Ones To Watch In 2016: Shooters & Adventures

Shooty, bashy, and speary.

The excitement of the rapid rate of new game releases over the last few months has died down dust has started to settle on 2015’s release schedule. Luckily, there’s always something new to look forward to in the world of videogames, and so we’ve made a list – and checked it twice – of a whole host of games that want your attention next year.

This first collection focusses on a mixture of cross platform shooters and adventures.

1TW16-FarCryPrimal

A couple of months ago Ubisoft set up a mysterious stream which slowly, and I mean slowly, zoomed out to reveal an image full of numerous Stone Age inspired scenes. However, before Ubisoft could actually announce anything, IGN Turkey went and revealed Far Cry Primal. Of course Ubisoft soon followed with a reveal trailer which showed various parts of the game, including the impressive range of animals from woolly mammoths to sabre tooth tigers.

The story of the game has players take on the role of Takkar, who is searching for the rest of his hunting party. Set in the Mesolithic period, Takkar is armed with spears and bows that will provide some defence against the beasts and people that would provide harm, instead of Far Cry’s more usual guns and vehicles.

Far Cry Primal is set to release on PS4 and Xbox One on 23rd February 2016, with a PC release expected in March.

1TW16-Homefront

Homefront: The Revolution’s history has been a long and arduous one, stretching way before the fall of THQ. A sequel to the 2011 first person shooter that saw the USA fall to a unified Korea was long rumoured, but nothing was ever concrete. When THQ went bust its IPs were put up for sale with Crytek snapped up the Homefront license, and August 2013 some footage of Homefront 2 leaked, though that was quickly pulled. It wasn’t until a week before E3 2014 that Crytek announced Homefront: The Revolution, working with Koch Media’s Deep Silver

However the curse of Homefront struck once more, as Crytek went through a very difficult financial period which saw Kock Media swooped in to buy up the IP, keeping the development team intact at the newly founded Dambuster Studio.

This all meant that the game was delayed until 2016 – still coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC – but more recent showings have been encouraging. One curious twist was confirmed in an interview with TSA, as Narrative Designer C.J. Kershner revealed that The Revolution would not be a direct sequel to the original Homefront either.

1TW16-RiseTombRaider

Remember when Rise of The Tomb Raider was announced? A sequel to a rather successful reboot for Lara Croft should have been met with some positivity, but all we got was rampant confusion. Rise of the Tomb Raider was revealed on Microsoft’s stage as an exclusive of sorts, and for the longest time neither Microsoft or Crystal Dynamics would give clear details.

Eventually it was revealed that Microsoft helped finance the project and had a year’s exclusive for Lara’s latest, with PlayStation owners having to wait until Holiday 2016. Yes, its inclusion as “One to Watch” next year might be a little tongue in cheek, but the game did receive a very respectable 8/10 in our review, and the general consensus was that it’s a very good game indeed.

1TW16-LegoMarvel

TT Games and their series of LEGO titles have a long history, and the latest one will once again transport players to the Marvel cinematic universe. LEGO Marvel Avengers will feature events from six of the movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Avengers Assemble, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, and Iron Man 3.

A new trailer was recently released showing the different locations you can play in, including an open world New York City in which you can save people from criminals.

LEGO Marvel Avengers will be out January 29th for PS4, PS3, Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, and PC.

1TW16-TelltaleBatman

Announced at The Game Awards 2015, Telltale surprised a lot of people with the news that they’d be tackling Batman. Outside of the teaser, there’s little information on what kind of plot Telltale’s adaptation will follow, whether it be from an established comic arc or something original, let alone which villains the Dark Knight will face.

1TW16-Mafia3

Mafia III was first rumoured for the current generation of consoles over three years ago. Now and again we’d hear little snippets that hinted towards a third entry in the series, but nothing concrete ever really surfaced. That was until the end of June this year when 2K registered domains for Mafia III, and then a month later 2K confirmed the game’s existence.

However, players won’t be taking on the role of an Italian Mafia mobster. Instead the main character is Lincoln, a person who eventually grows up to be part of the black mob, who are slaughtered by the Italian Mafia. Lincoln journey of revenge finds allies all over the place, including a much older Vito Scaletta. He was the main character of Mafia II, and knows just how demanding the life can be.

Mafia III is releasing for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

8 Comments

  1. Already played TR but looking forward to playing every other game on that list. Also, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4, Ratchet & Clank, The Last Guardian, The Division, WiLD, Mass Effect: Andromeda. Just a few I can remember off the top of my head.

    2016 is going to be a great year for gaming.

    • Hold your horses, fella… We’ve only just got started!

      WiLD, incidentally, hasn’t been announced for next year, so could be a while away yet.

      • Us kids of today. We want everything right now and all at once :)

        That’s a shame about WiLD. I forget which games are coming out and when. I guess we can’t complain too much when there are so many other great games out next year. Do we have a release date for No Man’s Sky yet?

      • No Mans Sky is pencilled in for June 2016. :(

  2. Don’t personally like the look of far cry primal. I like the fact it’s different in its setting but the reuse of outposts is annoying.

    Will there be towers too?

  3. Mafia 3, Homefront and Tomb Raider for me :)
    still got others to catch up tho…. Just Cause 3, Mad Max, Until Dawn, Uncharted Collection

    • Uncharted 1 remastered in HD is a treat. Feels like a completely different game. Mad Max is pretty good though some of its better scenes are cutscenes and you want to play it :/

  4. I keep forgetting about Homefront even though I’m really looking forward to it. I hope we get a release date soon!

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