Game Zone 2016

State of play #1

With 2016 set to be a huge year for gaming, we tap into the digital revolution to select the most exciting games, tech and trends coming your way over the next 12 months - Part 1

Star Wars: Battlefront

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The developers of Battlefield get it right again:

Star Wars fans need only glance at the front cover of Battlefront to know that everything will be OK. A huge AT-AT walker towers over a Rebel fighter, while TIE fighters and X-Wings zoom through the Hoth sky. Then there’s the DICE logo. As with J.J. Abrams directing the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, you’re in safe hands with the Battlefield developers. This shooter for up to 40 players allows you to be either a Stormtrooper or a Rebel fighter and takes you to some of the most famous sights of the galaxy far, far away. Tatooine: tick! Hoth: tick! Endor: tick! To freshen things up, there’s also the new planet of Sullust. With the ability to control speeder bikes, X-Wings and the Millennium Falcon, it’s a celebration of all things Star Wars. And with the right power-up, you can transform into Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader or Boba Fett.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
ETA: November

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers

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Following tongue-in-cheek LEGO takes on Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Jurassic World, TT Games turns to the Avengers. Based on the films Avengers Assemble and Age of Ultron, the game also has heroes from the comics.

Platforms: All consoles and PC
ETA: Early 2016

 

Tom Clancy’s The Division

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There’s chaos on Black Friday, and it’s far more serious than shoppers scrapping over a massive telly in a department store. A virus has hit New York, and as part of the Strategic Homeland Division, you’re charged with fighting the threat of the disease and rooting out the conspirators who spread it. After recreating Chicago in Watch Dogs, Ubisoft have done a great job of building New York, and players will have fun exploring the abandoned open city. 

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
ETA: Spring 2016

Rise Of The Tomb Raider

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If the PS4 has Uncharted, Xbox One has the original treasure hunter in Lara Croft. Well, for one year at least. Rise Of The Tomb Raider is a timed exclusive, meaning Xbox owners will get first chance to continue the story of 2013’s excellent reboot (it will come to the PS4 in late 2016). Lara is in Siberia, searching for the ancient city of Kitezh and the secret of immortality, using her scavenging and survival skills to craft items and take out enemies. She actually gets to raid some tombs, too. 

Platform: Xbox One
ETA: November

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

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Mirror’s Edge was a cool PS3 game. Set in a futuristic city where parkour skills mattered more than shooting enemies, it provided a different angle on first-person action. Catalyst removes guns altogether as hero Faith Connors leaps around the city of Glass in a game that explores her origin story

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
ETA: Spring 2016 

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FIFA 17

You’ll probably still be hooked to FIFA 16 for the next 11 months. Once again, we have unrivalled presentation, but the action on the pitch has been tweaked to improve defending. Expect more improvements next year as EA continue their mission to create the most realistic football game ever.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

ETA: Autumn 2016

Nintendo NX

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Nintendo is set to release new Zelda and Star Fox games in 2016, but all the speculation is about the company’s next console. What we know about the NX, due to be unveiled next year, is that it’s a brand new concept. There are also plans afoot to bring Nintendo’s games to smartphones. Mario on the iPhone? Now we’re talking!

ETA: 2016

Crackdown 3

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With its superhuman agents and cel-shaded visuals, Crackdown has always been more OTT than Grand Theft Auto, but the third game in the crime-fighting sandbox series pushes the action to ever more ludicrous levelsof destruction. The game is set in a hellish, futuristic city overrun by crime, and it gets even more dangerous in multiplayer mode as buildings are destroyed and skyscrapers topple into one another. 

Platform: Xbox One
ETA: 2016

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Final Fantasy XV

Fans of the game have had a long wait for a new console RPG. FFXV is the first one in the main series since2010, and comes with an open world to explore, with a Kingdom Hearts-style battle system so you can switch weapons.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
ETA: 2016

The New Apple TV

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Can the retooled Apple TV rival PS4 and Xbox One for living-room gaming? Well, it looks more likely to mirror the appeal of the Wii – offering family fun for those who love to play games, but wouldn’t get stuck into epic Destiny sessions every night. Popular mobile games like Crossy Road and Beat Sports featured at Apple’s unveiling, but there are big console hits coming too, including Rayman Adventures, Skylanders SuperChargers and Guitar Hero Live.

ETA: Out now

2016: The Year of Virtual Reality

Forget console wars—there’s a VR battle on the horizon 

Virtual Reality has come a long way since Nintendo’s headache-inducing Virtual Boy, released 20 years ago. PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive promise to transport you to beautiful HD worlds with their headsets, placing you in the action.

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Casque de réalité virtuelle HTC Vive

PS4 owners will be excited about PlayStation VR, out in the first half of 2016, with more than 10 compatible games promised at launch. Sony has already shown off robot shooter Rigs, and, according to critics at the recent Tokyo Game Show, battling Titan in Final Fantasy XIV is more immersive than ever.

Oculus Rift and HTC Vive both require a powerful PC. The former has partnered with Microsoft, meaning every unit will come with an Xbox One controller. It also boasts Oculus Touch controllers (sold separately), which, when used with the Toybox demo, show how far motion control has progressed since the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.

The sticks can also be used to control your spaceship as you hunt down enemies in EVE: Valkyrie, while exploring the Antarctic in Edge of Nowhere gives you an idea of how creepy games will be in VR. HTC Vive—developed with Half-Life creators Valve for the Steam VR platform—allows you to walk around in the headset and fully explore virtual worlds. The promise of 170 VR-ready games in the Steam store will appeal to Valve’s huge community. And then there’s Gear VR, developed by Oculus for Samsung’s Galaxy devices. Is there anyone not getting involved? 

ETA: HTC Vive, December; PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift, spring 2016

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