With January nearly over (thankfully) it is time for us to look into the bright and shiny future of 2016 and take a look at what wonderful new video games the PlayStation 4 will be blessed with this year.
There are a multitude of new games planned for the PS4 this year, the following list, in no particular order, is just based on my opinion of what I believe are the most exciting games yet to hit Sony’s console during 2016.
No Man’s Sky
Release date: June 2016
No Man’s Sky is not just an open-world game, the sheer size of it makes it more of an open-universe. Planets are so huge that your character can spend days exploring what the strange world has to offer and what alien creatures can be discovered. The main premise of the game is to find unknown planets, record what information you discover, mine the planet for materials to upgrade your ship, weapons etc. There is no set structure, players can fight or explore, however, there are always consequences for your actions in No Man’s Sky. This gives the player the decision as to whether they come in peace or come to disrupt a planet, consequently getting into trouble with the planet’s ‘Sentinels’ which act as military space police.
No Man’s Sky looks downright incredible. The trailer is breathtaking and the exploring is limitless. The game is personal to the player, discovered planets can be renamed along with the strange creatures that reside within them. I am very excited to play No Man’s Sky, I cannot wait to explore an entire universe and experience the excitement of discovering an unknown planet and wreaking havoc on the poor animals that live there. I am drunk on power already.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Release Date: April 2016
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the dramatic conclusion to Nathan Drake’s epic adventure. It is a game that we all wish to play but an ending that we do not want to come. The Uncharted series has rewarded fans with exciting exploration of wild jungles and dramatic gun fights that feature Nathan’s classic laugh in the face of death type humour.
Uncharted 4 gives players a variety of choices on how to get to different locations and the game is set out to be less directed than previous installments, allowing players to figure out where to go next.
The game appears to be darker than previous Uncharted games with a more serious story, perhaps due to the fact it is Nathan Drake’s final bow.
I, for one, cannot wait to get my hands on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. It will be interesting to play as serious Nathan Drake in a serious game full of serious business but I am sure it will still provide hours of the leaping, climbing and shooting that we all have come to know and love.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
Release date: May 2016
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is one of the games I am looking forward to the most this year. The city looks more beautiful than ever and the new free-flowing style combat appears to be completely awesome. The original Mirror’s Edge was a fantastic game and Catalyst looks set to be an even more fantastic prequel.
The parkour and combat appear to be much more intertwined this time around which makes the game look like it plays like a smooth silky wave of goodness. Fans may have waited seven years for another Mirror’s Edge game, however, it looks like Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be well worth the wait.
The Last Guardian
Release date: TBC 2016
It has been five years since the sequel to Shadow of the Colossus was first announced and we hope to finally, finally get our hands on it sometime this year.
No one really knows what The Last Guardian is all about, the six minute long trailer gives players a tantalising glimpse at the interaction between the boy and Trico, the big griffin creature, what even is that thing? However, what the trailer does give away is that the game looks very pretty indeed and traversing the ruins seems to be reliant on using Trico to help the boy navigate towards far-to-reach areas.
I actually like the secretive veil which masks all information about the game, it creates speculation and excitement. However, the six minute masterpiece of a trailer for The Last Guardian is enough for me and I will certainly be throwing my money it’s way. Let’s just hope we do not have to wait another five years.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Release date: TBC
One of the PlayStation One’s best games being remade for the PS4, sounds too good to be true but in this case it is indeed a fact. Final Fantasy VII: home to the biggest sword in existence and Cloud’s show stopping hair is being scaled up into glorious 3D.
I cannot wait to relive the best moments in the original Final Fantasy VII however, this is not a game that should be seen as amazing for nostalgia alone, I am jealous of those who have not played the PS1 original and get to play the game for the first time, looking and feeling like it will on the PS4.
Final Fantasy VII is a fast paced thrill ride, from exploring the depths of Midgar in a submarine to taking to the skies, there is always action and the most amazing moments will be even more incredible on the PS4.
Only time will tell when we will get our hands on this remake, if for some magical and pretty much impossible reason, the Final Fantasy VII Remake is released this year then I think 2016 will really be the PlayStation 4’s best year ever.