Most Anticipated PC Games of 2016

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Doom. © id Software

Release Date: Q2 2016
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Sci-Fi
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Doom

Doom is a reboot of the Doom series and is easily one of the most anticipated games for 2016. It is scheduled for release on Microsoft Windows, PS4, and Xbox One systems in the first half of 2016. The game will reboot one of the most legendary series and is the first title since 2004's Doom 3. Many of the classic weapons found in previous games will make their return such as the super shotgun, BFG 9000, chainsaw, and many more. Doom will also employ a combat system called push forward which many early first person shooters utilized. This method encourages players to fight instead of taking shelter behind objects and discourages players from stopping to regain health. Health and armor power-ups can be found in various locations throughout the levels. In addition to the single player mode, multiplayer modes include deathmatch, domination, freeze tag, and arena.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Screenshot
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Screenshot. © Square Enix

Release Date: Aug 23, 2016
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Sci-Fi
Game Modes: Single player
Game Series: Deus Ex

Another highly anticipated PC game of 2016 comes from another classic video game series. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is the sequel to 2011 Deus Ex: Human Revolution and features the same main protagonist. The game includes gameplay features from a number of different genre including first person shooters, action role-playing games, and stealth elements. The game is set 2 years after the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and set in Prague. Players will once again control Adam Jensen, who is an augmented human and centers around some of the mysterious events over the past two years.

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Tom Clancy's The Division

Tom Clancy's The Division Screenshot
Tom Clancy's The Division Screenshot. © Ubisoft

Release Date: Mar 6, 2016
Genre: Third Person Shooter
Theme: Post-Apocalyptic
Game Modes: Multiplayer
Game Series: Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy's The Division is a post-apocalyptic third-person shooter set in New York City after a smallpox pandemic has swept across the United States. After the collapse of the U.S. Government the city and country have fallen into chaos. Players take on the role of an operative in the Strategic Homeland Division or "The Division" who have been trained to operate on their own without command. Their mission is to investigate the source of the smallpox outbreak and attempt to restore order. The game is played from the third-person perspective and allows players to carry weapons and explosives. The environment in Tom Clancy's The Division is a fully destructible open world that gives players the freedom to explore. The game is due out on March 6, 2016. The new style of gameplay and setting of Tom Clancy's The Division is making it one of the most anticipated games of the year.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda

Mass Effect Andromeda
Mass Effect Andromeda. © Electronic Arts

Release Date: Q4 2016
Genre: Action role-playing
Theme: Sci-Fi
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Mass Effect

The Mass Effect trilogy was a masterpiece of storytelling and fans of that chapter are have high hopes for the next story in the Mass Effect universe, making it one of the top 5 most anticipated PC games for 2016. Mass Effect: Andromeda is a sequel to Mass Effect 3 that is scheduled for release in Q4 of 2016 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems. The gameplay is rumored to be similar to that of the previous Mass Effect games where players take on the role of a human male or female character. The game is also said to take place many years after the events of the first three Mass Effect games making the likelihood slim that any characters from the original trilogy will be featured.

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Dishonored 2

Dishonored 2 Screenshot
Dishonored 2 Screenshot. © Bethesda Softworks

Release Date: TBA 2016
Genre: Action/Adventure, Stealth
Theme: Sci-Fi, Steampunk
Game Modes: Single player
Game Series: Dishonored

Dishonored 2 is an action/adventure steal game and sequel to Dishonored released in 2012. The game returns to steampunk city of Dunwall some 15 years after the events of the first game and the Dunwall Plague. Full details on the gameplay and storyline have been released but players will have the option to play as Corvo Attano, the protagonist from the first game. An official release date for Dishonored 2 has not yet been confirmed but a tentative 2016 has been announced

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Dark Souls III

Dark Souls III Screenshot
Dark Souls III Screenshot. © Bandai Namco Entertainment

Release Date: Apr 12, 2016
Genre: Action Role-Playing
Theme: Fantasy
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Dark Souls

Dark Souls III is an action role-playing game and fourth title in the Dark Souls series. Played in the third person perspective the gameplay is very close to that of Dark Souls II. Players can be equipped with a wide variety of weapons and equipment. Gameplay in Dark Souls III will feature a number of new elements such as Ready Stance which allows for players to deal more damage, gravestones as well as a greater focus on role-playing over simply hack 'n slash combat. The game will feature both a single-player and multiplayer modes.

