at your disposal, weapons such as the Mosin Nagant sniper rifle and the infamous AK-47. 2016 early alpha for consoles.
6. Yooka-Laylee (All systems)
What do you get if you put ex rare employees, a chameleon and a bat in the same room? The answer is Yooka-Laylee, a 3D action platformer and spiritual successor to the brilliant Banjo-Kazooie series. It is intended to be a return to the collectathon style of games back in the Nintendo 64 era and is set to have a two player co-op mode, the game funded by Kick-Starter and is set to be released in October this year.
5. Legend of Zelda (Wii U)
The next entry in the long running and astoundingly brilliant Legend of Zelda series is set to be released this year. Nintendo are certainly keeping the details of this new title quiet for the moment, so keep a look out for it.
4. Star fox Zero (Wii U)
Fox McCloud and his merry crew return into the fray and our screens as the Lylat System comes user attack from what looks like the remnants of Andross. This new title will take elements from the cancelled Star Fox 2 such as the walker mode for the Arwing. The Landmaster now has a flight mode and a new vehicle in the form of a helicopter , with a little robot which you can use to get into little areas that you normally cannot. Expect it April 2016.
3. Halo Wars 2 (XBOX ONE, PC)
If you were a fan of the original Halo Wars then good news for you! Halo is returning to the RTS genre once more with Halo Wars 2. Follow Red team once more as they return for a new journey where they are up against a new brute enemy who wishes their destruction. It is to be released Q3/Q4 2016.
2. Deus Ex Mankind Divided (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
A much wanted continuation of the brilliant series Mankind Divided is set two years after the events of Human Revolution where you once again follow Adam Jensen, as he must put a stop to a terrorist organisation consisting of augmented soldiers, as they live in a world where humanity is now divided and augmented humans are forced to live separately from everyone else. This will be released on August 23, 2016.
1. Mass Effect Andromeda (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Everyone loves Mass Effect and now that we are getting a continuation of the series fans will no doubt be excited to get it. Set long after the events of Mass Effect 3, you will play as a new character (male or female) in the new Andromeda galaxy, doing the standard exploration and uncovering of something that will cause serious concern back home all the while doing so in the Mako, as it makes its glorious return and making use of the new jet pac your armour has. Expect this to be released in Q4 2016.