Guide to the games of 2016

Fighting and beat ‘em ups

Gang Beasts

Developer: Boneloaf
Publisher: Double Fine Presents
Release date: 2016 (in Early Access now)
Link: Official site

Gang Beasts

Take control of physics-based clay men in silly costumes and beat each other unconscious. Gang Beasts is an absolutely ridiculous brawler, perfect for couch co-op parties of up to 8 people. The controls are difficult and inaccurate, but failing stupendously is half the fun. Before being picked up by Double Fine, a free version of Gang Beasts was already available. Since then, Gang Beasts has become available on Steam Early Access as Boneloaf adds more maps and costumes.

Street Fighter 5

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release date: February 16, 2016
Link: Official site

Street Fighter 5 guy

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The streets are back, and they’re ready for fighting—these may be the fightiest streets of them all. It’s Street Fighter V, and the drill is as usual: You’ve got your returning characters—Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Dhalsim, Cammy, and crew—and a bunch of new ones, which so far are Laura, Rashid, and Necalli. You’ve got your new system, the V-Gauge, which builds into V-Triggers. You’ve got your fancier graphics, which look a little less ink-stroke inspired. Most of all, though, we hope for much-needed netcode improvements.

Update: It's out now! Here's our Street Fighter 5 review.

Mother Russia Bleeds

Developer: Le Cartel
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Release date: 2016
Link: Official site

Mother Russia Bleeds Screen 1

An “ultra violent Beat 'Em Up game set in an alternate 1980s USSR” sounds like a fine way to spend a sinful Sunday, but once you get a look at Mother Russia Bleeds, you’ll reevaluate your understanding of “ultra violent.” We’re talking ripping skulls in half and punching faces so hard they turn into pixelated goo (and yes, the eyeball pops right out, too). Is there anything you need to know, aside from Streets of Rage by way of Hotline Miami? With four-player co-op? Yeah, that about covers it.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

Developer: CyberConnect2
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Release date: February 5, 2016
Link: Official site

Naruto Shippudden

The (supposedly) last Naruto fighter from CyberConnect 2, covering the end of the long-running manga. Bandai Namco is promising some new features this time around, including destructible environments and character costumes, new combo techniques and battle systems, and more story packed into the adventure mode. These all sound like good things for Naruto fans.