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Best Upcoming Q2 Games of 2016

Q2 releases are fast approaching, here is a list of my top 15 picks for best games to be released this second quarter. If you think I missed any important titles, please share in the comments below for everyone to enjoy! Have a look below for our top Q2 Games of 2016.

15. Mighty No. 9

Mighty No. 9

A spiritual successor to Capcom’s Mega Man franchise, Mighty No. 9 is a platformer created by the same guy who created the Blue Bomber, along with gaming franchises like Lost Planet and the Dead Rising games!

Mighty No. 9 is focused on 2D platforming, with a blend of 2D and 3D artwork and animation. Players control a robot named Beck, who is able to run, jump, and shoot projectiles at enemies he encounters. Furthermore, the player will be able to acquire both weapons and abilities from enemies they defeat.

The reason this game would have had a higher spot on the list is due to the numerous delays the game gets, although Kenji Inafune stated that game is set to come out in Quarter 2 the game is constantly getting delayed that there is no confirmed date!

 

14. Battleborn

Battleborn

Battleborn is a first-person shooter with multiplayer online battle arena elements, in which players engage in combat through a first-person perspective. Unlike other first-person shooters, the quests and game modes of the game were designed to feature a format and structure similar to a multiplayer online battle arena game. The game will feature 25 playable characters upon release, with each having different abilities and weapons and will also feature a leveling system, which resets when a match begins. Players start with the same basic level, and they can unlock new skills and abilities during a match.

 13. Doom

Doom

Doom is an upcoming first-person shooter which has “badass demons, big effing guns, and moving really fast” as key principles and will serve as a reboot to the Doom series. The game will feature a large arsenal of weapons, which can be collected and freely switched by players throughout the game. Many classic weapons, including the super shotgun andBFG 9000, will make a return. In addition, melee weapons such as the chainsaw, which can cut enemies in half, are also featured.

Many enemies from the original games like the Revenant, Mancubus, and Cyberdemon return as well, some of them redesigned. As the combat system of the game puts emphasis on momentum and speed, the game allows players to perform movements like sprinting and double-jumping. A combat system known as “push forward combat” is featured, which discourages players from taking cover behind obstacles or resting to regain health. As a result, the game will not feature any cover mechanics or a health-regeneration system.

12. One Piece: Burning Blood

One Piece Burning Blood

One Piece: Burning Blood is an upcoming The game features a cel-shaded artstyle, similar to the anime of the same name. The game features an “advanced battle system”, which allows players to perform stronger attacks and block normal attacks from enemies.Similar to the Grand Battle! series, One Piece: Burning Blood is a 1-on-1(and up to 9 vs 9) fighting game. It will focus on fighting and devil fruit abilities, with Logia users being able to use their powers to avoid damage.

11. Mini Mario and Friends: Amiibo Challenge

Mini Mario and Friends Amiibo Challenge

Mini Mario and Friends: Amiibo Challenge is an upcoming downloadable game for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.  Amiibo Challenge is the seventh installment in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, as well as the first to offer Amiibo support. New toys will be feauted in the game including Mini Bowser, Mini Yoshi, and Mini Diddy Kong. Players will be able to scan compatilbe Mario series-related Amiibos, and will receieve the corresponding toy.

10. No Man’s Sky

No Mans Sky

No Man’s Sky is a first-person, open universe survival game. Players take the role of a planetary explorer in an uncharted galaxy. They are equipped with a survival spacesuit with a jetpack, a “multitool” which can be used to scan, mine, and collect resources as well as to attack or defend oneself from creatures and other entities while on a planet, and a spacecraft that allows them to land and take-off from planets and travel between them and engage in combat with other space-faring vessels.

In No Man’s Sky, players are free to explore the entirety of a procedurally generated deterministic open universe, which includes over 18 quintillion (1.8×1019) planets, many with their own set of flora and fauna. By exploring, players will gain information about the planets that they can submit to The Atlas, a universal database that can be shared with other players of the game

9. Umbrella Corps

Umbrella Corps

An upcoming multiplayer based spin-off to the Resident Evil series, Umbrella Corps is a is set in 2015, two years after the events of Resident Evil 6 and twelve years after the collapse of the Umbrella Corporation in 2003. Although the Umbrella Corporation has been disbanded, a great deal of valuable viral BOW research information leftover from their past evil endeavors and is still left to be discovered.

Several corporations feverishly desire gaining possession over Umbrella’s assorted remnants and secrets, most especially those involving their bio weaponry technologies, a search that inevitably brings them into direct conflict with others, all of whom are seeking out those same exact things. As a result, these global corporations send mercenaries into several zombie infested sites to look for these hidden secrets.

