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….
Mass Effect Andromeda – March 21, 2017
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.
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
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.
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.