11 Games I’m Personally Looking Forward To This Year

2017 has the potential to be one of the best years for video game releases in a long time, many of them I’m personally looking forward to a lot.

While we are late to the party in terms of doing a ‘most anticipated games of 2017’ list, I wanted to go and make a more personal list, including at least one game that’s been announced in 2017 and not including other games that would be at the top of many other people’s lists (so please don’t be mad when you don’t find The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on here).

I’ve tried to include a mixture of games from AAA to indie, platformers to racers. The 11 games that have made it are in alphabetical order, so we start with the letter C …


Cuphead

Cuphead

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One
Release Date: Mid-2017

At a simple level Cuphead is a run and gun platformer, but from what we’ve seen already the explanation doesn’t do it justice. The game will be made to feel like you are playing a cartoon from the 1930s through the visual art style, audio and  character animations.

We’ve seen through trailers and been told from the developer Studio MHR that there will be emphasis on big boss battles. Don’t expect it to be an easy experience as you will die a lot with the boss variety. All of this has made Cuphead stand out to me and others as having the potential to be a brilliant experience, which with the amount of 2D/2.5D platformers to have released over the last 7 years is impressive by itself.


DiRT 4

DiRT 4, Codemasters

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Release Date: June 9

This inclusion won’t be a surprise to people who know me well. I am a fan of racing games including the DiRT franchise from Codemasters, so to see a new addition to the series be announced for as soon as June 9 has made me excited.

Dirt 4 looks to go back to the rallying roots of the Colin McRae games in the series rather than the direction Dirt 3 and Dirt Showdown took with Gymkhana. The game will feature five locations including Sweden, Wales and Australia, and it will be possible to create your own randomly generated stages through the new “Your Stage” system. Alongside this is content related to the FIA World Rallycross Championship including race tracks that fans will know, and a short course racing mode called Landrush.

It won’t be a realistic simulation experience like Dirt Rally, but the series also needs games that are built around fun racing and slightly more casual play.


Gran Turismo Sport

Gran Turismo Sport

Platform(s): PlayStation 4
Release Date: 2017

Yes another racing game has made the list, but with being touted as the start of a new era for the franchise I’m interested to see what direction Gran Turismo Sport goes in.

The PlayStation exclusive from Polyphony Digital has been a staple franchise on Sony’s consoles since 1997/1998 and Gran Turismo Sport will be the first to come to the PlayStation 4. The fact that the FIA will have an official World Championship on the game is exciting for a motorsport fan like me, although there is a lot planned for everyone who cares just about racing supercars. 19 tracks will be drivable, there will be a mixture of new cars and original ones created just for the game, and the “Scapes” mode looks great for players who like to use photography features.


Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn, PlayStation 4, Sony, Guerrilla Games

Platform(s): PlayStation 4
Release Date: February 28

From the developers behind the Killzone series, Horizon Zero Dawn caught people’s attention when first announced at E3. You will play as Aloy, a hunter who explores a beautiful land in a world that has been taken over by machine-based creatures who wants to get to the bottom of what is happening.

There isn’t a long wait until Horizon Zero Dawn releases, and with being in a relatively quiet period it will get a good amount of attention. While there is a worry that some of the features will feel like what we’ve gotten used to in open world games like Assassin’s Creed, an interesting character and a combat system that looks very fun to play will make that a non-issue.

And based on the reviews that have already come out for the game, there shouldn’t be too much to worry about.


Mass Effect Andromeda

Mass Effect: Andromeda, Bioware, EA

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Release Date: March 21

Mass Effect Andromeda won’t be just on my anticipated games list but the majority of fans and critics alike. It is the first game in the series since Mass Effect 3 released in March 2012 and the first to not include Commander Shepard and the crew he built up.

The game takes place 600 years after Mass Effect 2 when the new team arrives the Andromeda galaxy, and you will play as either Scott or Sarah Ryder. The new setting will provide new settings and races, with a narrative from a development team known for great storytelling. The series also goes back to Mass Effect 1 in the sense that you will be able to explore a variety of planets in the Nomad, the successor of the Mako. More open world environments in EA’s Frostbite 3 engine sounds like a good formula to me.


Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

Ni No Kuni II: The Revenant Kingdom

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4
Release Date: 2017

Whether Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom actually releases this year it is difficult to tell, it could very easily be delayed to give it more polish or to add Western subtitles, but it doesn’t stop me from adding the JRPG to the list.

In the upcoming game you will play as a new set of protagonists. Evan is a boy king in the world who will be looking to reclaim his throne, Roland has mysteriously come from the real world, while Tani is the daughter of someone who is part of some air pirate group. The combat will play out differently to what we got used to in the previous game, but I have faith in Level-5 to create a great experience.


Overland

Overland

Platform(s): PC
Release Date: April 19 (first access)

Overland is procedurally generated survival game with a lovely isometric art style. You will play as a squad that are on a road trip through a post-apocalyptic North America, and there will be many situations that you will come across and decisions that may affect you in the longer term.

I don’t have the best track record with playing indie games (although that can be said about video games overall), but I do have an interest in them and Overland has definitely caught my attention. It releases in approximately two months in Early Access, so it will be awhile until the game is fully finished. It looks like even at this stage it will be a fun experience however, so I’ll be keeping a close eye on the development of Overland in early access.


Pyre

Pyre

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4
Release Date: 2017

I hadn’t heard or remembered much about Pyre when I was starting to research upcoming games for this list, but when I saw that Supergiant Games were behind it I knew to give it more attention.

Pyre is described as a party-based RPG, which is set in a purgatory world where you will have to compete with other groups to try to gain freedom. The combat system looks interesting with you working as a team of three where only one member can move at once. The game looks beautiful, while the story and the world setting will give the game a lot of life and enjoyment.

It looks very much like a product from Supergiant Games, who have brought us classics like Bastion and Transistor.


Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

Platform(s): Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Release Date: Fall 2017

The next venture from Rockstar Games after the very successful Grand Theft Auto V will see them going back to the Red Dead universe seven years after the release of Red Dead Redemption.

We don’t know much at all about the new game except for a short teaser trailer that shows off the game world. Los Santos in GTA V was beautiful in its own way, and the trailer shows environments that looks to be on the same level as what we got from CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3. Rockstar know what they are doing, I would be more surprised if this was a bad game than when Leicester City won the Premier League.


RiME

RiME

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: May 2017

I’ll shock people by saying that  I’ve not played The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, but from what I’ve seen of it, Rime gives off a similar vibe with its vibrant art style and environments.

Unlike Wind Waker, Rime is a third person adventure game in a similar vein to what we saw with The Witness last year. You will play as a young boy who is stuck on an island, with puzzles and challenges around the colourful environment. It will test our problem solving skills, but looks to be a more relaxing experience rather than one that gets to you.


Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One
Release Date: 2017

I’m not necessarily a person that enjoys multiplayer games much, but Sea of Thieves looks to provide a fun experience with friends and others.

It is an action adventure game where you will be free to become a pirate. The multiplayer experience will let you join up with friends and come across rival groups, similar to what we see in games like Conan: Exiles and H1Z1. Unlike these games however, Sea of Thieves looks to be in a less serious setting which is helped by the art style used by Rare, and I think that’s important.

Rare have a good pedigree for creating cool games, previously working on the likes of Viva Pinata, Banjo-Kazooie, and Donkey Kong Country.

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