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The PC Games Of 2016

Everything to look forward to on PC in the new year.

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Shooters

Click to fire weapon. All shooters are action games, but not all action games are shooters, so these games get a category all of their own. If what you’re after is guns, lots of guns – whether top-down, 2D, first-person, third-person or anything else – then this is the category for you.

Far Cry Primal

Official site

Genre
Shooter, RPG
Release date
February 23rd 2016
What is it?
The latest island explorer from Ubisoft, this time set in the Stone Age. Trailers so far have shown spears in lieu of automatic weapons and tameable wooly mammoths instead of rideable elephants. Given the era in which Primal is set, it’ll likely contain less in the way political warfare, and more in the way of physical warfare, if its Mature rating is anything to go by.

All Far Cry Primal posts.

Gigantic

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Multiplayer, Moba
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
A MOBA minus lanes and items with a distinct focus on teamwork and third-person shooting. You’ll fight alongside a guardian entity and while victory is expectedly hinged on your ability to wipe out the opposing team, you’ll want to safeguard the wellbeing of your guardian chum in doing so.

All Gigantic posts.

Monsters & Monocles

Official site

Genre
Top-down, Shooter, Local Multiplayer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
If a blunderbuss, a stake launcher and/or a crumpet cannon sound like your cup ‘o tea when engaging in frantic, cooperative top-down running and gunning and twin-stick shooting, then Monsters & Monocles might well be for you. Collectibles add a degree of customisation to your arsenal and your team share a pool of collective lives. Good luck staying friendly with your friends.

All Monsters & Monacles posts.

Paragon

Official site

Genre
Shooter
Release date
Early 2016
What is it?
The new project and upcoming MOBA from Epic – the guys behind Gears Of War and Unreal – that launched with much mystery before being confirmed to include “5v5. Three lanes. Jungles. Minions. Towers. Cores,” in the most MOBA-est of delayed descriptions. It’s expected to enter paid Early Access in the first half of this year before entering open beta in the summer.

All REPLACE posts.

Shadow Warrior 2

Official site

Genre
First-Person, Shooter
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Set fives years after the events of 2013’s Shadow Warrior, the sequel sees single player return, but is complimented this time round by a new and optional four player co-op mode. While it’s very much more of the same, the most notable difference here is that protagonist Lo Wang can now revisit past enemies to upgrade his skillset.

All Shadow Warrior 2 posts.

Umbrella Corps

Official site

Genre
Third-person, Multiplayer, Shooter, Horror
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Announced at last year’s Tokyo Game Show ahead of its planned 2016 release, Umbrella Corps is a competitive team-based shooter spin-off from the zombie-ridden world of Resident Evil. Sort of following in the footsteps of 2012’s co-op spin-off Operation Racoon City, this one’s similar-ish (although hopefully a wee bit more exciting) with an added dose of infectious competition.

All Umbrella Corps posts.

LawBreakers

Official site

Genre
First-person, Shooter
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The upcoming game from Boss Key Productions and Cliff Bleszinski that’s a competitive 5v5 sci-fi FPS about the manipulation of gravity. The teams are split into two factions which fall on either side of the law and it’s all to be a little bit RPG/a little bit arena shooter.

All LawBreakers posts.

Serious Sam 4

Official site

Genre
First-Person, Shooter
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Another one that’s been spoken of in hush tones for months, nay, years without giving us much to go on – Serious Sam 4 is the latest addition to the eponymous action-infused series. After months of little movement, it was announced last September that Talos Principle writer Jonas Kyratzes has come onboard as a screenwriter. Serious Sam ain’t normally known for its writing which makes us all the more interested in how the fourth entry turns out.

All Serious Sam 4 posts.

The Ship: HD

Official site

Genre
Assassination, Multiplayer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
An HD remake of 2006’s The Ship: Murder Party after developers Blazing Griffin failed to crowdfund a sequel for the original. Set upon a cruise liner that sails the seas in the 1920s, The Ship is in essence a multiplayer competitive FPS videogame interpretation of any murder mystery party you might’ve been to or heard your parents go to when you were younger. It’s a classic case of Who Done It? as you uncover the murderer and the minutiae of their crime.

All The Ship: HD posts.

