This article was previously posted on my other site Devin Rogers Fantasy. However, having since created Devin Rogers Gaming, and because I will be referring back to this article throughout the year, I decided to port it over. Please note that some of the release dates have changed from what is listed below. Some of these games are no longer coming out in 2016.
It is very hard for me to think about the games I’m anticipating most this year. If I’m in a pessimistic mood, I’ll make a list of games that I want to be good, but I can’t rank them properly due to the inevitable problems that they’ll have.
Looking back I often find that the games I anticipate the most fall flat (Witcher 3, Fallout 4), whereas games I don’t expect to enjoy all that much I find myself getting lost in (Bloodborne, Dragon Age: Inquisition).
This is a list of the games I am anticipating most this year under the assumption that they will be great. Some of these games are going to fall flat, but it isn’t possible to know for certain until they come out. Without further ado…
#10 – Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) – 2016
Horizon Zero Dawn has the potential to tell an engaging story in a unique post-apocalyptic world filled with robot dinosaurs. The reveal segment during Sony’s E3 2015 presentation definitely left it’s mark. 2014 and 2015 have burned me out on the sandbox genre, though, so I can’t rate this higher than 10 on the list. Here’s hoping this game changes up the formula enough to keep things fresh.
#09 – No Man’s Sky (PS4, PC) – June 2016
No Man’s Sky started out as a cool indie title when it was revealed during VGX 2013. It has since blossomed into a Sony-funded, full-blown title that has you exploring a literal universe. They say there are 18 quintillion planets for you to explore, each of them different. The main idea is that you fly around to different planets, collecting resources and improving your ship so that you can reach the center of the universe. There is combat both against planet species as well as space pirates, so it sounds like a fun, everyone-has-a-different-experience sort of game. The story seems to be as light as Minecraft, though, so I don’t know if it will have legs.
#08 – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PS4, XB1, PC) – August 23, 2016
The only Deus Ex game I’ve ever played was Human Revolution, the predecessor to Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. It blew me away with its noirish story and art style. The combat options were plentiful and the different approaches to each level made for fun replays. Playing a stealth character felt so rewarding, which usually I find isn’t the case with games that offer it as a play style. The story got a little heady for me at points, but overall it was a wonderful trip and an adventure I’m looking forward to taking again. Here’s hoping Mankind Divided retains the tone of Human Revolution while expanding the gameplay and level design.
#07 – Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4) – 2016
I already know what to expect from a majority of this Disney/Final Fantasy cross-over action game. It’s main selling point is that it is a remaster of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, which was a great game for the 3DS. However, this compilation also includes a playable scenario featuring Aqua from Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep. Both Dream Drop Distance and the Aqua scenario serve as prologue material for Kingdom Hearts III, which will hopefully be out in 2017. I am very much looking forward to seeing what Aqua has been up to and how her story may funnel back into Kingdom Hearts III.
#06 – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4) – April 26, 2016
The Uncharted series is okay in terms of gameplay, but it makes up for it with its character-driven story and set-piece action sequences. The series really engages the player in it’s world, and Uncharted 4 looks to be the most engaging yet as the first entry on this generation’s hardware. With this seemingly being the last Uncharted title for Naughty Dog, I am confident that they are going to give it a grand, exciting, emotional finale.
#05 – Persona 5 (PS4, PS3) – 2016
While Persona 4 Golden is fun, Persona 5 looks badass. I mean, look at this trailer and tell me that this game doesn’t just ooze style. Part life-simulator, part Pokemon, Persona 5 looks to be an amazing RPG with 100+ hours of enjoyment. I’m a bit scared of this game due to the time commitment needed to finish it, but I expect nothing less than one hell of a ride. The story in this one seems to be a bit more in my lane compared to Persona 4.
#04 – New Danganronpa V3: Minna no Koroshiai Shingakki (PS4, PS Vita) – 2016
I really hope this game comes to the US in 2016, but as of now it only has a 2016 release set for Japan. This is the third mainline entry in the Danganronpa series, where players take on the role of one of sixteen students from Hope’s Peak Academy, a high school that only enrolls students that are the “best” of their kind. For example, the best rock musician or the best karate fighter. The sixteen students in each game are taken hostage against their will and forced to kill each other in order to escape. With each murder comes a class trial where you try to determine the identity of the murderer. If guessed correctly, the murderer is executed. If guessed incorrectly, the murderer is set free while everyone else dies. With each murder you learn more and more about each student revealing some awesome plot twists. Having beaten the first game and working my way through the second, I am very hyped for yet another entry in this amazing visual novel franchise. Puhuhu!!
#03 – Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4, XB1, PC) – Q4 2016
Mass Effect 2 is one of my all time favorite games and arguably the best game set in space. While there isn’t too much known about Andromeda, I am glad that they are moving away from the original Mass Effect trilogy towards the unknown of exploring a new area of space. These games are about adventure, and exploring the unknown is as adventurous as it gets. Here’s hoping they recapture the brilliance of Mass Effect 2 to make for a truly epic sci-fi RPG.
#02 – Final Fantasy XV (PS4, XB1) – 2016
This game has been a long time coming and has a very extensive development history. Things have changed and it is not the game that was originally promised. However, the legacy that this game carries is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in gaming. I cannot wait, good or bad, to dive into this piece of gaming history, even if the demo from last year seemed a bit off. If it is better than Final Fantasy XIII I will be happy.
#01 – Dark Souls III (PS4, XB1, PC) – April 12, 2016
Bloodborne was my number one game of 2015 and became my second favorite game of all-time. How could it’s spiritual cousin not be number one on my list? While I am a bit skeptical that I will fully enjoy the different style of the Dark Souls games compared to Bloodborne, I finally “get” these games and don’t doubt that it won’t be enjoyable. After praising the moon throughout 2015, I am ready to praise the sun.