EB Roundup: Anticipation Abounds for 2017 Game Releases

A new year is upon us and with it comes a slew of video games that are bound to make gamers anxious like a kid on Christmas. 2016 proved to be a great year for gaming, highlighted by games like Overwatch, Final Fantasy XV, Inside,  and the long-awaited, oft-delayed The Last Guardian. Now with 2016 in the rearview it’s time to look towards the most anticipated games of 2017 (pending delays) according to the EB staff.

Without further ado….

Nat Smyth

Mass Effect Andromeda – March 21, 2017

I’m looking forward to this game for a multitude of reasons, and I’m almost positive that I’m one of very few people that are excited for more ME multiplayer. I really enjoyed the co-op multiplayer mode in ME3 and all of the different classes and species that you could play as, even though it did have some problems. I do hope that they get away from micro transactions for the game, seeing as how they’re doing away with a season pass, it would be awesome if there was just no extra payable content for the game at all. Of course, the main thing that I’m excited for is just to have more Mass Effect story in general, as it was one of my favorite gaming universes of the last ten years. All of the different species, planets, the Reapers, the unforgettable Commander Shepard, his allies–it was just one of the best trilogies that I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. I’m excited to have a new galaxy to explore, new allies, a new protagonist, new enemies to fight–new everything. I’m giddy like a schoolgirl for March to roll around.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – March 3, 2017

I imagine that the only way that this game couldn’t make it onto someone’s list for most looked-forward games is if they hate Nintendo, fun, or nice things in general. Or they played Skyward Sword and the bad taste is still sitting in their mouth all this time later. With a huge new open-world to play in, all kinds of new equipment, a new gameplay system, new enemies, gorgeous visuals, and what looks like a fantastic story, it could just be the best LoZ ever. Granted, that’s a pretty subjective thing to say, as everyone seems to have a different favorite LoZ game and some just outright hate the 3D games, no matter how good they are. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, to each their own. I’m extremely excited for all the different ways that Link can get around now, between snowboarding on his shield, paragliding, Epona, and various other methods of travel. That, and I can’t wait to see the interaction between Link and the new Zelda. I love her new design–LOVE it–and I hope she’s more of a kickass sidekick to Link than the endgame ally that she sometimes is.
Crackdown 3 – 2017

I must be the only person that loved Crackdown and Crackdown 2 equally because I hear nothing but crap about the latter, and the first game only seemed to sell well because of the inclusion of the Halo 3 beta. I will agree that both of the games were nowhere close to perfect, but they gave a good feeling of freedom and progression over the course of the game, especially when it came to increasing agility. Getting all of your skills to their maximum level and becoming and unstoppable law-enforcement machine was so cool, and so was feeling the struggle to fight enemies at the beginning of the game to eventually swatting them like flies by the end . The story was marginally better in the first game, as I recall, with more focus on actual crime and mob activity. The second game was kind of odd with the Freaks (zombies, really) and the fact that the game had this really weird divide between fighting crime and fighting zombies, it was a little bit jarring. Then there was this weird plot-twist at the end of the game that was supposed to turn heads but really didn’t, and it was just kind of like  “Why even bother with this?”. I’m excited to see Crackdown 3 right the wrongs of the previous two games. The fully destructible city that we were promised looks awesome, and I just really, truly hope that this is the shining jewel of the Crackdown series. Please be good, Crackdown 3, and please don’t have weird mutants and dumb stuff like that. Stick to crime lords.

Taylor Thompson

God of War – 2017

I think this new God of War looks fantastic. I played God of War 1, 2 and 3 and loved them. The game is obviously taking a new path with Kratos and his son’s adventure, but I think it was about time he got a different kind of story. He had three games to be a vicious killer, but now he has a brand new game to be a vicious killer with a son! I’m very excited for something new that keeps that Kratos-terror kind of vibe.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – March 3

Who else isn’t excited for this game? I love that it has a cool modern vibe, but also still keeps some classic Zelda feel. I’ve played Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker and Twilight Princess and this game looks like another great one to have under my belt. The graphics are gorgeous and it’s so great to hear Princess Zelda’s voice. The talking feature they’ve added to this upcoming game is definitely super cool and different. I’m beyond excited for this game along with the Nintendo Switch.

Matt Heywood

Injustice 2 – 2017

The first Injustice game blew me away, not because of the gameplay (which I knew would be excellent), but more for the innovative tale NetherRealm incorporated in its Story Mode. I hope to get the same great DC Comics story in the sequel, but this time we will have beefier consoles and PCs to run it, effectively giving the game even more polish than the original.