Battlefield 5

Official site

Genre
First-person, Shooter, Multiplayer
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Now that Star Wars Battlefront is done and dusted, EA now turn their heads to their next war-torn, camo-donning shooter Battlefield 5: Armageddon. Not too much to go on as yet but EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said this alongside the game’s announcement last year: “What we’ve said is that our intention over the next couple of years is to have a first-person shooter as one of the core titles. This year, obviously, it’s Star Wars Battlefront. Next year, it’s another Battlefield title.”
All Battlefield 5 posts.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

Official site

Genre
Stealth, First-person, Shooter
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
Contrary to its budget-priced siblings, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 wants to be the series’ “first AAA production effort,” according to CI Games’ CEO Marek Tyminski. What this means in practice is a non-linear sandbox world with open-ended maps, which means the option to sharpshoot from a distance, or to get up in your foes’ grills with less powerful weaponry and CQC.

All Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 posts.

Paladins

Official site

Genre
Third-person, Shooter, Multiplayer
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
An FPS at its core with fantasy elements. Paladins is a free-to-play first-person shooter that comes courtesy of the guys behind Tribes: Ascend and Smite and sees players test a multitude of fantasy weapons that’re complemented by a card system. It’s not deck-building per se, but the game’s cards serve to facilitate passive power-ups and abilities that add another layer to its makeup.

All Paladins posts.

Titanfall 2

Official site

Genre
First-person, Shooter, Multiplayer
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
The original Titanfall is said to have been played by over 10 million players since its release in 2014, thus it’s probably of little surprise a sequel is on its way. Your guess for what said sequel will entail exactly – following its announcement in March 2015 – is as good as mine as there’s been nothing bar, you know, the fact that EA and Respawn are interested in doing one and are definitely, possibly, probably working on one.

All Titanfall 2 posts.

Fractured Space

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Early Access, Space
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Team-based, space-set combat with classes and customisation aplenty. It launched into Early Access towards the end of 2014 and has a rather detailed timeline which will end with its full release switching to a free-to-play model at some point in 2016. It’s an unusual tact, but one developers Edge Case Games have stood by since Fractured Space was first announced.

All Fractured Space posts.

Spy Party

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Early Access, Stealth
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Spy Party is another Who Done It/Cluedo-type game about a two players at a party: a spy, who’s attempting to steal documents and information as per his or her remit; and a spotter who must work out who the spy is and off them for their devilish deeds. Shoot the wrong party goer and it’s game over.

Spy Party preview.
Spy Party interview.
All Spy Party posts.

BattleCry

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Early Access, Third Person
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Bethesda’s free-to-play third person melee-focussed multiplayer that’s got Dishonored’s visual director Viktor Antonov steering its art direction. It’s also class based – with the likes of Gadgeteers, Brawlers, and Archers but some of the groups holding rank – and although the free-to-play model can sometimes be a daunting prospect and of itself, Battlecry looks pretty darn exciting at this stage.

All BattleCry posts.

Robocraft

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Early Access, Third Person, Creative
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Expected to release fully after a year and a half stint in Early Access, Robocraft is like Robot Wars with bases and more sophisticated creations: build stuff, fight others, and bomb bases within a futuristic world and an MMO framework.

Robocraft review (early access).
All Robocraft posts.

Dead Island 2

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
In what’s been a bit of a saga, much remains unanswered in relation to the ongoing development of Dead Island 2. Following the original Dead Island of 2011, a sequel was announced the following year with devs Yager at the helm. It appeared at Gamescom 2014 looking pretty swish and then disappeared until July last year, when Deep Silver announced Yager were no longer in charge. An as yet unannounced team has apparently taken over, thus perhaps we’ll see more this year?
Dead Island 2 preview.
All Dead Island 2 posts.

Desync

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
As Ben rightly pointed out this time last year, Desync is best described as a game that’s made entirely out of Bulletstorm’s trick shot mechanic. Executing timely combos will rack up your total points as well as lay waste to your foes. It didn’t appear last year, but we think it might do in 2016.

All Desync posts.

DOOM

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
Alas, DOOM was a game that we had on this very list this time last year which we almost knew was wishful thinking at the time. Having it here again may well be the same but DOOM, formerly Doom 4, is SUPPOSED to arrive in the first half of 2016. No more delays, please, yeah?

All DOOM posts.

Homefront: The Revolution

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Among all the many brilliant games 2015 gave us, it was also the year that Homefront: The Revolution reminded us it still exists. The latest trailer showed off a futuristic open-world locked in conflict that is probably best described as a darker, grittier take on Far Cry. And that ain’t no bad thing.
Homefront: The Revolution feature.
All Homefront: The Revolution posts.

Killing Floor 2

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
A sequel to Tripwire’s 2009 co-op FPS where the chemical/bio-tech firm Horzine allowed a deadly outbreak to flood the streets with Zed creatures – zombie-a-likes – which are ripe for shootin’. Killing Floor 2 is much of the same only prettier, gorier, bigger, and can now be played with up to six comrades in tow.
Killing Floor 2 preview.
All Killing Floor 2 posts.

