Tell Us Dammit: What Are You Looking Forward To In 2016?

2015 is almost over. In terms of major releases we're pretty much done.

What are you looking forward to in 2016?

I have a few. Uncharted 4 is a big one obviously. No Man's Sky looks great, Dark Souls 3, The Witness. A lot of games.

But I'm mainly excited about virtual reality. I'm hoping we'll see the proper retail release of PlayStation VR and the Oculus Rift. I'm looking forward to VR becoming a thing and actually being out there in the wild.

I literally have no idea if it will succeed. I oscillate wildly between "it's gonna fail spectacularly" and "it's going to change the world" — often on a daily basis.

What are you looking forward to in 2016?


    The Division!

    ...I know, it's going to be a let-down. haha

      I'm in the same boat. Hype levels have been slowly decreasing over time

      Aye, The Division and possibly Ghost Recon: Wildlands?

        Yeah, the wildlands seems like a less campy MGS:V

          I honestly don't know if that's good thing or a bad thing.

          Also co-op.

      I'm still mostly hype for the division, I just really wish they'd release any additional information about the game. It seems like nothing's been released since E3 2013

        There are some developer diary type videos on ubisoft's YouTube page that give you a bit more idea of how it's all going to work.

        But yea I'm itching for some new gameplay or... something.

    Uncharted 4.

    That is all.

      Always cool to see what Naughty Dog does with new hardware (over and over again!).

    Oculus Rift + Touch, also Sixense STEM. Even if it all fails to gain traction, they'll still be a neat bit of hardware. Curiosities for the collection.

    Dragon's Dogma on PC - heard a lot of good things about it on last gen consoles, with the main gripe being the poor frame rate.

    Uncharted 4 and Horizon Zero Dawn.

    Uncharted 4, Firewatch and a god damn surprise or two...

      Yep, looking forward to those also. Firewatch especially.

    XCOM 2, Gravity Rush 2, Witch and the Hundred Knight on PS4 (It's a guilty pleasure), Etrian Odyssey: Knight of Fafnir, Street Fighter V, Nier 2, Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna, SMTxFE and a bunch of other things I've forgotten about because they have nebulous "2016" release dates. I'm also looking forward to seeing whether VR actually achieves mainstream adoption or whether it remains relegated to being a niche game interaction device. In slightly less game related areas I'm looking forward to finally getting to watch Evangelion 3.33.

      Mark keeps forgetting to put XCOM2 on this list. It almost makes me suspect that he doesn't like the series enough to flood Kotaku with 4-5 posts on the game per day in the weeks following its release.

      I am displeased by this thought.

      I have been waiting for the blu ray release of Evangelion 3.33 for so long. Seriously, it's been over 3 years since it was released in Japan, what is the problem?!

        Yea what the hell? I still have a fan subbed version that I acquired a while ago.

        Also when is 4 coming out??

          I "acquired" a fan sub as well, but I still want that blu ray.

          It sounds like a release date for 4 (or 3.0+1.0 as it's called now) is up in the wind. Sometime in 2016 would be nice but it could very well be 2017 onwards.

    Mass Effect mostly.

    And since I just completed Fallout 4s main story, I'm pumped for some killer dlc for that.

      When is Mass effect due out?

        Q4 as far as I'm aware. I've got such tunnel vision for mass effect right now. Really wish they'd made a trilogy remaster.

          It'd only be worth a remaster if they trash the worthless ending they produced the first time around... but fat chance of them actually doing what needs to be done to redeem what could and SHOULD have been *THE* game series of a generation.

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      I'm looking forward to Mass Effect as well, I think the game will probably end up getting delayed by at least 6 months.

      I just hope they don't do anything stupid such as,

      1. Focus on Multiplayer and try to infuse it into single player (special perks coming across and so forth) and pretend like it's an incredible feature instead of what it actually is (a modern form of security against piracy). Specially with that new tech DICE is developing for Battlefront, they'll say it was too easy to integrate.

      2. Go less on RPG elements and more on action thereby lessening the impact of decisions.

      3. make it into an entirely new genre. (aka MMORPG shlooter) They've done it before.

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    uncharted 4 and far cry primal at the moment. Maybe don bradmans cricket if they have another edition planed (I think they said they were aiming for 2016?) and it can improve upon the base provided in the last one.

      How was Don Bradman's Cricket? I've been aching for a good cricket game for a long time e.g. Shane Warne Cricket or Super International Cricket.

        Good and bad. At launch on the 360 it was VERY buggy. They did a decent job fixing most of the bugs and the next gen version is solid but it's still a framework rather than a complete game when compared to bigger sports like nba2k and fifa. It's all about the career mode for me and while it's fun it lacks progression, players don't age, rosters don't change, no one ever retires, can't change teams, can't change positions and skill ups were a bit odd or unnoticeable.

        A big issue was it's difficulty too, they've fixed it a bit but early on batting was REALLY hard and bowling was really easy so it was hard to find a good middle ground. The controls still don't agree with a lot of people, for me I have my tactics and ways to play but it doesn't feel like real cricket as I'm basically trying to score off every ball because defending seems just as likely to get me out as playing my shots does. It's also easy to score runs in certain areas so on some difficulties you can do things like bat right across your stumps and just pull everything for 4.

        It's worth giving a go and I've put 100+ hours in over 360 and xbox one but it's still more of a framework to build on then a great game right now imo. It was good enough for me to buy twice and play that much so maybe I'm being a bit harsh but I liked it and hated things about it at the same time.

        My favourite cricket game these days is cricket championship and it's a free browser game :P

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          Thanks for the comprehensive write up. It's been this way for a long time hasn't it? A developer creates a cricket game which has potential but requires more work. Then inevitably they go under before refining that work, new developer comes along and again, potential but never fully realised.

