While 2016 still has that “new year smell,” we already have details on this year’s hottest games. Maybe you finally finished Fallout 4 and Witcher 3, and if you did, how did you possibly find the time? Let’s assume you’re all caught up for argument’s sake, and you are ready to set your sights on the next big hits in 2016.
Today we’re looking look at the best PS4 games in 2016 that show the most promise.
The Most Anticipated PS4 Games of 2016
Here they are my friends, 2016’s most promising PS4 titles! Keep in mind that I chose this list based on what I’ve seen. There’s no telling how good (or great) these games will be until I get them in my hands. Keep in mind that games like Final Fantasy VII and Kingdom Hearts III won’t be on here because we don’t have any confirmation they’ll be out this year.
Keep checking back though, because we’ll be updating this list (presented in no particular order, mind you) as new dates and titles are announced!
1.Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Release Date: April 26th, 2016)
What’s there to say about Uncharted 4 that hasn’t already been said? This is one of Sony’s flagship titles. From what developer Naughty Dog is saying, it’s probably the last time we’ll see the rugged and epic treasure hunter, Nathan Drake, in action.
This title takes place three years after the third game and features amazing new set piece moments and awesome third-person shooting action. I sampled the multiplayer beta myself and it’s turning out amazing so far. The story will feature Drake’s brother, Sam, as they are pulled into yet another treasure hunting adventure involving pirates and high stakes.
2. No Man’s Sky (Release Date: June 2016)
This little sci-fi gem took everyone by surprise when it debuted what feels like an eternity ago. The game has been building hype ever since, but luckily it’s finally coming out this year. Developer Hello Games is promising an open world experience that allows you to explore an entire galaxy of randomly generated planets.
We’re not talking a few hundred or even a few thousand. This game is able to generate 18 quintillion worlds to be explored by players. Discover, explore, and choose your path as a space pirate, merchant, or anything in between. It’s a massive and incredible looking game.
3. Doom (Release Date: Spring 2016)
When I was kid, long before my parents understood the ESRB rating system, I played Doom II on my little Mac computer. I was terrible at it, and utterly terrified of the demons in the game seeing as how I was way to young to be playing it. Despite possible trauma, that game made me fall in love with first person shooters.
Fast forward to now and ID Software is bringing us a brand new game in the series for PS4. It’s time to jump back into the sci-fi horror world where demons escape from Hell and wreak havoc on humanity. Crazy blood and gore, action, and awesome weapons await!
4 Dishonored 2 (Release Date: Spring 2016)
The first Dishonored came out of left field, submerging us in a new and awesome world where a mysterious character known as The Outsider gave powers to a man who was accused of assassinating the empress. The freedom to choose how you tackled your path to vengeance and the ability to play through the whole game without killing a single target or enemy are just some of the reasons it was so unique.
Now we have the sequel coming out where we get to play as the daughter of the aforementioned empress. Judging by the trailer, she’s got some powers of her own. This should be fun!
5. Horizon Zero Dawn (Release Date: TBD 2016)
Horizon Zero Dawn is an incredible new title from Killzone developers Guerilla Games. It’s set 1,000 years into the future where robots have taken over and humanity exists only as tribes of primitive people trying to survive. The main heroine, Aloy uses a bow and arrow combination to fight giant mechanical enemies and use their own weapons against them.
It’s gorgeous, it’s unique, and it’s exclusive to PS4. Check out the gameplay walkthrough above for more!
6. The Last Guardian (Release Date: TBD 2016)
What began as a PS3 successor to the amazing Shadow of the Colossus has now been through darkness and back. For a long time we all assumed it was canceled, but it’s back and looking better than ever! The Last Guardian stars a young boy and his companion which looks to be a mixture between a griffin and some sort of cat?
Not sure on that front, but these games always have unique and powerful stories. This one should be no different. Expect some awesome gameplay mechanics, puzzles, and amazing graphics.
7. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Release Date: August 23, 2016)
Deus Ex is one of the most well-known cyberpunk RPG series in gaming. The return of this legacy on the PS3 was a wild success, and now the next chapter is coming to PS4. Step into the shoes of Adam Jensen, a man enhanced by cybernetic implants trapped in a world where corporations rule and augmentation divides humanity. Whether you prefer stealth or the heavy-handed approach, this game has it all for the sci-fi RPG fans out there.
8. Hitman (Release Date: March 11, 2016)
Hitman is another classic series getting a revival on PS4. This one has an interesting approach, though, because the entire game isn’t being released at launch. Instead, you can pay $60 when it releases for access to the first three areas and six campaign missions. Over the course of the year after launch they will add new content and areas each month.
It’s a unique approach that allows them to tailor new content based on feedback. You’re not paying anything more for the full game either. That $60 gets you “everything” according to the company. No season pass to worry about here.
9. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst (Release Date: May 24, 2016)
Mirror’s Edge paved the way for games to use parkour in a first person perspective. The unique setting in a futuristic city oppressed by the government was awesome and the gameplay was tight and fun.