Space Hulk: Deathwing

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, Deathwing is an FPS-RPG independent of Full Control’s port of the Space Hulk board game, sharing only the license. It looks ambitious and showed off a neat little trailer early last year that was not only pretty but fused some mariachi beats with European rap lyrics. Nice.
All Space Hulk: Deathwing posts.

Superhot

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
Superhot began life as an entry into the 2013 7 Day FPS Challenge before completing a successful Kickstarter campaign to go full release the following year. As a concept, it’s best explained in motion as opposed to in writing but, ultimately, it turns the FPS genre on its head by preventing time from moving unless you do.
All Superhot posts.

Interstellar Marines

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
When Interstellar Marines first arrived on the scene many, many moons ago, it was considered one of the first indie games with AAA looks. Developers Zero Point Software’s company axiom is “for the love of the game,” thus it’s in no rush to leave Early Access, where it’s been for almost two and a half years. That said, with regular updates, not to mention the fact that it looks so pretty, this isn’t exactly an issue.

Interstellar Marines review (early access).
All Interstellar Marines posts.

Intruder

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
This SWAT-inspired squad-based outing is an elaborate take on Capture The Flag, or one of the many variations often offered as side ventures in other games. The rules are simple: teams start at opposite ends of the map with one tasked with blagging a predetermined item and the other, of course, must do whatever it can to stop them. Plenty of gadgets and weapons keep things interesting and allow for some pretty intricate planning and strategies.
Intruder preview.
All Intruder posts.

Reflex

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A cancelled (but heading for failure) Kickstarter campaign forced this revivalist arena FPS onto Early Access in late 2014 where folk seem to have taken a real liking to it. “If you sunk countless hours into the Quake or Unreal series,” reads the game’s Early Access blurb, “Reflex will feel like a welcome return of the old school shooter feel.”

All Reflex posts.

Toxikk

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Similar to the entry immediately above, Toxikk is a throwback to the no-frills arena shooter popularised by the likes of Quake and Unreal Tournament. For those who might’ve missed it the first time round, that means running and hopping and shooting at folk and getting shot at from every angle imaginable. It’s frantic, fast and fantastic fun. It’s well overstayed its “4-6 months” prediction after hitting Early Access almost a year ago so perhaps we’ll see this sooner rather than later.

All Toxikk posts.

Unreal Tournament

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The ninth entry to the series and latest outing since 2007’s Unreal Tournament 3. This Unreal Engine 4-running, rather boringly named Unreal Tournament may still reside in its pre-alpha state, but it’s already begun making some sizeable waves. It looks good, it feels good, and it joined the ESL last month – a move that shows its intent to deliver in the esports spectrum.
Unreal Tournament interview.
All Unreal Tournament posts.

Overwatch

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First-Person, Online
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
A team-based multiplayer FPS that marks a break from what Blizzard are best known for. It’s cartoony and objective-based with some serious likeness to Team Fortress 2. It comes with 21 heroes to mess around with straight out of the box and will apparently add new characters and maps as free updates, not DLC. Nice.
All Overwatch posts.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Official site

Genre
Shooter, MMO, Third Person
Release date
March 8 2016
What is it?
Most of what we’ve seen so far from The Division trailer-wise appears scripted, thus it’s difficult to really say exactly what it is. Sure, there’s to be multiplayer, survival elements, cool gadgets, a pretty nifty cover system, RPG-isms, but it feels so different from Ubisoft’s other stuff that getting a longer peak beyond the perfunctory velvet rope would be ideal. That’ll be possible on March 8, if all goes to plan.
All Tom Clancy’s The Division posts.

Battleborn

Official site

Genre
Shooter, MOBA, First-Person
Release date
May 3rd 2016
What is it?
Disregarding the horribly cringeworthy “hero-shooter” label offered by Gearbox when the developer first revealed it, Battleborn looks pretty darn good. It’s a pretty-looking first-person MOBA from the Borderlands brigade that also includes a co-op campaign – an unusual quirk for a game in this genre.

All Battleborn posts.

Sub Rosa

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Online, First-Person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Another graduate of the 7 Day FPS Challenge, Sub Rosa – from the 2012 campaign – is an uber stylish game now in Early Access about gangsters, secret agents, money, power, and thwarting organised crime. The voxel-style, blocky aesthetic, roaming nature of the game is reminiscent of classics such as the Mercenary series.

All Sub Rosa posts.

Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Platformer, First-Person
Release date
May 24th 2016
What is it?
The long-awaited follow-up to parkour-a-thon Mirror’s Edge which isn’t a sequel, but a reboot to the 2008 original. Catalyst will employ similar levels of running and jumping and traversing that were integral to its spiritual forerunner, however will explore lead character Faith’s origins and relationship with the unscrupulous companies that rule the city in which she lives.

All Mirror’s Edge 2 posts.

Dreadnought

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Simulation, Flight
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
The upcoming project from Spec Ops: The Line and one-time Dead Island 2 devs Yager Development that’s about grabbing the wheel of gigantic, hulking spacecrafts and steering them into 5v5 deathmatch combat. Sometimes fast, nippy, nimble dogfight destruction is what you’re after, but other occasions call for big bastard monolith machines slugging it out in bouts of sustained spitfire. Dreadnought’s all about the latter.

All Dreadnought posts.

Fortnite

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Third Person
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
While the devs have said we’ve not to expect Minecraft, per se, Fortnite’s building and survival elements came on leaps and bounds over the course of 2015. The only problem is: so did many of the other games that frequent this ever-burgeoning genre. Everything is about building – be that forts and house, guns and traps, or armour and reserves. The trailers so far have seemed a touch on the complicated side, but perhaps it’ll all make better sense in practice.
Fortnite preview.
Fortnite interview.
All Fortnite posts.

Survarium

Official site

Genre
Shooter, First Person
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Another post-apocalyptic FPS that’s unashamedly reminiscent of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. It’s current Early Access state is free-to-play and consists of a PvP mode with “various different options of matches”. Developers Vostok Games promise two further game modes come full release, however are unable to say when that might be exactly.

Survarium review (early access).
Survarium preview.
Survarium interview.
All Survarium posts.

Squad

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter, Realistic
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
Squad is a standalone sequel to Project Reality – the realism mods for Arma 2 and Battlefield 2 respectively – being developed by some of the same team. As far as military sims go, this one’s the real deal: it’ll have 100-player battles, vehicles, and a chain of command communication system as it “seeks to bridge the rather large gap between arcade shooter and military sim”.

All Squad posts.

Overkill’s The Walking Dead

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Hopefully better than the last first-person Walking Dead game? Surely that’s manageable from the guys behind Payday 2, but besides zombies, there’s not a lot else to go on with this just yet. It has however been tipped to incorporate VR support.

All Overkill’s The Walking Dead posts.

Black Mesa

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The long-awaited mod that’s wanted to bring the original Half-Life to the modern era for so long that the modern era’s since been replaced with an ever newer one. So too has Black Mesa itself and a version (separate from the free mod) is now available on Steam Early Access. Developers Crowbar Collective reckon its 85% complete. It looks fantastic.

Black Mesa review (early access).
All Black Mesa posts.

Garbage Day

Official site

Genre
Sandbox, First Person
Release date
January 19 2016
What is it?
In a Groundhog Day-type setup, Garbage Day lets you faff about for an entire 24 hours safe in the knowledge that events will be forgotten about and reset once your alarm sounds in the morning. What we’ve seen thus far has been of the ultra violent variety, but as it’s been Greenlit, we’re bound to see more in the coming months.

All Garbage Day posts.

Eden Star

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter, Strategy, Survival, Tower Defense, Early Access, Everything
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A typically hostile environment awaits those who dare travel to Eden Star’s planetscape, thus gathering resources to build shelters equipped with turrets and protective shields quickly becomes essential. Where the game sounds most interesting is in its apparently fully-manipulatable landscapes.
Eden Star review (early access).
All Eden Star posts.

Arizona Sunshine

Official site

Genre
First Person, Shooter, Survival, VR
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
A zombie/survival/apocalypse/delete as applicable FPS game that all but fell off the radar in the past year. Now, it’s been “brought (back) to life with Steam VR and HTC Vive”. There probably are too many zombie games flooding our PC telly screens these days but the prospect of fighting hordes of the undead off while strapped to a virtual reality headset sends actual reality shivers down my spine.

UNLOVED

Official site

Genre
First Person, Early Access, Shooter
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A pretty shite-scary standalone that was once a Doom 2 mod by the same creators with the same name. In essence, it’s the original mod made bigger, reimagined in Unreal Engine 4, and where many-a-room is plunged into darkness and only ever lit by the flash of your automatic weapons. Gulp.

Nosgoth

Official site

Genre
Shooter, Online, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Fast-paced and team-based humans VS vampires fare with a rather triumphalist cast hellbent on destroying one another. It’s current Early Access state is free-to-play which is the model developers Psyonix maintain will stretch into the game’s full release. Shoot and/or punch the crap out of your foes to succeed.

Nosgoth review (early access).
All Nosgoth posts.

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