The best upcoming games of 2017 (and beyond)

The games to watch on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch – from blockbusters to potential under-the-radar gems

2017 is here! There's already a stack of great new titles announced, so we've rounded up the best upcoming games of 2017 in one place. There's a great selection of titles, including the best upcoming PS4 games, the best upcoming Xbox One games and – if you're looking for a new console – Nintendo Switch, ranging from enticing sequels to intriguing new ideas. Below are some of the best upcoming games in 2017 (and even a few due in 2018). Take a look, try to work out how you're going to afford them all (good luck) and let us know what you're most looking forward to below.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Platform(s): PS4, PSVR, Xbox One, PC
Release date:
January 24, 2017  

After Resident Evil 6 misfired by going all-in on mediocre action, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard wisely brings everything back to what first defined the series: survival horror. On top of RE7 recapturing the sense of dread and suspense from the earlier games, it's clear that P.T. was also a huge inspiration: you now explore the world from first-person, and the environments are suitably dark and dingy. The RE7 demos we've played have already terrified us (in a good way), so we're excited to see what kind of chilling scares and first-person combat await in the full game. Also of note - it's fully playable in VR, for that extra layer of terror.

For Honor 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: February 14, 2017  

If melee combat is your thing, For Honor should be your most anticipated game of 2017. This 4v4 multiplayer brawler pits Knights, Samurai, and Vikings against one another in thrilling duels across chaotic battlefields. From what we've seen of it so far, For Honor's combat is absolutely superb: every forceful hit or last-second block has a palpable weight to it, and the motion-captured animations are impressively fluid and graceful (as well as being unique to each of the four distinct roles in each faction). This is everything that the ho-hum Deadliest Warrior game should've been.

 Sniper Elite 4 

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: February 14, 2017

Sniper Elite 4, the stealthy shooter, is back with even more gruesome bullet time and enormous open-world levels to sneak through. Grizzled sniper Karl Fairburne is still battling his way alone through World War 2 and he’s made it as far as Mussolini’s Italy where the Nazis are welcomed guests. Spoiler: Karl doesn’t feel quite the same way. 

Halo Wars 2

Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Release date: February 21, 2017

While never quite as entertaining as core Halo, the Wars spin off offers something a bit different. Plus, it’s one of the very few RTS games available on console. This sequel brings more of the same tactical action, and there are multiplayer modes for up to six players, so that will get seriously intense. There’s a new enemy type to battle - the Banished - and it all takes place on a Forerunner installation responsible for creating the Halo rings, so will be packed with delicious lore. 

Horizon Zero Dawn 

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: February 28, 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn promises to take all the elements you love in an open-world RPG and turn them up to 11. Unique universe? Check. Epic story about fate, destiny, and identity? Check. Cool weapons and combat options? Check. Possessed robotic dinosaurs rampaging around attacking people? Okay, maybe that’s not a standard feature, but it’s here and we’re really excited. It's a showcase game for PS4 Pro too, so expect it to look absolutely sensational in 4K.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date:
March 7, 2017

Ubisoft is ditching the advanced tech you might typically associate for the Ghost Recon franchise, making Ghost Recon Wildlands a more rugged, down-to-earth take on team-based military ops. The tactical warfare takes place in modern-day Bolivia this time around, as you and your elite squad of specialists work to systematically take down a drug cartel in a giant open-world setting. 

Star Trek Bridge Crew

Platforms: PSVR, Vive
Release date: March 14, 2017 

Delayed from its original Nov 2016 launch window, this four-player VR game is basically your chance to play out the Kobayashi Maru simulation. Not sure if you can beat it, though. In Star Trek Bridge Crew you can assume various roles on the bridge of the Enterprise and actually wander around with your friends. In VR. As a piece of fan-service, this is looking absolutely stunning. 

Mass Effect: Andromeda 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date:
March 21, 2017  

Commander Shepard may have taken out the Reapers and saved the day, but there’s plenty more adventure yet to be had in the Mass Effect universe. BioWare's been keeping details for Mass Effect: Andromeda mostly under wraps, although the footage that has been revealed certainly looks slick. Here’s what we do know, though. It appears the story will take us on a journey to try to find a new home for humanity. Many of the more familiar concepts from the original trilogy - conversations, romances, and shooting things - are back in action. The game now has a first release date - March 21 - so we're officially hyped.

Yooka-Laylee 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC
Release date:
March 2017

One of the bigger Kickstarter successes in 2015, this colorful 3D platformer (made by some of the key minds behind Banjo-Kazooie) looks to recapture the simple glee of N64 collectathons. In place of a bear and a bird, you'll be guiding around the duo of Yooka the chameleon and Laylee the bat through utterly gorgeous landscapes, full of things to run across, jump over, and snag from perilous heights.  

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: Early 2017

South Park has a special talent for satirising current events and trends, so it’s no surprise that this latest game is focused on gently mocking Hollywood’s obsession with superheroes and super-teams. The forever-young children of South Park are at war, all dressed up as their favourite characters. This RPG will have 12 classes to choose from, and as the new kid you’ll get to pick a side in the conflict and a gender. Farts are making a comeback too. 

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