It’s 2016 and PAX South is this weekend, we are planning to attend! What better way to celebrate PAX week than to talk about our TOP 5 upcoming titles for 2016?
I’m not sure what intrigues me so much about Classroom Aquatic. Is it the personification of dolphins? Is it the system of trying to answer impossible questions by cheating? Is it just seeing such a wacky concept turned into a full game?
It’s unique, original, and overall, a pretty funny game. You play the role of a foreign exchange diver on a quest to become top of the dolphin class. How do you accomplish this? By manipulating and cheating on a series of quizzes until you’re top dolphin (so to speak).
It’s a completely original take on stealth gameplay that I’m really excited to check out. Hopefully I’ll get my hands on it in 2016.
If you’re a fan of FIVE, then you’ll really be interested in FORCED SHOWDOWN.
The developers, BetaDwarf, describe FORCED SHOWDOWN as Diablo meets Hearthstone. If you’re not familiar with either title, imagine an isometric viewpoint with tons of skills and loot combining with a card battle game. Each floor allows you to play one card (a shield, a health potion, an enemy debuff, etc.) It’s a permadeath roguelike so be aware you’re going to have to handle the entire game in one run.
The alpha version I played was extremely satisfying. Knowing the history of BetaDwarf, I’m expecting it to keep getting better. I’m sure I’ll be hammering runs in Forced later this year, and I’ll hammer away at calling it Forced 2.
When the most common complaint about a game is that it’s too short, you’ve got a great game. I beat the original Mirror’s Edge 2 or 3 times. It feels solid and visually holds up pretty well, despite being released in 2008. The long-awaited next entry in the sequel should be arriving in February, and it’s extremely exciting.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be another first-person parkour game that has you leaping and free-running across rooftops and skyscrapers, finishing various missions and quests. New for this entry will be the introduction of synchronous multiplayer, where other people’s actions change the game world. It’ll be very exciting to see how this actually pans out in real gameplay.
What is better than being able to run and leap across buildings without that risk of falling? I’ll be picking this one up as soon as I can.
One of the most ambitious projects I’ve ever seen, No Man’s Sky wants to recreate a life-size universe, complete with planets, solar systems, life, and evolution. Did I mention life size? Because they are literally creating a universe as large as, well, a universe. It’s bananas!
For a better explanation, check out Hello Games recent appearance on Stephen Colbert. Every time I read about this game it seems to get more massive and more ridiculous. Its ideas are innovative in scope and are setting up a lot of expectations. I’d love to get my hands on a copy and hopefully we will in 2016. I’m not sure though as Hello Games have been very coy about the release window.
Rainworld combines two fantastic elements: platforming and exploring. It’s been done before with Dizzy, a Valley Without Wind, and others I’m sure. What hooks me about Rainworld is the survival element. You are a predator to some, but prey to others. There’s an impending doom of flooding and Rainfall. It personifies an animal while simultaneously embracing animalistic traits. It’s a fascinating balance.
Adult Swim tends to publish really original titles, so I’ll be looking to pick this up along with a plush of a slugcat as soon as possible.
This is not an all-encompassing list of what’s to come in 2016, but it’s a quick guide of some of my favorites that I think you’ll enjoy as well. If I missed a game you are hyped about, let me know! I don’t want to miss any great titles coming this year.
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