Gaming for 2016 and Beyond

This is for upcoming titles and I move the games that get released to the bottom and do an update on them. People have made their own lists, but I was possibly the first to do it on this site and I go back to continually add and critique.
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Battlefield 1 (2016 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Fight your way through battles going from urban combat in a besieged French city to open spaces in the Italian Alps or frantic combats in the Arabic sand dunes. Experience large-scale battles as infantry or piloting vehicles on land, air and sea, from the tanks and bikes on the ground, to bi-planes and gigantic battleships.
“ DICE listened to the FPS community. As long as the launch is better than BF4, then I am sure we have a good shooter on our hands. I am actually excited for the campaign for this one too. BF typically has weak campaigns, but this could change that. ” - mann0802
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
The Call of Duty series returns this time into a modern day setting. The player takes control of a character nicknamed "Soap," for the majority of the campaign and will need to progress through many modern warfare scenarios.
Director: Jason West
“ Returning with 10 maps and supposedly nothing truly changed. To me neither is necessarily a good thing. Despite its faults, it remains one of the greatest titles in the series. It is certainly better than the past three games and I cannot wait to play it with no hackers. ” - mann0802
Outlast 2 (2017 Video Game)
Investigative Journalists Blake and his wife Lynn, travel to the Arizona Desert to pursue a lead on a popular suicide, but are soon ambushed by a mysterious and terrifying cult. (600 mins.)
“ Looks even more messed up than the first game. Evil cults in Outlast seems like a splendid idea. ” - mann0802
Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017 Video Game)
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The Andromeda Initiative sets a course for a new galaxy, hoping to find a new home for the species of the Milky Way.
Director: Mac Walters
“ My favorite trilogy of all time. I don't know how good this will be seeing as Mass Effect 3, while great dropped the ball a bit. I worry anytime we are talking about EA and Shepard will be missed. ” - mann0802
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (2016 Video Game)
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Set two years after Human Revolution in 2029. Adam Jensen is faced with the aftermath of the Aug Incident...
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Returns to the roots of the franchise where large-scale war and cinematic, immersive military storytelling take center stage.
“ I am only buying for COD4. I have no interest in another futuristic COD. I will obviously try it out, but I have little faith in it. ” - mann0802
Kingdom Hearts III (???? Video Game)
Kingdom Hearts III is the 3rd installment in the main line of games in the Kingdom Hearts Franchise...
“ My single most anticipated game. We all knew it was coming, but the only question now is when. ” - mann0802
Final Fantasy XV (2016 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
After fleeing his home city of Insomnia, young prince Noctis embarks on a journey with his closest friends to reclaim his throne.
“ Never played the series, but I know many are excited for it. ” - mann0802
The Last Guardian (2016 Video Game)
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The tale of a young boy's friendship with a griffin-like creature who escaped captivity.
“ We've seen more gameplay and they are saying 2016, but that remains to be seen. So many years of hype and development usually is not a good thing. ” - mann0802
Homefront: The Revolution (2016 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
4 years after the first game . Set in Philadelphia the once birthplace of independence is now the capital of the Korean Republic...
Director: Hasit Zala
“ Looks like it will be a dud, but I hope that is not true. ” - mann0802
“ Coming in 2017. ” - mann0802
The Last of Us (2013 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.8/10 X  
20 years after a pandemic destroyed the United States, Joel gets the task of taking Ellie into a nation-wide mission to unveil a secret that can save humanity.
“ This is the only thing I ever officially reviewed on this site and needless to say I gave it a 10/10. ” - mann0802
God of War III (2010 Video Game)
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Armed with his deadly double-chained blades, Kratos will take on mythology's darkest creatures to destroy Olympus and the mighty Zeus himself.
Director: Stig Asmussen
“ An overpriced remaster that seems to offer little other than polish to justify its price. Still one of my favorite games on PS3. Epic is an overused term, but this game really is.
