- Cuphead (Xbox One, PC)
Cuphead is a wholly unique and visually stunning indie game slated for a Spring 2016 release. First teased at E3 several years ago, Cuphead resembles a cartoon fresh from the 1930’s, and is jam packed with co-op fun. It’s a side-scrolling platform/shooter, where all of the levels take place within multi-tiered boss fights. Cuphead looks to stratch the couch co-op gaming itch that we’ve all had as of late.
- Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst (Xbox One, Ps4, PC)
Slated for a May 24th release, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is the sequel to the immensely popular original. The original Mirror’s Edge was a first person action platformer, in which we followed a message carrier in a dystopian future. Packed with intense parkour sequences, stunning visual play with primary colors, and a sleek mix of cartoon but somehow realistic visuals. The sequel is being approached as a reboot rather than a sequel, but we’re all anxiously awaiting the return of the series.
- Ratchet and Clank (PS4)
Fans have been begging Sony Entertainment for a new entry in several franchises. Ratchet and Clank usually tops that list. The third person shooter has won us over with ridiculous weapons, lovable characters, and refreshing storytelling. Ratchet and Clank has seen some releases in the form in spin-offs, but 2016 is looking to bring it back full circle.
- DOOM (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
ID Software’s “DOOM” series is the grandfather of all first person shooters. The original “DOOM” kick started the entire genre, and the 2016 release is shaping up to redefine it. With over-the-top gore and violence, insanely powerful weapons, and familiar enemies, “DOOM (2016)” is setting out to mix the old with the new, and create an excellent game experience. With the online multiplayer recently revealed, I can’t wait to get my hands back on a double barrelled shotgun.
- Pokken Tournament (Wii U)
Reaching into our innermost childhood fantasies, “Pokken Tournament” pits two Pokemon against each other in a battle to the faint. This time however, you directly control the Pokemon in a Tekken-esque fighting system. This is something fans have been begging Nintendo to release for ages. We’ve mastered the art of catching Pokemon, and Pokken Tournament is going to help us master beating them up.
- Final Fantasy XV (Xbox One, PS4)
After the amazing demo was released in late 2015, Final Fantasy fans have been gearing up for the full release of the 15th numbered entry in this series. Many fans had trouble with Final Fantasy XIII, and believed it to be one of the weakest in the series. Final Fantasy XV looks to correct that mistake with beautiful visuals and a grand sense of scale. We all eagerly await the return of the JRPG king this year.
- Legend of Zelda Wii U (Wii U)
Nintendo is always very secretive about the Legend of Zelda series. We’ve seen a few trailers and a tiny bit of gameplay, but the idea of a new Zelda game is enough to get everyone excited. The Legend of Zelda is not only one of the most prestigious titles of gaming history, but also one of the most consistently great franchises. While some entries divide the fan base, the Zelda series is commonly recognized as the greatest series of all time. Just the mention of a new Legend of Zelda game is enough to get every Nintendo fan pumped up. We’ll see how the game performs late this year.
- Dark Souls 3 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
From Software’s incredibly punishing Dark Soul’s series is back in this third installment. A game series that is only for the most hardcore, Dark Soul’s incredibly hard difficulty is what makes most players enamored with it. However, giant bosses and minute-to-minute breath taking moments are what make Dark Souls 3 so rewarding. Fans can’t wait to scream in frustration when Dark Souls 3 releases this Spring. Praise the sun!
- No Man’s Sky (PS4)
At it’s outset, no one quite knew what No Man’s Sky was about. It boasted deep space exploration, resource gathering, space combat, and more. It’s fair to say that most people were expecting No Man’s Sky to crash and burn. However, we’ve seen a hefty amount of gameplay, and it keeps looking better. With countless numbers of galaxies and solar systems to discover, No Man’s Sky is truly an endless game. We’re all aiming for the center of the universe, but no one knows what awaits us. Let’s hope it lives up to the hype, as No Man’s Sky could be the best game of 2016 based on what we’ve seen so far.
- The Last Guardian (PS4)
Words cannot describe the amount of hype that surrounds this title. The last in a spiritual trilogy, The Last Guardian follows a boy and his giant griffin. Previous entries in this series (ICO and Shadow of the Colossus) have been acknowledge as achievements in storytelling. After many delays and assumed cancellations, The Last Guardian is finally posed to hit store shelves in 2016. We’ve been waiting for nearly 7 years for this game, and we all hope it’s worth it.