2016 has been a year full of ups and downs for gaming; there have been announcements, delays, flops and triumphs. It can be too much to keep up with, which is why we’ve compiled a list of upcoming games we just can’t wait for! 

Mafia 3 – 7th October 2016

6 whole years since its predecessor, Mafia 3 is nearly here. Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on 7th October, this hard-hitting, open-world continuation of the organised crime series pulls no punches. Will we finally get the gritty, real life, crime frenzy that GTA V simply wasn’t?

Taking a different direction, the third instalment in the Mafia series is set in 1968 in the city of New Bordeaux (a  recreation of New Orleans). The story revolves around black protagonist Lincoln Clay – an orphan and a Vietnam War veteran – as he builds a new crime organisation to confront the Italian mob.

The game engine works beautifully, from the environment to the game mechanics; those used to the Mafia series will expect nothing less, and those new to it will be in for a treat.

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There are tonnes of gameplay video content on Youtube, commentary and even a live action trailer. It looks like it won’t disappoint, we’ll be sure to have a (brutally) honest review on it when the time comes.

Gears of War 4 – 11th October 2016

“A new saga begins for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends, Kait and Del, must rescue the ones they love and discover the source of a monstrous new enemy.” – 

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Easily fan favourite for anyone who cut their teeth on the Xbox and the 360 chainsawing their way through epic battle after battle against the Locust Hordes. Gears Of War 4 is coming and it’s coming with a tonne of new features:

  • Never Fight Alone: Enjoy two-player co-op campaign with friends locally via split-screen, over Xbox Live or LAN. Player 2 can select either Kait or Del.
  • Horde 3.0: Team up with four others and battle wave after wave of increasingly difficult enemies by choosing your combat class, levelling up your skills and deploying fortifications anywhere on the map.
  • Explosive Versus Multiplayer: Compete online in new and favourite game types, all at 60fps on dedicated servers. A new visible ranking system means fairer matchmaking for social, competitive and professional players alike.
  • Redefined Cover Gameplay: New weapons, close-cover combat moves and combat-knife executions turn each piece of cover into an offensive opportunity.

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Could this be the reimagining the gaming world has been eagerly waiting for? Gears Of War 3 was good 5 years ago, and since then we’ve had Gears Of War: Judgement (2013) and Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition (2015/16) to tide us over on the run up to GoW 4’s release.

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There’s no doubt we’ll have a lot of fun playing the latest instalment and we’ve been patient long enough! No matter where you join the series GoW is a seriously badass game.

WWE 2k17 – 11th October 2016

“Coming off the heels of WWE 2K16, which earned critical press and fan acclaim – including an 8.8 out of 10 from IGN.com – WWE 2K17 arrives as the reigning and defending flagship WWE video game franchise champion with stunning graphics, ultra-authentic gameplay and a massive roster of WWE and NXT’s popular Superstars and Legends.” –

https://wwe.2k.com/

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This is an odd one. Usually we’d be be the first to tell it like it is about the WWE franchise and how all the games since the change to the 2k series have been disappointing. Sure, there’s still a sea of unfamiliar faces in its roster, but for old school fans they brought back Goldberg. M*therf**cking GOLDBERG.

Some hardcore fanatics will point out that yes, he was in 2k14, but he didn’t get the hype he deserved! Check out the Goldberg trailer here. Unfortunately he’s only available via pre-order I’m sure they will gladly take your money for him at a later date.

Visually it looks stunning; there are a fair few familiar faces and 2k17 have made a lot of promises about what to expect. But to be honest, the only reason it made this list is because we can’t wait to recreate some old school mayhem and spear fools in the ring.

Dishonoured 2 – 11th November 2016

The first Dishonoured was underrated. It featured a great new concept, a strong visual aesthetic and an excellent story with multiple endings. In our eyes it’s a masterpiece of a game, so imagine our excitement when they announced a sequel! If for some strange ungodly reason you have not had the pleasure of Dishonoured you need to go back and play it, seriously.

Dishonoured 2 boasts an open world where you can choose how you play; “whether you fight your way through the city streets or sneak across the rooftops – and which enemies you decide to eliminate or spare.”

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Think Assassin’s Creed free-running, epic supernatural abilities and a pretty amazing storyline and you’ll begin to comprehend what’s in store for us with this second instalment. While we eagerly await its release, you’ve got time to play it for the first time, or try it again on a harder difficulty – either way, you’re in for a treat.

Final Fantasy XV – 29th November 2016

“Get ready to be at the centre of the ultimate fantasy adventure. Enter the world of FINAL FANTASY XV, and experience epic action-packed battles along your journey of discovery. You are Noctis, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Lucis, and your quest is to reclaim your homeland from the clutches of the imperial army.”

http://www.finalfantasyxv.com/

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Final Fantasy XV breaks the mould, moving away from the usual turn-based gameplay (which I personally never really enjoyed, each to their own…) to an action-based battle system and an open-world environment similar to the Kingdom Hearts series and Type-0. There’s also the ability to switch weapons and other elements such as vehicle travel and camping.

This is all a radical gameplay departure for the series, which might be why it was delayed from 30th September to 29th November. We’re not complaining though, – delays are a good thing because they allow bugs to be fixed. Nobody should suffer ever again suffer the horror that was Assassin’s Creed Unity.

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XV takes place on Eos, in a world similar to modern-day Earth. All the world’s countries—bar the kingdom of Lucis—are under the dominion of the empire of Niflheim. Noctis Lucis Caelum, heir to the Lucian throne, goes on a quest to retake his homeland and its magical crystal after it is seized by Niflheim on the eve of peace negotiations between the two nations. This should be interesting, to say the least, with the new gaming functionality, epic storyline and stunning visuals, there’s no doubt this game should make the list.

Honourable mention;

Pokèmon Sun and Moon – 23rd November 2016

The 7th generation is nearly upon us, boasting new Pokèmon, new forms for old ones and impressive new gameplay. Pokèmon is always a treat no matter the age of the player – just ask your mum who’s just found out about Pokemon Go. Falling on the franchise’s 20th anniversary, no doubt there are some surprises that aree yet to be revealed. Just check out the latest video trailer below:

So there you have it folks, the 5 games we’re looking forward to the most, we don’t think we missed anything but if we did, as always comment below and let us know!

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