The Games I'm Looking Forward to This Year

So, I had thought about doing a follow-up to my previous blog, however I decided that that might not be a good idea for a second blog. Possibly give people the wrong impression of me. So, I decided to do something different. For this blog I’ll be listing the games I’m most excited for this year(And there’s quite a few.). It may not sound terribly exciting, but its a way to organize my thoughts and I’d love to hear what games everyone else if looking forward to.

1) Final Fantasy XV

Publisher: Square Enix

Developer: Square Enix

Platform: Xbox One & PlayStation 4, with a possible PC release at a later date.

Release Date: TBA 2016

First off, let me explain why this one has two trailers. Final Fantasy XV has had a very long road from start to finish. And at one point it was rebooted for next generation consoles. And halfway through the development of the next-gen version of the game, the directors swapped. The current director, Hajime Tabata, started by showing the games lighthearted side. However, the games history clearly shows that it was intended to be a more mature story, possibly the darkest in Final Fantasy history. These trailers are the first to be released since the games rebranding as Final Fantasy XV to showcase the darker side of the story. I wanted that to be your introduction to the game if you weren’t already following it.

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Now, for me personally, I’ve been following this game since it was known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, an M-rated spin-off directed by Tetsuya Nomura(Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Final Fantasy VII Remake). That was 10 years ago. Now the game is a T-rated mainline Final Fantasy title directed by Hajime Tabata(Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, Final Fantasy Type-0). And yet, despect the ratings shift and everything that has changed about the game, its still recognizable as that game concept I fell in love with many years ago, and I’ll be damned if I don’t play it day one. I’ve already played the demo and it was really fun, and I imagine the full game will be no different. Of course, I’m here for the story, as I am with most games.

2) Persona 5

Publisher: Sega

Developer: Atlus

Platform: PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4

Release Date: TBA 2016

The fifth installment of the Persona franchise is finally close at hand, and its been a long time coming. Persona 3 and Persona 4 remain some of my favorite JRPG’s of recent memory, and if Persona 5's story of phantom thieves lives up to expectations, I reckon it’ll be joining them before long.

3) Halo Wars 2

Publisher: Microsoft

Developer: Creative Assembly

Platform: Xbox One & Windows 10

Release Date: TBA 2016

The original Halo Wars released in 2009 and proved that Halo could survive outside of the shooter space. However, developer Ensemble Studios was shuttered after the games release by Microsoft and so the future of this spin-off was put into question. Due to fan support, Halo Wars 2 is now a reality and being developed by Creative Assembly, the developers behind the Total War franchise. They know what they’re doing when it comes to strategy games so I have faith they can make a true sequel to the one RTS that felt at home on consoles. Gotta say however, that I am not excited about needing Windows 10 if I want to play it on PC.

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4) DOOM

Publisher: Bethesda

Developer: ID Software

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, & PC

Release Date: May 13, 2016

I’ll admit, I never got to play DOOM when it was originally a thing back in the 90's. I was barely old enough to hold a controller at the time(Though I went on to play Halo: Combat Evolved at the age of 6.), let alone even consider it. Not to mention we only had a Super Nintendo. So this will be my first DOOM game, but I am very aware of its lineage and the return of a classic gaming franchise has got me pumped up.

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5) The Legend of Zelda Wii U

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Nintendo

Platform: Nintendo Wii U & Nintendo NX(Rumored)

Release Date: TBA 2016

Its hard to believe that Skyward Sword released in 2011, but here we are 5 years later on the verge of the next big Zelda title. Its had a long development and expectations are running high amongst fans, myself included. Truth be told, I’ve only ever played Twilight Princess, but I’m a fan of the series none the less, and unique painted art style of this game has me very intrigued as well as the curiosity regarding what the story could possibly be. Hopefully Nintendo doesn’t delay the game again. Until then though, I think I’ll beat Twilight Princess HD another two or three times.

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6) Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Publisher: Square Enix

Developer: Eidos Montreal

Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, & PC

Release Date: August 23, 2016

I’ve played the original Deus Ex and I’ve played Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Both of which are some of my favorite games because of their conspiracy laden stories, cyberpunk setting, and badass protagonists. Mankind Divided looks to be a huge improvement over Human Revolution, and that has me extremely excited for it.

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7) Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: DICE

Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, & PC

Release Date: May 24, 2016

Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is leaps and bounds above its predecessor. The original Mirror’s Edge was story lite and more of a proof of concept rather than a full-fledged game. Catalyst is the game that the original wished it could be, what DICE always wanted to make. The above trailer sold me on buying this game because it looks to be the emotional tale I always wanted and its absolutely gorgeous to boot.

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8) Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Publisher: Sony

Developer: Naughty Dog

Platform: PlayStation 4

Release Date: May 10, 2016

I admit, I’m relatively new to the Uncharted franchise. Didn’t play it until the HD collection came out last October. But I do not regret picking it up because it was one of the best series I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing, and Uncharted 4 looks to be a fitting end to Nathan Drake’s story. I can’t wait to slip into his boots one last time and see how it all ends.

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9) Zero Escape 3: Zero Time Dilemma

Publisher: Aksys Games/Spike Chunsoft

Developer: Chime

Platform: Nintendo 3DS & PlayStation Vita

Release Date: June 28, 2016

I’ve played Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors(999, Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors) and its sequel Virtue’s Last Reward, and they are some of the most intense puzzle/mystery games I’ve seen, on par with their sibling series Danganronpa. I’m intrigued by the direction that Zero Time Dilemma is heading and I can’t wait to get my hands on it this June. It should be a wild ride, and I wonder who will die in my first playthrough.

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10) New Danganronpa V3: Everyone’s New Semester of Killing

Publisher: Spike Chunsoft

Developer: Spike Chunsoft

Platform: PlayStation Vita & PlayStation 4

Release Date: TBA 2016(Possibly Japan only, with a US release to follow in 2017.)

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At first glance, the Danganronpa series may seem really weird, but take my word for it when I say you will not regret picking up any of the currently existing titles(though preferably Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair.). Danganronpa V3 may follow an entirely new cast of characters besides Monokuma, but I imagine it won’t let up on the insane executions and the series trademark trials. I’ve always loved how creative the murders can be and how much it takes to actually peg the killer, and I have no doubt in my mind that V3 will deliver the same awesome experience with some new twists.

Honorable Mentions:

- Gears of War 4

- The Last Guardian

- Quantum Break

- Dishonored 2

- Nier: Automata

- Gundam Breaker 3

- Mass Effect: Andromeda(Would have made the list if it hadn’t been delayed into 2017.)

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And that does it for this list, maybe next I’ll do a list of my favorite games as a look back at my gaming history. So what games are you all highly anticipating over the coming year?

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