2016 is shaping up to be an amazing year in prospect for gamers, even if our wallets wouldn’t agree. Many blockbuster games have been promised, such as The Last Guardian, all supporting the fact that developers have learned the hardware and are now finally utilizing it to make quality experiences. Before we can look towards 2016 and the greatness in prospect, there is still four months remaining of 2015 and countless Triple A titles to come. Sure Black Ops 3, Madden 16 and FIFA 16 are all established monotonous franchises which will be quenching boredom for millions this fall, however there are at least 5 extraordinary titles which will be gracing our systems this year and reminding us of the pinnacle that our great industry can reach.
5) Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege has been on our gaming radars for what seems like forever now, but where is the game? Delay after delay after delay have struck down this latest project from Ubisoft Montreal and it’s starting to become tedious. From what we’ve seen at numerous gaming events like E3, Siege looks and plays great offering unique gameplay fusing teamwork with stealth. The inclusion of one life really lends itself to cautious and ultimately addictive mission types and it’s sure to sustain a “just one more go” appeal. So far only hostage rescues missions have been showcased, revealing destructibility and varied play-types, however Ubisoft has promised us more game modes to come in this expansive multiplayer shooter. Having a first person shooter which relies on genuine tactics will be a refreshing change of pace and hopefully innovative for a sub-genre which has grown stale. Rainbow Six Siege will be holding a closed beta later this month, giving fans and sceptics alike a long-awaited opportunity to test the game. If no more dreaded delays occur, December 1st is the release date set.
4) Rise of the Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider made a comeback in 2013 with the critically acclaimed reboot of the franchise. We bore witness to the transformation of Lara Croft from an innocent explorer into a hardened heroine who takes on caves and fights off wolves. 2015 is set to see the return of its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, where the story will pick up straight after the harrowing events of its predecessor. The Sequel will be packed full of improvements ranging from a full day/night cycle which will affect both humans and animals alike, varied conditions ranging from snow to mist, new species of animals including bears and of course greater animations and customization for Lara herself. From what we saw at E3 2015, Rise is sure to utilize the Xbox One’s additional power to craft a game worthy of the franchise. Rise of the Tomb Raider is set for a November 10th release date exclusively for Xbox One and 360. The PC and PS4 editions are coming later in 2016 to many peoples retentiveness.
3) Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
The year is 1868 and the city of London is in ruin. This is the world in which you will inhabit in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, “the first modern day Assassin’s Creed title to date”. You will play as Jacob and Eve Frye, a brother and sister duo, fighting to take down London’s most notorious gangs. With every new year brings a new Assassin’s Creed iteration and 2015 is no exception. Assassin’s Creed is without doubt my favourite franchise, but even Unity left me feeling cold and uninspired by where the series was headed. Syndicate looks to change that with Ubisoft Quebec running up development for the first time, a London playground for you to traverse with a new grapple hook and a completely overhauled combat system taking on a much more brutal approach. The acclaimed black box mission design is being carried over from Unity and it is sure to once again offer unparalleled freedom for assassinating your targets in this vivid and dense recreation of London. Get ready to bump into historical characters like Charles Dickens and Darwin, as Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is soon taking a leap of faith on October 23rd 2015.
2) Star Wars Battlefront
2015 is the year that Star Wars fans have been waiting for! Not only are we being graced by a blockbuster movie launch with the Force Awakens, but the long awaited Battlefront is releasing to boot. From what we’ve seen at events like E3 and Gamescom, Battlefront looks fast paced while still allowing players to partake in iconic film moments such as the Battle of the Hoth. Additionally, Battlefront looks drop dead gorgeous running off EA’s Frostbite 3 engine. Dice have promised us a very different experience from its Battlefield counterpart. The multiplayer game will feature a maximum of 40 players in one match at any time and 12 multiplayer maps will be available at launch. These maps will feature five locations from the Star Wars universe – Hoth, Tatooine, Endor, Sullust and Jakku. The addition of playable characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker are welcome editions and takes this upcoming title into awesome territory! The much requested open beta is coming in early October and the full game drops November 17th 2015. “May the force be with you”.
1) Fallout 4
From the moment we gazed upon the desolate wasteland of Fallout 4, we knew it would be the once in a generation title that we’d all been waiting for. The surprise announcement from Todd Howard at Bethesda’s first ever E3 press conference left gamers in awe, soaking in the VATS system, the newly acquired dialogue from the protagonist, the crafting of communities and of course that dog. The dog is arguably the greatest enhancement! Fallout 3 set a benchmark for RPG gaming, but Boston in Fallout 4 is much bigger in scope, also denser, and has the power of the next generation systems behind it. Bethesda has promised us their “best ever game” and why would we doubt them when Skyrim cemented itself as a classic in RPG lineage four years ago. Prepare to embark into vault 111 on November 10th 2015 and it’s sure to finally leave you satisfied with your console purchase.