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Five games I’m looking forward to

There are some great titles scheduled for release over the next few months – which are you most looking forward to? Here are the games that Ben is waiting for.


Ben says…

With the first half of 2016 gone, the year-end rush of releases will soon be on us and there’s plenty to look forward to. I’ve had the difficult job of sifting through the long list of what’s on its way and whittling it down to just five that I’m most excited for. And here they are…

1. No Man’s Sky

Name: No Man’s Sky
Developer: Hello Games
Publisher: Hello Games
Release date: August 2016
PEGI rating: Not listed
Genre: Action, adventure
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4
More information: Official website

No Man’s Sky has to be top of the list really, in part due to its initial June release date having passed and August’s revised unveiling rapidly approaching. Then the world will get its grubby little mitts on an entire universe to explore through space travel, on-foot planetary discovery and everything in between. There will be some who blitz to the centre of the universe as fast as they can while others never leave the solar system; it’s not even clear if players will ever meet each other, so vast is the game world being created. They’ll will also have the opportunity to name the planets they discover which means we’ll see every name under the sun from Omicron Perseii VIII to the grand Planet C*ckwomble.

Can’t wait!

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2. Hitman

Name: Hitman
Developer: Io-Interactive
Publisher: Square Enix
Release date: March 2016
PEGI rating: 18
Genre: Action, adventure
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
More information: Official website

Hitman’s transition to an episodic playground has proved a masterstroke from Io-Interactive. With every level being a huge puzzle with multiple solutions, the space in between each release allows players the time to truly explore and master each scenario without the temptation of rushing on to the next. Time spent coaxes and encourages more creativity from them, working in beautiful harmony with the Escalation Contracts and Elusive Targets. Once they’ve been exhausted there’s always the player created hits which are often just as fun and challenging.

Think of it like a giant jigsaw that no matter how you assemble the pieces together you’ll always come out with a great picture.

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3. Final Fantasy XV

Name: Final Fantasy XV
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Release date: September 2016
PEGI rating: Not listed
Genre: Action, RPG
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
More information: Official website

t’s the fifteenth (kind of!) Final Fantasy game and it looks fantastic. Need I say more?

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4. Dishonored 2

Name: Dishonored 2
Developer: Arkane Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Release date: November 2016
PEGI rating: Not listed
Genre: Action, adventure
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
More information: Official website

Dishonored was one of my favourite games from the last generation and I’m immensely looking forward to seeing what Arkane Studios will do with a larger and more expanded sequel. They have promised a story and world that reacts in even more ways to your choices than before, will continue the theme of multiple endings – no doubt ranging from the very positive to the very dark just as before.

The sequel will feature two separate protagonists with different powers but also offering the ability to go through the entire game without using magic should the player choose. It’s all about flexibility, choice and personal approach in an intriguing and interesting world.

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5. South Park: The Fractured but Whole

Name: South Park: The Fractured but Whole
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release date: December 2016
PEGI rating: Not listed
Genre: RPG
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
More information: Official website

Do you like South Park? Have you played The Stick of Truth? It’s like an interactive episode of the show. The writing was spot on, the characters walking and talking exactly as they do on TV and it was full of tiny little touches and quirks that was just perfectly South Park. Well, the team are back again to take on the world of superheroes as only they can.

I’m the generation on which the series was unleashed, and I’ve known it throughout my adult life. It’s my absolute favourite television show and knowing there’s another game on the horizon? Perfect.

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Which games are you looking forward to for the rest of the year – Telltale Games’ Batman, Deus Ex or maybe an indie project you found on Kickstarter? Comment below!

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3 thoughts on “Five games I’m looking forward to”

  1. There’s a small indie coming out (hopefully soon) called Overland (http://overland-game.com) that I’m super excited for. XCOM meets Hitman Go with a tinge of FTL maybe?

    And of course CIV 6. I didn’t grab Beyond Earth and so I’m really interested in getting back into world domination once again.

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  2. I’ve yet to be won over by FFXV honestly. It DOES look great, but the characters do not appeal to me so far and it just all seems so… overly complicated. I don’t know, I’m keeping my mind open and will check in on it after it comes out and people have a chance to form opinions, but until then, I’m just not enthusiastic.

    Though honestly I hate most video game trailers. They’re so dramatic and over-produced. Kind of like most movie trailers really. I wish there was a shift in trailer formats overall. It doesn’t always have to be some GRAND SWEEPING EXPERIENCE. Just make the game look fun.

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    1. Check out the Brotherhood anime they’re running on YouTube, it fleshes out quite a lot.

      Grand, sweeping trailers sell games though and the bottom line is what it’s all about. Just as Ubisoft! 😉

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