We’re a few days from officially putting 2016 behind us and while we’re still working our way though our gaming backlog, we can’t help but get excited for games slated to be released next year. Among these awesome titles, five standout in our list. Here’s our rundown of the games to look forward to in 2017 and, mind you, they aren’t in any particular order.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Let’s start this list off strong! We said that we weren’t going to rank the games on this list, but we’ve got to be real and say this is probably THE game we’re most excited about. While it’s completely normal to feel a little iffy about sequels due to a number of titles that have tanked franchises with ill-fated followups, Rockstar Games has always had a solid reputation for being able to top or at the very least provide the same amount of fun in their open world, sandbox games or else we wouldn’t have seen Grand Theft Auto gone through to its fifth iteration.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will once take place in the Wild West. Details for the plot of next installment in the Red Dead series has yet to be announced, but the strength of the first game alone is enough to get us psyched. Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to be released by Fall of 2017 and Playstation 4 owners will get first crack at it. If you need to scratch the itch, PS4 owners can also expect to see Red Dead Redemption on Playstation Now very soon.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Guerilla Games is best known for bringing the Playstation Exclusive franchise Killzone to life and at E3 2015, they announced that they were a new title called, Horizon Zero Dawn. We were luck enough to try a bit of this game when we went to Tokyo Game Show 2016 and we haven’t been able to stop thinking about it ever since. In Horizon Zero Dawn, the earth has been taken over by machines and have forced human survivors to return to their hunter/gatherer way. In this action RPG, you play as female protagonist — Aloy — as she traverses the post-apocalyptic world taken over by machines. From what we were able to briefly try at TGS, combat was solid and graphics looked pretty good; we can only imagine how good it will be on the Playstation 4 Pro.
Like the Killzone franchise, Horizon Zero Down will only be available for the Playstation 4; meaning you’re pretty much SOL if you don’t own the console. Its release date is still on February 28 though, which means there’s still time to save up for one if you really want to play the game.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The specs for the soon-to-be released console from Nintendo, the Switch, have leaked out and while we’re a little disappointed that it doesn’t feature better hardware under the hood, it doesn’t mean we aren’t excited to try out and play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Breath of the Wild will allow you to explore Hyrule in an open world setup at your own pace; much like how it was in the original Legend of Zelda. While not much has changed in Link’s main objectives in previous games, Breath of the Wild just looks so darn good in the gameplay videos and trailers we’ve seen; plus it’s seriously hard not to get pumped about one of the titles we played when we were younger. #TitosofManila
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available for both the Wii U and the soon to be release Nintendo Switch. No exact date has been given when it comes to its release, but we should hear more about it when Nintendo unveils more details about the Nintendo Switch this coming January.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Mass Effect has got to be our personal favorite from BioWare’s rich gaming lineup. While the story did have a few questionable choices here and there, we were still sad to see the adventures of Commander Shepard come to an end 4 years ago with Mass Effect 3. In Mass Effect: Andromeda, players will take control of either Scott or Sara Ryder — a pathfinder given the task to seek out planets for humans to colonize aboard the startship, Tempest. If you’re wondering how this game figures into the Mass Effect timeline, it happens 600 years after the events of Mass Effect 3 and is set in the — surprise, surprise — Andromeda Galaxy.
What we’re looking forward to this time around is not being forced to choose a specific class, but are given free reign to build your character’s skill set as you see fit. If you watched the gameplay trailer above, you’ll notice that combat seems a little more fluid than before; always a good thing, right?
Mass Effect: Andromeda will be available for Playstation 4, Playstation 4 Pro, Xbox One, and PC by Spring of 2017.
Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil 7 was another game we were able to get able to see at Tokyo Game Show 2016. It’s also one of the first triple A titles to be in 2017 with its release date set at January 24, 2017. Resident Evil 7 present two notable first for the franchise: it will be the first major release in the franchise to move from a third person perspective to a first person perspective and it will be the first game in the series where players are put in the shoes of a civilian — Ethan Winters — without any police or military training. From the demos we’ve tried out so far, it plays out more like a survival horror game rather than the zombie infested shoot ’em up past entries to the franchise were and the cramped setting plays a lot into the game as you hide in little nooks and crannies as you try to evade members of the demented Baker family.
If you dropped cash on Playstation VR, this is the game to buy or maybe it isn’t if you’re afraid that you’ll send your precious investment into the console crashing onto the floor in a moment of panic. We’ll try to get some gameplay with Resident Evil 7 on VR if we get the chance.
And that’s pretty much it for our round up of some of the games we’re looking forward to in 2017. We understand that there are a ton of exciting titles coming up next year, but that would make for a really, really long article. If you’d like to add to the list, please head to the comment section for other readers to check out the game you’re looking forward to the most.
Happy New Year, guys and gals! Happy Gaming, too!