11 Great Action Adventure Games To Play in 2016
Discover some of the best action adventure games to play in 2016
Massive open worlds and surprises around every corner. We love action adventure games. But which are the best? Find out.
11. Fallout 4
Get back in the vault with the release of Fallout 4
Perhaps the greatest action adventure series of all time, Fallout 4 has been highly anticipated.
It's finally here and according to fans, myself included, it's spectacular. The usual open world has been vastly expanded (yes, somehow they've done it) and includes several potential locations to call home now.
You can customize your home base, adding loot you've found across the scattered wastelands to your walls to fortify its security. You can find new companions around the land and even watch them develop too.
Journey through the apocalyptic world with man's best friend
Unfortunately though, Bethesda has decided to change the dialogue system almost completely and it now mirrors Mass Effect's dialogue. There are fewer options than in Fallout 3 and New Vegas and fewer ways to make original choices.
The crafting system has been reworked too, and fortunately it is a huge improvement unlike the dialogue system. You can now add or remove mods and additions to any weapon you find, including melee weapons. You can truly personalize many aspects of Fallout 4 - from the guns, to the characters and even your home base. It lacks freedom of choice in comparison to the rest of the series, but it will still provide countless hours of real, immersive fun.
Survival is tough when credit cards no longer exist
With a massive modding community Fallout 4 is only going to get better in the coming months, so be sure to keep an eye on it.
10. Rise of the Tomb Raider
One of the most scenic action adventure games of 2016
True to the action adventure genre, Tomb Raider has always provided ample fun.
Lara Croft has evolved quite a bit since her first days on Playstation. You'll really see the improvements in the most recent installment of the series, with Lara being a beautiful sight.
The world is also highly detailed, with beautiful scenery and wilderness. There are many side quests to complete and several different customisable options like clothing, gear and unique weapons to unlock.
The gameplay is almost identical to the 2013 Tomb Raider game but slightly tweaked as expected. It also has a nice crafting system full of upgrades. While the game is a success on just about every level, it requires pretty intensive hardware to run at max detail. Be warned.
9. ARK: Survival Evolved
Ever wanted to ride a dinosaur, or slaughter a t-rex with weapons you made yourself?
Now you can. ARK: Survival Evolved takes you back to prehistoria. Play a human stranded in a dense jungle, struggling to survive. Forage for food and equipment and craft your base - but make sure it can stand quite the beating.
Yep, you can now mount pterodactyls
You'll find a massive plethora of dinosaurs and a huge open world designed to be shared with hundreds of other players. You can team up with others or fend for yourself - but be careful, you never really know who can be trusted.
ARK: Survival Evolved brings modern free-form building to a landscape it has yet to see. You can also tame dinosaurs who become companions through progression.
8. State of Decay
State of Decay mixes open worlds, freedom and zombies
Play as any survivor you rescue, secure your home, steal cars and do whatever your heart desires in a world that no longer has rules.
State of Decay takes on a genre we've become familiar with over the years: zombies.This RPG-styled free roam game focuses on a seamless integration of constant action, easy controls and total customization.
Warning: Massive hordes. Good luck.
This game is set just after zombies first start to appear. Unsure of what's going on, you find yourself at a camp that looks like it's been broken into. You eventually steal a truck and make your way onto the road to find... well, whatever you can.
You unlock portions of the world as you progress through the game. Just like Pokemon games, there are certain barriers you can't cross until you complete certain objectives. This doesn't diminish from the experience too much though as there is plenty to explore in the areas available to you and objectives flow naturally. You hardly notice them.
My favorite aspect is the customisation of your crew. You find survivors lying around towns and abandoned sites who sometimes wish to join you. You can bring them back to your home base, which you can also customize, and eventually even play as them.
Make use of whatever you can to stay alive
Characters get tired after extended periods of time and have to rest. While they rest you can switch to another member of your ever expanding crew. When a crew member dies, they really die. Watch out!
7. Mad Max
Not just a re-adaptation of the movie
Mad Max has a world bigger than anyone had imagined it would...
Following the open-world trend is Mad Max. Yes, it's the same idea as the movie: cruise through a post-apocalyptic world battling hordes of enemies as you build up whatever support you can.
This game differentiates from other open-world adventure games in that it is absolutely massive. With over 200 unique locations it's one of the biggest and most unique pieces of landscape I've seen, on par with Skyrim and Fallout.
There are no longer any rules.
Mad Max lets you explore this massive world freely and tells the tale of how the apocalypse came to be through use of 'ancient' artifacts discovered around the land. An interesting take used by other games in the past.
You can also level up your character and your gear - even your vehicle. Build your strength by killing enemies and completing objectives and tear your way through the destroyed planet.
6. Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag
Yarr, matey! Be ye' ready to plunder the open seas?!
Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag offers what many gamers have wanted for a long, long time: open world pirates! The game allows you to man your own ship as you sail through the oceans, plundering other pirates as you take over ships with your crew.
The combat system is fluid and nearly identical to previous Assassin's Creed games. That means, however, that it's designed for consoles so keep that in mind if it seems awkward at times. The story picks up where the previous game left off but this time in a nautical setting and without the present-day missions where you get out of the animus.
