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10 Most Highly-Anticipated Games of 2016

10 Most Highly-Anticipated Games of 2016

The rise in popularity of video games can be traced back to the last couple decades of the 20th century. With the advent of newer and more advanced technologies, they have become ubiquitous in modern life.

Not only have video games become one of the most popular recreational activities, making and selling them has become one of the most proven profitable ventures.

Gamers love playing interesting new games, and competition is fierce among game developers to continually try and make the most captivating new games. I have been an avid gamer for years and have seen this competition among developers improve the overall qualities of the games being produced.

Now there are just so many awesome games being made that it’s actually getting hard to choose what to play. I’m here to make things a little easier for you. Here are the 10 most highly-anticipated games of 2016.

1. Final Fantasy XV

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    Genre: Action role-playing

    Developer(s): Square Enix Business & Division 2

    Publisher: Square Enix

    Platform(s): PS4, XBO

    Release date: TBA 2016

    The fifteenth major installment in the Final Fantasy series is said to be darker and more realistic compared to the earlier entries. The gameplay revolves around the exiled heir to the Lucian throne, Prince Noctis, and his companions as they travel across the world to recover the crystal relics from the forces of the evil Niflheim. This game has been a long time coming, as it was first announced in 2006.

    2. Homefront: The Revolution

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      Genre: First-person shooter

      Developer: Dambuster Studios

      Publisher: Deep Silver

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      Platform(s): Win, Lin, Mac, PS4, XBO

      Release date: 17 May 2016 (NA), 20 May 2016 (EU)

      This direct sequel to 2011’s Homefront is set in the year 2029, two years after the events of the first game. It follows the hero Ethan Brady who organizes a resistance against the invading Korean army in Philadelphia. In contrast to the first game, Homefront: The Revolution will present an open-world with many districts that the gamer can explore. Although originally planned for a 2015 release, Deep Silver delayed it to 2016 claiming a desire to give the developers every opportunity to turn the game into a best-selling title.

      3. Tom Clancy’s The Division

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        Genre: Massively multiplayer online game, third-person shooter, action role-playing

        Developer(s): Ubisoft Massive, Ubisoft Reflection, Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Annecy

        Publisher: Ubisoft

        Platform(s): Win, PS4, XBO

        Release date: 8 Mar 2016

        This game is set in a mid-crisis New York after a smallpox pandemic has swept the United States, collapsing its government in five days. The protagonist is a part of the Strategic Homeland Division, “the Division” for short, a group established to combat the threats resulting from the crisis. They have been authorized by the president of the United States to do what is required to bring back order to society.

        4. Dark Souls III

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          Genre: Action role-playing

          Developer(s): FromSoftware

          Publisher(s): From Software (JP), Bandai Namco Entertainment (WW)

          Platform(s): Win, PS4, XBO

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          Release date: 24 Mar 2016 (JP), 12 Apr 2016 (WW)

          This fourth entry in the Soul series is, like the previous entries, set in a third-person perspective. The gameplay requires the gamer to roam a realm of monsters and the undead trying to unlock the mystery concerning the evil Lords of Cinder. The combats and movements have been made faster and smoother than in the previous entries and although it contains fewer maps compared to previous games, these maps are connected and form an overall large connected world. Like the previous entries, Dark Soul III features multiplayer elements.

          5. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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            Genre: Action role-playing, first-person shooter, stealth

            Developer: Eidos Montreal

            Publisher: Square Enix

            Platform(s): Win, PS4, XBO

            Release date: 23 Aug 2016

            This direct sequel to 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution is set two years in the future. The hero Adam Jenson returns with newer and improved technology, and body augmentations. In a dystopian future where technologically augmented humans live in segregation from the rest of mankind, the protagonist works to unravel the global conspiracy surrounding the general population’s hatred of augmentations. For PS4, it’s best when paired with a PS4 headset. Mankind Divided combines elements of first-person shooter, stealth and role-playing games.

            6. No Man’s Sky

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              Genre: Adventure

              Developer: Hello Games

              Publisher: Hello Games

              Platform(s): Win, PS4

              Release date: Jun 2016

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              This game will undoubtedly be the biggest game of the year. And I mean that in a literal sense. Dubbed the first open universe game, the players are planetary explorers in an unchartered galaxy. The most interesting feature about this game is its procedural generation gameplay. The virtual galaxy, including all its elements, are randomly generated procedurally via deterministic algorithms. This generation system is capable of creating variations of planets with unique ecosystems and behavioral cycles.

              7. Far Cry Primal

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                Genre: Action-adventure

                Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

                Publisher: Ubisoft

                Platform(s): Win, PS4, XBO

                Release date: 23 Feb 2016 (PS4, XBO), 1 Mar 2016 (Win)

                A follow up to 2014’s Far Cry 4, the latest spin-off in the popular Far Cry franchise is set in the Stone Age, the beginning of the Mesolithic period (around 12,000 years before present) to be exact. The gameplay revolves around Takkar, a lowly hunter in the fictional land of Oros, who eventually rises to lead a tribe. Takkar starts off stranded in Oros with no weapons or resources after his hunting party is ambushed. The most interesting feature of this game will definitely be the animals, the likes of mammoths and saber-toothed cats, that the user can hunt or tame.

                8. Gears of War 4

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                  Genre: Third-person shooter

                  Developer: The Coalition

                  Publisher: Microsoft Studios

                  Platform(s): XBO

                  Release date: Q4 2016

                  This fifth installment in the Gears of War series is the direct sequel to one of 2011’s most popular titles, Gears of War 3. Although details on this game are sparse, we can expect savage combat and gunplay, in a conflict between humankind and the Locust. The franchise has also developed a powerful legacy around its multiplayer feature and the latest installment will be no exception, providing the user with a multiplayer option along with the single-player campaign.

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                  9. Dishonored 2

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                    Genre: Action-adventure, stealth

                    Developer: Arkane Studios

                    Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

                    Platform(s): Win, PS4, XBO

                    Release date: TBA 2016

                    This direct sequel to 2011’s most popular stealth action-adventure game, Dishonored, is set several years after the events of the first game. The empress Emily Kaldwin is suddenly dethroned by a supernatural usurper and, as a result, the Empire plunges into chaos. Emily follows the steps of her royal protector, the hero of the first game, Corvo Attano, in becoming an assassin as she plans to retake her title as empress. The players will decide at the beginning of the game whether they choose to play as Emily or Corvo.

                    10. Doom

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                      Genre: First-person shooter

                      Developer: id Software

                      Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

                      Platform(s): Win, PS4, XBO

                      Release date: Q1/Q2 2016

                      Undoubtedly the most awaited game of 2016, Doom will be a follow up to 2004’s Doom 3 and will be the latest installment in the legendary franchise. After entering a “development hell” in the 2000s, the game is finally set to be released this year. The developers have clarified that the story of the game will neither be a prequel nor a sequel to the previous games, and will instead start off independently. Executive producer of id Software, Marty Stratton, has pointed to “badass demons, big effing guns, and moving really fast” as the key principles of the game. Undoubtedly, this game will be just as legendary as the previous Doom games.

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                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                        Why You Need a Vision

                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                        What Do You Want?

                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                        Some tips to guide you:

                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                        A few prompts to get you started:

                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                        • What would you be doing?
                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                        • How are you dressed?
                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                        Plan Backwards

                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                        Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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