With the launch of Horizon: Zero Dawn, one of the most anticipated new IPs of the current console generation, I thought it would be a good time to take a quick look at some upcoming games to be excited about. As is common in the video game industry, any one of these could be delayed at any time. I’ve included a mix of sequels, new franchises & remasters, so there is something for everyone.
TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON: WILDLANDS
Ubisoft is one of the biggest game developers around. But sadly, some poor game launches over the last couple of years have cost them some fan good will. Wildlands seems to be a step in the right direction. A hybrid of Far Cry and The Division, this game is an open world military shooter that can be played solo or with friends.
MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA
After a five year absence, the blockbuster series from BioWare returns. More of a fresh start than a sequel to the original trilogy, you’ll still be able to dictate how the game goes by the choices you make
BULLETSTORM: FULL CLIP EDITION
When Bulletstorm first released on 2011, it sadly flew under the radar. The game was an absolute blast to play in both campaign and multiplayer, so this remaster will give everyone a chance to try what they missed the first time. Instead of just a traditional FPS, you could pull off insane combos that racked up massive points.
This remake of the 2006 first person action game is being published by Bethesda, so don’t expect anything resembling a happy game. This time, instead of being just stranded on a spaceship, there is also more supernatural elements at play.
At first, the original Injustice seemed like Mortal Kombat with a DC reskin, but it proved to be much more. Set in an alternate universe where Superman has formed a regime that controls the world, this continuation finds both old and new characters on both sides of the fight. Old favorites like Batman and Harley Quinn are joined by newbies such as Poison Ivy and Blue Beetle.
CRASH BANDICOOT: N.SANE TRILOGY
The original Bandicoot games on the PS1 were all classics, and put a little company called Naughty Dog on the map. Sadly, the series has been more or less ignored for more than a decade. Fans have wanted a return engagement with their favorite marsupial, so now we’re getting the first three games completely rebuilt from the ground up. If you didn’t get an opportunity to play them back in the day, now is your chance.
MIDDLE-EARTH: SHADOW OF WAR
The sequel to Shadow or Mordor was a surprise announcement this weekend. Not being a fan of the Lord of the Rings series, I didn’t expect anything out of the first game, but in the end I really enjoyed it. Think Assassin’s Creed, but in a fantasy setting.
RED DEAD 2
After years of teases, the sequel to one of Rockstar’s most popular series is finally getting released. What is not known is whether it’s a prequel, sequel or all new characters. In any case, this may be the most anticipated title scheduled for release in 2016.
SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE
South Park: The Stick of Truth was, without a doubt, the single funniest game I have played in my entire life. Hell, it may be the funniest thing in any medium I’ve experienced. If you thought the TV show pushed the limits of bad taste, the game passed those limits and never stopped. The original is supposed to be included for free with this new game, so there’s no excuse to not give it a try. Unless you’re allergic to funny things
CALL OF DUTY 2017
The only reason the newest COD is included on this list is because rumors say that the game series is going back to basics with an older war settings, either WW2 or Vietnam. Battlefield 1 just proved that a past setting can work miracles. Getting rid of all the futuristic crap that has bogged down the series for the last several years could be a blessing.
Of all the new IPs showcased at E3 last year, this is the one that has me the most excited. Yes, it’s another post apocalyptic setting with zombies, but on steroids. The zombies are fast, smart and numbered in the thousands. It brings a new level to survival
GOD OF WAR 5
Kratos returns in this half reboot/half sequel. Since he’s killed all the Greek Gods in his quest for vengeance, the focus now switches to Norse Mythology. How Kratos starts a new quest for revenge I have no idea, but I do know he has a son he is mentoring
THE LAST OF US 2
So this is a bit of a cheat, as I’d say the chances of TLOU2 coming out this year are precisely zero. Yet, since the moment I saw the trailer I’ve have never been more excited for a game – ever. I’m just going to keep my fingers crossed that somehow this is out before year’s end, but I’m guessing 2018 at the absolute earliest