Earlier this week, I ran down the shittiest things of 2015. Now it’s time to look forward to the things coming in 2016 that have a chance at greatness. On with the show!

10. The Nintendo NX
The Nintendo NX may not even be coming out this year, but Nintendo promises they’re going to talk about it. Rumours are swirling around the NX. Some say it’s a hybrid handheld/home console. Others say it has an Android-based OS. It could be anything at this stage – and I doubt I’ll end up getting one myself – but whatever it is, it’s going to be exciting to see the impact it has on the gaming industry.

9. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
With its first-person parkour and striking, minimalist art style, there’s nothing quite like Mirror’s Edge out there. The sequel to the 2008 cult hit is finally set to come out this year, and it looks hella neat. Here’s a gameplay trailer:

8. Captain America: Civil War
With the cast Civil War has amassed, it’s looking like it will practically be a third Avengers movie. But it’s got Captain America in the title for a reason, and since the Cap been the subject of two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s best films, I have high hopes for it. Here’s a trailer:

7. Mass Effect: Andromeda
With the Shepard trilogy over, BioWare has a clean slate to explore the Mass Effect universe and tell new, interesting stories. The focus this time is supposedly on exploration, with the oft-maligned Mako making a comeback. But BioWare seems to have learned from their mistakes, and if we get Dragon Age: Inquisition in space with guns, then we’re in for a treat. Here’s a cinematic trailer:

6. Dishonored 2
The first Dishonored brought some of the best stabby, sneaky goodness available, but it didn’t really deliver on the narrative front. However, the setting, with its gloomy “whalepunk” theme, was just dripping with lore and possibility. This time, players will get to step into the role of Emily Kaldwin, who was just a kid in the first game. What made her get all knifey in the interim? We’ll find out later this year. Here’s a cinematic trailer:

5. Season 2 of Marvel’s Agent Carter
The MCU’s greatest heroine is back, baby – sorry, Black Widow – and this time, she’s headed to L.A. Just like in the first season, it looks like she’ll be getting into her fair share of fistfights, and very little is more satisfying than seeing Hayley Atwell kick some butt. Here’s an unfortunately brief trailer:

4. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Deus Ex: Human Revolution had the unenviable task of washing the disgusting taste of Invisible War out of the gaming community’s collective mouth, and somehow it succeeded at not only doing that, but also at providing a proper sequel to the original Deus Ex. Now that we know what the Eidos Montréal team is capable of – let’s just all agree to forget about the awful Thief reboot – I expect nothing short of greatness from Mankind Divided. Adam Jensen is back, gravelly and grumbly as ever, and this time he can Blin- sorry, “Icarus Dash.” With new traversal routes opened up, the gameplay possibilities are wider than ever. Here’s a half-hour gameplay demo:

3. Firewatch
I’ve been interested in Campo Santo’s debut game, Firewatch, ever since I heard about it early last year. It’s a mystery set in a Wyoming national park, with a gorgeous, semi-cartoonish art style. It has the walk-’em-up gameplay style of Gone Home, the radio setup of a typical first-person shooter, and the branching dialogue options of Telltale’s output. That might seem like a weird combo, but it looks like it’s going to be something special. Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay footage:

2. New music from Brand New
Technically we did get new music from the band last year in the form of “Mene,” their first new song since 2009. But all signs point towards them actually having worked on an album. When will that see the light of day? Hopefully this year. In the mean time, here’s “Mene”:

1. Persona 5
I hadn’t played any serious JRPGs until last year, when I dove headfirst into Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4, and holy crap, that game is huge. It took me around 120 hours to beat, and I spent many more pondering its themes and mysteries. Needless to say, Persona has its hooks in me, and I’m super-excited for Persona 5. The dungeons look even weirder and more elaborate this time around, plus the move to a more urban setting looks like it’s going to shake things up. Here’s a trailer:

Honourable Mentions
As usual, there are lots of them, so I’ve divided them into helpful categories.

Music:

  • Heavy English
  • Kanye West
  • Now, Now
  • Solange
  • Somos

Television, anime, and web series:

  • Season 2 of Assassination Classroom (Funimation)
  • Season 3 of Bravest Warriors (Cartoon Hangover)
  • Season 2 of Galavant (ABC. It has already begun airing.)
  • Lady Dynamite (Netflix)
  • The third year of Last Week Tonight (HBO)
  • Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)
  • Love (Netflix)
  • The Ranch (Netflix)
  • Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Video Games and interactive fiction:

  • 1979 Revolution (PC)
  • Bear Simulator (PC)
  • Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4)
  • Book 5 of Dreamfall Chapters (PC)
  • Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
  • Gravity Rush Remastered (PS4)
  • A Hat in Time (PC)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4)
  • Acts IV and V of Kentucky Route Zero (PC. Hahaha, as if they’re coming this year.)
  • Ladykiller in a Bind (PC. I’m too lazy to look up the full title.)
  • Lobodestroyo (PC)
  • Miegakure (PC)
  • Night In The Woods (PC)
  • Oxenfree (PC)
  • The PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC, obviously)
  • Recore (PC)
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon: World (PC)
  • SCALE (PC)
  • Tacoma (PC)
  • Tales of Berseria (PC)
  • That Dragon, Cancer (PC)
  • Uncharted 4 (PS4)
  • YIIK (PC)
  • Yooka-Laylee (PC)

Whew, that’s a lot of stuff to look forward to in 2016! I doubt I’ll end up experiencing even half of it. Oh well, I can pick and choose.

What are you looking forward to this year? Let me know in the comments.

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