Everyone knows about the triple A titles that flood the market every year, like Call of Duty and Halo. While these can be fun, they really only hold us over until the next installment a year or two down the line.
Sometimes, we want an experience that goes beyond the superficial, and challenges us in new ways with innovative gameplay, intriguing stories, and memorable moments. Here are five games you'll want to be on the lookout for.
5. Star Citizen
Competitive Shooter? Check. RPG? Check. Free Roam? Check. Everything that Destiny should have been? Most definitely check. Star Citizen, developed by Cloud Imperium Games, is one of the most ambitious projects in gaming.
It will feature fully realized campaign and multiplayer elements, and a voice cast ripe with talent, including that of a certain Death Star-killing pilot from a galaxy far, far away. In fact, the game is so ambitious that the developer believes they'll have to hit their stretch goals post-release, though we don't have a firm date yet.
4. No Man's Sky
This upcoming release for PS4 has been a shoo-in for anticipated sci-fi lists since early in its development, but that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve its spot.
The procedurally generated universe is more than enough to keep wistful explorers happy, and with over 18 quintillion planets to check out, it's safe to say that people will be playing for years to come.
3. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
The next installment in Square Enix's cyberpunk thriller series, Mankind Divided, is certainly an oddity amongst shooters: for one thing, you don't actually have to shoot anyone.
The entire game can be completed without putting a single bullet on target, and allows the player to talk through various situations and make game-changing decisions. It's set to release this August.
2. Mass Effect: Andromeda
After around four years of wonder and interest, fans finally got their answer: Mass Effect isn't done yet. This time, the acclaimed series turns its sights towards our sister galaxy: Andromeda. With a whole new galaxy to explore, the possibilities are limitless.
The Krogan and Turians are already confirmed to return, but we've got no idea what new species may be waiting in this distant setting. With BioWare's incredible storytelling, it's sure to bring a new generation of fans in to the Mass Effect fold.
1. Cyberpunk 2077
When the developer of one of the biggest and best games of all time (2015's The Witcher III), you don't take it lightly. We don't know a whole lot about CD Projekt Red's newest project, but what we do know is enough to make any Blade Runner or Akira fan giddy. Cyberpunk 2077 is an RPG with both first and third person elements.
In addition, the player's choices on everything from character creation on out will significantly affect the plot, meaning that a player should easily be able to sink hundreds of hours in to it. CD Projekt Red is looking to make this game perfect, and they intend to double the size of their team and will spend as long as they need to polish it. Release estimates point as early as late 2016, and as late as 2021.