9.5/10 ” - mann0802
Grand Theft Auto V (2013 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.7/10 X  
Three very different criminals team-up for a series of daring, yet very profitable, heists in the corrupt city of Los Santos.
Director: Rod Edge
“ The most fun I had with a game in 2013. Few games are as large and have as much to do in them as this one. It trumps GTA IV in nearly every aspect and also contains some of the best missions in GTA history. The cars are not so clunky and annoying this time around. The driving experience has been much improved and cars can also be customized to a decent extent once again. The dialogue can also be quite witty and amusing at times. To me though, the story falls rather short in this one. This may have been due in part to having three playable characters. It hurts some of the pacing for sure. I would have just preferred being able to play as Michael the entire time. I connected with him the most. The best plot in a Rockstar game still belongs to Red Dead Redemption. The shooting in Red Dead may have also been better, at least more consistent. GTA V's shooting can be sloppy at times. While still one of the funnest games I've ever played, it certainly is far from perfect especially given the state of online. It may be the most fun and diverse GTA game, but I still consider Vice City to be the definitive GTA game.
9/10 ” - mann0802
Metro: Last Light (2013 Video Game)
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Following the events of Metro 2033, Artyom, now an experienced ranger, confronted with guilt must go on a journey to face threats from outside the metro and within, as he finds out that he is humanity's last salvation for peace.
“ One of my favorite FPS campaigns from the previous generation. The PC version was gorgeous and Last Light Redux comes pretty close to it.
9/10 ” - mann0802
Mario Kart 8 (2014 Video Game)
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Mario and the rest race against each other for the gold cup in each class. Underwater and air gliding returns, and now, there's zero gravity. This game has 48 race tracks in total. 8 more than Mario Kart: Super Circuit.
Director: Kosuke Yabuki
“ Karting around with family or friends is some of the most fun you can have in gaming. Plenty of great tracks and characters on top of a fantastic soundtrack. DLC is well worth it and priced very reasonably in comparison to most games. Game runs smoothly and looks very nice with a giant color palate. My biggest gripe is that Battle Mode was ruined in this.
9/10 ” - mann0802
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (2013 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A video game where you play as sailor, privateer and assassin Edward Kenway exploring on and around the islands in the Caribbean Sea during the early 18th century.
Director: Ashraf Ismail
“ I have always liked pirates and this is probably the best pirate game ever, even if the story is lacking and the game doesn't always feel like Assassin's Creed. Naval battles made for some of the most fun I had in 2013. The fighting and stealth still leaves something to be desired. Enough following missions already!
8.5/10 ” - mann0802
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015 Video Game)
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With his back against the wall, Batman turns to his closest allies to help him save Gotham City from the clutches of Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight's army. A familiar face also returns to give The Dark Knight a message he cannot ignore.
“ Not perfect and the batmobile is certainly overdone, but it is a fine conclusion to the Arkham series. The Arkham Knight and Scarecrow disappoint, but Batman's psychological struggle does not. Shame about the PC disaster as well. Thank god for the new refund system.
8.5/10 ” - mann0802
Fallout 4 (2015 Video Game)
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In the post-apocalyptic Boston, Massachusetts area, you play as the the "Sole Survior" of Vault 111, recently revived from centuries of forced cryostasis, determined to find your kidnapped son.
Director: Todd Howard
“ I've still got many hours of play left, but I've played enough to get the big picture. I like many cannot help but feel a bit disappointed. It is a good game no doubt, but what Bethesda got away with years ago does not fly now. Graphics are decent enough, not great. The true issue is the poor performance and optimization. It runs quite poorly on consoles, but even good PC's have problems. If the game looked amazing I would understand, but it simply looks average to decent.

The dialogue is also watered down and so is the roleplaying, especially when compared to New Vegas. Disappointing, but it's still Fallout. The atmosphere and exploring is still the game's strength. Good game for sure, but not a masterpiece. Hopefully DLC falls more in line with 3 and NV.
