Game Preview 2016
(L-R) A fearsome boss in Dark Souls 3, M Bison in Street Fighter 5 and Faith in Mirror's Edge Catalyst.From Software / Capcom / EA

Already this week we've written about Hitman, XCOM 2 and Overwatch in part one, Final Fantasy 15, Ratchet and Clank and Yooka Laylee in part two and Doom, Dishonored 2 and Persona 5 in part 4 - yet we still have twenty games left in our 2016 video game preview.

Tomorrow (Friday, 11 December) we'll publish our ten most anticipated games of 2016, which isn't to say we're not looking forward to the ten games below.

Read the rest of our 2016 previews here

Mirror's Edge Catalyst (PS4 / Xbox One / PC)

Mirror's Edge Catalyst
Faith gazes out across the Glass City.EA

Fans of the cult game demanded it, and developers DICE wanted it too, but for a time the Mirror's Edge follow-up seemed unlikely. Now we're here, awaiting the release of a new soft-reboot/prequel starring free-runner Faith Connors and the beautiful, clean, crisp City of Glass. The removal of gunplay entirely and introduction of open world elements are just two things to get us excited. Watch the trailer.

Release date: 24 May

Street Fighter 5 (PS4, PC)

Street Fighter 5
Zangief gives M Bison a pummelling in Street Fighter 5.

Six years (but plenty of follow-ups) following number four, the fifth mainline Street Fighter arrives exclusively on PS4 and PC with a healthy mix of old, new and returning characters, and a number of major changes. Fights will now earn players Fight Money which can be used to buy DLC, also available at a real world cost. So, all DLC is free if you're a dedicated enough player.

Release date: 16 February

Sea of Thieves (Xbox One)

Sea of Thieves
From the announcement trailer for Sea of Thieves.Microsoft

Some would say legendary British developer Rare has been underutilised by Microsoft since buying them in 2002, others would use the word "neutered". Well, earlier this year MS wanted to hype Rare's return with Rare Replay, a collection of 30 Rare titles and the announcement of Seas of Thieves – a first person pirate adventure with online multiplayer and a user-generated content element. We look forward to hearing more.

Release date: TBA

Dark Souls 3 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Dark Souls 3
Somewhere you'll probably be dying a lot in Dark Souls 3.From Software

One year on from critically-adored PS4 exclusive Bloodborne – which owed a great deal to the Souls series of course – the mac daddy of bastard RPGs returns for a third time, and for the first time developed specifically for current gen technology. Having learned a few things from Bloodborne, director Hidetaka Miyazaki may be about to drop the best Souls to date.

Release date: 12 April

Paragon (PS4, PC)

Paragon
A character summons a meteor in Paragon.Epic Games

After several teases, Epic Games finally revealed exactly what their new game Paragon is: a third person MOBA (massive online battle arena) in which players "earn [and presumably buy] cards to customise their abilities". The announcement trailer was revealed at Sony's PlayStation Experience press conference, showing off gameplay and confirming an early access test in Spring and an open beta in the summer. Hopefully a full release follows in by the end of the year.

Release date: TBA

Ashen (Xbox One, PC)

Ashen
Ashen also includes flying whales. How... how do they work?Aurora 55

Ashen is an open world survival game with a few fantasy elements and a smattering of multiplayer co-op as players try to outwit a seemingly hopeless world lit only by ash-spewing lava, not by a sun. The game, developed by Aurora 44 was announced at Microsoft's E3 2015 conference.

Release date: TBA

Gears of War 4 (Xbox One)

Gears of War 4
The instantly-recognisable Gears armour and chainsaw lancer in Gears of War 4.Microsoft

Here's another game announced at the Xbox E3 show (surprisingly with gameplay), this one also set in a seemingly hopeless world. That's likely where the similarities end however, with new studio The Colalition take over from Epic as the celebrated third person shooter series returns five years on from the trilogy-concluding third instalment.

Release date: Q4

Far Cry Primal (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Far Cry Primal
Far Cry Primal will take the series back to basics, literally.Ubisoft

Most could have predicted a new Far Cry would be released in 2016, but nobody could have seen the game's concept or its imminent release date coming. Primal takes the series back to the Stone Age - stripping away the automatic weapons and focusing on the player's relationship with the world around them. Here's how we think Primal could help Ubisoft make the series even better.

Release date: 23 February

Quantum Break (Xbox One)

Quantum Break
Shawn Ashmore as Jack Joyce, Quantum Break's lead character.Microsoft

Announced alongside the Xbox One in May 2013, Quantum Break has been a long time coming and has endured a development riddled with complications as the very concept of what the Xbox One is has changed. As the final product nears, Remedy appears to have retained their core concept: a mix of intertwining live action productions and in-game levels about the aftermath of a time-travel experiment gone awry.

Release date: 5 April

World of Warcraft: Legion (PC)

World of Warcraft Legion
Artwork from for World of Warcraft Legion.Blizzard

Legion is the sixth expansion for Blizzard's World of Warcraft. It will introduce a new area of Azeroth called the Broken Isles, raise the game's level cap to 110 and includes at least nine new dungeons and two raids. With membership in such decline that Blizzard has decided to stop making those numbers public, Legion needs to be a success.

Release date: TBA


The inevitable but unannounced sequels....

Tomorrow we publish our ten most anticipated games, so before we get to that we want to dedicate a small, separate part of our preview to the sequels and follow-ups we all know are coming but which haven't yet been announced.

We all know Fifa 17 is coming (as well as Madden and all the other sports games), but how will it shape up against Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, which was so much better this year? Also, will Konami shake the series up in some way? They appear to be experimenting with a free-to-play model.

In the realm of major blockbuster releases, a new Call of Duty is a certainty and this time it's Infinity Ward's turn to develop the latest entry. Could we see a return to World War 2, or the Modern Warfare series? Then there's Assassin's Creed, which is in need of a major overhaul and the next major entry into the Destiny series, which may be called Destiny 2 but will be fully connected to the existing game.

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