So last week, I gave my really belated thoughts on who won this year’s E3. I think Sony did a terrific job with their presentation this year because of their focus on storytelling in their game trailers. I love the stories that are told in video games so it’s no wonder why I gave the nod to Sony. Now, while E3 happened right smack dab in the middle of the year, that does mean that the 2016 is halfway over with. Does that mean we’re not going to have any great games anymore? Au contraire!
It’s more like game companies are going to be giving us their heavy hitters later in the year! There’s so much to look forward to in the coming months, I can’t really decide which games to get as I don’t really have that much disposable funds since I’m now an unemployed college graduate! This is why I’m writing this; I hope I’ll be able to pick the games I really, really, really wanna get this year and get to the rest later! Anyway, here we go!
The Last Guardian
Well, I have been looking forward to this game for almost a decade…
The Last Guardian is supposedly set in the same world of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus and I loved both those games. I loved how the game developers made us feel emotions while only using very limited dialogue. They did this by focusing on the bond between the main character and their partner. With Ico, it was Ico and Yorda (which I identified with strongly when I was younger as she was a skinny, pale character much like myself). With Shadow of the Colossus, it was Wander and Agro (who I didn’t identify with because… Argo’s a horse).
It looks like Team Ico is going to do the same thing with The Last Guardian with the boy protagonist and his bond with Trico, the large bird-cat creature. It looks like it’s going to be a great environment puzzle game; a style of game that I positively love! Can’t wait for this game to drop on October of this year!
We Happy Few
I don’t particularly enjoy first-person shooters because I’m terrible at them! If I’m in a heavy shootout in any of them, you would see my targeting reticle flair wildly across the screen while I panic and forget which button is used for firing and which is used for running. However, I do love a lot of the tales being told in a lot of FPS games lately as Bioshock Infinite would attest. It had a rather unique story that was well written. So, it’s no surprise that We Happy Few, an upcoming FPS game with a positively delicious warped story that was revealed during E3 caught my attention!
As this is an FPS, I positive I’m going to be utter bollocks at playing the game. Once things become hectic, I know I’m going to start running straight at the walls, shooting at the ceiling and other stupid things. But the story itself of a dystopian future where people have to take a magic pill called Joy or they would be hunted down is just too intriguing to not witness myself! Oh, God! I hope they leave in an Easy mode when the game gets released at the end of July!
South Park: The Fractured but Whole
I love me some crude humor at times. I love shows like Family Guy (although I do sometimes have to look up some of the 80’s and 90’s references) and the raunchy humor of 2 Broke Girls. One of my favorites though would definitely have to South Park. I loved the show and I loved the first game, South Park: The Stick of Truth. It managed to capture the dumb sense of humor of the show and it looks like its sequel, The Fractured but Whole, it going to follow suit!
If you’re a South Park fan and love video games, how can you not look forward to The Fractured but Whole? All the characters are there… and now they’re dressed as superheroes, much like the Coon and Friends storyline from Season 14! That was a hilarious 3-part “epic” tale that successfully poked fun at superheroes! And now it looks like they’re going to parody Marvel’s Civil War? I can’t wait for December when South Park: The Fractured but Whole is released!
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Okay, Rise of the Tomb Raider was already released last year. So, why is it still a game I’m looking forward to playing in 2016? Well, that’s because it was originally an Xbox One exclusive. But it looks like the game is coming over to PS4 sometime this year! So… yay!
The first Tomb Raider game was one of the first games I actually played and actually finished! I don’t really remember how I managed to do it. Sheer determination to see what was going to happen to Lara Croft and company, I guess? The story was pretty harrowing but I loved how they showed Lara maturing and her mad rush to stop being a hapless female into the strong Tomb Raider we all knew her to be. Rise of the Tomb Raider seems to be following along these lines as Ms. Croft seems to be more badass and in control of her situation now. While it doesn’t have a definite date when it’s going to be released on PS4, I’m definitely going to be getting a copy when it does!
Final Fantasy XV
When it comes to telling really long epic stories in an RPG, you can’t really go wrong with the Final Fantasy series. The games have produced some of the most iconic characters and creatures in gamedom. And, while I’ll be the first to admit the quality of their epic tales have been lax as of late (I’m looking at you, Final Fantasy XIII!), I still look forward to each new entry of the series. So this is why I’m hoping Final Fantasy XV will be a return to form of great stories!
While I’m kind of miffed the game will apparently be a sausage-fest with guys tooling around the countryside in a car, the game does look fantastic and the bro-tastic experience of dudes being dudes might actually be fun! And there is a plot where a supposed king/prince has to earn his right to the throne so that should be good! And I’ll only have to wait until the end of September to see if Final Fantasy XV will be any good!
So, those are just a small sampling of games I’m looking forward to. There are probably some more but the ones above are the ones are the reason why I’m looking for a job so I can get the monies to actually buy them!
While I’m actually looking forward to them, I do hope I can actually play them! When a game gets too difficult, I either quit playing or let my brother play them so I can watch. I’m not ashamed to admit that, with most games, I play on Easy mode if it’s available. And I’ll talk more about that next time!
What games are you looking forward to in 2016? Let me know in the comments section below!