Not to be messed with
The best part about this game is sailing through the open waters and looting other ships. The story is typical of Assassin's Creed though, so if the previous plotline interests you this will not disappoint. Unfortunately, you need a Uplay account to play Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag on PC which is one of the game's biggest downsides.
It's worth the hassle though.
5. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Is this real life or not? I can't tell
Snake yet again finds himself in the middle of trouble. This time in Afghanistan and other enemy territory.
This is the fifth installment in the Metal Gear Solid series and a surprising improvement from Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zero. Improvements to the game include more freedom - allowing you to roam the massive open world.
This is not a game that can be rushed through in a number of hours. It takes time and some serious planning to get past certain areas. Every little detail has to be taken into consideration.
Quiet is her name. The sexiest sniper who may be hotter than Starcraft's Nova.
If I shoot this guard, will anyone else notice? Will someone hear me? Can I dispose of the corpse before another guard comes back?
Every action counts, so be wary of every little detail of your surroundings. One thing this game lacks in comparison to Ground Zero is cutscenes. Other than the introductory cutscene there are very few.
Loyal allies stand by your side.
Take your time with it. Enjoy it and do your best to admire the captivating, almost real graphics. This game is on-par with Witcher 3 in terms of realistic graphics. It's an easy game to get lost in, which is quite a feat nowadays.
4. Mirror's Edge Catalyst
Jump across massive buildings in an Orwellian future but be careful not to slip – it's a long, long fall to the pavement.
Set in a futuristic city, Mirror's Edge combines parkour with hand to hand combat for a thrilling chase through incredibly high landscapes. Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, set to be released in May 2016, is said to be a reimagining of its predecessor.
With more fluid combat system and more expansive environment this is definitely a game I will be spending some time on in 2016. It's ripe with entertainment and compared to the original Mirror's Edge for Xbox 360 it has a much more immersive plot.
It looks like we may get a male playable character as well
It takes place in an imperialistic world. The corporation-controlled state rules all and society is dumbed down immensely. Any intelligent people are considered insane and quickly silenced or dealt with.
You play a young woman that dares to challenge the status quo and it's damn fun. Kick some imperialistic ass with Mirror's Edge Catalyst, releasing in May 2016.
3. GTA 5
With heists out and a potential casino DLC leak, GTA 5 is going to keep up its dominance in 2016.
Can you believe GTA 5 is nearly three years old? Don't forget online was delayed quite some time after the initial release though. Don't worry, Rockstar Games has been keeping the game fresh with constant DLC content and 2016 has a lot more to come.
Rockstar recently added Heists to the game's many modes. Heists allow players to team up together in 4-man teams to perform elite missions. They vary greatly but always involve bagging lots of cash or other valuable assets.
Stunning visuals. GTA 5 has a vibrant, live environment
There are jet hijackings, boat chases, infiltration missions and of course the classic bank heist. There are also cool ways to split loot, offering a percentage-style diagram in the planning session prior to starting a heist.
Be it the police or rival gangsters, blowing enemies is a blast.
There are plenty more DLC packs to come, including the upcoming Lowriders and Executives part 2 which is hinted at being released in early February but, as usual, unconfirmed. There are also rumors of a possible casino DLC but again no tangible evidence.
2. Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 tells the tale of a tortured, lone soul
The third installment in the series, this game blurs the line between real life and amazing graphics.
This is one of the most visually beautiful games created so far. I legitimately found myself checking twice over to see if the cinematics were real footage or not. The game's artistic style is also a thing of beauty, with vibrant environments and captivating characters.
Stunning graphics make for a Witcher experience like no other
As most fans of the series know, Witcher games have no fear of going past boundaries that other games are afraid to. You'll find lots of nudity, swearing and other obscenities throughout the story, mixing its way into the thick plot perfectly.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt provides plenty of content and an immersive, somewhat (but not totally) open world. You can run around and do whatever you'd like but it's recommended to follow the main plot. In the end this is a highly entertaining game worthy of all the praise its received.
1. Far Cry Primal
Far Cry Primal takes you back in time to 10,000 B.C.E. where mammoths and saber-tooth tigers still roam the earth. Play as a hunter-gatherer, combing the ripe landscape for game and any usable materials.
Using materials gathered you can create your own tools and weapons. Gathering resources seems to be quite elegant and looks like a well-made cutscene every time you perform an action, or so it seems from this 15 minute video of the game's first moments which you can watch above.
Primitive tools versus battle-ready beasts
The 15 minute introductory video for Far Cry Primal is breathtaking. Available in 1440p HD it's a truly magnificent thing to watch. If the game ends up getting virtual reality support from the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or Playstation VR it could be a dream come true for fans of survival and historical games.
There is also a helpful ability called hunter vision that can be used. Hunter vision allows you to see resources nearby easily, allowing for faster gathering and a stronger knowledge of materials. It's not difficult to find what you need to make tools and equipment.
Go back to the origin of man.
It's funny how advanced technology is used to simulate the experience of having almost no technology. Far Cry Primal will be a nice addition to the series and perhaps the first of many interesting twists that deviate from its previous games.
I am very excited to play this, in VR or not.
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