Every game to keep your eyes open for in 2016

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2015 wasn’t a bad year at all for games. Hell it was fantastic, with numerous of my boats being floated thanks to games like Splatoon, Batman: Arkham Knight, Ori & the Blind Forest and something else that I’ve forgotten that rhymes with a pitcher. But that’s in the past, and if I’ve learnt one thing since I started covering games, is that our hobby refuses to look back. Unless we’re talking bout remasters.

We’re going to have a massive selection of games thrown at our faces this year, according to the list that I stole from Wikipedia. Let’s run it down and brace our wallets for the digital onslaught of budget-busting pre-orders.

January

lego_marvels_avengers

And so it begins! January has usually been emptier than my head, but the times are changing. Hell, the entire first quarter of the year has become a new release point for games that were originally meant for the fourth quarter of the previous year. You’re most likely intimately aware of this, judging by the fist-shaped hole in your wall every time you read a story from us about how certain games were being delayed for “polish”.

Anyway, January has some fine games to try out. GameCube classic Resident Evil Zero gets some spit and shine for new consoles, Darkest Dungeon hops on over to new platforms and Mario gets ready to jam some papers yo:

  • Amplitude (PS4) – January 5
  • Hardware: Rivals (PS4) – January 5
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – January 12
  • The Banner Saga (PS4, Xbox One) – January 12
  • Gone Home (PS4, Xbox One) – January 12
  • Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster, and Resident Evil Origins Collection (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – January 19
  • Darkest Dungeon (PC, PS4) – January 19
  • The Deadly Tower of Monsters (PC) – January 19
  • A Boy and His Blob (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – January 19
  • Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak (PC) – January 20
  • Mario and Luigi Paper Jam (3DS) – January 22
  • The Witness (PC, PS4) – January 26
  • Lego Marvel’s Avengers (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – January 26
  • Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS) – January 26
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera beta Steam Early Access (PC) – January 26
  • Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – January 29
  • Bombshell (PC) – January 29
  • This War of Mine: The Little Ones (PS4, Xbox One) – January 29
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC) – January 28

February

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January is essentially re-release month when compared to February however. You’ve got some big names being unleashed, from Street Fighter V, Far Cry Primal and a Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare sequel. The most important game on the list however, is the latest Naruto brawler. Of course. BELIEVE IT!

  • Cobalt (PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360) – February 2
  • Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – February 5
  • XCOM 2 (PC) – February 5
  • Mighty No. 9 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U) – February 9
  • Dying Light: The Following Expansion & Enhanced Edition (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – February 9
  • Firewatch (PC, PS4) – February 9
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia & trilogy pack (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – February 9
  • Unravel (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – February 9
  • Gravity Rush Remastered (PS4) – February 9
  • Mighty No. 9 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – February 9
  • Earth Defense Force 4.1 The Shadow of New Despair (PS4) – February 12
  • Street Fighter 5 (PC, PS4) – February 16
  • Pillars of Eternity: The White March expansion – Part 2 (PC) – February 16
  • Far Cry Primal (PS4, Xbox One) – February 23
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – February 23
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – February

March

the division

Stop, drop and roll: March is also on fire. Prepare to be hit hard hey in a new UFC game, a third season of Killer Instinct o break some combos like a maniac in a McDonalds shop and Ubisoft’s serious Borderlands, The Division:

  • Far Cry Primal (PC) – March 1
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Wii U) – March 4
  • The Division (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – March 8
  • Hitman (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – March 11
  • Samurai Warriors 4 Empires (PS4) – March 11
  • EA Sports UFC 2 (PS4, Xbox One) – March 15
  • MLB The Show 16 (PS3, PS4) – March 29
  • Hyrule Warriors Legends (3DS) – March 25
  • Nights of Azure (PS4) – March 29
  • MXGP 2 The Official Motocross Videogame (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – March 31
  • Killer Instinct: Season 3 (Xbox One) – March
  • Day of the Tentacle Remastered (PC, PS4, PSVita) – March

April

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Finally, some breathing room. There’s not too many bank-breaking games being released in April, but there are some big ones across a variety of platforms. And the Nintendo Wii U:

