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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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                      Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                      Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                      With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                      For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                      In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                      Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                      Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                      It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                      For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                      Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                      Symptoms of Fatigue

                      Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                      • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                      • mental blocks
                      • lack of motivation
                      • headache
                      • dizziness
                      • muscle weakness
                      • slowed reflexes and responses
                      • impaired decision-making and judgement
                      • moodiness, such as irritability
                      • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                      • reduced immune system function
                      • blurry vision
                      • short-term memory problems
                      • poor concentration
                      • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                      Causes of Fatigue

                      The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                      • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                      • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                      • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                      • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                      Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                      Medical Causes of Fatigue

                      If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                      Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                      Anemia

                      Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                      Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                      There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                      This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                      Diabetes

                      Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                      Sleep Apnea

                      Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                      Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                      Thyroid disease

                      An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                      Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                      • Lack of sleep
                      • Too much sleep 
                      • Alcohol and drugs 
                      • Sleep disturbances 
                      • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                      • Poor diet 

                      Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                      • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                      • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                      • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                      • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                      Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                      Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                      • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                      • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                      • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                      How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                      Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                      1. Tell The Truth

                      Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                      To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                      Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                      The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                      One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                      • How you feel
                      • What time of day it is
                      • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                      • How your mind and body reacts

                      This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                      2. Reduce Your Commitments

                      When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                      If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                      When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                      Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                      3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                      If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                      Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                      If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                      Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                      Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                      4. Express More Gratitude

                      Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                      It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                      Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                      5. Focus On Yourself

                      Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                      There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                      But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                      We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                      6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                      Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                      Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                      The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                      Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                      7. Take a Power Nap

                      When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                      Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                      This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                      8. Take More Exercise

                      The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                      Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                      The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                      You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                      9. Get More Quality Sleep

                      To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                      Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                      My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                      10. Improve Your Diet

                      Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                      Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                      On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                      To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                      Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                      Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                      11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                      Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                      When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                      Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                      My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                      12. Get Hydrated

                      Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                      Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                      If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                      The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                      The Bottom Line

                      These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                      If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                      Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                      [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                      [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                      [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                      [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                      [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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