Despite the ever increasing Xbox One and PS4 exclusive games, PC gaming is still going strong. 2015 saw the PC gaming community flourish and with more big name games due in 2016, this trend is likely to continue.
We have put together of the most anticipated PC games of 2016. We have everything from puzzling point-and-click games to fast paced first-person shooters.
So what games are going to make a big splash in the PC community this year?
The first person action-stealth game returns this year with a welcomed twist! This time around you will be able to choose between two playable characters. You can choose to play as Corvo, the protagonist of the first game, or a grown up Emily Kaldwin, Empress of the Empire of the Isles.
Both characters will have unique weapons and abilities, and as your in-game actions impact on the story, the game has some promising replay value.
Set 15 years after the events of Dishonored, Empress Kaldwin has been dethroned and has been turned in to an outlaw. It’s down to either Corvo or Emily (depending on who you pick) to restore the rightful heir to the throne. Whether you choose to hack and slash your way through the levels or sneak and evade enemies, the choice is yours!
ETA: Early 2016
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Set two years after the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Adam Jensen is back and ready for action. As the title suggests, the world is split between those who are augmented and those who are not. Riots and civil unrest have cast the world in to chaos.
As Jensen you will be set with the task of stopping an international terrorist organisation using a range of stealth or more forceful means. You’ll be able to use a range of new weapons and body augmentations to help your progress through the game.
The open ended challenges will add more hours on to the overall game-time and we cannot wait to get our hands on this one!
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers
The next game in the LEGO franchise will allow you to play your favourite Marvel heroes once again. With over 200 playable characters the stakes have been raised, and you will find characters not only from the MCU, but also from the comics.
The LEGO games are ideal for completionists and you are bound to spend hours collecting and unlocking everything the game has to offer.
The voice casting has been taken from the MCU, so unlike LEGO Marvel Super Heroes you will get to hear the familiar voices from the films.
In terms of storyline you will get to play through events not only from The Avengers films but both Captain America films, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.
Far Cry Primal
Where do you go after the outstanding Far Cry 4? Well, Ubisoft have done away with the guns and vehicles and sent you back to the Mesolithic period!
This open world action-adventure will see you take on the role of Takkar, who gets stranded in the land of Oros. With no weapons or allies you must try to escape back to your homeland by surviving against ruthless tribes and even deadlier wildlife.
In previous Far Cry games you have the ability to buy weapons, this time around you must craft them yourself and with only melee weapons (and the short range bow) expect the actions to up close and personal!
Rise of the Tomb Raider
After the phenomenal Tomb Raider reboot in 2013, we have waited eagerly in anticipation for the next adventure of Lara Croft. Then the news broke that it would be an Xbox One exclusive for a limited time. *Sigh*
But now the time has come, the Xbox One chains have been broken and we will finally get to see Lara in action once again.
With Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront being released around the same time as ROTTR, the game got a little lost in stream of games released. This will help keep the game feeling new and exciting, so as long as you have avoided any of the game spoilers, you should have just as much fun playing this as you did Tomb Raider.
The third-person action-adventure game will see you play as Lara Corft, navigating her through a range of environments, enemies and puzzles. The upgraded crafting system will let you improve your weapons and gear, and new features of dynamic weather systems and night and day modes are going to make this game a must have for PC gamers.
It’s been 12 years since we last have a Doom game, so it’s safe to say we are long overdue a dose of horrific demons and big guns!
The king of the first-person shooter returns with a bang after years of false starts and abandoned projects.
Expect fast paced and frantic action with plenty of horror and gore to boot!
Additionally to the co-op features, you will also get to use the Doom SnapMap, allowing you to build custom maps and game modes and be able to share them online. This exciting addition should hopefully keep the game fresh and engaging after you have exhausted the single and co-op options.
ETA: Early 2016
The acclaimed survival horror game returns, fresh with a new setting and even more scares!
The game will be an indirect sequel as it will be set in the same universe as outlast, but feature brand new characters and locations.
Be prepared to run for your life and hide, hoping that the battery does not go on your night vision device.
The game is still in development and little is known about the story as of yet, but one thing is for sure, when the game is finally released be prepared to run for your life.
ETA: Late 2016
Dark Souls 3
Very little is known about the 4th instalment in the Souls franchise.
The gameplay will follow on from Dark Souls 2 and include weapons ranging from duel-wielding swords and shortbows.
As with previous games, it is expected that the enemies you encounter during the game will change their combat style and patterns to help keep the bad guys feeling fresh, and not just mindless bots.
Dark Souls 3 is set to shift to focus more towards the RPG aspect of the game, allowing the player to spend more time on the character building system and improved weapon upgrading setup.
While the game is set to feature fewer maps than the previous game, it is thought that the maps have been made much more expansive.
If you are an old-school point-and-click adventure gamer, then the name Ron Gilbert should put a smile on your face.
The man behind Monkey Island and Manic Mansion has teamed up with long-time collaborator Gary Winnick, to take us all back to the days of classic puzzling adventuring.
The game started out as a Kickstarter campaign and soon surpassed the amount needed to get the game off the ground.
The game design is a replica of the Monkey Island & Manic Mansion games, with the classic action buttons and inventory layout.
You should also expect the same style of humour Gilbert and Winnick are famous for.
Set in the small town of Thimbleweed Park, you meet take on a range of character roles ranging from a pair of detectives investigating a murder to a cursed clown who cannot remove his face paint.
You will get to control five different playable characters in the game, and as with Manic Mansion, you are able to switch between these characters during gameplay. The best thing about this is how fun it makes the game and that to the most part you can play it your own way.
ETA: Summer 2016
Overkill’s The Walking Dead
This co-op first-person shooter based on the hit comic and TV show is surrounded in mystery.
We know very little about the game and there have been no gameplay teasers or images to go on.
An announcement teaser is the only thing we have to go on, and that isn’t much at all!
Set in Washington, a group of survivors must explore and survive inside The Walking Dead universe. The game is set to mix first-person shooter action with role playing, stealth and survival horror. This mish-mash of different genres, and the fact Robert Kirkman himself is on board, we cannot wait to get killing some walkers!
ETA: Late 2016
Not impressed with our list? Then tell us yours! What games are you looking forward to most in 2016? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!