  • Quantum Break (Xbox One) – April 5
  • Dirt Rally (PS4, Xbox One) – April 5
  • Dark Souls 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – April 12
  • Ratchet & Clank (PS4) – April 12
  • Star Fox Zero (Wii U) – April 22
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4) – April 26
  • Total War: Warhammer (PC) – April 28

May

Battleborn

Twas the month before E3, and all through the house, a few games were stirring but not much else:

  • Battleborn (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – May 3
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – May 24

June

No-Man’s-Sky

There’s a reason why you don;’ see too many games releases in June. And that’s because E3 pretty much steals all of the thunder needed to hype these titles up. Still, some games will be launched, ready to gamble some E3 goodwill and hope that it translates into sales:

  • No Man’s Sky (PC, PS4) – June
  • ARK: Survival Evolved (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – official launch for the Early Access game on all platforms
  • We Happy Few (PC, Xbox One) – June
  • One Piece Burning Blood (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – June
  • Valentino Rossi The Game (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – June
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (PC) – Spring
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (PC, Xbox One) – Spring

July

Pokken Tournament

July: most likely the final month where your Wii U will be useful.

  • Pokken Tournament (Wii U) – July

August

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I didn’t ask for more polish:

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – August 23

2016 games that still need a date, just like me on the night of my Matric farewell

Overwatch

  • Adrift (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Arslan The Warriors of Legend (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Assetto Corsa (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Attack on Titan (PS4)
  • Below (PC, Xbox One)
  • Batman: A Telltale Games Series (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  • Crackdown 3 (beta in summer) (Xbox One)
  • Cuphead (PC, Xbox One)
  • Dishonored 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • DOOM (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Gears of War 4 (beta in spring) (Xbox One)
  • Halo Wars 2 (PC, Xbox One)
  • Dreadnought (PC)
  • Final Fantasy 15 (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
  • Homefront: The Revolution (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Hellblade (PC, PS4)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
  • Hyper Light Drifter (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Eyes of Heaven (PS4)
  • LawBreakers (PC)
  • Mafia 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Wii U)
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Need for Speed (PC)
  • Ni-Oh (PS4)
  • Nier: Automata (PS4)
  • Outlast 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Overwatch (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Paragon (PC, PS4)
  • Persona 5 (PS4)
  • God Eater Resurrection (PS4, PSVita)
  • God Eater 2 Rage Burst (PS4, PSVita)
  • The Banner Saga 2 (PC)
  • Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps (PC, PS4)
  • ReCore (Xbox One)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4)
  • Sea of Thieves (PC, Xbox One)
  • Fable Legends (open beta in spring) (PC, Xbox One)
  • Shadow Warrior 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Shadow Complex Remastered (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Sword Art Onine Hollow Realization (PS4)
  • Tekken 7 (PS4)
  • The Last Guardian (PS4)
  • The Legend of Zelda U (Wii U)
  • The Technomancer (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine expansion (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • World of Warcraft: Legion (PC)
  • World of Final Fantasy (PS4, PSVita)

Games that will probably be revealed this year

  • Call of Duty: We get to make new Ghostbuster jokes at long bloody last so get ready for Vigo
  • Watch Dogs 2: Screwed the pooch on this one
  • Telltale Games Presents: Seven episodes of Obi-Wan Cannoli
  • WWE 2Kay Now
  • EA Sports Mike Tyson Pigeon Racing
  • Pokémon Star Wars and Pokémon Star Trek
  • FIFA We can slap any number we want on the old game and you’ll still buy it
  • PES 2016: F*** Hideo Kojima Edition
  • Batman: Arkansas
  • Disney Infinity 4.0: Kingdom Hearts (I ain’t even joking, I want this)
  • Skylanders: Mega-Bloks
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last Guardian: No really it’s happening
  • The Last Guardian: Please stop laughing, we’re serious
  • The Last Guardian: Fine, screw you guys

Games that will be delayed to 2017

Pretty much everything from the list above, that you’re actually looking forward to. And Scalebound.

Last Updated: January 4, 2017

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