8/10 ” - mann0802
Tomb Raider (2013 Video Game)
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Armed with only the raw instincts and physical ability, Tomb Raider delivers an intense and gritty story into the origins of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor.
Director: Noah Hughes
“ Great re-visioning of Lara. The game looks good and plays well. That being said, it gets repetitive and the island doesn't feel alive or very atmospheric. The story and characters apart from Lara are also bland.
8/10 ” - mann0802
Saints Row IV (2013 Video Game)
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Play as your own customized President of United States Of America and fight for an Alien invasion that nobody saw coming.
Director: Keith Arem
“ A pretty crappy port job for PS4 and Xbox One, but the game is very fun and wacky. I preferred it over 3 honestly. The humor relied more on references and wit versus just sexual jokes, although those are still there.
8/10 ” - mann0802
Far Cry 4 (2014 Video Game)
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To fulfil his mother's dying wish, Ajay Ghale travels to Kyrat to scatter her ashes. Before he can accomplish this, though, he must end a civil war between the Golden Path and Min's forces.
“ Very similar to Far Cry 3, but I loved Far Cry 3. The game could have probably used some more polish though, because the story is just kind of there. Overall I missed Vaas and the jungle setting. Far Cry 4 is very good, but it also feels safe. It doesn't really raise the bar any higher than 3 did a few years ago.
8/10 ” - mann0802
Dying Light (2015 Video Game)
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Kyle Crane a GRE agent gets mixed out between the conflicts of the bandits and the runners in the city of Harran overrun by the infected
“ An exceptional zombie game that is simply fun to play. The story stinks and the voice acting is rather average, but like Fallout 3, the side quests and exploration will keep you going.
8/10 ” - mann0802
Outlast (2013 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
As Miles Upshur, you must investigate Mount Massive Asylum and avoid its inmates who are hellbent on killing you and uncover the secret at the heart of the mountain.
“ I have never really played these types of games, but I got it free with PS+. It's creepy, and the story lasted a number of hours. It does get repetitive near the end and the ending was lame. My favorite part is when you meet a certain doctor. Give this one a go.
8/10 ” - mann0802
Until Dawn (2015 Video Game)
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A group of teenagers spend the weekend in a ski lodge on the anniversary of their friends' disappearance, unaware that they are not alone.
Director: Will Byles
“ Made for fans of horror and those who like storytelling games. If you don't enjoy either, then you won't like this. This game was a nice surprise and surpassed the zero hype that it got. Not as creepy as something like Outlast or PT, but fun in a campy horror kind of way.
8/10 ” - mann0802
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014 Video Game)
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The family of Talion, a ranger of Gondor responsible for guarding the Black Gate of Mordor, is killed by Saurons armies, but Talion is revived with wraith-like abilities and heads into Mordor to exact his revenge.
“ One of the better games from 2014, but far from perfect. It gets repetitive and the story is disappointing for being set in one of the greatest universes in any medium. The Nemesis system is its major calling card and that's what keeps people coming back for more.
7.5/10 ” - mann0802
Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After regaining consciousness following an injury sustained in World War II, an American soldier awakens to a Nazi dominated world in the 1960s.
“ Possibly the best FPS from 2014 next to Far Cry 4. Alternate history is a nice change of pace in what is becoming a stagnant genre. Story is nothing special, but it's all about the shooting and craziness in this.
7.5/10 ” - mann0802
Infamous: Second Son (2014 Video Game)
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Infamous Second Son is the story of young Delsin Rowe who interacts with a " bio terrorist " and gains his powers and is treated like a freak and outcast by society.
Director: Nate Fox
“ Looks gorgeous and plays well, but also contains more style than substance. I would call it the weakest in the series.
7.5/10 ” - mann0802
Call of Duty: Black Ops III (2015 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The third installment of the Call of Duty: Black Ops franchise brings the player to a dark twisted future with a built-up war storyline.