          I don't know if we will ever see an authentic cricket simulation (that isn't a management sim). At this stage I'd be happy with a deliberately arcadey cricket game. Sigh... Guess I could always load up Super International Cricket on an emulator.

            dbc is worth checking out if you can find it cheap, my views are also based on the fact when i bought it it cost $20 more than NBA2k15 (I think it was 15 maybe 14 that came out near the same time). I get smaller sport smaller developer and I cut them some slack but still the amount of issues it had at launch for a higher price irked me. I also didn't like how the developers themselves insulted and argued with some people who posted negative feedback on a forum that the devs frequent, personally I prefer if developers distance themselves from things like that as it's not a good look imo. Let the community handle negative feedback and just comment if it's on new features/bug fixes/getting input etc.

            I believe they said they were taking 2015 off and just re-releasing 2014 for next gen so they could work on 2016 so I'm confident it'll be built upon, like I said still a great base but not really fully fleshed out yet.

    Hasn't been mentioned yet but Squadron 42 assuming CiG stay on track to deliver it.

    Phoenix Wright (both if were lucky enough), Fire Emblem, wii u Zelduhhhh

      Who's this guy? Doesn't even mention Final Fantasy XV? What the..?!

        Haha! Yeahhh but... like, I will get it and all, just... not that excited :3 FF XIII scarred me!

          I'm basing my views of XV from the director's previous work rather than the franchise itself.

          I enjoyed Crisis Core & Type-0.
          Crisis Core is definitely my fave psp game.

          Alsoz the demo of XV is pretty great.

      Despite the report a month or so ago, Zelda WiiU will be transitioned to the next system. You heard it here first!

        Both! Just like Twilight Prinny

    Persona 5 mostly...

    But also, Bravely Second, Dragon Quest 7&8, Fallout 4 dlc, Trails of Cold Steel SC & mayyyybe Final Fantasy XV, but we'll see.

      Oh! Tom Braider too, because I gots the PS4

        Me too! See.. super best friends!

      Oh yeah, I'm pretty keen for Persona and Bravely Default too. Despite not actually finishing the previous iterations of either :/

      P5 here too!

      Can't wait for the Person 5 fighting game spin off, eh jimu??

    Dark Souls 3.
    Mirror's Edge 2.
    Uncharted 4.
    Ace Attorney 6.

    I think that's it.

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      Pssst Persona 5

        Ehhhhh, maybe... I kind of feel like P4 was enough of that kind of game for me.
        I bought P3 and have no real desire to play it.

    Horizon zero dawn even though I don't have a system to play it on
    Turtle carrying simulator 2016
    We happy few
    Far cry primal if it comes to PC
    Rift consumer release

    So many games next year.
    Ps4 titles like FFXV, rime, no mans sky, horizon zero dawn, a new ratchet and clank, tomb raider, uncharted 4. Destiny 2 if bungie manage to fix it.

    Then the NX is most likely launching at the end of next year. With a robust launch lineup expected.

    The Division (the hype is REEEEEAL)
    Horizon: Zero Dawn
    and Street Fighter V (of course)

    oh and maybe Far Cry Primal, have to see more before I get hype.

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      I feel like there is an incredibly good chance for The Division to be a mediocre game.

        I get the feeling it'll be a lot like destiny: ok on your own, but so much better if you have a crew of mates to rock around with.

        At least I hope so, I had a lot of fun in destiny for a while.

          Me too :)

          I really enjoyed Destiny right up till I (and my mates) became "aware", and realized nobody gives a crap about narrative or objective, and it's really not for the people who play games once a week.

          Basically if you are working full time (not working in games), it is impossible to reach an end-game.

          Was it worth it? Yes. Will I buy it or any other shlooter without a campaign that doesn't end? Nope.

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    Im going to be waiting a while but Ratchet & Clank For PS4

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
    Mass Effect: Andromeda

    I want to be interested in the Division but I've tried a slew of Tom Clancy games and the only one I've really enjoyed was Splinter Cell: Conviction. I have Blacklist somewhere and never got around to playing it. I sort of enjoyed Rainbow Six: Vegas, but I never played the campaign, just T-Hunt on the same two or three maps over and over. I guess I'll get Uncharted 4 if I get a PS4 but chances are I won't get a PS4 until waaaay after Uncharted is out and I can't be bothered picking it up.

      Try the early/old Tom Clancy games. Really good tactical shooters. They don't make that kind anymore :(

        Siege not up your alley? It's got some form of single player (I think?)

    Souls 3
    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

    My hype for Souls 3 is unparalleled...

    Seafall and Chronicles: Origins. Both are "Legacy" games designed by Rob Daviau (the guy behind Risk: Legacy and Pandemic: Legacy).

    Legacy games are the shiny new thing in the board gaming realm. They're a campaign in a box, occupying some happy middle ground between a normal board game and a tabletop RPG. The idea that ties the whole thing together is permanence. Things you do in one game affect later games. You write on the board. You tear up cards. You have an experience that is so much more than the game itself. Instead of asking friends round for a few games of Pandemic, you're asking them round to see if failure is finally going to catch up with you. If things are going to go so horribly awry that you don't know how you'll be able to recover for the rest of the campaign.

    Chronicles is particularly ambitious. It's part of a series of games that will affect later entries in the series. I really want it to succeed but if it fails, it will be a glorious sight to behold.

      That sounds really good actually. I need more board game friends :-( i.e. any board game friends.! There are always local board game groups listed. I managed to find one for practically every day of the week in Canberra.

    Bravely Default 2. Even if they screw me and make it New 3DS only I'd fork out for it.

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