The best upcoming games of 2017

***UPDATE July 25: WWE 2K18 and LawBreakers have been added to the list!***

 Given that we're just about two-thirds of the way through 2017, the rest of the year is pretty much set in terms of release dates, and we've got a good idea of what to expect in the coming months; all that's left to do now is mark our calendars and clear our schedules. Though many exciting titles have been pushed into the list of new games for 2018, we've sifted through all the upcoming PS4 games, upcoming Xbox One games, and upcoming Nintendo Switch games to present you with the most exciting titles you can expect in the near future, organized by release date so you can calculate just how soon you need to start saving up (having spent all your dough on the best games of 2017, no doubt). Whether these games are innovative new ideas, gorgeous remasters, or highly anticipated sequels, we can't wait to play them.

Tacoma 

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Release date: August 2, 2017

Not to be confused with a Toyota pickup truck, Tacoma is the next project from Fullbright, the studio that made serious waves with its debut game Gone Home. This, too, is a narrative-rich, combat-free exploration viewed from first-person - but instead of taking place in an Oregon home circa 1995, Tacoma unfolds aboard a vacant space station, where memories of the former inhabitants play out via augmented-reality recordings. Gone Home set a pretty high bar, but Tacoma's eerily empty setting looks like it could be just as stirring.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice  

Platform(s): PS4, PC
Release date: August 8, 2017

Developer Ninja Theory has a knack for crafting cult classic action games that only seem to be appreciated after their time: Heavenly Sword, Enslaved, DmC (don't @ me). Hopefully Hellblade can break into the mainstream so that more players can appreciate the kinetic melee clashes and ridiculously lifelike face mocap Ninja Theory does best. The story is steeped in Norse mythology, revolving around the Celtic warrior Senua as she deals with psychological trauma and battles her inner demons - who sound like they're going to manifest themselves as actual enemies you'll need to slice apart.

LawBreakers 

Platform(s): PS4, PC
Release date: August 8, 2017

Before Gears of War, Cliff Bleszinski's biggest claim to fame was the pulse-quickening arena shooting action of the Unreal Tournament - and he's aiming to recapture that same sense of breakneck FPS combat with LawBreakers. This class-based team shooter calls back to the classics like Unreal Tournament and Quake 3 Arena while weaving in special abilities akin to Overwatch, and dominating a match requires that you master tricky mechanics like anti-gravity patches dotting the colorful maps and the ability to blind-fire directly behind you. 

Sonic Mania 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release date: August 15, 2017

Sonic Mania is the culmination of what fans have wanted from the blue hedgehog for years: a return to his spin-dashing, ring-collecting roots established during his 1990s glory days. This is an all-new sidescrolling crusade against Dr. Robotnik, done up with ravishing spritework that evokes Sonic CD with an extra layer of polish. The gameplay framework is classic Sonic, but the levels are full of fresh designs and unique obstacles that mix things up nicely. Add in the ability to play as Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles, plus the fact that the game's on every major platform, and Sonic Mania starts looking like that ideal fusion of nostalgia and newness that we've been longing to see from Sega's mascot. From this moment on, let us never speak of Sonic Boom again.

Agents of Mayhem

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: August 15, 2017

When you hear the name Volition, you know to expect something over-the-top and hilarious. After all, these are the people who gave us the crass glory that is Saints Row. They’re back in business with this new riff on the superhero game. Players can seamlessly switch between controlling the 12 larger-than-life characters. Pick three at a time and in an instant you’ll be able to equip yourself with a new set of superpowers and weapons. Which means so many combinations for fun, hilarity, and… well, mayhem.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: August 22, 2017 

This isn’t a brand new Uncharted game, but its not an expansion either. In The Lost Legacy you play as Chloe who teams up with Nadine Ross (yeah, from A Thief’s End) to track down an ancient Indian artifact. It’s more Uncharted, which is a great thing, and you don’t have to own the original to play. 

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle  

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: August 29, 2017

We didn't know how badly we wanted an XCOM-style tactics game starring Mario and the Rabbids - until Ubisoft decided to show one off and immediately convinced us. This bizarre mixture of the Mushroom Kingdom and the most hyperactive creatures in the Rayman universe is as wonderfully weird as you'd imagine, and the off-the-wall crossover somehow complements the strategy of its turn-based battles, which put an emphasis on cleverly positioning your party members. It even has Shigeru Miyamoto's blessing - he specifically asked that Ubisoft "try to make a Mario game that has never been made before." Mission accomplished.

Yakuza Kiwami 

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: August 29, 2017

If you haven't enjoyed the Japanese nightlife and criminal underbelly of the Yakuza games yet, you've been missing out; fortunately, Yakuza Kiwami will be the perfect introduction to the long-running series. Whereas the also-great Yakuza 0 is a prequel to the first game, Yakuza Kiwami is a spruced-up remake of the original PS2 game that first introduced us to Kazuma Kiryu and his gangster affiliates. The graphics have been massively improved, the neo-noir story's been cleaned up (with some loose ends getting resolution via new content), and the ability to switch up Kiryu's fighting styles returns from Yakuza 0. All in all, Kiwami should be a fantastic way to find out why this Sega series has such a devoted cult following.

Absolver 

Platform(s): PS4, PC
Release date: August 29, 2017

If you don't know Absolver, just think of it as Dark Souls + Destiny + kung fu, full of fighters clad in ornate armor clashing in dodge-centric, beautifully animated hand-to-hand combat. The Dark Souls influences come through in the setting, as you wander around the scenic ruins of the Adal Empire, and the ever-increasing stakes of stamina-based offense, intermittent PvP bouts to break up the exploration, and the risk of losing XP gains if you die. Alternatively, you can team up with the player-controlled strangers you encounter, punching, kicking, and parrying your way through co-op dungeons akin to Destiny's Strikes. 

Destiny 2

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: September 8, 2017

Destiny 2 hype is in full effect, especially after we got the chance to poke around in the Destiny 2 beta. Following a devastating attack on The City, all of your Guardian's precious loot has been destroyed - oh, the humanity - but the Vanguard leaders you've looked to are still going strong, and seem ready to take the fight back to enemy forces new and old. Expect a much more fleshed-out story than the first game, along with a sweeping open-world structure with room for civilians that mingle amid the Guardian population.

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