Julian’s Most Anticipated Games of 2016

2016 appears to be an interesting year for the gaming industry. While there are only a few games that are coming out that excite me, I realy have to hope that they can do good things. So what am I excited to see? Read on to find my forthcoming five.

For a quick video overview, check out the combined trailers right here, but read on to find out why I have chosen the games I have. It is worth it, trust me…


This year, while not seeing any new console from Microsoft or Sony is still going to be a big year for hardware. We have already seen the pre-orders open for the VR Oculus Rift start and we know that the HTC Vive is expecting to release in April. We also expect to see the Playstation VR launch this year as well.

There have also been hints that at E3 this year that Nintendo will be officially announcing their newest offering, the codenamed, Nintendo NX. While we know very little about what this is going to be, there has been plenty of speculation based on recent patents that Nintendo has filed. Also key is that a large number of first party Nintendo developers have a suspiciously black release schedule for this year so far. While we expect the full announcement and reveal at E3, there are rumours that some details could be released in April or May.


Trackmania Turbo

I have been a sucker for Trackmania for many years. At university I spent all my valuable study time sitting in the top 10 Australian players. It has been a while since that was the case and the movement away from being a free to play game has hurt TM more than other games. That said, I still think that this is one of the few games out there which offers an extremely tight racing experience.


No Man’s Sky

I know, I know, everyone is excited about this game. I am doing my best to be ambivalent. It looks good, but there have been many promises of scale which I fear cannot be reasonably achieved.  However, if they do manage to pull off everything that they have claimed then they will deliver a truly awesome game.


Battleborn

I know that everyone is all about Overwatch and how that is shaping to be a great game.  I am in no doubt that this is likely true, but I think that I am more excited to see what Gearbox is able to do with this new franchise.


Firewatch

Narrative focused games seem to explore something far more primal when it comes to exploring a world. Firewatch seems to be a game which has a very clever sense of humour while not having to dip into the world of magic or fantasy. This game intrigues me, and I think that is something that few games have been able to do.


The Witness

Similar in vein to Firewatch above, this is a puzzle exploration game where you have to discover the secrets of the world. This game is far more open about the style of experience it aims to deliver. I do think that it looks beautiful and that the world is something that seems to drag me in.


We Happy Few


Fortnite

These two games, while being radically different from each other, pique my interest. I would love both of these games to be awesome, but I will have to hold out until we learn more about them before I cast myself forth (or not).

 

Julian has been involved in the games industry for more than a couple of years now, from working in retail to developing board games to judging Magic: the Gathering tournaments Australia wide. Now as a writer for OK Games he likes to explore niche titles that try to approach gaming from a different perspective. Now all he needs to do is start finishing all those games in his Steam Library...