SmashPad’s Most Anticipated Games of 2016

These two games each were nominated by four of our staff members.

No Man’s Sky – PS4

“A massively multiplayer game where you’re unlikely to ever come into contact with another player. No Man’s Sky is vast on an interstellar scale. It’s an ambitious project for an indie developer to take on, but it could be game-changing if it’s done right.” – Filippo Dinolfo, Senior Editor

“While I may never actually get to go to space, No Man’s Sky seems to be guaranteed a release later this year to help give me an opportunity to go on a space-faring adventure across the universe anyway. That this sort of huge, ambitious game is being made by a team of about a dozen people at Hello Games is easily the most impressive part of this game’s development.” – Chris Selogy, Managing Editor

Star Fox Zero – Wii U

We haven’t had a major Star Fox game in almost a decade, so this had been a long time coming. Despite some early misgivings I had about the new control scheme, I can’t wait to return to the Lylat System for some intergalactic dog fighting.” – Brandon Perkins, Contributor

Although I wish we were getting a completely new look at our favorite band of space animals, the franchise hasn’t put out a new game since 1996. I cannot wait to get back in the Arwing and face Andross once again.” – Christian Paraguya, Contributor

What was supposed to be the Wii U’s 2015 killer app title got pushed to a 2016 that looks (dare I say it…) crowded. We’ve already had two separate opportunities to play the game and so far it’s been solid, so I’m hoping the delay resulted in even more exquisite polish.” – Danreb Victorio, Managing Editor

“It’s been 11 years since the last console installment of the Star Fox franchise. That’s far too long for the crew to stay languishing on the handheld stage. Though the gamepad control scheme might prove to be a hindrance, we’re hopeful that with some optional control methods, that the series will return to form on the Wii U.” – Filippo