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The PC Games Of 2016

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

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Lots of games feature explosions, but there is a difference between ordering a unit of soldiers to create that explosion from high above the battlefield and creating that explosion yourself then walking away from it without looking back. This section is for the latter kind.

Alekhine’s Gun

Official site

Genre
Stealth, Third Person, Action
Release date
February 9th 2016
What is it?
Formerly known as Death To Spies 3 before changing its name, Alekhine’s Gun follows a similar stealth-spy-Hitman-esque format to its spiritual forerunners. Set primarily in the 1960s with flashbacks to World War II, levels take place around the globe and are based upon real historical events such as the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Kennedy assassiantion.

All Alekhine’s Gun posts.

Hitman


Official site

Genre
Stealth, Action
Release date
March 11th 2016
What is it?
The sixth entry and prequel to the stealth ‘em up series that aims to recapture the wonder of earlier instalments. Adam was impressed by its Prequel and sixth entry to the longstanding stealth ‘em up series which aims to recapture the creative magic of earlier instalments. This time round, the linear levels of most recent entry Absolution have been axed with the larger, more imaginative mini-sandboxes of Blood Money set to return. Adam was impressed with the segment he saw mid-last year.

Hitman Interview.
All Hitman posts.

Dishonored 2

Official site

Genre
Stealth, Action RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
First-person action, stealth, murder, supernatural skill, brutal weaponry and quirky gadgets galore. Set 15 years after its predecessor, you’ll explore coastal city Karnaca as either familiar protagonist Corvo Attano or young/now not so young Emily Kaldwin with a host of new Outsider abilities. Expect a nuanced take on what worked so well previously.

All Dishonored 2 posts.

Dungeon Defenders 2

Official site

Genre
Tower Defense, Co-op, Third person, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A tower defence-meets-action RPG blend with a heavy focus on co-op multiplayer. Think Orcs Must Die with less in the way of intuitive trap setting; yet shedloads more in the shameless chaos department. Dungeon Defenders 2 currently resides in Early Access – where it’s been since late 2014 – although full release is expected anytime now.

Dunegon Defenders 2 hands on.
All Dunegon Defenders 2 posts.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India, Russia

Official site

Genre
Stealth, Action-Adventure
Release date
January 12 2016, February 9 2016
What is it?
The second and third instalments of AssCreed’s 2.5D spin-offs that follow last year’s China. With each entry taking place in a different era with different heroes boasting different art styles, India follows a brightly coloured Arbaaz Mir – a character from an AC graphic novel – as he takes to the Bharat streets in 1841. Russia, on the other hand, depicts a Soviet propaganda style, telling Nikolai Orelov’s story set in 1918.

All Assassin’s Creed Chronicles posts.

Mafia III

Official site

Genre
Open world, Action, Third Person, Shooter
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
Mafia III has a new city – New Orleans; a new time period – the 60s; and a new protagonist – Vietnam war veteran Lincoln Clay. Series creators 2K Czech/Illusion Softworks are taking a backseat to debutants Hangar 13 – the latter of which promise a more engaging open world. Plus shootouts, obviously. Loads and loads of shootouts.

All Mafia III posts.

Strength of the Sword Ultimate

Official site

Genre
Third-person, Action, Brawler
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A third person action RPG and Kickstarter remake/PC port of PlayStation-exclusive Strength Of The Sword 3 from two-man studio Ivent Games. Imagine if MediEvil and Dark Souls conceived some sort of weird robotic-inspired offspring – from what I’ve seen so far, Strength Of The Sword MIGHT resemble that child.

All Strength of the Sword Ultimate posts.

Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr

Official site

Genre
Action-RPG
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
Billed as a “persistent sandboxed action-RPG”, the tongue-twisting Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr marks Games Workshop’s first foray into action-RPG-isms. It’s being made by NeocoreGames, though, who – off the back of the Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing trilogy – are a dab hand at the genre, thus expect considered and calculated battles with mobs of Chaos heretics while working for the Inquisition – the sacrosanct secret police of the Imperium.

All Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr posts.

