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Most Anticipated Game of 2016

Most Anticipated Game of 2016 - Article

by Evan Norris , posted on 09 January 2016 / 7,356 Views

All signs point to 2016 being a spectacular year for video games. Fans can look forward to new instalments from several beloved series, including Mass Effect, Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, Ratchet & Clank, Star Fox, Fire Emblem, Gears of War, and many, many more IPs. There are also plenty of great-looking indie games on the horizon: No Man's Sky, The Witness, and Cuphead, to name just a handful. It was a herculean task narrowing down such a long list of high-potential games into a short list of nominees. But we did it. The following games are the ones we're most interested in playing in the new year.

 

 

The Nominees Are:

 

The Last Guardian

 

 

The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)

The Legend of Zelda

 

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

 

 

Persona 5

 Persona 5

 

No Man's Sky

 No Man's Sky

 

Final Fantasy XV

 

 

 

 

 

And the Winner is...

 

 

 

No Man's Sky

Community's Choice - The Legend of Zelda Wii U (28% of the votes)

No Man's Sky is already a success story for the developers at Hello Games. The indie adventure game has received a huge amount of attention and screen time at industry conferences, and market leader Sony has promised to put the "full weight of PlayStation behind it." What's more, legions of fans can't wait to play it. And why not? The promise and potential of Hello Games' procedurally generated open universe is staggering. PlayStation 4 and Windows PC gamers will be able to explore planets and galaxies at their leisure, discovering flora and fauna, sharing planet coordinates with friends, collecting resources, and moving closer and closer to the centre of the galaxy. 

Congratulations to No Man's Sky, our Most Anticipated Game of 2016. And Happy New Year to all of you! Let's hope 2016 is happy, healthy, and full of great games.


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kooltrex (on 09 January 2016)

SERIOUSLY? You have Persona 5 Final fantasy 15 Zelda U and Uncharted 4 and you pick that?? Oh come on.

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kooltrex kooltrex (on 09 January 2016)

Oh well its your opinion. Mine is Persona 5.

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swirldude kooltrex (on 09 January 2016)

We picked Persona 5 last year, if it makes you feel any better.
http://www.vgchartz.com/article/253871/most-anticipated-game-of-2015/

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ktay95 kooltrex (on 10 January 2016)

Last years list has a scary number of games that appeared on this years list :P

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Nuvendil kooltrex (on 10 January 2016)

It's the alure of the unprecedented, the exotic. No Man's Sky's premise is so compelling. The other games are spectacular looking as well, but the newness of No Man's Sky has a special alure to it.

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StokedUp kooltrex (on 10 January 2016)

It's probably due to the fact it's a new IP so there's a lot of mystery surrounding it, the feeling of not knowing what to expect makes it more anticipated. Personally mine would of been P5 or FF15 but I can see where they're coming from, I'm really interested in how this game is going to play out.

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kooltrex kooltrex (on 10 January 2016)

Lmao 4 games from last years list are on this years list.

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Boutros (on 09 January 2016)

That's an amazing list of games. I'm most worried about No Man's Sky but if it does deliver on its promises then it'll be an awesome experience.

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Nautilus (on 09 January 2016)

lol no way.No Man Sky looks ambitious and all, but is not as anticipated as Persona 5, FF15 or Zelda.

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gvangoeverden (on 09 January 2016)

Good lord this year is going to be good for gaming

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Fear_Me_All (on 10 January 2016)

Great game list, but bad choice for the winner....IMO.

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Azuren (on 09 January 2016)

That... Was legitimately hard to pick. Holy crap, this is going to be a good year.

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Mystro-Sama (on 09 January 2016)

No Man's Sky better not let me down!!

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Mike321 (on 09 January 2016)

I politely disagree with this one, any other game would have been a better choice

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AbrahamHamdan (on 09 January 2016)

no Horizon: Zero Dawn? really?

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JustBeingReal (on 09 January 2016)

I think Dreams and Horizon Zero Dawn should have been on this list as well.
Personally it's a very tough call between the two of those.

No Man's Sky does look utterly phenomenal, I would definitely like to play all of those games listed as nominees too.
I can to a pretty huge degree agree with that winner TBH, the whole idea of a game with an environment so huge and teaming with life, with the depth of gameplay to take advantage of that has me salivating.
It's the kind of thing I've wished to see in a game ever since I was a little child, watching Star Wars movies, Star Trek, other sci-fi shows and looking at sci-fi art, while playing games since I was young has made me wish for this for decades and now it's finally going to happen. I have great faith in Hello Games.

2016 is an awesome year for video games, probably the best in a very long time!

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Darashiva (on 09 January 2016)

Out of the games on the list here, No Man's Sky is the one I'm least looking forward to. My choice would be either Final Fantasy XV, Persona 5, or Uncharted 4.

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Machina (on 09 January 2016)

No Man's Sky looks so stunning and full of potential. It's like a Jack Vance or Isaac Asimov novel come to life in video game form, which as a sci-fi geek really appeals to me.

I'm glad others on staff thought it deserved the award.

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VXIII Machina (on 09 January 2016)

All of them are full of potential. NMS is the one's that looks the the simplest when it comes to gameplay mechanics. It has its charm, don't get me wrong. But others project are investing heavily in deep gameplay, dynamic systems, and creating characters and a world that can actually grab you emotionally.
Boooooooo.

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Munchies (on 10 January 2016)

Lmao first Splatoon and now this. TLG is one of the most hyped games ever and the mystery surrounding Zelda U is just insane.

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OneKartVita (on 09 January 2016)

All those games bar one are on Playstation. What a great year it has coming!

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Kanemaru (on 11 January 2016)

Even if it was sure that Zelda is released in 2016, I'm absolutly not waiting for it. BTW, why is not Horizon ZD in that list?

