The most anticipated games of 2017

Even while you appreciate the here and now with the best games of 2016, it's hard not to get excited at everything on the horizon. Be they newly announced or recently delayed, we've already been made aware of plenty of 2017's biggest games, from enticing sequels to intriguing new ideas. Below are some of our most anticipated games in 2017, as we contemplate how we're going to afford buying so many impressive titles. 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Platform(s): Wii U, Nintendo NX
Genre:
Action RPG  

When The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild arrives in 2017, the Zelda series will be over 30 years old. This game, the series' debut not just on the beleaguered Nintendo Wii U but the brand new NX, is actually very close in spirit to the NES original from all those decades ago. Emphasizing a wide open world that's primarily monster-infested wilderness rather than a populated landscape prone to cutscenes, Breath of the Wild is a dramatic shift from the handholding adventures Nintendo has traded in during the 21st century. We couldn't be more excited.

Persona 5

Platform(s): PS4, PS3
Genre:
RPG  

After nearly a decade of development and a leap from PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4, the Persona 5 release date finally arrives in February 2017. While the role-playing game still follows high school students with supernatural powers in a highly stylized world, Persona 5 does represent a dramatic shift in tone for the series. Where Persona 3 and Persona 4 focused on fairly typical teens in unusual circumstances - secret paramilitary ghost fighters in the former, a Japanese riff on Scooby Doo mystery solving in the latter - Persona 5 follows a group of flamboyant young cat burglars. Think Lupin the Third by way of Degrassi.

God of War 

Platform(s): PS4
Genre:
Beat-'em-up 

Having torn the Greek pantheon asunder, Kratos (now sporting a scruffy beard) has set his sights on a new mythology to conquer: Norse. The fourth main entry in the legendarily brutal PlayStation series drops the numbering and looks like it'll force Kratos to control his endless rage, as he acts as the father figure for a young, as-yet-unnamed boy with latent lightning powers. Don't worry, you'll still slay plenty of fantastical creatures along the way - but expect a lot more character development and quieter moments in between all the carnage. 

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre:
Horror  

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. 

Mass Effect: Andromeda 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre:
Action RPG  

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 was pushed back from its expected 2016 release, so we're even more ready for the new year to just get here already. 

For Honor 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Beat-'em-up  

If melee combat is at all 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.

Horizon Zero Dawn 

Platform(s): PS4
Genre: Action RPG

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. 

Prey

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Shooter  

Don't worry if you missed the 2006 FPS Prey - this reimagined Prey by the same name chucks everything from its predecessor out the window. Developed by Arkane Studios, the team behind the Dishonored games, this sci-fi shooter has you confined on a space station that's been overrun by shape-shifting, shadow-like aliens. Protagonist Morgan Yu will have to fight back against these invaders in a struggle to survive, even as his sanity seems to deteriorate bit by bit. 

Days Gone 

Platform(s): PS4
Genre:
Shooter

If you think zombies have been done to death, well... you're right, but that isn't stopping the PS4-exclusive Days Gone. The enemies in this open-world post-apocalypse aren't technically undead - the so-called 'Freakers' are actually infected humans who have gone feral and seem eager to devour our hero Deacon (voiced by and modeled after Sam Witwer, who you might recognize as Starkiller from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed). What really sets the Freaker horde apart is just how many can be chasing you at once; there are times when they're practically flooding out of the environment, and all you can do to survive is simply run.  

Injustice 2 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One
Genre:
Fighter  

Batman, Superman, and a slew of other heroes and villains are back to duke it out in Injustice 2, Netherrealm Studios' return to the slick new engine that powered Mortal Kombat X. There's a ton of fanservice in this 2.5D fighter for anyone with even the slightest knowledge of DC Comics, and Injustice 2 is taking an interesting gamble with the addition of gear in a fighting game, gathered over time to give your preferred character enhanced abilities and a personalized look.

Sea of Thieves 

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Genre:
Adventure  

Who doesn’t love pirates? The swashbuckling, the loot, the rum, the fabulous hats, most of us have at one time or another wished we could leave it all behind and run away to sea. The time has come to live out that dream and to bring friends along for the ride. Sea of Thieves is due to make land some time in 2017.  

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre:
Shooter

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. 

Scalebound 

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Genre:
Beat-'em-up  

First announced way back at E3 2014, Scalebound was shown off with a trailer that featured a character resembling Devil May Cry's Dante wearing headphones and hanging out with a massive, fire-breathing dragon. The DMC inspiration doesn't stop at the main character Drew's fashion sense: the hero can transform into a half-human, half-dragon form for increased strength and defense. Scalebound also stands out because of Drew's dragon companion, and this dragon doesn't just stand idly by as you hack and slash your enemies to bits in beat-'em-up-style combat. The mythical beast follows your orders, allowing you to send fiery blasts towards groups of enemies, and will take on other monsters in head-to-head Godzilla battles.

Tekken 7 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre:
Fighter  

Funnily enough, Tekken 7 has been in Japanese arcades since early 2015, and it's taking its sweet time in making the transition to Western consoles. But with any luck, that extra wait will be worth it. Tekken 7 is the next iteration of Bandai Namco's famed 3D fighting series, bringing back veterans from the King of Iron Fist tournament alongside some spiffy-looking newcomers - including Kazumi Mishima, Kazuya's mother who can perform literal tiger uppercuts with her beast companion. Expect plenty of heavy-hitting animations, devastating ground bounce combos, and bizarre backdrops. 

Yooka-Laylee 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC
Genre:
Platformer

One of the bigger Kickstarter success 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.  

Agents of Mayhem 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre:
Shooter  

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. 

Shenmue 3 

Platform(s): PS4, PC
Genre: Action RPG 

The Shenmue series was never a huge commercial success, but thanks in part to Kickstarter and thousands of fans' hard-earned dollars (plus some generous funding from Sony), the project is fully underway. In Shenmue 3, you'll take the role of a martial artist named Ryo Hazuki as he attempts to uncover who is responsible for his father's murder. The game promises to have gameplay reminiscent of the previous titles, enabling players to take on enemies in hand-to-hand combat, upgrade combat abilities, and explore a living world full of villages, shops, and an active populous.

Bloodstained

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS Vita, PC
Genre: Platformer  

We were so accustomed to a steady stream of excellent exploration-based Castlevania games for so long that we didn't realize what we had until they were gone. No more! In 2017, the mastermind behind Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Aria of Sorrow, and many others will bring us Bloodstained. Koji Igarashi's first major post-Konami project is Castlevania in all but name, with the same smooth action, gothic atmosphere, and haunted locale spelunking we loved for so long.

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