Escape From Tarkov

Official site

Genre
MMO, First Person, Third Person, Shooter, Simulation, RPG(MMOFTSSRPG)

Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
This story-oriented, survival shooter sees fictional Russian city Tarkov ravaged by war and brought to ruin, before becoming locked in military conflict. Only by exploring its 16 square kilometer open-world can you hope to escape as you seek to avoid angry factions, life-threatening injuries and illnesses, exhaustion and radiation poisoning.

Crashlands

Official site

Genre
2D, Action-RPG
Release date
January 21st
What is it?
Intergalactic delivery driver Flux Dabes has crash landed on an alien planet following the theft of an important shipment. In a bid to restore her goods, not to mention return home, she’s made to quest, fight and essentially “dominate” her new surrounds in this 2D action-RPG craft-a-thon.

All Crashlands posts.

Rise of The Tomb Raider


Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
January 29 2016
What is it?
Once upon a time Xbox One exclusive, Rise Of The Tomb Raider sees Lara Croft making a welcomed return to PCs in the sequel to 2013’s reboot Tomb Raider. This means more crafting, improvised weaponry, acrobatic puzzle platforming, and incredulous acts of murder; with a nifty new weather cycle to boot.

All Rise of The Tomb Raider posts.

Hyper Light Drifter

Official site

Genre
Action
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
A favourite of Graham’s, we’d hoped Hyper Light Drifter might’ve lived up to its tentative “TBA 2015” tag this time last year but, alas, it wasn’t to be. It’s Zelda-inspired exploration is neatly complemented by intuitive combat and sewn together by its uber cool pixelated aesthetic. “2016” reads the ETA now.

Hyper Light Drifter preview.
Hyper Light Drifter interview.
Hyper Light Drifter feature.
All Hyper Light Drifter posts.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

Official site

Genre
Action-Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Another we’d hoped might’ve landed in 2015 but sadly slipped further still. Perhaps that was wishful thinking, however Ubisoft bosses did suggest they were working with Beyond Good & Evil mastermind Michel Ansel at last year’s E3 conference. Hmm, is 2016 the year we return to Jade?

Hellraid

Official site

Genre
First-Person, Action
Release date
On hold.
What is it?
First person co-op slasher Hellraid was first scheduled for release in 2013, then Early Access the following year, and now, sadly, it’s been put “on hold”. The delay might point to more sinister outcomes, but it might also mean Techand are re-tuning the fun to be had while smashing skeletons to smithereens in Elder Scrolls-inspired dungeon crawling.

Hellraid interview.
All Hellraid posts.

Bombernauts

Official site

Genre
Online, Action, Early Access
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Bombernauts is like Bomberman if it washed down a pack of Pro Plus with a case of Red Bull as it swings a baseball bat above its head while strapped to a jet pack: it’s self-indulgent online multiplayer carnage. Oh, and it’s also got customisable maps. Since July 31 last year, it’s lived on Early Access where it hopes to reside for “about six months. But it could go longer and probably will.” We’re hoping that translates to some point in 2016.

All Bombernauts posts.

Heat Signature

Official site

Genre
Roguelike, Space, RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Tom Francis’ follow-up to Gunpoint is about boarding procedurally generated spaceships, sleuthing around inside them, offing the crews that run them, and stealing the gear that fills them. In doing so you’ll manipulate interconnected systems, be forced to rely on smart and timely strategy, and bash folk upside the head with spanners.

Heat Signature interview.
Heat Signature preview.
All Heat Signature posts.

Tangiers

Official site

Genre
Stealth
Release date
TBA
What is it?
An Avant Garde-influenced surrealist stealth sim that’s as dark as it is desirable. Development unfortunately hit some obstacles towards the end of last year, however lead man Alex Harvey remains decidedly positive it’ll release as soon as it’s ready.

Tangiers interview.
Tangiers feature.
All Tangiers posts.

Hidden Asset

Official site

Genre
Stealth, Action
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Drawing inspiration from X-com and Syndicate, Hidden Asset is an isometric stealth-a-thon with puzzle-like level design. Sabotage the unscrupulous corporate spectrum in a world where the assassination of character and/or life goes hand-in-hand.

