It feels like each year the quality and realism of video games increases exponentially, immersing players into both hyper-realistic worlds as well as unfathomable universes. This year is no exception – with so many new titles that have everyone excited to play. Here are our top 10 picks for the hottest games of 2016. Whether you own Windows, Playstation 4 or just a smartphone, chances are there’s a game here for you.
Street Fighter V
Street Fighter V is the latest installment in the hugely popular Street Fighter series. Published by Capcom, it contains 16 initial characters, 4 of which are entirely new to the series. This latest edition of the arcade classic features a story mode, as well an online multi-player option, allowing to play any other fighter around the world. Street Fighter V is available for Windows and PlayStation 4.
Quantum Break is a sci-fi based third-person shooter game, developed by Remedy Entertainment. With gameplay similar to other titles in the third-person shooter genre, the game’s plot centers around time travel, the butterfly effect, and other common science fiction themes. Quantum Break is available for Windows and Xbox One.
Another hot game of the year is Overwatch, the new multiplayer first-person shooter from Blizzard Entertainment. Gameplay involves players being broken into two teams of six, with players able to choose from a wide variety of characters. Each character assumes one of four main roles: Offense, Defense, Tank, and Support. Overwatch is available for Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Rebooting the iconic original series, Doom is a first-person shooter that practically defined the first-person shooter genre. As the first major installment in the series in 2004, this latest edition was long-awaited by its large and endearing fan base. The gameplay includes an original, single-player “story mode”, as well as an online multiplayer version. Doom is available for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Dark Souls III
The Dark Souls series has been extremely popular among fans of the action role-playing genre since its first installment, and this latest 2016 release is no exception. Developed by From Software, this third-person action game takes place in the fictional Kingdom of Lothric, with protagonists fighting off the evil forces of the undead. Dark Souls III is available for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Hitman is a third-person action adventure game, centered around the protagonist Agent 47, a bioengineered super assassin. Developed IO Interactive, this is the sixth installment in the series, the gameplay is notable for the large amount of control players have in determining methods of assassination. Hitman is available for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Hyper Light Drifter
Hyper Light Drifter is a brand new 2D action role-playing game that pays homage to many classics from the 80s and 90s. Developed by Heart Machine, the gameplay has been compared to such titles as Zelda and Diablo. Hyper Light Drifter is available for a wide variety of platforms, including Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4 and more.
No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky is a hugely anticipated action-adventure survival game, scheduled for released in early August. The gameplay has multiple layers involving exploration, survival, combat and trading, all in a gorgeously-detailed 3D environment. No Man’s Sky will be available for Windows and PlayStation 4.
Final Fantasy XV
Another much-anticipated release this year is the latest edition in the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy XV. Set for release in late September, this latest installment will feature all of the gameplay hallmarks that fans of the RPG genre have come to expect from developer Square Enix. It will also be the first game in the series created for the PlayStation 4 platform.
Lastly, it would be hard to talk about video games in 2016 without mentioning Pokémon Go. The gameplay involves an augmented reality experience, in which players search for Pokémon in real-life places. As we have covered elsewhere on our blog, this free mobile app is literally taking the world by storm, with just about everyone out and about trying to catch them all. Pokémon Go is available for free on both Android and iOS platforms.
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