The most anticipated video games of 2016

Here are the video games to be looking forward to in 2016 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Wii U platforms.

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1 of 41 AlphaDream

Mario & Luigi Paper Jam

We love Nintendo's "Paper" series of games and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam for the 3DS looks to continue the role-playing fun in portable form. (3DS; January 22)

2 of 41 Thekla, Inc

The Witness

The creator of indie-darling Braid is back with The Witness, an open-world exploration game that aims to tell a complex philosophical tale through the use of line-based puzzles. (PS4, PC; January 26)

3 of 41 Coldwood Interactive


Unravel focuses on Yarny, a creature made of yarn who explores the world around him using his own body. Players must balance how much yarn they have left, all while keeping little Yarny in one piece. (PS4, XBO, PC; February 9)

4 of 41 Campo Santo


Firewatch is a first-person adventure game that follows the story of a volunteer park fire lookout after the infamous Yellowstone fires that occurred in 1988. (PS4, PC; February 9)

5 of 41 Firaxis Games


The sequel to the legacy turn-based action game that saw mass critical and commercial success hits early in 2016. (PC; February 5)

6 of 41 Capcom

Street Fighter V

The venerable 2D fighting game is back with a brand new "V-Gauge" special attack system and 16 characters at launch. (PS4, PC; February 16)

7 of 41 Ubisoft Montreal

Far Cry Primal

Instead of cars, planes and buggies, Far Cry Primal will have players getting around on prehistoric animals and attempting to survive life in the Mesolithic period. (PS4, XBO, PC; February 23)

8 of 41 Ubisoft

Tom Clancy's The Division

This open-world online multiplayer title has players trying to restore order in New York City after a pandemic spreads on Black Friday. (PS4, XBO, PC; March 8)

9 of 41 From Software

Dark Souls III

The fourth entry in the Souls franchise, Dark Souls III promises more painstakingly difficult action-RPG combat and adventure. (PS4, XBO, PC; March 24)

10 of 41 Remedy Entertainment

Quantum Break

The Max Payne and Alan Wake veteran developers at Remedy Entertainment are back with a time-bending narrative-driven third-person action game. (XBO; April 5)

11 of 41 Insomniac Games

Ratchet & Clank

Insomniac Games' classic platforming game is not only getting a feature film in 2016, but also a proper reboot. (PS4; April 12)

12 of 41 Nintendo & PlatinumGames

Star Fox Zero

Following the classic gameplay for which the series is known, Star Fox Zero will let players control pilot Fox McCloud through various Airwing levels. (Wii U; April 22)

13 of 41 Naughty Dog

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Nathan Drake's final adventure is upon us in what's likely the most anticipated PS4 game ever. (PS4; April 26)

14 of 41 Gearbox Software


The self-described "hero-shooter" from the maker of the Borderlands series is back with a brand-new first-person shooter. (PS4, XBO, PC; May 3)

15 of 41 EA DICE

Mirror's Edge Catalyst

The reboot of 2008's free-running first-person game aims to reinvent the series while honoring its cult legacy. (PS4, XBO, PC; May 24)

16 of 41 Eidos Montreal

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

The cyberpunk action RPG is back with a new installment, further expanding the story of a world where augmented humans and "naturals" are endlessly at odds. (PS4, XBO, PC; August 23)

17 of 41 Hello Games

No Man's Sky

One of the most hyped independent games ever, No Man's Sky promises an endless gameplay adventure through the use of a procedurally generated open universe. (PS4, PC; June)

18 of 41 BioWare

Mass Effect Andromeda

Andromeda will take place long after the events of the original Mass Effect trilogy and weave a brand-new space action saga in the process. (PS4, XBO, PC; TBA 2016)

19 of 41 Reagent Games

Crackdown 3

The sandbox shooter is back after more than five years and promises a huge, desctructable open world to explore. (XBO; TBA 2016)

20 of 41 CD Projekt RED

Cyberpunk 2077

Based on the cyberpunk tabletop games, developer CD Projekt RED (makers of The Witcher series) is said to be targeting its release for the end of 2016. (platforms TBA; TBA 2016)

21 of 41 Arkane Studios

Dishonored 2

Dishonored 2 will take place 15 years after the first game and continue the title's fantastic stealth gameplay and unique superhuman abilities. (PS4, XBO, PC; TBA 2016)

