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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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                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                      Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                      2. Stress Relief

                      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                      3. Improved Sleep

                      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                      4. Appetite Control

                      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                      5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                      6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                      Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                      7. Mosquito Repellant

                      Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                      8. Pain Relief

                      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                      9. The New Anti-Viral

                      Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                      10. Improved Cognitive Function

                      Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                      11. Money Saving

                      With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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