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18 Most Anticipated Video Games Of 2016

This year promises to be a big year in video games, from blockbuster sequels to first-time entries. Here is a list of the games that should be on your radar in 2016.
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If you're like most gamers, you're still feasting on the buffet that was last year's fourth quarter gaming bonanza. Yes, the holiday season always brings out the best in video games, but sooner or later you will have explored all of Fallout 4 and gotten tired of fighting Stormtroopers on Endor in Star Wars: Battlefront. You'll be looking for the best games coming out in 2016, and we have the list right here.

2016 provides the usual array of blockbuster sequels and first-time entries trying to make space in a crowded video game market. This year's crop of games promises bigger galaxies to explore, more natural communication between player and characters in the game, and, most important for gamers, worlds that react even more to our actions.

[See 4 Video Games Every Office Should Play Together.]

Another interesting trend that has crept into several video games on this year's list is the fear of artificial intelligence and robots, where humans are forced to fight for their lives against evil AI.

We've got 18 titles we think you're going to love. They're in order of release date (when available). There's something on the list for every type of gamer and nearly every device. Take a look at the list, and then let us know which games you are most looking forward to playing in 2016.

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1/21/2016 | 12:58:48 AM
Re: VR
@Brian- Right. You actually have to put the thing on to experience it which early on is going to be an impediment not only because for a while there won't be test models available, but also because I think a fair number of germaphobes may not want to be the 1000th person to try a VR device. At conferences, I have seen a lot of people lining up to try a VR device, but I have also heard a lot of people looking at the line saying they wouldn't get in it because of the germs.
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1/20/2016 | 9:01:23 PM
Re: VR
@David that is a great point. The major VR players have not defined the specification on which VR gear can be judged by the users. VR also suffers from the situation that initially HD television faced i.e. it was not possible to showcase HD performance using standard video recorders of the day and the standard television sets that users owned. And, the leap from HD to VR seems like a larger leap as compared to SD to HD. 
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1/20/2016 | 1:42:55 PM
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@whoopty- I considered a bunch of those games but thought their appeal was more genre-oriented. For isntance Firewatch which I think is probably going to be the best mystery adventure game of the year, but I didn't know how many people played the genre. Maybe I'm underestimating it. 

I kept the VR games off the list mostly because I didn't know if anybody was "aniticipating" them or just the format itself. I'm really looking forward to seeing what, if any impact any of the VR games make, though.
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David Wagner,
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1/20/2016 | 1:38:58 PM
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@brian.dean- Interesting. I had not heard that about No Man's Sky. I had heard about issues with the complicated world building, but not VR.

The interesting thing about VR to me is the multiple entry points. Google Cardboard basically lets anyone in on the fun. But I have not gotten to see the final version of much more expensive options like Oculus Rift. Is there several hundred dollars worth of quality difference? If so, I'm not sure the near $600 price tag for VR is going to feel cheap to most people. 

If Cardboard can approximate a large enough percentage of the experience, however, you are spot on.
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1/18/2016 | 7:31:55 AM
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There's a lot of games I'm excited for this year, but there's only a couple on this list. Cuphead's visuals could be my favourite art style ever, though it might be challenged by Banner Saga II; The Witness; Firewatch; Thumper and a bunch of VR games.

The Climb, Windlands, Hover Junkers... there's just so many. It's going to be a good year for gaming.
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1/16/2016 | 5:37:23 PM
VR
A few games are delayed due to VR. For instance, it has been speculated that No Man's Sky has been delayed because compatibility with Sony's VR headset is being added. Video games are already almost 90% compatible with VR gear. However, a few extra control parameters are required in video games for the games to function at maximum.

It also seems that VR will be the cheapest technology for consumers to adopt (if ownership of a PC and smartphone already exists). Software such as, Intugame VR enables a user's PC to stream video to their smartphone with Google Cardboard. 2016 might turn out to be the years where a few games a finished using VR.   
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