Upcoming Games That Could Take Uncharted 4 Off Top Spot

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Uncharted 4, the game almost everybody is eager to play. Set 3 years after the events of it’s predecessor, Uncharted 3, Nathan Drake leaves the world of fortune hunting behind – it doesn’t seem to take long for the adventure to come knocking on his door when Drake’s brother, Sam, emerges asking for help in order to save his own life as well as an adventuring opportunity that Drake could never resist. Sam and Drake both embark on a journey to find the pirate utopia Libertalia, deep in the forests of Madagascar. This game is bound to take it’s players on an around the globe adventure, through urban cities, jungle isles and snow-capped peaks.

However with E3 on it’s way this June, we were curious as to which games could steal the top spot from the much beloved Uncharted 4.

Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst

The original and highly praised Mirror’s Edge launched about 8 years ago, back in 2008 however Catalyst is by no means Mirror’s Edge 2. The game itself was due to be released earlier this year in February however the game wasn’t ready and was delayed, initially to be released on the 24th May, 2016.

Mirror’s Edge’s protagonist, Faith.

However, in the month prior Design Director Erik Odeldahl mentioned in the Mirror’s Edge Catalyst blog that the release date was to – once again – be pushed back to the 9th of June, 2016 for “a brand new online technology”,

See also: Delays Are Never Bad For Video Games

This also provides the game’s developers with a longer period of time to address feedback from the closed beta that began on the 22nd April, 2016. I personally cannot wait for this game as I was a huge fan of the first.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

15 years ago, we were blessed with the original Deus Ex and since then, there have been three sequels; most recently, Deus Ex: The Fall, released only for PC and iOS devices. The game was initially announced in April last year, however no release date was set in stone until E3 in the following months.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex gameplay still

The developers of the upcoming game showcased a cinematic trailer, displaying a launch date of 23rd February, 2016. The developers, Square Enix, mentioned in a blog post that they had such high expectations that they wanted to spend “more time in post-production for tuning, iterations and refinement to meet our high standards”. The current date release is the 23rd August, 2016 which is exactly five years after Human Revolution.

Dishonoured 2

The follow up game to Bethesda’s 2012 hit is expected to his shelves – announced in E3 2015, Dishonoured 2 is expected this year. This was undoubtedly one of the biggest announcements of the event, mentioning the arrival to be in ‘Spring 2016’, however with having came and gone and no sign of the game the company released a new date, being 11th November, 2016. Not only will we see more of Corvo Attano, the prior game’s protagonist but we will also the rightful heir to the throne of the Isles and Empress Jessamine Kalwin’s only child, Emily Kaldwin.

Official E3 Dishonoured 2 announcement

This is destined to be the big title of the year for Bethesda, and no new Elder Scrolls game will be released this year, however that could change during the Bethesda E3 2016 showcase, perhaps hinting at a new game for the series which, I’m pretty sure I speak for all gamers, would be greatly appreciated. Again, I am anticipating this game hugely as the previous was such a huge achievement for Bethesda & Arkane Studios.

DOOM

After a surprisingly brilliant open beta, the Doom reboot is a must have on most gamer’s shopping lists for this year. id Software have always had a place in my heart, and their comments during an E3 2015 conference makes it even better.

“The foundation of any Doom experience is centred around three things: badass demons, big fucking guns and moving really fast.”

Bethesda only always confirmed a ‘Spring 2016’ release date, however as most game release dates do, it has changed to the 13th May, 2016 with three DLC packs to arrive later. As well as this, Bethesda announced a Premium Collector’s Edition of the game, containing a 12 inch collector’s statue of a Revenant, made by TriForce – a popular prop manufacturer. It also comes with an LED base and an exclusive steel case for the disc.

It doesn’t feel like it was 20 years ago that the first Doom was released as even today I still pick it up and play it for a few hours at any time. Regardless, I can’t wait for the release of this sure to be masterpiece.

Mafia III

Mafia III, the third in a brilliant list of games has the potential to be one of, if not the best game of 2016. With an official release date of 7th October, 2016 (fingers crossed) you will be able to pick this up for around £35 to £50. The game’s story writers haven’t moved far from their last masterpiece, having a setting of 1968 New Orleans, America – playing another war veteran.

“Family isn’t who you’re born with, it’s who you die for.  Now back home, in a reimagined New Orleans, Lincoln is set on rebuilding his life, but old ties keep him from leaving the city.  It will take more than a few friends to make it in this new world,”

This game will bring more intense gun fights, a newer, more visceral hand-to-hand combat system as well as a big improvement on the open world we saw in Mafia 2 to name a few.

Lincoln Clay, Mafia III’s main character

“White knuckle driving and street smarts will all be needed. But with the right crew, tough decisions and some dirty hands, it’s possible to make it to the top of the city’s underworld. It’s time to create a new family.”

As most mobster-based games go, you start at the bottom and make your way up the ranks, taking out as many rival families as you can before you take full control of the city – something that you certainly can’t achieve overnight.

Gears of War 4

Even though we’re only about halfway through 2016, many gamers have decided what their game of the year is to be: Gears of War 4. We currently know that the game will be released exclusively to Xbox One users on 11th October, 2016 however a PC variant of the game is potentially on it’s way. It’ll be set 25 years in the future as you play Marcus Fenix’s son, JD.

It’s been around 5 or so years since we had our hands on Gears of War 3, and the more dedicated fans may want to get their hands on the Ultimate Edition of the game which allows you access to the game 4 days early, as well as a season pass for any future DLC and “permanent access” to 24 DLC maps. Not only this, but you will receive developer playlists, enabling access to maps and modes before they go on general release to the public. If that wasn’t enough, you’ll also receive 6 Gear packs, providing skins and emblems as well as an exclusive Steelbook case and VIP pack.

