The 30 Most Anticipated Video Games Of 2017

Whether you’ve gotten on board or not, video games have become an inexorable part of our collective culture. And they’ve progressed so far from the days of retro console classics like Pong and Pac-Man. In fact, as time goes by, we are seeing more and more integration across forms of entertainment. For example, last year we saw both a Ratchet & Clank and a Final Fantasy motion picture release. Similarly, Kit Harington – famous for his portrayal of Jon Snow on Game of Thrones – appeared as the villain in the most recent Call of Duty franchise entry.

This wider acceptance of video games as a form of art has propelled the gaming world to the forefront of storytelling as entertainment. But that also means that the stakes are higher and expectations are raised. Fortunately, it looks like most developers have gotten the memo, because 2017 is shaping up to be a huge year for video games. From the return of the likes of Mario, Kratos, and John Marston (of Red Dead Redemption) to some mindbogglingly expansive open-world adventures from independent development brands, these are the 30 most anticipated video games of 2017.

Resident Evil: Biohazard

Release Date: January 24th, 2017

The king of the horror survival genre is returning. And it looks like they’re getting back to their roots. This latest entry steps away from the large open format of the most recent games and puts the player into the same situation that made Resident Evil famous: one big monster-infested house of terror. Best of all, this newest release comes with virtual reality support. So, if you enjoy those pee-your-pants scares, this full-immersion horror game should just about do the trick.

Halo Wars 2

Release Date: February 21st, 2017

Console-based real time strategy games are few and far between. And we think that’s the case because it’s so difficult to get them right. But, when they are done well, they can be amazing. The first Halo Wars was a surprisingly fun entry into Microsoft’s most popular exclusive sci-fi franchise. We hope that they’re going to learn from the experience and produce something even better this time around. From the looks of the trailers and gameplay that we’ve seen, it will at the very least be an engaging sequel.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Release Date: February 28th, 2017

If you’ve ever played Shadow of the Colossus and enjoyed the experience, this game will probably strike your fancy. While the premise is a bit different – humanity has fallen, making way for the evolution of machines in nature – the overall concept seems remarkably similar. You are tasked with, amongst other things, hunting down hulking beasts with just a bow (albeit a high-tech one) and your wits. It also takes place in a massive and gorgeous open world environment that features everything from snowy peaks to dry deserts. And it’s just begging to be explored.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Release Date: March 3rd, 2017

There have been many many entries into the Zelda franchise at this point. But, if we’re being honest, literally all of them have been worth playing. This one shouldn’t be any different. From the stylistic approach – which is different in every entry – to the promise that the game will feel both new and oddly familiar, we’re certainly excited about this one. Plus, it’s going to be one of the debut games for Nintendo’s new console release, the Switch. And we are certainly eager to see how that’s going to work out.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Release Date: March 7th, 2017

Open-world adventures seems to be the name of the game this year. A fact which we are not the least bit upset about. The latest entry in Tom Clancy’s long-running Ghost Recon series is another on that long list. This one takes place in a, presumably, South or Central American Country. If follows the story of a squad of soldiers who have been hired to help overthrow a violent and oppressive regime. Sure, it sounds like a story we’ve heard before, but that doesn’t make it any less appealing. This game looks stunning and we can’t wait to dig in and help overthrow the nefarious-sounding Santa Blanca with our tactical prowess.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Release Date: March 21st, 2017

When Mass Effect 3 ended, we weren’t sure we would ever get to revisit its incredibly deep universe in a new entry ever again. Thankfully, we needn’t have worried. This game, which appears to take place either before or parallel to the original trilogy, takes a different enough approach that we’re not worried about it feeling stagnant, either. Sent to explore the Andromeda galaxy in order to find a suitable replacement for Earth, you must traverse the unknown alongside your loyal crew and draw a map for humanity. We’re sure there will be some bigger-than-yourself overarching themes and a good deal of sci-fi action and we are looking forward to it.

MLB The Show 17

Release Date: March 28th, 2017

Yes. Another baseball game. But, before you get all grumbly, there are reasons this one makes the list. Besides boasting some of the best graphical capabilities we’ve ever seen in a sports game, this one has some superb features – both old and new. For starters, they have reworked the physics of the game – like adding dynamic interaction between bat and ball that causes realistic spin – which is an achievement on its own. They’re also including a ‘Retro Mode’ that throws an old-school HUD on the screen and lets you play like baseball games long-dead. That, plus the appearance of both Ken Griffey Jr. and his father, should get any sports fan excited.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Release Date: Q1, 2017

Comedic genius aside, South Park: The Stick of Truth was a shockingly well-done game. Which was a stark contrast to literally every other South Park game that came before it. This new entry, which parodies Marvel’s Civil War, looks to be an even further improvement. And you can still expect their distinctly offensive brand of comedy to stretch the span of the gameplay. If you occupy the distinct cross-section of enjoying both RPGs and Trey Parker & Matt Stone, this one is a must-play.