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Far Cry Primal

Far Cry Primal Screenshot
Far Cry Primal Screenshot. © Ubisoft

Release Date: Mar 1, 2016
Genre: Action/Adventure
Theme: Pre-Historic
Game Modes: Single player
Game Series: Far Cry

Far Cry Primal is a departure from the typical storyline, setting, and gameplay found in all of the previous Far Cry games. Set in the pre-historic Stone Age, players take on the role of a hunter named Takkar who, through the game, eventually becomes the leader of his tribe. The action packed first person shooter gameplay has been replaced with a action/adventure style gam play where instead of firearms players will use and craft pre-historic weapons such axes, clubs, spears, and bows. In addition to having to craft weapons, players also must learn survival skills such as hunting for food and creating fire. They will also have the ability to tame wild animals which server as companions and can assist in combat. The game is planned for a March 1st release and will be single player only.

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XCOM 2 Screenshot
XCOM 2 Screenshot. © 2K Games

Release Date: Feb 5, 2016
Genre: Strategy, Turn Based Tactics
Theme: Sci-Fi
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: XCOM

XCOM 2 is the follow up to the XCOM reboot from 2012 titled XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Originally scheduled for a fall 2015 release, XCOM 2 was delayed to Feb 2016 to allow Firaxis to "...make it the best possible game". Like previous XCOM games, XCOM 2 is a turn-based tactics strategy game where players control a squad of soldiers as the complete various missions against aliens. The story for XCOM 2 takes place 20 years after the events of XCOM Enemy Unknown; the aliens won the war, control Earth and have reduced XCOM to little more than a feeble resistance force. Players take on the role of a former XCOM commander as they try to rebuild XCOM in secret and take Earth back!

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands Screenshot
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands Screenshot. © Ubisoft

Release Date:TBA 2016
Genre: Action, Tactical First-Person Shooter
Theme: Modern Military
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands is the tenth game to be released in the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series of tactical shooters. The game will feature an open game world set in Bolivia as players take on a large drug cartel. The game also marks a return from the futuristic setting of the more recent Ghost Recon releases to the present, modern era. The game also features an open game world which is a first for the series, this allows players the freedom to complete missions and side quests in any order. Players will also have the ability to form relationships with non-playable characters which can impact the outcome of various missions and the game. The single player portion allows players to give orders to three AI-controlled squadmates while the multiplayer portion of the game includes four-player co-operative play. At the time of this writing, an official release date has yet to be announced.

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Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Mirror's Edge Catalyst Screenshot
Mirror's Edge Catalyst Screenshot. © Electronic Arts

Release Date: May 24, 2016
Genre: Action/Adventure
Theme: Sci-Fi
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Game Series: Mirror's Edge

Mirror's Edge Catalyst is an action/adventure game where players take on the role of Faith Conners as they use parkour style movement as they explore the futuristic city of Glass. Rather than a sequel to the original Mirror's Edge released back in 2008, Mirror's Edge Catalyst is considered a reboot of the series with players having the objective of bringing down huge corporate conglomerates who rule over the city. The game has removed weapons for the players who must then survive by running, dodging and melee attacks against their enemies. Mirror's Edge Catalyst will also feature a multiplayer component that features synchronous play in which actions that players take will impact the game world for other players.

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Overwatch Screenshot
Overwatch Screenshot. © Blizzard Entertainment

Release Date: May 24, 2016
Genre: Action, First Person ShooterAction/Adventure
Theme: Sci-Fi
Game Modes: Multiplayer, Co-OperativeSingle player, multiplayer

Overwatch is the first new video game franchise from Blizzard Entertainment in nearly 20 years. It is a multiplayer first person shooter that features team combat in a squad-based format.

Players choose their characters from a list of heroes each of which has a unique set of abilities and fills a role on the team. It features both co-operative and competitive gameplay with matches taking place between two teams of six players each. There are four different game modes as well as four different character roles.