10 Games To Still Be Excited For in 2017
Games Still To Look Forward To This Year…
2017 has been a great year for games already whether it’s the release of the Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that was your highlight or blockbuster releases such as Horizon Zero Dawn, Injustice 2, Prey and Resident Evil VII. There’s still plenty of games to look forward to in the year ahead not to mention the release of the Xbox One X but here are 10 games you can mark on your calendars for the year ahead – providing they aren’t delayed…
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
After Nathan Drake’s story wrapped up, Naughty Dog decided to embark on a new side adventure titled The Lost Legacy. The game will put the spotlight on a couple of side characters from the series, namely Nadine and Chloe. Set six months after Uncharted 4, the game follows Chloe as she seeks the Tusk of Ganesh from a warlord named Asav, a new villain for the series and partners with mercenary Nadine to do so. Expect the usual cinematic flair from Naughty Dog in The Lost Legacy as we learn more about the backstory of Chloe in a brand new setting. As an additional incitement the game also grants access to the multiplayer of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Release Date: August 22nd – 23rd on PlayStation 4.
Life is Strange: Before The Storm
The first episode in the prequel to surprise hit Life is Strange will be released next month. Developed by Deck Nine rather than Dontnod Entertainment, the game has received a fair bit of attention partly because the main character of Chloe Price will not be voiced by Ashly Burch as she was in the original game but who will still serve as a writing consultant due to the voice actor’s strike. It will be interesting to see how the prequel does with a different voice actress and a different development team while Dontnod Entertainment works on a full sequel. Unlike its predecessor, Before the Storm won’t feature any time travel instead offering a Backtrack option to try to get out of saying the wrong thing or potentially making things worse.
Release Date: Episode 1: Awake: August 31st on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Certainly one of the biggest releases of the year, Destiny 2 is Bungie’s second attempt at a MMO-lite RPG sci-fi shooter. While gameplay remains largely similar there have been a number of neat additions such as clans and making it easier to join up with other players. The plot sees the guardians forced away from the Tower after the Red Legion attacks with overwhelming force and it’s up to players to retake The Last City. If you’ve enjoyed the first Destiny then you’ll want to jump into the new strikes and planets with your friends but it will be telling if the story of the game gets more attention this time around after Activision and Bungie were criticised for putting it to one side.
Release Date: September 6th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, October 24th on PC.
Middle Earth: Shadow of War
As Lord of the Rings games go, Shadow of Mordor was a pretty solid entry with the most interesting feature being the Nemesis system which allows players to craft their own mini-narrative by interacting with randomly generated foes. The system is being upgraded for the sequel so that these kinds of stories can also be encountered with your allies. Other additions include an RPG-like weapons and armour system, tweaks to the parkour system to make Talion more fluid when traversing Mordor and new weapons at your disposal such as fire drakes to assault strongholds. Click here to check out my thoughts on the original game, Shadow of Mordor.
Release Date: October 10th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
The Evil Within 2
The Evil Within was a well-crafted horror game that did a lot right with the genre however the game was partly criticised because of an off kilter plot and protagonist. The sequel takes place three years after the first game as protagonist Sebastian searches for his believed-to-be dead daughter, Lily. Little else is known about the game but it is expected to focus on more psychological terror this time around. Time will tell if Tango Gameworks can build upon the decent foundation of the first horror instalment.
Release Date: October 13th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
South Park Digital Studios and Ubisoft San Francisco don’t have a brilliant track record when it comes to releasing a game on schedule and The Fractured But Whole has already been delayed twice. Should the game hit its latest release schedule, the game will focus on a superhero theme this time around with the player being caught in a split between the group of friends. Anticipate the same humour you’d expect from the South Park writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone with some new additions to the tile-based strategy game and twelve classes to choose from.
Release Date: October 17 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Assassin’s Creed Origins
After taking a year off in 2016, Assassin’s Creed is back with a new chapter set in Ancient Egypt. This is the furthest back in time the series has delved in terms of the main narrative and there have been significant changes to the gameplay too. A more challenging and strategic combat system, RPG mechanics such as a dedicated loot system, day/night cycle and NPC routines plus quests rather than linear missions are all intended to give the historic series a lick of paint. We’ll see this year if an extra year of development will bolster the series for the future or present new issues entirely for the franchise.
Release Date: October 27 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Machine Games continues to impress with the Wolfenstein franchise after the entertaining reboot The New Order in 2014. After a very impressive debut at E3 2017, The New Colossus looks to pick up where the last game left off with the Nazi’s having won the Second World War and occupied America. In 1961, William B.J. Blazkowicz helps a military resistance effort against the Nazi regime. New features in the trailer included more gruesome takedowns, a darkly humorous tone and the ability to freely dual wield weapons.
Release Date: October 27th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Call of Duty: WWII
Call of Duty is returning to its roots after its more recent forays into science fiction and futuristic combat. The game will follow a division of troops as they fight in various locations along the Western Front. Fan favourite zombies mode returns and there will be the usual frenzied multiplayer action to get involved in too. Efforts have been made to make the series more realistic with limited movement and no health regeneration in single player which requires players to seek aid from medics. On the multiplayer side, divisions have replaced the create-a-class system eliminating perks in a significant change for the series. After Battlefield 1 took players to the trenches it will be interesting to see if Sledgehammer Games can bring Call of Duty back to its roots as successfully.
Release Date: November 3rd on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Star Wars: Battlefront II
EA’s shooter for the year is a follow-up to the reboot of the Star Wars Battlefront series. DICE is attempting to address some of the criticisms of the past game by including prequel planets and locations in addition to a full single-player campaign in which you play as Iden Versio, an Imperial officer active between Episodes VI and VII. Publisher EA is keen to be seen making gamer-friendly moves too with no expansion pass this time around meaning all DLC will be free to players wanting to try out new modes or maps. Star Wars fans can expect new heroes and tie-ins to Episode VIII after release too.
Release Date: November 17th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Those are 10 games to still look forward to in 2017 but there are plenty more too. What games are you most excited for in the rest of the calendar year?