Director: Jason Blundell
“ Better than Ghosts and Advanced Warfare, but I think I'm finally growing out of COD. It just isn't great enough to keep me coming back. I'll be back when more zombie maps get released, but I got bored of this one quick. The campaign is ambitious for COD, although deeply flawed and not that fun either. Zombies is great if you have the Giant. Shadows of Evil is not that good. The multiplayer is bogged down by the specialists and mediocre maps that feel too small yet again. Matchmaking is also strange and you will have a tough time winning games if you play alone. Pretty good game overall with a fair amount of content compared to something like Battlefront, but I long for a simpler COD once more.
7/10 ” - mann0802
The Evil Within (2014 Video Game)
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While investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder, Detective Sebastian Castellanos encounters...
“ Not perfect and functions almost like an anthology horror film. There is a lot of variety in the missions and areas. Some are great like when you face a creature afraid of fire. Others are not so good. You will also likely die a lot unless you play on Easy.
7/10 ” - mann0802
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (2015 Video Game)
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Set in 1946, follows a man as he tries to discover the locations of a Nazi compound and sabotage Helga Von Schabbs's plans.
“ It has its moments, but it wasn't as good as the main game. The pacing is not great and it takes a while to get going. Return to Castle Wolfenstein is still better.
7/10 ” - mann0802
The Order: 1886 (2015 Video Game)
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The Order: 1886 is set in an alternate history of London, where an old order of knights keep all of the world safe from half breed monsters, who are a combination of animal and man.
“ Treat it like you would a Telltale game. It's like an interactive movie. Sixty bucks was too much for the amount of content in this, but it is worth it for under 20. Gorgeous graphics for consoles. Nothing special, but also not a complete disaster.
6.5/10 ” - mann0802
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014 Video Game)
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare catapults players forward in a groundbreaking experience that's ripped-from-the-headlines-of-tomorrow...
“ I've put in a number of hours into muliplayer, survival, and I beat the campaign on Veteran, and I can safely say it's better than Ghosts.

The campaign was decent, but nothing exceptional. I wouldn't say it was the best COD campaign by any stretch, but better than Ghosts. It feels like it could have been better, as even Kevin Spacey's character was pretty generic by not being as good as Makarov or Menendez.

Exo Survival is decent, but contains very little replay value once you play the map a few times.

The multiplayer isn't exactly for me, but I'm sure a lot of people will enjoy its frantic chaos. I have always relied on strategy and map-awareness in COD. That doesn't work so well here, because the Exo makes things crazy. Spawns are crappy. Maps are small and flow poorly with the Exo. Skill based matchmaking makes you feel like you are playing competitively 90% of the time whether you want to or not. Connections can also be trash because of this.

Multiplayer continues to be dominated by just a handful of guns and the variants only make balance worse. SHG has showed it will not majorly fix this game.
6/10 ” - mann0802
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016 Video Game)
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Nathan Drake comes out of retirement one last time, to go on a dangerous quest for Henry Avery's pirate treasure with his brother, Sam. But will he make it to the end of his epic journey?
“ Considered the greatest game of current gen. I will play this in the coming months. ” - mann0802
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015 Video Game)
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Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter for hire, embarks on an epic journey to find his former apprentice, Ciri, before The Wild Hunt can capture her and bring the destruction of the world.
“ Hailed as a masterpiece, but I still haven't played the second game. ” - mann0802
Doom (2016 Video Game)
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On Mars, a massive research facility tapping energy from hell has been overwhelmed by demonic forces. As the last DOOM Marine, you have been resurrected to do one thing; to cleanse this world and send them back to where they came from.
