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Shut Up and Take My Money!: 2016 Previews

Shut Up and Take My Money!: 2016 Previews

2015 is nearly over and while many of us and our wallets are still reeling in the after effects of some of the shiniest titles in years, our job isn’t done quite yet. 2016 is shaping up to be an impressive year for releases too. We have a lot to look forward to and I’d like to share some of the games that have us salivating.


Overwatch

What is it?

Overwatch is Blizzard’s entry into the first person shooter world, with rich, stylized cell shaded graphics. Teamwork is going to be crucial in Overwatch as you and your team will choose from dozens of unique characters to fight to victory.

Why do we care?

For starters: Blizzard doesn’t make bad games. Whether or not World of Warcraft or Starcraft is your deal, there’s no denying that Blizzard has made great titles and will continue to do so. Interestingly, Blizzard will release Overwatch for PC , PS4 and Xbox One. This makes a departure from (mostly) PC exclusive titles for Blizzard as well.


For Honor

What is it?

For Honor is the multiplayer battle-arena style game involving Samurai, Knight and Vikings fighting to take over objectives and dominating the map. A break from the shooters we’ve seen, For Honor is going to focus on the finesse of swordsplay in a multiplayer scenario! The games seem to be smaller (a step back from 24 v 24 games that we’ve seen) to a more intimate 4v4 game mode. Additionally, there are going to be enemy mobs for you to cut through on your path to victory.

Why do we care?

Melee combat in most multiplayer games are reserved for those moments when your clip is dry or an attacker is in your face. But For Honor has gone through a painstaking process to bring a unique style of precise swings and parries using your controller. Developers and playtesters at E3 described how you use the analog stick on the controller to guide your swings past the opponent’s defense and into their fleshy bits with great satisfaction. We look forward to yelling “There can be only one!!” over the mic.


Far Cry Primal

What is it?

The Farcry brand has done a great job of dropping players in an immersive open world, full of all sorts of hazards, whether they are environmental or mercenaries. But this time around, we are going to wind the clock way back to the stone ages. Farcry developer Ubisoft has said that this has been a goal for some time now, but no the technology is ready and they’ve learned very much from previous titles.

Why do we care?

We love open worlds! Immerse gameplay is what drives the single player experience and now we have the chance to discover fire, fight sabretooth tigers and tame mammoths!


Deus Ex: Mankind Evolved

What is it?

Deus Ex has been a fan favorite for cyber punk aficionados for years now and we return as our favorite sunglass-eyed protagonist Adam Jenson for another strife or stealth adventure. With an immersive storyline set in the future, be ready to explore the shadowy world of secretive mega-corporations and back alley modification surgeons.

Why do we care?

Life is good as a surgically modified super-soldier/spy. With unique hacking puzzles and a very open “play as you want” gameplay, Deus Ex is ready to deliver more of what we loved in previous titles. Whether or not we choose to be a good guy and sneak past the security detail or dispense some good ole’ fashioned justice, we are ready to enjoy every minute.


No Man’s Sky

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What is it?

Perhaps the first of its kind, No Man’s Sky is a gorgeous space explorations simulator that has trade, piloting, combat and terrestrial resource gathering all rolled into one expansive and ambitious game. It’s slated to be a PS4 exclusive and supports multiplayer. I’d like to talk about the multiplayer aspect below.

Why do we care?

Any kid who got addicted to Star Wars or Star Trek can empathize: The idea of romping around in an open galaxy is utterly captivating. Hello Games has done something revolutionary though, this is not a game of a few puny star systems for you and your pals to rule over. The most innovative aspect of this game is that the star systems that you will encounter are not static but will be generated as you land with varying plant life, environment, hazards and animal life. This is what allows there to be an astonishing amount of worlds to explore!

Additionally, there are rumblings that the game may support the shiny Playstation VR, a development that has us watching intently… Oh please, Santa, make it so!

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