Friday the 13th the Game

Release Date: Q1, 2017

Although the folks at NetherRealm gave us the ability to play as legendary serial killer Jason Vooorhees in Mortal Kombat X, we were definitely left wanting more. Now, we’re going to have our blood-thirst quenched in the best way possible, thanks to this upcoming game based on the classic horror franchise. In absurdly one-sided one-sided fashion, this online multiplayer game gives you the ability to play either as Jason himself or any number of the terrified counselors he’s hunting at Camp Crystal Lake. In any case, this game promises to be both satisfyingly violent and nerve-racking.

Shadow Warrior 2

Release Date: Q1, 2017

Think of this game like Doom meets Ninja Gaiden. And it’s at least as over-the-top and bloody as both. While PC gamers had the chance to get their hands on this game at the tail end of last year, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players will have to wait until sometime within the first few months of this year. With that being said, this insanely bombastic game looks to be worth the wait – especially when you get a glimpse at all its hardcore gear. Whether you’ve ever wanted to slice a demon in half with a katana or you want to mow down dozens of imps with a submachine gun, it’s a good idea to keep your eyes out for this one.

ARMS

Release Date: Spring 2017

With a name that’s a little on-the-nose, this video game’s premise is no less a unique one. Imagine Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, but in a 3-dimensional arena and all the fighters have spring-loaded arms. Weird, no? But also intriguing. It helps, too, that this game is one of the initial released for the Nintendo Switch. That means, at the very least, it should elicit a uniquely entertaining experience. And it’ll be fun to work up a sweat going toe-to-toe with friends in multiplayer.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Release Date: April 28th, 2017

Though we’re not entirely sure what the ‘Deluxe’ in the name means, there’s no doubt that this is going to be a game we will spend hours and hours on. And that’s because it’s a member one of the most consistently good series of games ever developed. As usual, we are expecting a lot of the same banana-dropping and shell-throwing hijinks, but with just enough newness sprinkled in – like maps, characters, and abilities – to keep it fresh and interesting. This one is an easy win in our book.

Little Nightmares

Release Date: April 28th, 2017

This video game is simultaneously difficult to describe and incredibly eerie. What we can gather is that it’s a puzzle-based adventure game that takes place in some sinister underground monster-lair. You play a… child in a raincoat who must traverse the world – in all likelihood to escape the game’s horrifying venue – whilst solving your way through. While we don’t know much more than that, the stylistic uniqueness and original concept is more than enough to keep us watching this one.

Injustice 2

Release Date: May 16th, 2017

This follow-up to 2013’s Gods Among Us is sure to be one of the bigger hits in 2017. For one, it’s already been proven twice over that people enjoy the chance to play as DC superheroes and villains beating up on one-another, but the updated character list, litany of new features, and story that’s more compelling than nearly any DC film thus far definitely gives this game a major leg-up. Besides, it’s much more satisfying to watch Batman take down Superman if you’re the one controlling the fight.

Tekken 7

Release Date: June 2nd, 2017

A long-time staple of the fighting game genre, the Tekken series has been consistently enjoyable since its inception. But there hasn’t been a regular entry in the series since 2007. While this long-awaited one should deliver the same rock ’em sock ’em action, it also boasts a killer crossover appearance. Akuma, the ruthless demon from Street Fighter is going to be a playable character. And while that’s not a reason to play this game on its own, it’s certainly a welcome addition to the long list of other reasons.

Cuphead

Release Date: Mid-year, 2017

Don’t be fooled by the cutesy artwork and retro styling of this game – it’s definitely worth more than a casual glance for two major reasons. One, this 1930s-inspired run-and-gun game features meticulously hand-drawn artwork. And two, it features a completely original jazz score. The pairing makes for an incredibly unique and fun-to-play combination that will definitely hit home with fans of games like Metal Slug.

The Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game

Release Date: Winter, 2017

How do you make a game about an conspiracy surrounding an unknowable ancient god that eats humans like so many Skittles? We’re not entirely certain, but we are definitely interested to find out. Based on the classic H.P. Lovecraft story, this game has all the elements of a true bloodcurdling horror game if it’s done right. And, yes, we know that Dark Corners of the Earth was a valiant effort at creating a Cthulhu-themed game, but we’ve got hopes that this one wont suffer from the same frustrating mechanics and bumbling gameplay.

Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite

Release Date: 2017

If you grew up spending time in an arcade, you should know the glory that was the original Marvel Vs. Capcom. Now, with a bigger roster than ever – which will include new additions, such as Captain Marvel – and some boosted graphics and gameplay features (like the inclusion of Marvel’s Infinity Stones), this upcoming entry promises to be beefier than ever. So brush up on your combos or button mashing and get ready for a showdown.

