Whenever a new year comes along, you can bet there are going to be tons of sites making tons of lists about the best and biggest video games to look forward to in 2016. Hell, we even have one here. The fine print is, with all those lists, you tend to see the same ten games, mentioned over and over. Yes, all you geeks know, everyone is excited about No Man’ Sky. To say that again is just repeating the same things over and over. So what about the under the radar video games coming out in 2016? What we mean by under the radar video games are video games that look like they are going to be fantastic, but might be smaller or have less “buzz” than some of the bigger games slated for release later this year.
Let’s just jump right into it….
From the lush visuals to the concept, Firewatch is definitely deserving of more hype than it is getting. Taking place in Wyoming in the late 80’s, the buzz here is the less the player knows the better. A recurring theme to the games on this list. What you do know is you will be (potentially) fighting fires in first person, but there seems to be a hint of something much greater than even that.
But because you don’t shoot people in the dick, no one is talking about it.
Hyper Light Drifter
The rumor about this game is that if Dark Souls had a pixel art baby with Diablo, this would be that baby. Cruelly difficult and stunning to look at (even with its more simplistic visual style), you can tell the action in Hyper Light Drifter is going to finger blistering.
But since when has that stopped us gamers?
All you need to know here is the guy who came up with the fantastically bizarre Katamari Damacy games has finally made a new game, and this is it. So what is this? Well, that is what makes Wattam so appealing: no one really knows anything about it yet. You climb stuff, and may be able to play as a piece of poo at one point. Not joking.
We may not know much, but we know it will be batshit insane and that is enough for any of us who have played the Katamari series.
Yes, this game made both lists (mainstream and under the radar video games). Inside is from the brilliant minds at Playdead (of Limbo fame). Jusy like Limbo, we know next to nothing about this game outside of its breathtaking visual aesthetic and the fact that it has some clear subtext about conformity that we wont fully understand until we play it (and may not even understand then, but who cares because it looks haunting and perfect).
Expect this game to blow minds and expectations when it drops later this year.
Okay, we will admit. There is more of an audible buzz about this game than some of the other games on this list. But that is because it is the first game Jonathan Blow has made since the stellar Braid from some years ago. This is another game shrouded in mystery, but we can see it is gonna be a puzzle game and we can tell it is gonna burn some real brain cells.
Plus, it reminds us of Myst (and being old PC gamers, to us that is a good thing).
We Happy Few
This is definitely the one that has the most hype around our offices. Why, you may ask? Because it looks like a mix between Bioshock and Dishonored (though we know little about gameplay so far). Another game that seems to be making a silent nod against conformity and standing in line like sheep, We Happy Few looks like a game that is hiding some nasty secrets (and we mean that in a good way.)
This list just goes to show you, you don’t have to be a sequel or some huge budget game to make gamers drool. You just have to offer us some of the stuff we love, and that seems to be just what these six under the radar video games will be doing later on this year.
Now let’s just hope they can live up to our expectations!