Matt’s Most Anticipated Games of 2017
A new year, a whole new plethora of games to look forward to. Here is a look at some of the most anticipated games set to be released this year.
Finally a new entry in the iconic horror franchise. Set 4 years after the events of Resident Evil 6 in the fictional Louisiana city of Dulvey, this game features a brand new protagonist, Ethan Winters who is searching for his missing wife. This entry in the series will be played from the first person perspective, which will allow compatibility with the PlayStation VR headset. This highly anticipated next chapter is set to release worldwide January 24th.
An entirely new game from Ubisoft, For Honor is a medieval hack and slash hand to hand combat game. Able to play as a character from one of three factions: The Legion, the Chosen, and the Warborn, which are represented as a Knight, Viking, and Samurai respectively. Players fight enemies with weapons specific to their chosen class. Performing certain actions in combat will give the player “Feats” which are additional perks, which allow the player to upgrade their character. The game will feature a multiplayer mode in which there are set to be multiple types of gameplay, the most anticipated being ‘Dominion.’ Similar to domination in shooter games like Call of Duty, two teams of four players must capture and hold multiple zones on the battlefield. Once one team has enough points, they must eliminate the other team to win. For Honor is set to release on February 14th.
Sniper Elite 4
Set immediately after the events of Sniper Elite 3, players once again control OSS Operative Karl Fairburne. This entry sees the protagonist tasked with assisting Italian resistance fighters in their effort to resist Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime. Many of the gameplay elements from the previous game such as the X-Ray system will be making a return in this entry. The X-Ray system has been expanded to include melee, stealth, and even shrapnel kills. AI will be extremely improved this go around, even featuring enemies with significant rank. These ranked enemies are officers overseeing the rest of the enemies on the battlefield. If the player can identify and kill the officer early on in the mission, much of the enemy force will begin to retreat. However if the player waits to kill the officer until the end, the mission will be definitively harder. Sniper Elite 4 is set for release on February 14th.
This will be a game which will encompass almost every Lego video game that came before it. Even all the way back to Lego Racers, up to and including games such as Lego Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Batman, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Avengers, and many many more. This entry allows players to create their own personal environment using items they have encountered throughout the story lines. These items can be predefined structures, or players can add more personal touches in the new Brick by Brick mode, which as the name suggests lets the player build something new, one brick at a time. The only limit is the imagination. Lego Worlds is set to release on February 24th.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Set 600 years after the events of the original trilogy, players choose a male or a female sibling to be the main protagonist and unlike the previous games, character traits and skill settings can be freely assigned instead of choosing from pre-set classes. The siblings are the children of Alec Ryder, and are tasked as Pathfinders, with the objective of finding new planets for humanity to to colonize. Players will explore an open world galaxy aboard the starship Tempest. This may be the most highly anticipated game of the first quarter in 2017. Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to release on March 21st in North America, and March 23rd in Europe.
Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
This game is a collection of remakes of the first three original Crash Bandicoot games. Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back, and Warped. The games have been mostly unchanged, as the main gameplay element is still Crash Bandicoot going through different levels to stop the evil Dr. Neo Cortex. Crash still uses his iconic spinning and jumping techniques to defeat his enemies, smash crates and pickup those ever valuable Wumpa Fruits and extra lives. New features such as unified checkpoints and automatic saving have been added as well as the game being rendered in 4K resolution. Release date for Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy is still TBA.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
An upcoming third person action role playing game from Guerrilla Games. Players control Aloy, a hunter and archer as she journeys through the post apocalyptic world now ruled by beings known only as the Machines. The innards and makeup of these Machines such as electricity and the very metal they are made of are critical to Aloy’s survival. After defeating a Machine, Aloy can loot the body of the fallen mech to scavenge for these precious supplies. The game is an open world format with an in depth day-night cycle and immersive weather, which the developer claims can all be explored without any loading screens. This looks to be a very promising exclusive on the PlayStation 4. Horizon: Zero Dawn is set to release in North America on February 28th, and the rest of the world on March 1st.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
A game I am personally very excited for on the new Nintendo Switch. Link awakens from a long slumber and a mysterious voice guides him to the destroyed kingdom of Hyrule, where he learns the Calamity Gannon has been gaining power and must defeat it before it destroys the world. Players control Link, who is now able to jump and climb over most anything in the environment, which this time around is completely open world, taking a huge step away from the classic Zelda mechanics. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s release date is still yet to be determined.
Red Dead Redemption 2
It’s about time! Rockstar last year finally revealed that there will indeed be a sequel/prequel – we’re still unsure of which – to its 2010 mega-hit. To many people, including this author, Red Dead Redemption was Rockstar’s most successful title they’ve ever put out. Rockstar has been very hush on almost any detail concerning this game, so all we can do at this point is dream of what the final product will contain. Needless to say, the expectations are nothing short of perfection. We shall see. Red Dead Redemption 2 will release sometime in Q3/Q4. Should be just in time for the holidays!
So here’s to another great year of gaming friends! What games are you most looking forward to this year? One thing’s for sure, no matter what your fancy is, there’s bound to be something for everyone in the months to come.