All Hidden Asset posts.

No Man’s Sky

Official site

Genre
Survival Game, Space
Release date
June 2016
What is it?
For a while there, it looked like No Man’s Sky might not find its way to our PCs by way of console *gasp* exclusivity. Luckily, the universe-exploring sim – with its seamlessly transitioning space-to-planet surface mechanics – will land on desktops at launch this summer.

No Man’s Sky Sean Murray interview.
No Man’s Sky procedural generation interview.
No Man’s Sky feature.
All No Man’s Sky posts.

CrossCode

Official site

Genre
Action, 2D, RPG, Early Access
Release date
Q2 2016
What is it?
CrossCode is a retro looking, 16-bit era-inspired ARPG set in the distant future within the bounds of an in-game MMO. If that doesn’t sound unusual enough, Marsh enjoyed “slapping a hedgehog to death with [his] balls” during his pre-release playthrough. Another from the Early Access vault that’s aiming for release in the first half of the year.

All CrossCode posts.

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers

Official site

Genre
Creative, Action-Adventure
Release date
January 26 2016
What is it?
The second game to come from the Lego/Marvel crossover that not only follows the plots of the movies but also includes the likes of Jessica Jones. It looks hella fun and lets you free roam in several spots across the globe with Manhattan taking centre stage.

All LEGO Marvel’s Avengers posts.

Orcs Must Die! Unchained

Official site

Genre
Free to Play, Multiplayer, MOBA
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
The third OMD series instalment and its first MOBA outing. Like its forerunners, Unchained offers plenty in the way of traps and weapons designed to thwart enemy progress, maintains much of its tower defence heritage, while it also adds deck-building elements to facilitate character and stat progression. Unlike its series forerunners, though, it’s free-to-play.

Orcs Must Die! Unchained preview.
All Orcs Must Die! Unchained posts.

Hellblade

Official site

Genre
Hack ‘n’ Slash, Third Person
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
As a typical hack ‘n’ slasher, Hellblade lives up to its name: there’s loads of blades giving hell to whoever dares cross ‘em. Beyond the obvious, though, lies what appears to be sophisticated tale about mental illness; about the psychosis, anxiety and depression of protagonist Senua. Developers Ninja Theory have even consulted with a University of Cambridge psychiatrist on how to best implement such sensitive themes.

All Hellblade posts.

Dad By The Sword

Official site

Genre
Action, Swordfighting, Dad
Release date
Q1
What is it?
A first-person sword fighting adventure about a dad – YOUR dad, apparently – who fights in jeans against anti-dad monsters and…dancing hot dogs. Eh? “It’s like Gone Home meets The Walking Dead meets Heavy Rain meets Twin Peaks except you’re decapitating or otherwise chopping through armies of worm-wizards and Shorts-men and evil hot dogs,” reads the Dad By The Sword press kit. Nice.

All Dad By The Sword posts.

Death’s Gambit

Official site

Genre
Action, RPG, Platformer, Dark Souls
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
An impressive mix of Castlevania, Dark Souls, Strider and Shadow Of The Colossus – Death’s Gambit is a 2D sword-wielding side-scroller that looks wonderful. You’ll cautiously march through dungeons with your shield held aloft, gallop across snow-covered plains on horseback, and grapple with screen-dominating monsters – all the while marvelling at the game’s beautifully crisp pixel art.

All Death’s Gambit posts.

The Deadly Tower of Monsters

Official site

Genre
Action
Release date
January 19th 2016
What is it?
If every sci-fi B-movie was rolled into one and interpreted as a stop-motion videogame, we’d arrive at something sort of similar to ACE Team’s Deadly Tower Of Monsters. Guide protagonist Dick Starspeed towards the top of a vast tower in order to escape a foreign planet while fighting an array of cliched sci-fi movie monsters en route – nuclear ants, lizard men, giant gorillas etc. – it’s as bonkers as it most definitely sounds.

All The Deadly Tower of Monsters posts.

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