Anticipated Games of 2017
January 30, 2017
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- Zelda: Breath of the Wild
After 2 years of delays, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally confirmed to come out in March 2017. This entry plans of changing the entire formula of the franchise by looking towards creating a large open world and some RPG elements. Nintendo spent 10 hours showing off just the demo of the game, which could make one of the biggest maps ever created in gaming.
Yooka-Laylee is a kickstarted game for $2,000,000 by former employees of Rareware, developers of the acclaimed Banjo-Kazooie games. Yooka-Laylee is hoping to revitalize the dead collectathon genre while providing some surreal nostalgia to those who grew up with those games.
- Mass Effect: Andromeda
Mass Effect: Andromeda is the fourth game in the Mass Effect saga. The story is taking N7 out of the Milky Way and into the Andromeda galaxy. Players can now choose their own character class and explore the huge open world of this new galaxy, allowing even more, choice in a game series infamous for it extremely challenging decisions.
- For Honor
Ubisoft’s newest hack-n-slash, For Honor, is shaping up to be a large-scale war game. While not much is known about the story, the game will allow players to choose between an army of knights, Vikings, and samurai when they enter battle. The game mixes the need for strategy, good reflexes, and pure skill in an awesome battle of the ages.
- Resident Evil VII
After the huge disappointment of Resident Evil 6, Resident Evil VII is a return to form. The demos have shown the game to be closer to the survival horror roots of the series rather than the hated action of the more modern releases.
- Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn is a new PlayStation IP where a tribal women must survive in the middle of a wilderness where electrical beasts now roam. The game has a large and vibrant world and the action showed off against the technological animals is both intense and breathtaking.
Scalebound is a highly anticipated role-playing game from PlatinumGames, the creators of hit games Bayonetta and The Wonderful 101. The game is based around the evolving relationship between the player and his dragon, who fight together to rid the world of evil.
- Sea of Thieves
Not much is completely known about Sea of Thieves, but the trailers are showing it to be a sea traveling adventure that can be done with friends. The game has a lot of potential to be a great open world adventure to the like of Bethesda games.
- Red Dead Redemption 2
Using the action-heavy open world formula of their Grand Theft Auto titles, Rockstar Games made Red Dead Redemption in 2010. Known to many as the best wild west game ever, Read Dead Redemption has had fans eagerly waiting for a sequel for 6 years. After the critical successes that were Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 will definitely live up to its high expectations.
Cuphead is an indie 2D shooter to the like of Contra with the visual style of a 1930s TV cartoon. The game has so much personality with boss fights ranging from haunting trains to a giant carrot, all of which require hard concentration and tight platforming.
- Outlast 2
After the critical success of the 2013 horror game Outlast, the sequel will be pinning new characters in this terrifying world. The found-footage style of the first game is also returning along with the extremely vulnerable protagonist to craft an eerie experience, unlike many other survival horror games.=
- A Hat in Time
A Hat in Time is a game that has been in development for over 4 years. Put on Kickstarter in early 2013, A Hat in Time raised almost 10x its funding goal of $30,000, raising $296,360 in total. The game aims to be a revival of the 3D platforming genre and is trying to bring back the joy of the days of Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie.
- Persona 5
Just like the previous Persona games, Persona 5 will be a brilliant mix of visual novel story telling and intense RPG battles. The game has already released in Japan, but Westerns will have to wait until March to experience the English version.
- Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Like many of the Tom Clancy games, Ghost Recon: Wildlands forces players to carefully formulate attacks and slowly execute plans. Wildlands is adding the open world of a cartel underworld that can be traversed by many driveable vehicles and explored through the eyes of a drone.
- South Park: the Fractured But Whole
After the success of South Park: The Stick of Truth, this new game is improving the RPG combat. The story is going to mock the surplus of superhero movies and still containing the dirty humor of the the TV show.
- Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
Danganronpa V3 is the latest installment of the Danganronpa visual novels series. This one follows the students of the Gifted Inmate Academy where the psychopathic teddy bear, Monokuma, forces the students to murder each other to escape. The game promises to deliver on plot twists, intense trials segments, and to expand on the storyline of the previous games.
- Injustice 2
A sequel to 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us, Injustice 2 pits all of your favorite DC Comics characters against each other in a 2D fighting game. We’re expecting this to be one of the year’s best fighting game experiences.
- Halo Wars 2
Microsoft’s real-time strategy game set in the Halo universe, Halo Wars 2 promises to improve on its predecessor both graphically and gameplay-wise.
- Shenmue 3
The first game in the Shenmue franchise in 16 years, Shenmue 3 is going to revive the franchise. With a new open world adventure with upgraded graphics, Shenmue 3 will make a great addition to any gaming library.
- Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
The first main-series Crash Bandicoot game since the critically-panned Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant in 2008, Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy is a remake of the first three Crash Bandicoot games on the original Playstation. The game promises to provoke nostalgia in even the least cultured players with its old-school platforming action.
- Nidhogg 2
2014’s indie fencing fighting game is getting a sequel this year. With new weapons and actual graphics, Nidhogg 2 looks like it will continue the action-packed fighting and hilarious moments of the first game.
- Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite
Marvel vs Capcom is a crossover fighting game with both your favorite Marvel superheroes and Capcom characters. Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite is going to improve on its predecessors with new graphics and new playable characters.
- Quake Champions
The infamous fast-paced first-person shooter from the late 1990’s, Quake is yet another franchise that is long overdue for a revival. Much like 2016’s DOOM, Quake Champions is going to bring all of yesteryear’s hype-filled action moments back to life in glorious high definition.
Bethesda Softworks, the creators of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, are finally bringing the Prey sequel out of development hell. We still do not have much information about the game aside from a teaser trailer released at E3 2016.
- Tekken 7
The next installment in the very popular Tekken fighting game franchise, Tekken 7 promises to bring new graphics and gameplay mechanics to the table. We expect Tekken 7 to be one of this year’s greatest multiplayer fighting experiences, especially after the success of its spinoff Pokken Tournament.
- Star Citizen
Star Citizen is 2017’s most ambitious game. An open world space sim with trading and dogfighting, Star Citizen is a truly huge game. The game was crowdfunded over the course of 4 years and has raised an astonishing $77 million, a budget that rivals those of AAA blockbuster games and many movies. We can only wait and see what Star Citizen will bring us this year.
- Sonic Mania
The first classic 2D Sonic game since 2004’s Sonic Advance 3, Sonic Mania is trying to bring nostalgia to all who played the original Sonic games. Bringing the pixel graphics of the Sega Genesis and a soundtrack by Nitro Fun, Sonic Mania is going to be a great platforming adventure.
- Project Sonic 2017
We don’t know much about the next 3D Sonic game besides its working title: Project Sonic 2017. Many fans believe that the game is going to be a sequel to 2011’s Sonic Generations, as the short trailer we got for Project Sonic showed both the modern and classic Sonic characters.
- Death Stranding
Hideo Kojima, the creator of the hit Metal Gear Solid franchise, is creating a new IP this year with Death Stranding. We know almost nothing about this game besides the atmosphere and creepy babies shown in the trailers.
- The Last of Us Part II
The Last of Us was praised as one of the greatest video games of all time when it was first released. Part 2 is going to focus more on Ellie and bring players back into this post-apocalyptic earth where nobody can be trusted and everything must be feared.
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