We may be halfway through the year already, with some pretty awesome games released (hello, Uncharted 4) yet there are still more to come. Here, we take a look at some of the games that will be making their way to your consoles very soon…
Mirrors Edge: Catalyst (June 2016)
This reboot (sort of) of the 2008 free running game Mirrors Edge came as a bit of a surprise when originally revealed back in June 2013. It was described as a prequel to the original game, however Sara Jansson the game’s product manager, stated that the game is not being seen as “either a reboot or a prequel” as the game is not a sequel but will delve into more of Faith’s past while expanding on the original game’s first-person perspective experience.
So what can players expect from the game? Returning character Faith Connors will explore the city of Glass set in the future. Players can use Faith’s parkour movements to explore the city, completing missions and evading enemies. She enters “focus mode” while she is running and able to evade bullets. The game even switches to a first person perspective when performing a finishing style move.
I never got round to play the original Mirror’s Edge game, so quite looking forward to trying this one.
Check out our review as soon as the game arrives in June.
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (August 2016)
Now, I didn’t play Human Revolution in 2011, though Mankind Divided is a direct sequel to it.
Set two years after the events of Human Revolution, in the year 2029, mechanically augmented humans are becoming uncontrollable, lethally violent. The affected augmented received implanted technology designed to control them by the Illuminati, which is abused by a rogue member of the group to discredit augmentations completely. Adam Jensen returns to confront the illuminati, working for a secret hacker group and I’m assuming to save the day.
The game has faced controversy already with tiered reward levels and a “Mechanical apartheid” the developers came up with. But we won’t go into that.
The game is set to be released in August.
Final Fantasy XV (September 2016)
Originally announced in 2006 (under the name Final Fantasy Versus XIII) the game takes place in Eos – a world very similar to our modern day Earth where an armistice has declared between Lucis and Niflheim, ending the cold war that has raged over possession of the world’s last crystal. Niflheim invades Lucis on the day of a peace treaty signing and takes the nation’s crystal for its own before launching attacks on Solheim, Tenebrae and Accordo. Noctis and his friends now journey to retrieve their kingdom’s crystal and defeat Niflheim’s forces.
I have to admit, I haven’t been a huge fan of the series (only having played Final Fantasy 7, X and XIII) yet this trailer has really sparked my interest – it looked very similar to Kingdom Hearts (which isn’t a bad thing) to me, with the elements of “light overcoming the dark” and even shots of characters sat on the roof of a building, that’s very much like Dream Drop Distance for the 3DS. And the similarities don’t end there as the new real time battle system shown is like the one in Kingdom Hearts such as in Final Fantasy Type 0 which may anger some fans used to turn based battles, but not me. Fans may not be impressed with the battle system, but will love the screens showing characters riding chocobos!
The latest trailer looks simply beautiful both visually and musically, making this game one to look out for in September.
PSVR (October 2016)
I am not a fan of virtual reality experiences. A fan of videogames, yes. A fan of immersive experiences in game thanks to game play and story but not a fan of waving hands around and generally looking stupid whilst attempting to play a videogame.
Playstation VR known as Project Morpheus is Sony’s attempt at grabbing the VR market that seems to have erupted this year with releases from Google, Samsung and the Oculus Rift. Sony’s VR experience is delivered with thanks to a nifty headset that’s linked to the Playstation 4 controlled with the DualShock 4 and Playstation Move controllers.
A lot of games have been announced for the system (some exclusive) such as Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, Tekken 7, Rez Infinite.
Now, as mentioned, I am not a fan of VR. Though I would certainly like to play Rez Infinite – a remake of the fantastic PS2 classic – but otherwise, I am not fussed. I understand how other gamers may be excited to try this, hence on this list.
In the past, Sony haven’t fared well when it comes to peripherals for their systems (Wonder Book anyone?) so there are high hopes Playstation VR will be a success, though Sony have stated interest will build steadily through word of mouth for the hardware.
Pre-orders have been filled with thanks to a clever tactic of not charging a penny to pre-order, but a whopping price tag of over £350+ may put a lot of gamers off from buying on release.
Pokemon Sun and Moon (November)
Yes, I am 27. And yes, I still play Pokemon. I can’t help but adore the different cute monsters, levelling them up and catching a wide range of Pokemon to create a strong enough team to blast through gym battles and more. When Pokemon Sun and Moon was announced due for release in November this year, I for one was ecstatic.
Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the franchise, Sun and Moon will take place in the tropical Alola region and will be compatible with Pokemon Bank – an online storage system for Pokemon that can be transferred from other games, such as X and Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and even the re-released Red, Blue and Yellow.
On May 10, 2016, a video trailer showed the games’ starter Pokémon, revealed as Rowlet (Grass-Flying), Litten (Fire), and Popplio (Water).
The covers for both games depicted legendary Pokemon with each game traditionally able to catch one depending on which game the player chooses.
Question is, which Pokemon starter will you choose?
No Man’s Sky (originally June 2016, now August 2016)
I first saw glimpses of this game in 2015 and saw a full with a video of the game in play commentated by Sean Murray (one of the game’s founders) though I have to say, I really wasn’t impressed with the video. The game certainly looked good with awesome use of different colour palettes such as cool blue skies parallel to deep red terrain creating lush looking unusual worlds, yet the premise itself to me sounded really dull. As Murray explained the game play, flying in a spaceship to a planet that looked remarkably colourful he said the planet was unique in terms of plants, flora and fauna. One comment that sticks out to me was: “this planet has different coloured grass” – sounds great! Next, why don’t we watch some paint dry…?
As sceptical as I was, the game’s visuals impressed me a lot as did the premise of 18 quintillion unique planets to explore (you read that right – 18 quintillion!) and submit them to a universal database known as The Atlas. Players will be rewarded in currency for uploading their discoveries to The Atlas unlocking abilities for equipment and ships. Though, how this will work, is unknown.
What players can do in these planets (other than exploring) is a bit of a mystery. Not much was shown on the video I saw, but I’ve read that players are able to engage in any of the four principal activities offered by the game: exploration, survival, combat, and trading. How players interact with these environments is determined by the range of the hyperspace jump engines of their current spacecraft and how much fuel that the craft presently carries.
A lot to look forward to, but how will it make for game play experience? Check back here for a review soon!
There are of course other games to be released this year, this is just a small selection and my thoughts on each. If you don’t agree, or do, tweet me – @Dem0nBl00d