By: Joe Sinicki
Published: March 08, 2016
It's 2016 and everyone knows that this year we're getting massive blockbusters like No Man's Sky, Quantum Break and a slew of new IPs from studios like Blizzard and Epic Games. But what about the games that are sure to come out of nowhere? The sleeper hits the tale up your time. Here's a list of 10 games we feel like you may be talking about come the end of the year in no particular order.
Developer: Giant Squid
Release: TBA 2016
Platform(s): PC, PS4
I've always found the oceans fascinating and perhaps that's what Abzu is so interesting. While a realistic swimming simulator may not seem all that exciting to some, the amount of detail that the developers are putting in to their underwater recreation mean that this could be the closest I get to truly exploring the ocean blue.
Developer: Three One Zero
Release: March 28 (PC), TBA (Xbox One, PS4)
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One
From the depths of the ocean to the edge of the Universe, Adrift places players in the boots of an astronaut trying to figure out why his space station is destroyed. Think walking simulators like Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and Vanishing of Ethan Carter but with lots of space explosions. Adrift's developers are thinking big and they're showing the game on movie theatre sized screens, count us in!
Developer: Telltale Games
Release: TBA 2016
Platform(s): PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Mobile
I'm going to let you in on a secret, I've wanted Telltale to do a game based on indie comic hit Saga for years now but in the mean time I'll take them jumping behind the cowl of the caped crusader. Telltale's Batman game looks to explore the mindset of a man who dresses up as a bat to fight crime and the damage that must do. Telltale has followed a series of hit and miss type games with a slew of can't miss titles like Tales from the Borderlands and The Wolf Among Us and I'm hoping that this is the best yet.
Courier of the Crypts
Developer: Emberheart Games
Release: 2016 (Early Access out now)
I know that there's a good amount of us that are sick of the eight and sixteen bit video game look, but I've been playing Courier of the Crypts and I've felt like it's my little secret since mid last year. You're a newly hired courier on your first job and your goal is simple, at least in theory — deliver the letter, but you'll encounter demons and monsters that want nothing more to stop you. The mechanics are simple, and you'll have little more than your trusty torch to guide your way. Think early Zelda games mixed with rouge-like elements. Do I have your attention yet?
Developer: Studio MDHR
Platform(s): PC, Xbox One
The amount that I want to play Cuphead is much like the amount of a child wanting to go to Disney World for the first time or a dog wanting a bone. It was on my list last year and I'm hoping that somehow it won't be on the list for next year. Cuphead takes on the style of a 1930s cartoon and looks like a cross between a run and gun shooter and a classic platformer. With its unique play style and fantastic visuals, this is a game that can't come out soon enough.
Developers: Boneloaf, Double Fine Productions
Release: 2016 (Early Access out now)
Odds are you've seen Gang Beasts, even if you don't know it. Clips of it have flooded sites like Reddit and NeoGaf and it's been a major word of mouth game. It's as silly as you would expect for a game from Double Fine, multicolored animal-like..things run around environments and beat the hell out of each other. What makes it even better? The environments are just as silly as the rest of the game, like a sausage factory where giant links of sausage fall from the sky. This is a multiplayer game that has a ton of potential if marketed the right way.
Developer: William Chyr
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Mac, Linux
Gorgeous and mysterious, Manifold Garden is a physics based exploration game that asks the player to change what they know about gravity and apply it to a Escher-esque world to find secrets and complete the game. The game is reminiscent of Monument Valley, one of my favorite mobile games of all time, only much...much bigger.
Developer: Old Moon Games
Metroid-Vania may be the most over-used marketing term in video games, but it's one that more than applies to Ghost Song, the new action game from Old Moon Games. Taking place in a truly open world, Ghost Song allows players to discover the rules and their own may through exploration and experimentation. Not much is known about Ghost Song but developers are hoping to see it release in the first quarter of this year.
What remains of Edith Finch
Developer: Giant Sparrow Games
Release: Giant Sparrow Games
Developer Giant Sparrow Games does not make games you expect as evidence by their sleeper classic The Unfinished Swan. What Remains of Edith Finch is a mysterious game that has you following several members of the Finch family as you uncover their splintered relationship. Dark, moody and full of potential, What Remains of Edith Finch could be this year's word of mouth game if what we've seen if any indication.
Developer: Giant Enemy Crab
Platform(s): PC, Mac, Linux
Due Process aims to be a cooperative shooter like no other. Teams start the game much like any other, they select their weapons and plan their strategy, but how they'll plan they're strategy is like no other game we've seen before. Each match starts with a planning phase where teams will literally plan out their strategy by drawing on the map and discussing what they need to do. It's very early in it's development but Due Process could be your next obsession.
Joe started off writing about video games for small fan sites when he realized he should probably do something with his communications degree and didn't want to get into the grind of daily reporting. Joining the team in late 2008, Joe is the featured game reviewer for Cheat Happens, producing up to 10 CHEATfactor Game Reviews per month.