22 of 41 id Software


The over-the-top staple in the realm of first-person-shooters is back again with a brand-new reboot from the game's original developer. (PS4. XBO, PC; TBA 2016)

23 of 41 Media Molecule


From the studio that gave us LittleBigPlanet comes a new game that will allow players to interact with 3D objects in an abstract world. (PS4; TBA 2016)

24 of 41 Square Enix

Final Fantasy VII Remake

The Final Fantasy VII Remake will retell the story from the original game, but we've just found out that it will be playable in separate episodic chapters. (PS4; TBA 2016)

25 of 41 Square Enix

Final Fantasy XV

The newest installment in the Final Fantasy series is set to hit some time in 2016 and said to take place in a world similar to modern-day Earth. (PS4, XBO; TBA 2016)

26 of 41 Ubisoft Montreal

For Honor

For Honor is a new property from Ubisoft Montreal featuring a unique sword combat melee system, set during the medieval period. (PS4, XBO, PC; TBA 2016)

27 of 41 Giant Squid


Abzu is a unique and tranquil diving simulation game that emphasizes exploration and interaction with aquatic creatures. (PS4, PC; TBA 2016)

28 of 41 The Coalition

Gears of War 4

One of the Xbox's franchise players will return in 2016 and act as a direct sequel to Gears of War 3. (XBO; TBA 2016)

29 of 41 genDESIGN & SCE Japan Studio

The Last Guardian

The long awaited story of a boy and his giant eagle-dog-pet-creature will finally be released on PlayStation 4 some time in 2016. (PS4; TBA 2016)

30 of 41 Ninja Theory


The makers of Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West are back with a new game featuring a female protagonist that must face psyhotic manifestations within her mind. (PS4, XBO; TBA 2016)

31 of 41 Ubisoft Paris

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands

The Ghost Recon series returns with Wildlands, which will take the form of an open-world shooter set in a world where Bolivia is the world's largest supplier of cocaine. (PS4, XBO, PC; TBA 2016)

32 of 41 Studio MDHR


Looking like it was ripped from a 1930s cartoon, Cuphead is a challenging platforming title with a truly unique art style and jaw-dropping presentation. (XBO, PC; TBA 2016)

33 of 41 Guerrilla Games

Horizon Zero Dawn

From the makers of the Killzone series, Horizon Zero Dawn is an action role-playing-game set far into the future where humanity's numbers are dwindled and the world has been overtaken by a race of animal-robot hybrid lifeforms. (PS4; TBA 2016)

34 of 41 Dambuster Studios

Homefront: The Revolution

Homefront: The Revolution will take place four years after the events of the first game, where a rising North Korean regime invaded the United States. (PS4, XBO, PC; TBA 2016)

35 of 41 Hangar 13

Mafia III

Mafia III's debut trailer caught our attention with its compelling backstory. It's 1968, New Orleans, and you play as Vietnam vet Lincoln Clay who has just joined "The Black Mob." (PS4, XBO, PC; TBA 2016)

36 of 41 Blizzard Entertainment


Blizzard's upcoming multiplayer shooter will force players to rely on cooperative gameplay and offer various heroes with unique skills and abilities. (PS4, XBO, PC; TBA 2016)

37 of 41 SCE Japan Studio

Gravity Rush 2

The cult-classic inventive and world-bending Gravity Rush is getting a highly anticipated sequel exclusively on the PS4. (PS4; TBA 2016)

38 of 41 Ubisoft San Fransisco

South Park and the Fractured But Whole

The sequel to the acclaimed "Stick of Truth" turn-based action role-playing-game featuring everyone's favorite small-town mountain kids will be getting a sequel based off the TV show's superhero storyline gag. (PS4, XBO, PC; TBA 2016)

39 of 41 Fullbright


From the studio responsible for indie-hit "Gone Home" comes a story about a lunar station 200,000 miles from Earth called Tacoma. (XBO, PC; TBA 2016)

40 of 41 Comcept & Armature Studio


We don't know much about ReCore, but we're intruiged by the relationship between the game's protagonist and a glowing core orb. (XBO, TBA 2016)

41 of 41 Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda Wii U

Could it be that 2016 is the year we actually get a new Zelda game? Nintendo says it's happening. (Wii U; TBA 2016)

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