Gears of War 4 Collector’s Edition

We don’t know much about the new Gears of War game currently, however after the events of Gears of War 3, the Imulsion Countermeasure weapon destroyed the Locust, but it damaged the planet of Sera – causing the human population to start to dwindle and caused martial law being put in place, with mankind surviving in cities all walled up. But, fear not, JD Fenix is a pretty good monster fighter, not to mention he’s as good with a gun as his father. Definitely a game to watch.

No Man’s Sky

Another contender for Game of the Year, No Man’s Sky. The UK-based Hello Games announced the killer game at VGX 2013, and was later shown off during E3 in 2015. It is to be a PS4 and PC exclusive game and will undoubtedly offer a gaming experience unlike anything we’ve seen previously. Sony have been treating this as if it’s being developed in-house. Fergal Gara, Commercial director of Sony UK mentioned:

“We have been working very closely with the developers and bringing it into our release programme as if we had made it. We are not going to treat it any differently and we are going to put the full weight of PlayStation behind it. If it all comes together as well as expected, it will be treated like a first-party release; it is not a self-published small indie title on the platform.”

Concept art from the upcoming game

Not only this, but there has also been a bit VR support speculation. This would be an incredible feature for the game, allowing players to move around the worlds they visit as if they were actually there. Sean Murray, creator of the masterpiece hinted to Games Radar:

“It’s something we’re thinking about. Morpheus, Oculus… There’s nothing more cool and sci-fi than VR and a big procedural universe. I think that, for the people who want to just explore, and even for the space combat and things like that, it would be a good fit. Let’s put it that way.”

How about you, reader? What games do you think are destined to steal the limelight from Uncharted 4? Are there any that are already out that’ve been cheated of the number one spot? Let us know in the comments below!

Luke
  • Psn Merc

    Sorry Luke but I can guarantee you that Mirror’s Edge, Doom, and Gears have no chance of scoring higher than Uncharted 4. Deus Ex probably has the best chance out of any of those and even that is a stretch.

    • Lüke Skywalker

      Perhaps! I doubt Uncharted will be moved but these were just some thoughts I had, appreciate the comment though!

      • Psn Merc

        Great write up either way! Always fun to speculate!

  • Surely you jest? Naughty Dog is one of the only gaming companies in the world that actually delivers what they say they will or even better. The only misstep I can think of is that Uncharted 3 was nowhere near as good as Uncharted 2 (due to the divided development between The Last of Us and Uncharted 3) and Jak X Combat Racing was average at best. I have never seen Naughty Dog release a bad game. It is one of those few instances where being a fanboy of a company doesn’t seem misguided. I keep worrying when the other shoe is going to drop but so far they have yet to disappoint. Ever major company out there has in one way or another. If Naughty Dog made more games more often they would probably disappoint occassionally just like everyone else. However they take the time to release an individual title. They don’t spread their resources thin between 5 projects at a time. They don’t give in to demands to release a game early. In many ways they are unprecedented as a company in the way they operate. I have no idea why they are able to churn out one AAA title after another without undue influence stagnating the development process like so many other companies do but I am grateful for it.

    More often than not the technology they create in their games goes on to influence more developers and to set the bar higher for what a game can be.

    None of the games you mentioned have any chance of topping Uncharted 4. No Man’s sky has the potential to equal it and most of those games have the potential to be solid releases but none of them have a snowballs chance in hell of surpassing Uncharted 4. I have no idea why their games are as good as they are but they genuinely deserve the praise they receive. Uncharted 3 though the weakest in the series is still a great game comparing it to any other competitors game.

    • Lüke Skywalker

      Another brilliant reply I highly appreciate! As I mentioned in another comment, I have no doubt in my mind that Uncharted 4 will remain top of the list but these were just some games that I thought had a bit of a chance to take the top spot from them – albeit they mightn’t have been the best choices but from what I’ve seen and heard there were some that could’ve been on par. Just a speculation on my end 🙂 However, really appreciate the reply!

  • FunKtioN

    lol horrible list

    • Lüke Skywalker

      Appreciate the comment! What games do you think would be more appropriate for the list?

      • Gamer32

        Final fantasy 15 and the last guardian and battlefield 1 have a better chance than any of the games on this list

  • datdude

    The only game on this guys list I could see potentially scoring higher than Uncharted 4 would be No Man’s Sky, but it would have to be almost flawless in it’s design, scope, and execution to do that and I don’t think that will happen. I just don’t see an established franchise toppling Uncharted….it may have to be something like No Man’s Sky that many people still don’t fully know what to expect from it that just overwhelms and surprises critics and gamers alike.

    I’m looking forward to games like Horizon:Zero Dawn, The Last Guardian, Wild, Detroit:Become Human, Below, Inside, Cuphead, etc. etc. etc……but they will have a very long way to go to surpass a Naughty Dog title. Perhaps the next game to outdo Uncharted will be TLOU 2. Naughty Dog seems to consistently manage to top themselves.

  • Saurabh Ranjan

    I absolutely liked the list.but man,uncharted will be at top for quite some time.

  • Mohamed Sonic

    for me its the last guardian or persona 5 .
    i am excited for both of these games

  • Bilal Prince-Ali

    It’s always good to speculate but tbh the ONLY game that i can think of that could beat Uncharted critically is potentially Final Fantasy XV…. from this list i can only see MAYBE No Man’s Sky and thats a stretch too!

  • rorschach2

    Doom being better, LOL