2016 has been a wonderful, wonderful year for gaming. Whether you’re a Nintendo fan, an Xbox loyalist, a PlayStation diehard, or a member of the PC clan, you’re spoilt for choice. All major platforms have seen the release of some truly groundbreaking games that have both fans and critics beside themselves with praise.
Looking for a cinematic action-adventure? Dive into Uncharted 4. Are action-RPGs your thing? Try out Dark Souls III. What about a genre-bending fusion of a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) and a first-person shooter (FPS)? Sounds like Overwatch is your game of choice. Here’s our list of some of the greatest games to grace our consoles this year – so far!
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PlayStation 4)
The story of intrepid explorer Nathan Drake comes to an explosive end in the series’ finale. Shoot your way through exotic locales the world over, every moment filled with the white-knuckled action that the Uncharted series has come to be known for.
Team up with Nathan’s long-lost brother Sam and his old friend Sully to hunt the treasure of Captain Henry Avery, dealing with pirates, mercenaries and drug cartels along the way.
Overwatch (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
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Blizzard Entertainment’s first new IP in 17 years has turned out to be a smash hit. A hybrid of first-person shooter (FPS) and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), Overwatch is the hottest multiplayer game this season.
There’s a role for everyone, whether you prefer to be on the frontlines as hammer-wielding knight Reinhardt, or taking out key targets as the lethal sniper Widowmaker. Or, if support is more your thing, take to the skies as the angelic healer Mercy.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
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Step back into the flyknit shoes of Faith Connors in this reboot of 2008’s parkour first-person action-adventure. As a Runner delivering confidential messages outside the law of an authoritarian government, uncover a conspiracy lying beneath the surface of the city of Glass.
One of the major improvements from Catalyst’s predecessor is its revamped combat. Doing away with gunplay entirely, the new melee combat system that rewards players who are fast on their feet, introducing new moves like combat dodges, and even giving Faith a grappling hook that can be used both to traverse the city and to ensnare enemies.
Civilization VI (PC)
The franchise that singlehandedly redefined the 4X genre (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate) has returned for its sixth instalment. Civilization VI brings yet more innovations to the table, such as the introduction of districts, which will give players pause to consider the layout of their cities.
As before, players can choose from a number of different civilizations, each with their own benefits. For instance, players who choose Cleopatra as their leader will have access to the Maryannu Chariot Archer, while those who choose Qin Shi Huang are armed with Crouching Tiger cannons.
Dark Souls III (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Prepare to die, over, and over, and over again. From Software’s fifth instalment in the Souls series carries on its trademark punishing difficulty. Enter the Kingdom of Lothric to slay the Lords of Cinder and rekindle the First Flame.
The difference is, this time, you’re not alone. New to Dark Souls III is the introduction of co-op. Summon up to three other players to fight all-new bosses like the Nameless King and the Curse-Rotted Greatwood. You’ve been warned though: even with three others by your side – it won’t be easy.
Pokken Tournament (Wii U)
Pokemon GO not action-packed enough for you? Want a gym battle that goes beyond just mindlessly tapping on an opponent’s Pokemon? Pokken Tournament is the brainchild of the teams behind Pokemon and Tekken, merging the best of both games into the most frenetic fighting game of the year.
Pokken Tournament has a fighter for everyone, regardless of whether you started your journey on the GameBoy Colour or the 3DS. Old favourites like Pikachu and Charizard fill out the roster alongside newer faces like Braixen and Chandelure. Choose a partner and fight to be the very best in the all-new Ferrum region!
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