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The best video games of 2016

The best video games of 2016

31/03/2016Games

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Continue the adventure with the must-have titles from a year of strong sequels

Last year boasted a series of intriguing new releases, taking full advantage of the power of next-generation consoles, but 2016 is shaping up to be the year of strong sequels. Here are six titles that gamers will want to get their hands on:

 

Unchartered 4: A Thief's End 

We are "super excited" about this one, says PC advisor, even though the release date for the hotly anticipated sequel has been repeatedly pushed back.

The upcoming third-person shooter from Naughty Dog is set three years after Unchartered 3: Drake's Deception, with the story having reportedly "made a complete U-turn", according to reports in the International Business Times.

While little is known of the exact revamped plotline, the new story has been written by the co-directors of the sombre, post-apocalyptic masterpiece The Last Us and, thanks to the power of the PS4, it will not only be the "most visually impressive" and "content-packed" Unchartered game to date, but also "one of the best looking console games to date", says Game Rant.

In a recent press release, Naughty Dog revealed the game will deliver ten times the explorable space than has been seen over the previous three games and allow players to complete objectives in a variety of different ways.

Release date: 10 May 2016

Gears of War 4 

The Gears of War series has slowly but surely become a bastion of Microsoft's video gaming offerings. Gears 4 looks set to deliver on its promises by the bucket load - the trademark close-quarters combat, along with the next generation of horsepower provided by the Xbox One and the Unreal 4 engine, stand to make this a best-selling title of 2016. Despite being the first in the series to be developed by The Coalition, "fans shouldn't fear for the series being placed in new hands; The Coalition includes studio manager Rod Fergusson, who helped create the original title at the series' previous developer, Epic Games", Gamespresso says.

Release date: autumn

Quantum Break 

At the forefront of Xbox One's aspirations to merge media platforms, Quantum Break will bundle together a time-warping sci-fi shooter and a live-action television series, with a cast pulled from The Lord of the Rings and X-Men films. With the use of time-hopping, Quantum Break offers a DIY element to the show's storylines, with player choices in the game affecting the corresponding episodes. A brilliantly ambitious project, "if it works well, it could revolutionise interactive storytelling", says The Guardian's Matt Kamen.

Release date: 5 April

Doom

It's the return of the most famous and, perhaps, still greatest first-person shooter game of all time. In this reboot of the classic series, Doom will have "badass demons, big effing guns, and moving really fast" as key principles, according to one of the game's makers, Marty Stratton. Despite some criticisms of being too violent, the trailer has whetted the appetites of many for the custom maps and massive multiplayer elements it promises.

Release date: spring

XCOM 2 

It's a testament to 2012's XCOM: Enemy Unknown that four years on, it's still one of the finest modern strategy games, says The Guardian's Matt Kamen. This long-awaited sequel turns the previous game on its head and puts you in charge of guerrilla human forces that have been crushed by the increasingly dominant aliens. Firaxis Games's Greg Foertsch told GamesRadar it is all about hit-and-run tactics. "Your enemies outnumber you, are better armed, and have the home field advantage, so you need to hit 'em fast and get the hell out before backup arrives," says the site.

Release date: 5 February

Final Fantasy XV 

When Final Fantasy XV arrives, it will have officially been in development for ten years. Despite name changes, platform shifts and a brand new director taking over, it's actually looking like it might have been worth the wait. Fans of the previous games will be in for a shock, though, as it is a major departure from previous versions, providing a darker atmosphere that focuses on more realistic human characters than before. The new unconventional battle mode will "split the opinion of the traditional fans of the series, but will appeal to lovers of action games", says DualShockers, and it's still likely to sell a huge number of copies.

Release date: TBA

Dark Souls 3

The third Dark Souls game - and the fourth in the Souls series - will have fewer, but larger and more detailed maps than previous episodes while the character-builder has been expanded. There's an extra layer of combat added, too: weapon arts allows players to perform new special attacks and combat and movements have both been made faster and more fluid. Ash seems to be a running theme within the game, says Alphr, and features heavily in the gameplay. "Will you no longer be playing an undead corpse and instead be a walking piece of charcoal?"

Release date: 12 April

No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky is a new space exploration and survival game where players can explore an entire galaxy of 18 quintillion planets, many of them with their own forms of life – and many of them hostile. The game is procedurally generated – meaning algorithms hold the key to generating the vast galaxy but all the players will find the same planets, plants and lifeforms, so the universe is completely shared. Gamers can upload new discoveries, collect resources and trade to upgrade their ships in a journey to the centre of the galaxy, or straight down a black hole. According to Game Rant, visiting every planet for just one second would take five billion years. Our sun is due to burn out in 4.6 billion…

Release date: 24 June

This article was from The Week and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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