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2015 has been a heck of a year for video games. Gamers saw gigantic sequels such as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and surprising new IPs such as Undertale. There were truly new games for everyone.

But gaming never stops. It’s already time to look ahead to what is in store in 2016. To take a look at what games we’re anticipating more than any others.


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Horizon Zero Dawn

Even gamers who weren’t particularly fond of Guerilla Games’ previous work have found themselves intrigued by Horizon Zero Dawn. The interesting premise of the far flung future going back to primal ways, and humans fighting robotic dinosaurs have captured the imaginations of fans.

While we haven’t seen much gameplay, aside from a few brief battle sequences, we know that this open-world game will require some stealth and wit to combat the gigantic foes. Guerilla Games’ latest also looks absolutely gorgeous, which is no surprise coming from the technical wizards that made Killzone Shadow Fall.

We can’t wait to get our hands on, and to just know more about Horizon Zero Dawn. Hopefully we’ll have more answers than questions soon, and will be playing this PlayStation 4 exclusive come next year.

Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

 

Considering Naughty Dog’s place as Sony’s most respected first-party developer, it comes as no surprise that Uncharted 4 is coming heavily hyped. And who can blame people for being excited? It’s the fourth installment in one of the most action-packed, thrilling game series of all time, and this entry looks to be the best one yet.

With every new trailer, and gameplay demo, Naughty Dog has been able to wow fans. From story revelations such as Drake being married to the game being the most impressive feat yet on PlayStation 4, there are so many things to be excited about. While the sequel probably won’t turn haters into believers on the series, it looks to be more of what fans love about Uncharted.

Plus, it’s been too long since we last saw Sully, the best gaming sidekick ever.

Quantum Break

 

Remedy Software may take their time developing games, but it usually is time well spent. The studio behind successful series such as Max Payne and Alan Wake are now working on their most ambitious title yet – Quantum Break.

The Xbox One exclusive looks to blend television and video games into one cohesive game. While not a ton of details are known about the cover-based third-person shooter, we do know that some big names are attached to the corresponding television series that will take a look at the story from another viewpoint. It’s one of the craziest ideas to come out of a video game studio in quite some time, and we can’t wait to see if Remedy can pull it off.

Street Fighter V

Two words: Hot Ryu.

Okay, we’ll give you additional reasons, but that is all you really needed. Street Fighter V marks the triumphant return of Street Fighter. While it may feel like the series never left due to constant updates of Street Fighter IV, this marks the first numbered title since 2008.

Fighting fans look to be in for a treat in this PlayStation 4 and PC exclusive. The gameplay has felt tight in playable demos so far, and the game is filled with new characters that look interesting to play with. Another reason to be excited is that there won’t be any “Ultra Super Arcade Edition” versions of the game, as new fighters will instead be added as DLC.

That’s not all, though, as players will be able to unlock these characters through an in-game currency called Fight Money, which might be the best name for a currency ever.

Winner

Persona 5
Persona 5

There is a lot of hype behind Persona 5, and it’s understandable why. After all, it isn’t every year that the sequel to one of the greatest games of all time is released. But that’s exactly what Atlus’ latest JRPG is.

Gamers are excited to get to be immersed in a wonderful new world where they can develop social links with a cast of lovable characters. They’re ecstatic about playing God and spending hours fusing personas. Most of all, gamers are just ready for a new game in the critically acclaimed series since Persona 4 released back in 2008. It’s been 8 long years, with only spin-offs to fill the void.

Persona 5 is our most anticipated game of 2016, and we can’t wait to spend all of our free time on it come next year.


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Tyler has enjoyed video games, both large and small, ever since he was a child with a Sega Genesis controller in hand. When he isn’t playing through strange retro games like Snoopy’s Silly Sports Spectacular, he can be found meditating under a waterfall to grow his beard or eating pizza. Probably the latter.