“Adrift” is an immersive first-person experience that tells the story of an astronaut in peril. Floating silently amongst the wreckage of a destroyed space station with no memory and a severely damaged EVA suit, the only survivor struggles to determine the cause of the catastrophic event that took the lives of everyone on board. The player fights to stay alive by exploring the wreckage for precious resources, and overcomes the challenges of an unforgiving environment to repair the damaged emergency escape vehicle and safely return home.
2. Batman: A Telltale Games Series
The makers of Tales from the Borderlands and The Walking Dead now bring a new take on the Dark Knight with the Batman Telltale Games adventure series.
3. Crackdown 3
Developed by original creator Dave Jones, Crackdown 3 delivers unrivaled verticality, cooperative mayhem and destruction. Stop crime as a super-powered Agent of justice in a hyper-powered sandbox of chaos. Explore the heights of a futuristic city, race through the streets in a transforming vehicle, and use your powerful abilities to stop a ruthless criminal empire.
Cuphead and Mugman traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful supermoves and uncover hidden secrets in Cuphead. This run-and-gun platformer game heavily focuses on boss battles for a distinctive challenge of patterns to strategize against and techniques to master. Inspired by 1930s cartoons, the visuals are hand drawn and inked and the music is all original jazz recordings.
5. Dark Souls III
Prepare to die again with the third entry in the brutal blockbuster action-RPG franchise. A dark and brooding fantasy adventure awaits players in a vast twisted world full of fearsome beasts, devious traps and hidden secrets. The embers of a once-proud kingdom set the stage for this new adventure. Battle against fearsome enemies and bosses with a variety of weapons and magic through a mysterious land riddled with secrets.
6. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
“Deus Ex: Mankind Divided” is the next-generation evolution of the futuristic stealth action-RPG series. This is the first game in the “Deus Ex: Universe” multimedia project, an endeavor to create multiple productions (including games, minigames, books, graphic novels and more) set in this bleak cyberpunk world.
7. Dishonored 2
The sequel to “Dishonored,” the first-person stealth action game from Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks.
8. Tom Clancy’s The Division
“The Division” takes place in New York three weeks after a lethal virus, released on Black Friday, has swept through the city. One by one, basic services have failed. Society has collapsed into chaos. The President invokes Presidential Directive 51, and The Division, a top-secret unit of self-supporting tactical agents, is activated.
Leading seemingly ordinary lives, Division agents are trained to operate independently of command in this type of emergency situation. When society falls, we rise.
9. Far Cry Primal
Set during the savage Stone Age, “Far Cry Primal” is a full-fledged single player experience that will take gamers to 10,000 BC in history to a time when massive beasts like the woolly mammoth and sabretooth tiger ruled the Earth. The award-winning action franchise brings its innovative open world sandbox gameplay to a time when humans were not at the top of the food chain but were fighting to climb it, bringing together massive beasts, breathtaking environments and unpredictable savage
10. Final Fantasy XV
“Final Fantasy XV” (formerly Final Fantasy Versus) is the story of a young king sworn to defend the last crystal in the world from the “hectic order” outside of his kingdom. It’s a fight between ancient and modern techonology, and the struggle of one king to protect the old ways.
11. Gears of War 4
A new generation of soldiers battles the enemy in “Gears of War 4,” the next game in the blockbuster third-person shooter series.
12. Horizon: Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn is an exhilarating action role playing game developed by the award winning Guerrilla Games, creators of PlayStation’s venerated Killzone franchise. As Horizon Zero Dawn’s main protagonist Aloy, a skilled hunter, explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. Embark on a compelling, emotional journey and unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artifacts and advanced technologies that will determine the fate of this planet, and of life itself.
