About this time last year we did a list of games we were hyped for in the coming year. Considering No Man’s Sky headed my list I’ve decided to change the format around slightly to games that I’m hoping won’t be garbage fires this year, because fuck hype. Also, I’m going to be repeating a couple entries in here because they didn’t come out in 2016 as expected, because… video game industry.
Cuphead blew me away with a hands on experience during PAXAus 2015 for the art style alone. The brutally hard platformer from Studio MDHR takes players on a rolling series of boss fights across a highly stylised land featuring 1930s style animation. Think Steamboat Willie, except Micky Mouse is getting brutally ravaged by near impossible bosses.
With co-op and single player action on offer, I’m hoping Cuphead will be a standout hit when it (hopefully) gets released for Xbox One and PC mid-year.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Okay, maybe a bit factitious with that gif, but man I was looking forward to this one. Breath of the Wild looks to be one of the most innovative Zelda games in years, which is something the series really needs. I love Zelda as much as the next person, but since Ocarina there hasn’t really been a whole lot of variation in gameplay. Breath of the Wild might change that as its open world seems to be something much more in line with modern open world RPGs than the traditional temple hopping maps of old.
It’ll be interesting to see if we get this as a launch title on the Switch or not, but here’s hoping we find out in two weeks time when LoadScreen will be getting a hands on with the Switch at a media event.
Sea of Thieves
An open world online pirate adventure game? Done, I am yours, take my credit card, max that shit out. Well, maybe… Sea of Thieves could be alright. The latest game from Rare has been teased since E3 2015, and to be honest, we still don’t know an awful lot about it, but from the footage and concept alone I am keen.
Sea of Thieves boasts a create your own game mechanic, where you can be “the pirate you want to be.” As to what that actually means for gameplay currently it’s a bit of a shrugfest, so far we’ve seen ship combat as well as land skirmishes. It will hopefully be out this year for Xbox One and PC, so fingers crossed it turns out well.
State of Decay 2
The original State of Decay is one of my favourite zombie games of all time. Sure, it has some flaws, but my god did it capture what other survival games have failed to. The sense of urgency as you control a band of survivors looking for supplies and the permadeath repercussions of failure were hardcore. I remember clearly when I lost my prized sniper, that feeling of grief was way too real for a game I bought from the 360 marketplace with no expectations.
State of Decay 2 will hopefully expand upon the core gameplay experience of the first without adding too many bells and whistles, all it needs is a good polishing, smoother gameplay and maybe a more inhabited play area. State of Decay 2 is due for release sometime this year for PC and Xbox One.
Red Dead Redemption 2
The sequel to one of my favourite games of all time, what could possibly go wrong? Well a lot, considering sequels can be a punch in the groin. However, Rockstar have a solid track record with their open world games, and this should be no exception.
Rockstar have come a long way since the first Red Dead, with GTA V setting the bar for sandbox games as a genre. The biggest question for Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to be the setting, and whether the devs decide to stick to established characters before or after the events of the last game, or establish a new set entirely. The Western is expected to be available on Xbox One and PS4 during Q3/4 this year, here’s hoping it also gets a PC release.