The ‘Hands-On Games’ of 2016 – Part 1

The 'Hands-On Games' of 2016 - Part 1

2015 was a prolific year for the gaming industry, with quite a few noteworthy titles making their way into the headlines, whilst developers brought groundbreaking CGI and state-of-the-art highlights, changing the shape of the gaming experience for good.

Whether they were short, but engaging stories or action-fueled games meant to galvanize people into a surge of adrenalin and emotions, 2015 set the visual benchmark for the following years.

The ensuing list, examining the major highly anticipated headlines of the following year will see enthusiasts gasping as another big year is just around the corner with a bunch of mouth-watering goodies!

Plenty of conventions and events, such as OrcaCon, PAX, E3, Comic-Con and others have been announced in advance, keeping gamers posted with reference to any big news or updates. With a lengthy list of videogames awaiting a release date, fans and devoted players can rest assured that they will have enough material to go through for a whole year,

Structured in twelve parts, so as to cover the ‘hands-on games’ of each month, the list will approach titles regardless of their choice of platform.


Assassin’s Creed Chronicles

A third-part series with a side-scrolling platform, exploring different environments and time periods, with each Chronicle delivering players into an entirely different outset: China, India, Russia. The latter two are expected to be released on January 12 and February 9. Imbuing the same iconic perspective and breathtaking vistas, the spin-off miniseries will be visually enticing and intense from the gameplay perspective, encompassing stealth, action and mystery.

Gone Home

An experience unlike any other – coming from The Fullbright Company, an interactive storytelling adventure presented from a first-person perspective. Highly engaging, dramatic, tranquil and innovative, Gone Home is currently available for PC and awaits an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release on 12 January.

Numerous reviewers and critics rated the game as being very original, bearing an authentic, atmospheric ambience.

The Banner Saga

The sympathetic Scandinavian-themed RPG blending tactical elements and turn-based combat will finally be available for the latest gaming platforms, PS4 and Xbox One. An artful game, it got popular through its outstanding visuals, inspired from the gorgeous art of American illustrator Eyvind Earle. The somewhat naïve design, paired with a turn-based combat engagement focuses on building formations of characters able to complement each other. A mélange of various fantasy game or novel series, The Banner Saga is an epic viking saga facing players with strategic choices in a glacial, Scandinavian setting.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

The hack and slash RPG will be released on PC on January 15, a matter which brings plenty of excitement to Capcom fans, who have been waiting since 2012 for such rousing news. An amalgamation of elements pertaining to Dark Souls and Devil May Cry, Dragon’s Dogma is a game featuring dark action, colossal enemies and sufficient replayable content riddled with RPG sections and nonetheless superb visuals.

Darkest Dungeon

Rich in literary context and old school RPG, Darkest Dungeon essentially sees players in a medieval context, relating to bizarre fiends living in an eerie, labyrinthine mansion. To be released for PC on January 19, with a PS4 and PS Vita release announced for the ensuing months.

Resident Evil Zero

The enhanced version of Resident Evil will be released on the 22nd of January, featuring a revamped version of the survival horror game, initially released in 2002. Following the ghastly encounters with cannibalistic beings in the Arklay Mountains, the game has the player control two protagonists  through a series of dangerous occurrences which they must surpass.

Lego Marvel’s Avengers

To be released on January 26 for multiple platforms, the game is an extension of the Lego Marvel series, this time coming back with over two hundred playable characters pertaining to the Marvel Universe and comic books. An assembly of the Avengers and other prominent characters, the game will prompt players to defend the populace of the world with the aid of their characters’ mighty powers.

This War of Mine: The Little Ones

Seen from the perspective of children, the war survival extension, The Little Ones tells the uneasy story of adults and children interacting in an environment struck by famine and strife. The strategic spin-off will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 29.

… to be continued

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