13. The Last Guardian
“The Last Guardian” is the third game by the acclaimed development staff behind “ICO” and “Shadow of the Colossus.” In a strange and mystical land, a young boy discovers a mysterious creature with which he forms a deep, unbreakable bond. The unlikely pair must rely on each other to journey through towering, treacherous ruins filled with unknown dangers. Experience the journey of a lifetime in this touching, emotional story of friendship and trust.
14. The Legend of Zelda
Set out for adventure once again in this unique new game in the beloved The Legend of Zelda franchise, built exclusively for the Wii U platform.
Release Date: 2016
Platform(s): Wii U
15. Mafia III
“Mafia III” combines cinematic storytelling with a dynamic narrative structure that responds to player choices. Set in a reimagined New Orleans in 1968 — one of the most tumultuous years in American history — “Mafia III” follows the story of Lincoln Clay, a disenfranchised Vietnam veteran, returning from combat and looking for a home and a place to belong. Orphaned as a child, Lincoln at last achieves a semblance of family with the city’s black mob, finding the surrogate father and brother he has longed for. But when Lincoln’s new family is betrayed and slaughtered by the Italian mob, he becomes fixated on revenge and wages a brutal war against the Italians, disrupting the balance of power in the seedy underworld of New Orleans.
16. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
“Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst” is the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2008’s breakthrough action game, rebooting the franchise for the next generation with advanced visuals and an all-new origin story for Faith.
17. No Man’s Sky
“No Man’s Sky” is a game about exploration and survival, set in an infinite procedurally generated universe. Whether a distant mountain or a planet hanging low on the horizon, you can go there. You can fly seamlessly from the surface of a planet to another, and every star in the sky is a sun that you can visit. Where you’ll go and how fast you’ll make your way through this universe is up to you. It’s yours for the taking.
Honestly, I don’t know of many of the games that are coming out next year, but the one I can think of off the top of my head is No Man’s Sky. Procedurally generated galaxy and planet exploration sounds interesting as hell. That’s really the only thing I’m aware of coming out next year.
18. Quantum Break
“Quantum Break” blurs the line between television and gameplay, integrating the two into one seamless, uniquely immersive sci-fi drama experience. This action-packed, fast paced game lets you bend and shape time in order to survive. Master unique powers, bending and warping time to outmaneuver and outwit the enemy. Epic moments of destruction, captured in time, become your playground.
An action-packed adventure game from critically acclaimed developer Platinum Games and renowned game director Hideki Kamiya, “Scalebound” transports you to a distant, hostile world. You’ll come face to face with fearsome creatures, including a formidable dragon — and the bond you forge with this awesome predator will prove crucial to the survival of both worlds.
20. Street Fighter V
Quarter up for the fifth game of this dominating fighter franchise. Stunning visuals depict the next generation of World Warriors in unprecedented detail, while exciting and accessible battle mechanics deliver endless fighting fun that both beginners and veterans can enjoy.
“Thumper” combines classic rhythm-action with speed and physicality. You control Thumper, a space beetle, while careening towards confrontation with an insane giant head from the future.
22. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
“Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” is set three years after the events of “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” with Nathan “Nate” Drake, now retired as a fortune hunter, has settled into a normal life with his wife Elena Fisher. His world is then turned upside down when his older brother Sam, long believed to be dead, suddenly appears seeking Drake’s help. Together they embark on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a conspiracy behind Libertatia, a long lost pirate colony, and its fabled pooled pirate treasure.
The game centers around its protagonist, Yarny, a small creature made of red yarn, who explores the world around him by using his own body. As Yarny moves, the twine which he is made of unravels, creating lines which the player must use to solve puzzles and progress in the game.
24. The Witness
You’re in a hallway, in a basement, in a house. You have no memory of who you are or why you are here. Exploring outward, you find yourself on a strange island, full of puzzles, which are placed in themed areas: a castle, a desert ruin, some kind of hybrid laboratory-art-gallery. Here and there you find audio recordings, narrated by someone who seems to know a great deal about this island. Is that guy responsible for your situation? How did you come to be here, and how can you get home?