This article features a list of the most wanted PS4 games of 2016. Yes, we know holiday 2015 is still over two months away and there are several excellent-looking games due to arrive, but we can’t help but look to the New Year and all of the promising titles slated to release on Sony’s powerful console, beginning with the most hyped exclusive all, starring thrill-seeker Nathan Drake.
Uncharted 4: Among Thieves
A plethora of visually impressive games will appear on PS4 in 2016, and there’s a good chance none of them will match Uncharted 4 from Naughty Dog. Nathan Drake’s graphically intense adventure presents the player with the sort of experience to justify owning the system. Breathtaking views and city streets clogged with people only begin to convey the beauty of this third person shooter. When a grenade goes off in the market, for example, the blast sends neatly stacked pineapples flying all over the place. During firefights, bullets splinter wood, break tile and hit sandbags with a satisfying punch. Then the action goes off road in a vehicle, with Drake and companion Victor Sullivan smashing into fences and zipping through fields while in pursuit of their target. There’s so much eye candy to absorb we expect to spend hours admiring everything this game has to offer. Thankfully there’s more than a pretty exterior, with a promising story, satisfying gunplay and addictive exploration elements complimenting the gorgeous aesthetics.
The Last Guardian
Although there’s a chance of a delay, it seems The Last Guardian will finally debut on a Sony console; it began as a PS3 exclusive, then moved on to PS4. In it, players control a young boy attempting to make it out of some ruins with the help of Trico, a large creature with dog and griffin-like features. The game favors stealth and puzzle solving over combat, with gamers taking advantage of each character’s abilities and often working in tandem. The Sony faithful demanded The Last Guardian for so long the finished product may fall short of the immense hype, but so long as there’s a quality experience, the wait will be worth it.
Street Fighter 5
It's been over six years since Capcom unleashed Street Fighter 4 upon the masses. That release rejuvenated the fighting game genre, and now it looks like Capcom is poised to have a repeat performance. Not only does Street Fighter 5 simplify the game for newcomers, it also adds a fair amount of depth for hardcore players as well. Combos are easier to perform, but now strategy is key in this intricate game of chess. With Capcom running early network beta tests, the company knows how important online play is, and you won't have to worry about buying new versions every year. There will only be one release of Street Fighter 5, with new characters added frequently that can be purchased with real money or in-game currency. It's everything you could want from a fighting game and then some.
Which games are you most looking forward to in 2016? Let us know, and make sure you play the biggest PS4 games of 2015.
Dark Souls 3
With Miyazaki back at the helm after a short stint working on Bloodborne, Dark Souls 3 is looking to be one of the best games in the series. The famed director took everything he learned from Bloodborne and added it to the tried and true Dark Souls formula to create a happy median that should appeal to gamers looking for a challenge. With the power of the current generation of consoles and PC hardware, Dark Souls 3 is also the best looking game in the series, and should offer one of the largest game worlds to explore as well. Tack on six-player online multiplayer and the brutal challenge the Souls series is known for, and you have one of the most anticipated titles of 2016.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
Parkour enthusiast Faith Connors ran onto video game consoles almost eight years ago in the original Mirror’s Edge from Electronic Arts. The sequel provides more of the same, with players guiding Faith through the fictional city of Glass as she attempts to stick it to an evil conglomerate. Instead of relying on firearms, gamers punch and kick their way through KrugerSec forces, then complete numerous free-running challenges throughout this open-world environment, with a majority of time spent on top of buildings, jumping between rooftops and using zip lines to get around. With so many first person games shoving guns into our hands, Catalyst should offer a refreshing change of pace.
It’s been a while since we laced up our virtual combat boots and slaughtered demon scum, and thankfully Bethesda will give us a chance to raise hell in next year’s reimagined version of the id classic. This new edition comes with the same quality shooting we’ve come to love since the 90s, but with outstanding gore-filled visuals. Armed with a chainsaw, we’ll carve up monsters a variety of ways, and the new melee finishing moves allow us to smash heads underfoot and rip off their bottom jaws. And when things get especially nuts, out comes the BFG. Definitely looking forward to this game.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
There was a time when New York City served as the backdrop for many video games we developed Big Apple fatigue. After a much-needed break, we’re ready to return to NYC, this time in Tom Clancy’s The Division. Players team up and explore a post apocalyptic environment ravaged by a strange virus. Throughout the course of their journey, squads will encounter both computer and player controlled enemies, and make use of advanced technology and firearms to survive while discovering the source of the pandemic. Whether or not this ambitious MMO will get us to stop playing Destiny remains to be seen, but Ubisoft appears to have something special in store for everyone in 2016.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Guerrilla Games helped kick off the PlayStation 4 launch with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Now the studio will attempt to bring a new title to PS4 with the attention-grabbing Horizon: Zero Dawn. Instead of battling the Helghast, players assume the role of a hunter named Aloy and attempt to take down large mechanical creatures. In between, they’ll explore a post apocalyptic world, navigating through ruins, forests and mountains uncovering secrets to unravel new pieces to the story.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Unfortunately we don’t have many details about the new Frostbite Engine-powered Mass Effect from EA and BioWare. We know it takes place after the trilogy and as the title implies, you will explore the Andromeda galaxy, this time in a revamped Mako with a new cast of characters. No need to worry. This is arguably the biggest game of 2016, and we’ll have plenty more on Mass Effect: Andromeda in the months ahead.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
The original Plants vs. Zombies delighted gamers with its wonderful blend of strategy and third person shooting. The sequel builds off this with several exciting features, such as 24-player online battles, over 100 characters to choose from and 14 unique classes. On top of that, there’s Backyard Battleground, a hub world of sorts where you customize your characters, invite friends to hang out and battle waves of progressively difficult opponents. If it’s anything like the prequel, PvZ: Garden Warfare 2 will hang with the best shooters available.