The holidays have come and gone. Game of the Year awards are being handed out across the internet. It’s time to look ahead to 2017 and what the next year of gaming has in store.
10) For Honor
I used to hardly take a look at multiplayer-centric games after big name flops like Evolve and Star Wars Battlefront, but Overwatch changed that. For Honor, a game of 4v4 melee combat between factions like vikings and samurai, looks like it could be a pretty good time. I have a feeling that it will be a game with some fun systems and a strong initial surge that falls off quickly, but I’ll probably give it a shot.
9) Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite
You know what type of game I suck at but enjoy anyway? Fighting games. MVC2 is legendary and MVC3 was fun, so I’m looking forward to MVC: Infinite. The matches are changing from 3v3 to 2v2 and incorporating the infinity stones, which will allow Marvel to continue expanding it’s overarching story into every conceivable form of media.
Look at that. JUST LOOK AT IT! Damnit, that’s a good looking game. Studio MDHR promises Cuphead will not only look great, but be a challenging run and gun game with a heavy lean on boss battles. It was originally slated for 2016 but has been pushed back to mid 2017. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.
Bastion and Transistor, two of my favorite games, are both made by Supergiant Games. When they started talking about their next project, Pyre, I listened. Pyre will combine heroes, strategic play, and fast-paced action into what should be an excellent package. It’ll be a day one purchase for me, no question.
6) The Last of Us Part II
It’d be a travesty to leave this off the list. The Last of Us is up there in the best games of all time discussion, so the sequel is pretty highly anticipated. Little is known, other than the fact that both Joel and Ellie have survived, it takes place sometime in the future, and Ellie has become a bit more angry with age. I hope Naughty Dog will wow us again later this year.
5) Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 is another game that we know almost nothing about. Actually, aside from the name and the fact that it involves a band of apparent outlaws, I don’t think we know anything else. Rumors point towards a prequel, meaning we would be playing as John Marston and his gang before the falling out that led to the events of the first game. Some may say that RDR is simply GTA in the west, but that’s enough for me.
4) Mass Effect: Andromeda
Regardless of where you stand on the ending of Mass Effect 3 (my wife is still mad years later), it’s hard to downplay how big the series was. Mass Effect: Andromeda is the start of a new story years after the original trilogy. I’m certainly up for another go through the universe to stop a new (?) threat. The Mako even gets a face lift!
3) South Park: The Fractured But Whole
The Stick of Truth is one of the most surprising games I’ve played, mainly due to its sheer absurdity. For example, there’s a trophy/achievement to fart on the corpse of a Nazi baby. Then again, this is South Park so anything goes. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are back again with The Fractured But Whole, a superhero adventure starring everyone’s favorite cardboard kids.
2) Destiny 2
While I’ve been known to dabble in Destiny from time to time and I had Destiny 2 as my second most anticipated game of 2016, I’m confident we’ll see a proper sequel in 2017. Here is the rumored timeline of events, some of which has already come true: the return of SRL and a winter event (currently happening), the return of Iron Banner (confirmed) and Crimson Doubles, an April update bringing old raids up to current light, and a proper announcement in May. Fingers crossed!
1) Horizon Zero Dawn
Big world to explore? Check. Dinosaurs? Check. Robots? Part of the dinosaurs actually, so check. Horizon Zero Dawn has been on my radar since it’s announcement at E3 2015 and with Sony promoting it in just about every ad they run, they clearly believe in it. I know what I’ll be doing on February 28.
What games are you looking forward to this year? Let me know in the comments!