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chakkra (on 09 January 2016)

WOW, This is almost the exact same list as last year's. 4 out of 6 games.

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OmegaRed421 (on 09 January 2016)

No Bravely Second love... :-(

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VXIII (on 09 January 2016)

A mile wide, an inch deep...

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Game_God VXIII (on 09 January 2016)

Pretty much

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kooltrex (on 09 January 2016)

SERIOUSLY? You have Persona 5 Final fantasy 15 Zelda U and Uncharted 4 and you pick that?? Oh come on.

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kooltrex kooltrex (on 09 January 2016)

.Oh well its your opinion. Mine is Persona 5.

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oMahly (on 11 January 2016)

WHAT THE HECK? out of all those you picked No Man's Sky. and where is Horizon Zero Dawn?

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Wildcard36qs (on 11 January 2016)

No Mans Sky has shown us absolutely nothing. I have no idea what the point of that game is other than to just explore random planets with random animals that make the same annoying sounds. This game has no depth from what I have seen and I was really really excited about it initially.

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Wildcard36qs (on 11 January 2016)

No Mans Sky has shown us absolutely nothing. I have no idea what the point of that game is other than to just explore random planets with random animals that make the same annoying sounds. This game has no depth from what I have seen and I was really really excited about it initially.

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regin2005 (on 10 January 2016)

My most anticipated games are No Man's Sky, FFXV, The Division and that's it. Between those three I'm looking forward to No Man's Sky the most.

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Shadowfest3 (on 10 January 2016)

I've heard of all these except for No Man's Sky! Maybe I should look into it, now that it's considered the most anticipated. Lol

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Slimebeast (on 10 January 2016)

This thing opened my eyes more for No Man's Sky. I watched more videos about it and it looks very interesting.

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hush404 (on 10 January 2016)

For me it's Horizon: Zero Dawn.

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Sixteenvolt420 (on 10 January 2016)

I do want to play it, but no way is No Man's Sky, the most anticipated.

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StokedUp (on 10 January 2016)

It's probably due to the fact it's a new IP so there's a lot of mystery surrounding it, the feeling of not knowing what to expect makes it more anticipated. Personally mine would of been P5 or FF15 but I can see where they're coming from, I'm really interested in how this game is going to play out.

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ktay95 (on 10 January 2016)

No Mans Sky... probably the least anticipated game on the list :P

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Nem (on 10 January 2016)

I applaud the courageous choice. No man's sky looks to be the most innoative of these titles and capable of redefining games development if it delivers. The last guardian could also be one amazingly unique game. But the others are just hype. Uncharted more of the same. FFXV... geez have we learned nothing from square? We don't even know if it will be a good game yet. Persona 5 and zelda U are steps foward for the respective series, but they won't be breaking any ground. Definitly an interesting choice.

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LipeJJ (on 09 January 2016)

No Man's Sky? Really? I mean, really? A game that showed nothing but generic, souless and random worlds filled with nothing. Good luck with this walking/flying simulator. This will most likely be the most disappointing game of the year. Mark my words. lol

Any of the other 5 games deserved MUCH more and have much more hype surrounding them as well.

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Fear_Me_All LipeJJ (on 10 January 2016)

I agree with you.

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FrozenXIV (on 09 January 2016)

Lol

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jason1637 (on 09 January 2016)

Mine is the Division

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Shikamo (on 09 January 2016)

0 - 10 my expectation for persona 5, final fantasy xv, zelda u, uncharted 4, last guardian is 10/10 but no man's sky .. 7/10 maybe ? not deserves

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Chazore (on 09 January 2016)

Honestly XCOM 2 was mine even though it;s not among the list.

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Bofferbrauer Chazore (on 09 January 2016)

Ikr, mine would be hearts of Iron IV, which is also not listed. Probably considered too niche

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hershel_layton (on 09 January 2016)

2016 is making me extremely hyped. 2015 left me very disappointed. Zelda Wii U, No Man's Sky, New Persona, Final Fantasy, Unannounced mainseries Pokemon...I think people may disagree, but I feel like 2016 will be a better year for gamers. Less disappointments.

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Skratchy (on 09 January 2016)

Lol. Wait. Don't get me wrong, I am stoked as hell for No Man's Sky, it's just surprising to see so many other people are as well. Especially against some huge titles like this. Very promising news for the developer.

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Roronaa_chan Skratchy (on 09 January 2016)

NMS is the staff pick, not community votes
It says right below that Zelda had the most votes, not NMS

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Luke888 (on 10 January 2016)

My most anticipated game of the year is the next entry in the mainline Pokémon series (most likely Pokémon Z) tough IF NX releases AND I can play Zelda U on it THIS year then there it is my most anticipated game of the year...

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Slimebeast (on 10 January 2016)

Wow, such a Playstation centric list. This must have been voted by the VGC community.

My list:

  1. Mount & Blade: Bannerlord
  2. Dark Souls 3
  3. XCOM 2
  4. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  5. Divinity: Original Sin 2
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Torillian Slimebeast (on 10 January 2016)

Nope, the list is made based on the staff's voting. Community voting applies only to the community award.

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Slimebeast Slimebeast (on 10 January 2016)

Oh. I have to say I'm a little surprised. But at least there's one Nintendo game. ;)

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bigtakilla (on 09 January 2016)

Community Choice has been better most of the time.

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97alexk (on 09 January 2016)

For me its zelda ^^ come on its a huge open world zelda. I been waiting for this my whole life

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CaptainExplosion (on 09 January 2016)

Then No Man's Sky better live up to it's hype. The PS4 was a big let down, so I'm skeptical about a game that claims to be that expansive.

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