2016 packed with blockbuster games
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Feb 14, 2016  |  Vote 0    0

2016 packed with blockbuster games

Raju Mudhar previews some of the best games coming out this year


With the number of games delayed from last year, 2016 is looking like a monstrous year for gaming.

Because of a packed schedule, even the normally bereft first half of the year has some surprising bright spots.

The newer consoles have been out for two years, which is usually the prime time for developers. Most know what is involved for creating for the new devices, and after two years many big franchises are ready to make their debut in this generation of console.

It was hard to cut this down to just 10, but in chronological order of release date, here are the games we are most looking forward to.

Far Cry Primal

Date: Feb. 23

Platform: PS4/Xbox One, March 1 for PC

Created in part by Ubisoft Toronto, the latest Far Cry goes way back, exchanging guns for much more primitive tools. Set in prehistoric times, you have to take care of your tribe, but the real draw is that you have Beastmaster powers and can control the wild animals and even ride a sabre-toothed tiger.


Date: March 28

Platform: PC, out later for PS4/Xbox One

Basically the film Gravity in video game form, this is a first-person experience where you are an astronaut exploring the wreck of a space station. The game has been previewed using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, and could be one of the first that displays how games might have to change to embrace that new technology.

Quantum Break

Date: April 5

Platform: Xbox One

The Microsoft exclusive is an impressive attempt to bridge games and episodic video content. The game features live-action film segments that push the story along, while you play through a different perspective of the story. Players have interesting time-based powers.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Date: April 26

Platform: PS4

The next-generation debut for Nathan Drake, this PlayStation exclusive has long been the best Indiana-Jones-by-another-name game out there, and is well-loved for the quip-filled hero and the impressive archeological-inspired set pieces.

Mirror's Edge: Catalyst

Date: May 24

Platform: PC/PS4/Xbox One

The long-awaited sequel to the cult game of 2008, Mirror's Edge: Catalyst will delve more into heroine Faith Connors’ past, while she takes on the totalitarian corporations that control the city of Glass. The game will still feature first-person parkour, but in a new open world environment, while the combat has also reportedly been completely overhauled.

No Man's Sky

Date: June

Platform: PC/PS4

Ever since its reveal two years ago, this space exploration game has been hotly anticipated by gamers. Said to feature thousands of worlds, it does look like an amazing universe. I'm still curious as to how many activities will be available to keep gamers busy.


Date: TBD

Platform: PC/Xbox One

This indie game is being created by a small group of developers in Oakville, but its stunning looks and design are inspired by old school cartoons. Featuring hand-drawn animations, the game is also old school, in that it is a difficult platformer, which will require timing and precision jumps from players

Dishonored 2

Date: TBD

Platform: PC/PS4/Xbox One

The sequel to the 2012 stealth action hit, this dark, steampunk-inspired world won over gamers with it wealth of abilities, allowing them to decide if they want to sneak or overpower through the levels.

The Legend of Zelda

Date: TBD

Platform: Wii U

The 19th (!) instalment in the beloved Nintendo series will be the first one created with HD visuals. The game will feature the exploration and dungeon-crawling elements that the series has long been known for.

Star Citizen

Date: TBD

Platform: PC

Already crowned the most crowdfunded project of all time, raising more than $100 million, this massive space simulation game will have all eyes on it to see if it can deliver on the many promises that its backers have pinned their hopes on getting.

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