Now EA is bringing the series back by going to the roots for a new title starring a brand new storyline. It retains the feel of the first one, but it’s taking a fresh approach to the concept.
10. Ratchet & Clank (Release Date: April 12, 2016)
Ratchet and Clank was one of the games that defined the PS2 era. Now the developer, Insomniac, is reimagining the original game and bringing it back with a fresh story that keeps most of the same beats, while adding new content to flesh out the characters more.
It’s coming out this year just in time for the animated film of the same name.
11. Final Fantasy XV (Release Date: TBD 2016)
Ah yes, the elusive Final Fantasy XV. Does it look great? You bet, but there’s not a ton of information about the game just yet beyond a demo and some videos. It will probably be awesome, but it has a lot of hype behind it. The only way to know for sure is to wait and see. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer!
12. Tom Clancy’s The Division (Release Date: March 8, 2016)
The Division has been building hype for some time now. The game takes place after a terrorist attack unleashes a virus attached to our physical currency on Black Friday of all days The government collapses and you play as a member of the Strategic Homeland Division or “The Division” for short.
They are the last line of defense in situations like this where everything falls apart. Explore open world New York with friends online as you fight against enemies and customize your character with new gear and weapons.
13. For Honor (Release Date: TBD 2016)
This insane multiplayer sword fighting game from Ubisoft was announced at E3 2015. Play as Vikings, Samurai, and Knights in equal measure. It was recently confirmed that the game would have a single player component after backlash from fans about Ubisoft leaving out single player in their recent titles.
14. Detroit: Become Human (Release Date: TBD 2016)
From Quantic Dream, the studio that brought us Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, this game stars an android name Kara who gains self-awareness and escapes into a futuristic Detroit where androids are typically used as servants and tools for humans. Knowing this studio, the story will be quite something. Check out the trailer for a sneak peek.
15. Street Fighter V (Release Date: February 16, 2016)
Street Fighter V is coming to us this year as a PS4 exclusive. The ongoing fighting game series is bringing back old favorites and some new characters. A neat feature is that you’ll be able to either purchase, or earn extra characters as you play.
16. Tekken 7 (Release Date: TBD 2016)
Tekken 7 is making the leap from the arcade to your living room! On top of that, the iconic fighting series is going to support PlayStation VR! As usual the game looks polished and pristine. Fighting game fans will want to pick this one up when it comes out this year.
17. Homefront: The Revolution (Release Date May 17, 2016)
Homefront was a unique little game for the PS3 that felt a lot like the movie Red Dawn where America is invaded by a foreign country. In this case it was North Korea. In this new entry, the game is much bigger and more in-depth than ever before. Let’s see if it can give Call of Duty a run for its money when it releases in May.
18. Dark Souls III (Release Date: April 12, 2016)
I’ve never been very good at the Dark Souls games, but I don’t think anyone really is, which is kind of the point. The new one is coming this year, and it’s supposed to be the final game in the series. Many pain-loving fans are excited for this one.
19. Mass Effect: Andromeda (Release Date: TBD 2016)
Mass Effect is one of the greatest sci-fi RPG series that Bioware has ever done. The new one takes place in our neighboring galaxy, Andromeda. We don’t know a ton about it just yet, but suffice to say, this is going to be an amazing game and possibly the beginning of a new series.
20. Psychonauts: In the Rhombus of Ruin (PlayStation VR)
Full disclosure, I squealed like a little girl when I saw this announcement. One of my favorite games of all time, hands down, is the original Psychonauts. In 2015, not only was this announced, but the Psychonauts 2 campaign was started. The sequel is funded and set for a 2017 release date, but it’s highly possible we’ll see this in 2016.
Now, this is the first game on our list to be developed for PlayStation VR. This particular title picks up right where the first game left off and bridge the gap between the first and second Psychonauts games. All in all, this is why pushed me over the edge to buy PS VR when it releases.
21. Firewatch (Release Date: February 9, 2016)
Firewatch is the next in a long line of first-person adventure/survival games that have been coming out recently. This one stars a man named Henry who works as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness during the summer of 1989. You don’t get any guns or ways of defending yourself. The only help you have is your contact on the radio named Delilah.
The game’s events will pull you away from the tower and soon you’ll find out that you’re not the only one in the forest. This one relies heavily on the dialogue and story, which is why the great voice cast and the eerie environment are the perfect setting.
22. What Remains of Edith Finch (Release Date: TBD 2016)
What Remains of Edith Finch is a game from a developer called Giant Sparrow who previously made the Unfinished Swan. Their new title leans more towards the creepy side of things. It’s a collection of short stories about a family in Washington State who just so happens to be cursed.
Each story focuses on a different family member and runs from the early 1900s to the present day. Each story changes the tone and gameplay too, which will be really interesting. Eventually, you’ll solve the mystery of why Edith Finch is the only living member of family.
23. Far Cry: Primal (Release Date: February 23, 2016)
The newest Far Cry takes place over 12,000 years ago in an open world filled with mammoths, saber-toothed cats, and other prehistoric creatures. You’ll play as the member of a tribe and use ancient weapons. You’ll also have the ability to tame animals and build up a tribe of your own over the course of the game.