Crackdown 3

Release Date: 2017

If you like Grand Theft Auto, but you think it needs more super-powered police, then the Crackdown series is right up your alley. We’re not entirely sure what this new entry is going to entail, but if it’s anything like the first two, it will definitely be absurdly fun. What we do know is this: apparently, all of the environments are completely destructible. Completely. Like, bring down entire buildings, completely. And that feature is enough to garner a spot on this list.

Prey

Release Date: 2017

This reboot, from developer Arkane and developer Bethesda, has traversed a rocky path. What started as a galactic open-world bounty hunter game has since evolved into a different concept entirely. But, we’re happy with how it’s changed. Now it’s a sci-fi horror shooter that looks as tense as it does action packed. We’re not entirely sure what they story entails, but it looks like some kind of genetic-weapon has gotten loose on a space station and you’re tasked with either eliminating it or escaping. One way or another, it looks like the perfect balance of cerebral scares and gun-toting heroism.

Vampyr

Release Date: 2017

We’ve grown pretty tired with modern vampire tropes. In our opinion, these creatures aren’t supposed to be pretty and/or emotional. They’re monsters – and blood-sucking ones at that. And while this game shares our vision for their bleak mythology, it also offers an interesting spin: the main character is the monster. And he’s at war with humanity. We don’t know much else about gameplay or mechanics, but we are eager to see how this one develops.

God of War

Release Date: 2017

Kratos is back and… older than ever in this long awaited continuation of the over-the-top hack-and-slash series. Except, this time, it looks like there have been some pretty major overhauls. For instance, the gameplay seems to be much more nuanced – you likely won’t be able to button mash your way through stages like the old entries. It also appears that the story has taken an interesting turn. Kratos, so it seems, has had and is raising a son. But not everything is different; there will still be plenty of action and those oh-so-familiar quicktime events.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Release Date: 2017

In the gaming world, we’ve gotten used to things that are a bit unreal. You know, dragons and magic – that kind of stuff. So we weren’t sure what to make of this one, at first. And that’s because it doesn’t rely on fantasy. This game is a medieval warfare simulator that is trying to stay historically accurate. Or at least as much as possible for a video game (we’re pretty sure it wont take weeks and months to heal from wounds). The thing is, the lack of orcs and goblins doesn’t appear to detract from how badass the game is at all. If anything, it makes us more eager to see what’s in store.

Grand Turismo Sport

Release Date: 2017

Though it’s certainly not going to be of interest to PC gamers or Xbox owners, the PlayStation crowd should be pretty stoked about the upcoming Grand Turismo game. And that’s because, if you’re not aware, this series is probably the best and most realistic racing simulator ever to hit Sony’s system – a fact that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. From this entry, we can expect more true-to-life cars, more tracks, and more realistic physics than ever before.

Death Stranding

Release Date: 2017

It’s hard to say what Hideo Kojima’s upcoming game, Death Stranding, is going to be about, as the teasers have been pretty enigmatic. What we do know is this: Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen both star in it and it takes place in some kind of futuristic dystopia. Between those big names and the legendary creativity of the creator – this is, after all, the guy that created Metal Gear – whatever this game entails should be interesting at the very least.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Release Date: 2017

Perhaps even more than the entire GTA franchise, Red Dead Redemption might be the greatest game ever created by Rockstar Games. It was a perfectly executed open-world 3rd person western adventure that hit all the right spots. And now they’re making a sequel. Or, rather, a prequel. This game will follow the exploits of John Marston before the events of the original game – a shadowy past that was referred to only in passing in number one. If this game is anything like the first, it will be worth picking up regardless of whether you play Xbox, PS4, or PC.

Spider-Man

Release Date: 2017

Insomniac Games – the studio behind Spyro the Dragon and Ratchet and Clank – have gotten their hands on the rights to yet another Spider-Man game. And while we would normally be irked by that prospect, they’re also making some pretty big promises. Namely, this game will feature a completely open-world (likely the entire isle of Manhattan) and will not be tied down to any of the stories seen in the film universe. And that bodes well for the future of the web-slinger’s franchise.

Need For Speed

Release Date: 2017

Little information has been revealed about this project other than the fact that it’s happening. But that’s enough to get us chomping at the bit. The Need for Speed racing franchise has never offered the same realism as things like Grand Turismo, but we’ve never wanted it to. It’s over the top, explosive, and incredibly fun. And that’s exactly the kind of thing we hope for with this upcoming entry.

Star Wars: Battlefront 2

Release Date: 2017

Another project that has little-to-no information, this game is still a huge blip on the radar. And that’s for two big reasons. First, the most recent Battlefront, while limited, was one of the most fun online multiplayer experience we’d ever had. I mean, getting to run around on Hoth and take down walkers is kind of a childhood dream come true. Second, the biggest complaint of the first one is being addressed; this one will have a single-player storyline. Whatever route they end up taking, you can expect this game to be a vast improvement on the first.

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