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Now that 2016 is pretty much behind us, it's time to look forward to the future. It's time to start thinking about what's ahead. What better way to say goodbye to the previous year than to examine what makes us most excited about the upcoming year?
In the realm of gaming, there's definitely a lot of software on our radar that has us very excited about what lies around the corner. From open-world action games to sprawling sci-fi dramas, to retro reboots, 2017 could house some major blockbusters and worthwhile sleeper hits. So without further ado, here are our 10 most anticipated games of 2017.
It's hard to get an idea of what this reboot of Arkane Studios' Prey is going to be like. They've definitely tried something new by making the main character, Morgan Yu, a unisex protagonist. Whether or not this changes the actual development of the story remains to be seen, but it was an interesting choice by the developers, nonetheless. There's still a lot we don't know about the game, but they did reveal some cool features such as being able to possess and turn into objects, create new pathways using a platform-gun and coming up with emergent problem solving. It's one of the few games where the gameplay features make it an interesting and highly anticipated title for 2017.
PagodaWest Games is getting a crack at making an official Sonic game after first working on some fan-made projects within the gaming community. Since Sega hasn't been doing too well with putting out quality Sonic The Hedgehog games, they decided to let some die-hard fans have a crack at it. The result is Sonic Mania, an old-school throwback to 16-bit Genesis games featuring FM synthesized music, all new stages, and remastered stages from the original Sonic The Hedgehog trilogy. Fans are ecstatic to see the blue speedster make a return to form when Sonic Mania releases in early 2017 for home consoles and PC.
The first Crackdown was a breakthrough in open-world games, fusing physics-based destruction with super hero antics. The second game introduced more multiplayer and vehicular mayhem, but at the expense of a solid story. Well, the third game seems to be getting back to its roots, but with the added benefit physics-based features provided by today's high-end tech. We're still not entirely sure just how much destruction can be caused in the final sandbox, but a lot of gamers are interested to see what they do with the game.
Ubisoft gets a lot of flak for a lot of reasons, but For Honor was one of the few decisions they've made that received tons of praise given that we don't get a lot of serious sword-based fighting games. For Honor features both a single-player campaign mode featuring the Samurai, Knights and Vikings, as well as a variety of competitive multiplayer modes. The game features multiple classes, different weapons and a gritty war-torn atmosphere. There's a ton of potential for For Honor if Ubisoft handles the game right because there are a lot of us Bushido Blade fans looking for a proper successor.
Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite
Capcom kind of pulled this one out of nowhere. There were a few rumors leading up to its announcement, but no one actually thought a new Marvel Vs Capcom would be possible due to all the licensing issues involved, but Marvel and Capcom worked it out and now gamers can't stop rolling out long lists of characters they want to see in the game from both companies. Improved graphics, new playable characters and a few heroes that Marvel would likely want to see spotlighted to tie in with their cinematic universe is sure to make Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite one of the big sellers for 2017.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Who doesn't like robo-dinos? The set up of Guerrilla Games' Horizon: Zero Dawn is that not only is it set in the far future where animal have become cyborgs, but humans have regressed to using a bunch of primitive methods for survival. This means that there are no guns, but instead techno-spears and makeshift bows that can be used to hunt down the robo-saurs. The open-world nature of the game and completely different take on stealth and boss fights have made this PS4 exclusive one of the more hotly anticipated games of 2017.
Resident Evil 7
Yet another Capcom game on the list! It would be foolish not to add the game to the list, though. Capcom has changed up the formula drastically by making the game a first-person survival game. Instead of taking down hundreds of zombies, players will only face off against a limited number of enemies. Resident Evil 7 will also be the first major Resident Evil title to take advantage of the VR tech, specifically the PlayStation VR. Gamers have been enjoying the demo so far and this is easily going to be one of the first major games of 2017 that games have been anticipating all year long.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
BioWare came off a really tough run with Mass Effect 3 given how divisive the game was for some fans. However, they're taking on a fresh start with Mass Effect: Andromeda with a whole new cast and crew, plenty of new features to dabble in, worlds to visit and unique new characters to meet. The game has been promoted heavily as a native PS4 Pro title, and promises to bring back exploration and adventure similar to the original Mass Effect. The return of one of the more popular franchises from the seventh gen has easily made the game one of the more anticipated titles due out for home consoles and PC in 2017.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nintendo's next generation Legend of Zelda title easily would be the most anticipated game of 2017 had it not been for one other game that has been on the lips of gamers for the past half decade. Nevertheless, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Nintendo's attempt to bring the classic adventuring from the past entries into today's generation of technology where physics, weather, open-worlds and dynamic AI all play an emergent role in how players interact with the environment, solve puzzles and scour the land for secrets. The fact that this will be on the Nintendo Switch just makes it all the more exciting.
Red Dead Redemption 2
It doesn't matter what else is on the list, once a Rockstar game is announced for release you can pretty much scratch everything else off your calendar because you'll be spending all your time with that game. In this case, the game is Red Dead Redemption 2. The reality is that we don't know a darn thing about the game, but it is running on Rockstar's latest tech, and rumors are swirling that the game may have multiple playable characters. Essentially we can expect everything from Red Dead Redemption but amped up multiple times over. I don't know if this game will be bigger or badder than GTA V, but it's definitely been one of the most anticipated sequels over the last six years.