10 Video Games We Can’t Wait to Play in 2017
2016 gave us some of the best games we could possibly want—Uncharted 4, Overwatch, Dishonored 2, and so many more.
Even though these games were awesome, 2017 is planning to bust the gaming industry wide open. Developers aren’t messing around with these new games, and it’s starting to look like next year will be the best year in gaming since 1998. Do you think 2017 can beat the release of Ocarina of Time, Half-Life, Unreal, and Heart of Darkness?
Deep breath. We're about to see the next level of gaming.
Horizon Zero Dawn
To me, Horizon Zero Dawn looks like Ark and Rust combined into one awesome game. However, after watching some game play, I realized it's got one huge feature you don't get with Ark and Rust: a story.
Don't get me wrong, Ark and Rust were great survival games, but you easily get bored after a few hours. The story behind Horizon Zero Dawn looks amazing and adds the complexity you need in this genre. You can intact with NPCs, make decisions, and run around in a world where mechanical beasts can tower over you. One wrong move and you could become squashed.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
We’ve been promised an open-world Legend of Zelda for years, and 2017 may deliver. We first heard about the Breath of the Wild in 2014, meaning we’ve waited three years for this beautiful masterpiece. It's about time!
The new game will release on Nintendo Switch and Wii U, and we couldn’t be happier. The art style is as beautiful as always, but with the open-world format, we'll have new challenges that even veterans will need work hard to master. Will Breath of the Wild be the new best Zelda game? Only time will tell.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Mass Effect 3 was good…at least until that ending! Despite this isolated mishap, Mass Effect is easily one of the best series ever created in gaming, and here's hoping that Andromeda sticks with this trend. It's expected to have everything you could want and more—action, adventure, and lots of gameplay possibilities.
Every planet has its own story, and you’re encouraged to scavenge for resources to build. It’s your choice whether you make enemies or friends. Basically, it’s what we love about Mass Effect plus everything we wanted from the failure that was No Man’s Sky. Shhh. That awful game won't hurt you anymore.
State of Decay 2
State of Decay was one of the best games of 2013, despite being a little short. It left you wanting more, even with its expansive world to explore. It had a compelling story that kept you playing for hours while you scavenged, killed, and saved people from certain death.
The trailer for State of Decay 2 from E3 2016 looked utterly amazing, but left me with a few questions: will it use our data from the original? Where is Ed and Marcus? What happened to our survivors? Even with all these questions, we learned one thing—no one survives alone.
Crash Bandicoot Remastered
As kids, we sunk hours into the Crash Bandicoot series and now with the remastered version, we don’t need a classic PlayStation to hang with Aku Aku and Uka Uka.
The remastered version is going to release on PlayStation 4 in 2017 and give us the chance to play the games we grew up with. Dubbed the “N. Sane Trilogy” it will be a collection of the first three games in the series: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.
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Resident Evil 7
The most recent Resident Evil games released were action-orientated shooters, which was fun—but it wasn’t what we loved about the earlier installments. We loved the zombies and horror that came with the originals, and we’re happy to see Capcom getting back to its Resident Evil roots with this game.
The trailer showed that Resident Evil 7 would be creepy, scary, and exactly what we love about the series. It’s also the first time a first-person perspective is being used, bringing fear to the next level. Overall, this game becomes intense very quickly, and even the playable teaser had us on the edge of our seat.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption brought the wild west back—something that hadn’t been done so successfully since Gun. It had a great storyline and heart-wrenching moments that left us in a ball of tears.
In 2017, you can get all those feels back with Red Dead Redemption 2. The trailer was super short, but we can guess some things here and there. John Marston, the main character, may not be off the table, since Red Dead Redemption 2 looks a little like a prequel. After all, there are only a few decades that separate L.A. Noire and Red Dead Redemption 1. A prequel means we could play our favorite cowboy again.
Destiny has made a lot of improvements since the original vanilla release, even if it’s getting very “pay to play.” What makes us excited about Destiny 2 is the fact that Vicarious Visions is going to be partnering with Bungie. Vicarious Visions has produced several games including Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Skylanders.
What do we want most from Destiny 2?
Please give us a story.
There are now three teams working on Destiny, so we’re sure it’ll be a massive game. Plus, there are rumors that Destiny 2 will even be a “completely different game.” New characters and a new story could be coming soon to a console near you.
Of all the E3 2016 reveals, Prey looks like it's going to be one of the best games to drop in 2017. Developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks, Prey is clearly going to have a big role-playing aspect with an open-world. Recent gameplay releases have shown that much.
Prey looked a little like Dead Space in its first gameplay reveal, so it has a lot of work ahead of it. Dead Space was one of the best horror survival games ever made and comparisons hardly ever end well in games.
One thing is for sure: with such big names and studios working on Prey, we’re sure it’ll be one of the best of next year. The narration works to immerse the player into the world while still giving them the option to create their own path—just beware the aliens!
I can personally attest that few games can make the player as scared as the masterpiece that is Outlast. I found myself hesitating before walking through doorways because I never knew what was around the corner. The story in the original was insanely fun and set the bar high for every survival-horror game that came after it.
Outlast 2 looks just as scary as the first, and the limited-time trailer showed that Red Barrel Studio hadn't lost any of its spark—keeping a lot of the aspects we loved about the first game, while adding new elements as well. You play as a cameraman who is looking for his wife in this “abandoned” little hamlet in the middle of nowhere. I say “abandoned” because we both know some scary stuff is going to chase after you and try to kill you.
Run, Forrest, run!
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