Director: Tim Willits
“ The multiplayer is trash, but the singleplayer is one of the best FPS campaigns in some time. ” - mann0802
Overwatch (2016 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
After a devastating war against a combat-ready team of intelligent machines known as Omnics, the former agents of the heroic team known as Overwatch must join forces once more to fight a new threat. A strategy based multiplayer first person shooter game by Activision-Blizzard.
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Lara Croft continues her late father's research, trekking across Siberia in search of the answers her father couldn't find, facing off against an ancient and ruthless shadow organisation.
Director: Neil Huxley
“ I will grab it for PC when the price is right. ” - mann0802
No Man's Sky (2016 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Explore and survive in a procedurally generated universe with 18.4 quintillion planets.
“ According to many, it was overhyped. If they fix the PC port, I'll play it eventually. ” - mann0802
XCom 2 (2016 Video Game)
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Twenty years have passed since world leaders offered an unconditional surrender to alien forces and XCOM...
Director: Jacob Solomon
Bloodborne (2015 Video Game)
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Bloodborne takes place in Yharnam - an eerie, Gothic, and ruined city which is rumored to house a mysterious...
“ Considered one of PS4's best exclusives. ” - mann0802
Quantum Break (2016 Video Game)
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Jack Joyce attempts to stabilize time before it breaks completely, after he gains the ability to manipulate time locally when an experiment goes awry.
Halo 5: Guardians (2015 Video Game)
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Peace is shattered when colony worlds are unexpectedly attacked. And when humanity's greatest hero goes missing, Spartan Jameson Locke is tasked with hunting the Master Chief and solving a mystery that threatens the entire galaxy.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
In the aftermath of the events of "Ground Zeroes" and the destruction of Militaires Sans Frontières...
Just Cause 3 (2015 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Following the events in "Just Cause 2," Rico Rodriguez returns to his homeland, the island of Medici...
“ Haven't played too much, but seems like more of the same. Not a bad thing in this case, but not a must have game either. Good one to pick up on sale or when the price drops. ” - mann0802
The Division (2016 Video Game)
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The Division is inspired by Operation Dark Winter and Directive 51, real-world events which society has become "fragile" and "complex". In the game, a disease that spreads on Black Friday causes the United States to collapse in five days.
Director: Magnus Jansén
“ Hugely popular, but I will probably never play it. ” - mann0802
Star Wars: Battlefront (2015 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Join the battle and play an important part in the Star Wars Galaxy. Lead the battle as you fight against the powerful empire in hope to regain freedom for the Galaxy.
“ Arguably the most controversial game of 2015, behind the AK PC port. No singleplayer and an average beta made me lose interest quick. ” - mann0802
Rainbow Six: Siege (2015 Video Game)
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A team of soldiers from various countries and militaries are recruited into an elite counter terrorisim unit...
Director: Ed Lewis
Mad Max (2015 Video Game)
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Max Rockatansky, a former highway patrol officer known as Mad Max across the post apocalyptic wasteland of Australia, has his V8 Interceptor stolen from him. Max fights and tracks across the wasteland to take back his car.
Mortal Kombat X (2015 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Two years after the death of Shao Khan, the heroes of Earthrealm must face their fallen comrades and prevent Shinnok from corrupting the Jinsei, the source of Earthreamm's life-force.
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014 Video Game)
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When the Chantry is destroyed, leaving only one survivor, demons are loosed up on the world. In an attempt to restore order and save the world, the survivor--now the inquisitor-- recreate the long forgotten inquisition.
Director: Mike Laidlaw
“ GOTY in 2014 for many people. Will pick up at some point. ” - mann0802
Alien: Isolation (2014 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Set 15 years after the events of Alien, gamers play as Ripley's daughter and embark on a mission to find her missing mother.
Director: Al Hope
Hitman (2016 Video Game)
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Agent 47 is back, and he's in his prime. In this game, 47 is back with the ICA, and is hired to take down targets globally with larger maps...
Need for Speed (2015 Video Game)
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The player and a small ragtag group of racers waiting to be noticed by any of the game's five icons .