Tegan’s Most Anticipated Games of 2016

2016 has barely begun and I’ve already found two games worthy of being thoroughly obsessed with – Pocket Mortys and Pony Island. This got me thinking about how this year is looking good in the realm of games and wondering what I’m most looking forward to. Don’t forget to let us know your top picks either in the comments below or on Facebook/Twitter!

Doom

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Big guns. Big Aliens. And back in the day – Big cheat codes. The Doom franchise knows what it is and I absolutely respect it for that. My expectations and hope for this to be to be, unadulterated explodey fun.

Is it too much to ask for IDDQD to make a return?

Harvest Moon/Story of Seasonsharvestmoon

I’m a Harvest Moon tragic from the old school Nintendo Days so I was always going to be super excited for whatever Natsume were going to do for the 20th anniversary of the franchise. This time around players will be able to explore three separate towns, all with their own gimmick and culture –  Lulucoco is an island settlement, Tsuyukusa a Japanese village, and Wes Town is, unsurprisingly, a western style village.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

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A kick arse female protagonist surviving in a post-apocalyptic landscape with robot dinosaurs – need I say more? Okay, how about how amazing a chance it will be to prove Sony wrong over the reservations they had about their own lead character back at E3 last year? It’s also going to be super interesting to see how Guerrilla Games handles their first RPG. Sign me up.

Cuphead

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A run and gun game that is challenging as hell done in the style of 1930s cartoons…it’s like they created this game with me in mind. At the hands on preview at EB Expo last year the frustration was real, and I reveled in every second of it. I foresee having to restrain many a controller throw in my future, unless I’m too distracted by the gorgeous artwork. I’ll keep you posted.

Pokemon Go

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It’s about as IRL Pokemon as you can get, of course I am god damn hyped for this. The boyfriend and I have already planned on putting a picnic together to we can spend a lovely day enslaving small virtual creatures and forcing them to battle. Who said romance is dead?

Mass Effect Andromeda

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I’ll believe it when I see it, especially since Chris Wynn and Chris Schlerf have left the project, but I’m still desperately hoping for an end of year release announcement at E3. HYPE!

Obduction

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I’ve been waiting a long time for another Myst or Riven and twenty years after the original game worked its way into our hearts, along comes its spiritual successor, Obduction. Kickstarted by one of the original Myst creators, I’m hoping that Obduction will bring the beauty (and let’s face it, extreme frustration) of Myst to old school fans and a new generation of gamers alike. I’m particularly fascinated to see how it will play out on the Occulus Rift, which was one of the stretch goals for having surpassed US$1.3 million.

This article originally appeared on Maude Garrett’s Geek Bomb

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