It is fair to say that 2015 was an incredible year for gamers, with amazing games released on every platform throughout the year. But, if you are feeling the January blues, fear not! There are lots of great titles slated for 2016, and here are our three most anticipated.
First up, and out on February 5th, is XCOM 2. The latest installment in this turn-based strategy series picks up 20 years after the events of 2012’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown. It seems that humanity lost the war to its alien invaders and must now battle to take back the Earth, one turn at a time.
The second chapter in this story has the aliens firmly in charge of the planet’s governments and media. Taking control of a hijacked spaceship, known as The Avenger, you must rebuild XCOM and fight back from the shadows: regaining the public’s trust and defeating invading forces all over the globe.
Fighting alongside the aliens, you must also take on The ADVENT: the invaders puppet government. With their own genetically modified army – and new alien classes to battle – even experienced XCOM fans will find plenty of challenges to face.
The Mafia franchise was never that exciting to me, but the announcement of Mafia 3 at last year’s E3 changed that. Featuring a chilling monologue from protagonist, Lincoln Clay, the initial trailer set out a brutal story of family, loyalty, betrayal, and – above all – the most organized of crime.
Featuring open-world gameplay that allows you explore the unique setting of 1960’s New Orleans and its surrounding bayou, you get to plan Lincoln’s revenge against the Mob in an action packed game of chess. Period appropriate guns and cars will be my tools of choice for this task, but there is always the options of stealth and good old fashioned fisticuffs if you would rather.
Moving the gangster action from 50’s New York and Chicago to New Orleans is an interesting move that allows the developer to experiment with a fascinating period of America’s cultural history. Plus, the music should be fantastic.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided promises to return you to the future dystopia of Deus EX: Human Revolution. Once again playing the part of the gruff-voiced, cybernetically-enhanced Adam Jensen, as he tries to stop augmented terrorists and uncover the truth behind shadowy government departments.
Now part of an anti-terrorism unit, Adam has access to new powers and equipment to help him in his mission. These include new augments, such as a nano-machine shell that can construct itself to protect him from harm, and a gun that looks almost as customizable as Adam himself.
Trailers have focused a lot more on cover-based shooting than previous Deus Ex games. However, we hold out hope that Mankind Divided will offer the same amount of RPG style choice and conversations as Human Revolution when we finally get to play it.
Our three picks are just a fraction of what is coming this year though, and – as the above video shows – the first three months are already packed. I, for one, can’t wait for Dark Soul 3 and Rise of the Tomb Raider.
That’s it from Click-Swipe-Play for this week, but do let us know in the comments if we missed any games that you are excited for in 2016.
Follow me on Twitter: @DoFuss