8. Kirby: Planet Robobot

Kirby Planet Robobot

Planet Robobot is a new entry into the Kirby series that includes a new robot suit for Kirby, plus Team Kirby Clash, a four-player multiplayer mode where players can collect tablets to unlock team moves.

Players can scan amiibos for special unlocks, including the Fire ability for scanning Mario, the Sword ability for scanning Link, and a mysterious “Smash Bros” ability for scanning Kirby.

7. Dark Souls III

Dark Souls III

Dark Souls III is an action role-playing game set in a third-person perspective, similar to previous games in the series. The game is set to  “follow closely from Dark Souls II“. Players are equipped with a variety of weapons including shortbows, explosives like fire bombs, greatswords and dual-wielding swords to fight against enemies, and shields that can be used to deflect an enemies’ attack and protect the player from suffering damage. In addition, attacks can be evaded through dodge-rolling. The game is et for a April 12th release as well as a comic is scheduled for release sometime during the same month.

6. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Mirrors Edge Catalyst

Mirror’s Edge Caralyst is a reboot of 2008’s Mirror’s Edge and will revolve around Faith’s origin and her attempt to overthrow a totalitarian conglomerate of corporations who rule the city of Glass. Players can also make use of environmental objects such as zip-lines and ledges, and equipment including Mag Rope and Disruptor to travel across buildings.

When players mark an objective on their map, Faith’s “runner vision” is activated and some scenery items automatically highlight in red. These act as indicators to players whether a structure is climbable or not and as guides to lead players towards their objective.

5. The Solus Project

The Solus Project

The Solus Project is a survival adventure game, in which the player controls an astronaut on a mission to save mankind. His spacecraft crashes on an uncharted planet, Gliese-6143-C. He has to survive on the planet and faces factors such as hunger level, thirst, body temperature or weather conditions. The player explores the planet full of temples and other interesting places.

4. Star Fox Zero

Star Fox Zero

is an upcoming 3D scrolling shooter co-developed by Nintendo and PlatinumGames. The game was originally scheduled for release on the Wii U home video game console in November 2015, but was eventually delayed to April 2016 to allow for more development time.

It is the 6th installment in the Star Fox series. Though it is a wonderful to see Star Fox get another game, players will be upset to know the game is neither a prequel nor a strict remake of the first game, while Nintendo of America stated it is neither a sequel nor a prequel to the series.

3. Quantum Break

Quantum Break

Quantum Break is an action-adventure third-person shooter. Players play as Jack Joyce (who is voiced by Shawn Ashmore), a person with time manipulation powers in a world where time stutters, making everything freeze except Joyce. Players can use a variety of firearms, as well as their time-manipulating powers to defeat enemies in the game. Joyce can stop time temporarily, allowing him to escape from attacks or freeze enemies, unleash a “Time Blast”, which is an offensive projectile, and reverse the direction of bullets.

Quantum Break’s gameplay will be split into segments. After playing through a segment of the game an episode of the digital show will play. In the game, the video game portion will tell the story of the protagonists while the show will tell the story of the antagonists. Players can make choices as the antagonist in the beginning of each episode of the TV show, also known as “the junction points”. These decisions would influence the state of the game. The developers have stated that in order to get a full understanding of the story, players should be encouraged to watch the live action show, Alan Wake as well as play the game!

2. Ratchet and Clank

Ratchet and Clank

Ratchet and Clank is an upcoming platformer and reboot to one of Sony’s longest running intellectual properties bearing the same name the first installment of the reboot will show a re-imagination of the first game in the series it will have a variety of gameplay elements from different entries in the series, with features like strafing and the inclusion of weapons that came after the first game. It also features brand new weapons. For example, the Pixelizer, which, as the name suggests, turns enemies into an 8-bit appearance.

1. Uncharted IV: A Thief’s End

Uncharted IV

Uncharted IV: A Thief’s End is the sequel toUncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, and is the fourth and final installment in the Uncharted series starring Nathan Drake, as well as the last in the series to be developed by Naughty Dog. Though the game was originally set to be released on April 26th, the game was pushed back to two weeks to a May 10th release.

set several years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception with Nathan “Nate” Drake, now retired as a fortune hunter, settled into a normal life with his wife Elena Fisher. His world is then turned upside down when his older brother Sam, long believed to be dead, suddenly reappears seeking Drake’s help. Together they embark on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a conspiracy behind Libertalia, a long lost pirate colony, and its fabled pooled pirate treasure. Naughty Dog outlined the game’s plot as “his greatest adventure yet and will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately, what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.”

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