Halo Wars 2 – February 21st

I’ve always been a fan of RTS games thanks to my love affair with StarCraft, Star Wars Galactic Battleground, and Star Wars Empire at War, which robbed years of my life from other more productive ventures. I’m also a die hard Halo fan and love the lore that has been crafted around it, so Halo Wars 2 effectively marries two loves of mine into one hybrid project. I’m expecting the sequel to expand upon the original in so many ways, and hope it’s as good as MS wants us to believe it to be.

Mass Effect: Andromeda – March 21st

This is a no brainer, gamers. First off, if you haven’t played through the original ME trilogy at least twice you’re missing out on one of the greatest and well crafted video game trilogies of all-time, and it had to rely on the outdated Xbox 360 and PS3 to run. So just imagine what a current-gen ME will look and feel like. Visuals aside, it’s always been the narrative and gameplay that have set Mass Effect apart from other space RPGs, so I’m literally counting down the days until March 21st, which is when we all will officially be able to join the Andromeda Initiative. Space pioneering is going to kick major Krogan ass!

Randy Ladyka

Mass Effect Andromeda – March 21st

Mass Effect Andromeda has slowly crept its way up my list for the year of 2017. I haven’t really played the Mass Effect games all the way through but Andromeda just looks absolutely beautiful. From what I have played of the Mass Effect series, Andromeda looks to capitalize on ten fold. The customization and progression system looks awesome with all the weapons, armor and abilities that you can use. The graphics in Andromeda look to take you away to their fictional space setting with how vibrant and gorgeous they are. I have a feeling that ME:A will be in the running for GOTY in 2017. This will be a pinnacle RPG not only for single players, but multiplayer gamers alike.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – March 3rd

The Legend of Zelda series is an iconic series in all of gaming history. One thing that held the series back for me was the lack of an open world, amongst other things. I am a fan of the Zelda lore and history but never got the chance to play and finish a game. With the Switch coming out in March, Breath of the Wild will be the first Zelda game I intend on beating. There are many RPG elements being brought into this title that entice me. The looks of the world are breathtaking (no pun intended). Vibrant colors and great sound really look to bring this world to life in a way not seen before in the series. Being able to swap gear and use different weapon and armor combos on Link is going to be fun. There will be new dungeons to explore and puzzles to conquer. Breath of the Wild will also be in the running for GOTY 2017 easily.

Horizon Zero Dawn – February 28th

The game that will be making me purchase a Playstation 4 again will be Horizon Zero Dawn. Let’s face it, the lineup of games for this year is staggering when you look at titles, and Sony is a front runner here. This new IP looks amazing, an original story with a likable character and gameplay. Mankind has been almost wiped out thanks to a new race of mechanical creatures. You play as Aloy, a huntress with no recollection of her past or parentage. The game boasts an open world with different aspects of gameplay. I am looking forward to falling in love with this character and her story. Games with this much openness is what I strive for in gaming.

Zachery Bennett

Pyre – 2017

Supergiant Games is two for two in my book. Bastion and Transistor both introduced me to narrative concepts that reinvigorated my love for quality storytelling, and I expect Pyre to be no different. While the game is slowly being unveiled, Pyre already looks radically different from its predecessors. It marks the departure of the developer’s affinity for “lone wolf” characters as you control a group of exiles competing for their freedom in the ceremonial Rites. This mysterious fusion of a sports-centric RPG is a welcome addition to Supergiant’s narrative realms, and I cannot wait to hear the music that they’ve paired with the experience.

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom – 2017

In a world barren of consistent JRPG releases, I tend to enter a symbiotic relationship with each one I come across. Studio Ghibli’s Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has been one of the few games I leached onto that scratched that particular itch in a way other RPGs have failed to accomplish. The sequel may not share Studio Ghibli’s participation in development, but I’m still more than eager to hop back into this world. The first game laid a beautiful foundation of character designs and progression, which makes it really hard for me to wait around to see which direction the sequel takes the series. Needless to say, I’m pumped.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance – 2017

Developed by Warhorse Games, Kingdom Come: Deliverance was an unexpected surprise for me at E3 last year. The game’s tagline says it well: “Dungeons and No Dragons.” Kingdom Come is set in 1403 in medieval Bohemia, following your character in the format of a historically accurate open world RPG. Their recreation of 15th century European landscapes, architecture, and society reflects the accuracy of their motion captured sword fighting techniques, and a deep layered armored system replicates the historical purpose behind every piece of equipment. With news of your deeds (good or bad) traveling through the social grapevine of the countryside, the game continues to intrigue. There’s no magic or sorcery–only you trying avenge the death of your family in a country torn asunder by war, which is itself a magical tale born of your in-game autonomy while experiencing a slew of historical events. Sounds wicked to me.
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