It’s a bold change for the series, but it could be just what the game needs to be on top of everyone’s list again. We’ll just have to wait and see.
24. Gravity Rush Remastered/Gravity Rush 2 (Release Date: February 9, 2016 for Remaster/TBD 2016 for Sequel)
Gravity Rush was an incredibly unique and fun action game for the PS Vita that never really got the attention it deserved. Now the original is being remastered for PS4, and their making a sequel on the console to boot!
What makes this so much fun? Your character, Kat, can manipulate gravity and change its orientation to flip the world around, build momentum for fighting enemies, and more. The game has a gorgeous cel-shaded art style that makes the game’s world pop.
25. The Tomorrow Children (Release Date: TBD 2016)
This title comes from the same developer who is best known for their work on the Pixel Junk series. The game is an open world sandbox adventure that relies on cooperation and social economics. It has a decidedly Soviet Union theme to it with the setting being in a post-apocalyptic dystopia.
The game has a Pixar-like graphical style that uses new technology to produce high-quality graphics and apparently extremely good lighting as well. This one may be worth playing for the graphics alone by the sounds of it.
26. Matterfall (Release Date: TBD 2016)
This is the new title from Housemarque who made Resogun when the PS4 was first released. It takes place on a ravaged sci-fi world that’s under attack by an alien material known as “Smart Matter.” The main character uses agility and powerful weapons to explore the world and save it from the coming threat.
The game will surely have an arcade feel with plenty of action when it releases sometime this year.
27. The Witness (Release Date: January 26, 2016)
The Witness is the next upcoming game from Jonathan Blow who made Braid on the previous generation of consoles. The Witness has been building hype since the PS4 was announced and it’s finally coming out in January of this year.
The game places you on an abandoned island where you will explore and solve puzzles to find out who you are and why you’re there. The game has a solid voice cast, but it’s supposed to be different than most other games you’ve played.
28. Rime (Release Date: TBD 2016)
Rime is an atmospheric adventure/puzzle game where a boy must survive on an island alone. The pastel color scheme gives the game a unique look, and the focus on atmosphere lends a feel to it that reminds me of games like Bioshock and Shadow of the Colossus.
This one has been quiet for some time now, but it’s more than likely we’ll see the full title release in 2016.
29. Dreams (Release Date: TBD 2016)
Dreams is the new PS4-exclusive title from Media Molecule who previously made Little Big Planet and Tearaway. This new game keeps the focus on user-created content, but it’s a little more, shall we say, abstract?
In the game you create dreams which can come in the form of art, games, films, music, or any other number of things. It’s hard to describe, so I recommend you check out the trailer, but don’t expect to completely understand it then either.
30. 100 Foot Robot Golf (PlayStation VR)
This game is just ridiculous, but that’s half the reason I like it so much. The game has you literally playing golf with giant robots in destructible environments, all while using PlayStation VR. There’s even a story mode that takes you through the stories of some of the most famous robot golfers.
It’s so ridiculous, I can’t even get over it. Still, it looks awesome.
31. Job Simulator (PlayStation VR)
This is another ridiculous one. It takes place in a future where robots have taken over for humans in the workplace. The game uses two PlayStation Move controllers as your hands to interact with the environment as you look around and perform your menial tasks. Much like the other “simulator” games lately, this looks appropriately ridiculous.
32. Battleborn (Release Date: TBD 2016)
All the stars and planets in the universe are gone, except for one. Solus is the last star in the universe and every species from everywhere is coming to stake their claim. You know what that means? Fighting, lots of fighting.
This one comes to us from Gearbox, the makers of Borderlands. As usual, it will feature wacky and awesome characters, along with funny writing and bonkers weapons.
33. Ni No Kuni 2 (Release Date: TBD 2016)
This one may lose its place in 2016, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it will be here this year. Once again, Level-5 will be working with Studio Ghibli to create a gorgeous anime style RPG. The first game was very well received, so there’s no doubt in my mind that this exclusive will be another hit for PS4 RPG fans.
34. Eagle Flight (PlayStation VR)
Yet another VR title for PS4, this title is coming to us from Ubisoft and has you playing as a bird as it soars over a version of Paris that has been abandoned by humans for 50 years. Why, I do not know. The game will have single player missions, collectibles, and dogfight multiplayer for up to six people.
Imagine soaring over the city and looking around with your head in each direction. This one looks awesome!
35. Rez Infinite (PlayStation VR)
Rez was a massively successful rhythm game for the PS2 that game out in 2001. It’s coming to the PS4 now and it’s going to be compatible with PlayStation VR. This trippy kind of game feels right at home on a VR headset. I can’t image you’ll be able to marathon it though, as it will probably give you a headache.
36. NieR: Automata (Release Date: TBD 2016)
The original Nier was a cult hit on the PS3 and a super unique world to explore. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’ve always loved that game. Now there’s a sequel coming, and I couldn’t be happier. The PS4 is seriously getting some awesome new RPG games in 2016!
What games are you most looking forward to in 2016? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert Date - January 14, 2016