The best upcoming games of 2017

***UPDATE June 16: The list has been completely refreshed following the slew of confirmed release dates from E3 2017!***

The whirlwind that was E3 2017 has come to an end, and with it, plenty of confirmed release dates (and even surprise game announcements) have been locked in for the rest of the year. While many exciting titles have been pushed into the list of new games for 2018, plenty more are still on the way in 2017. 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.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: June 30, 2017

Rumors have swirled for years about a potential Crash Bandicoot revival, and the PS1-era marsupial is finally making his return in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. More remake than remaster, the N. Sane Trilogy compiles the once-famed PlayStation mascot's first three outings and completely overhauls them in 4K high-definition. The N. Sane Trilogy contains all the same enemy-bopping, fruit-collecting, and precision-jumping action fans have loved for years, while introducing all-new textures, animation, and art, as well as unifying the checkpoint and save systems to be consistent across all three games. Finally, Crash Bandicoot is getting the respect and attention he rightly deserves.

Splatoon 2 

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: July 21, 2017

A decade ago, you'd be called a fool for saying Nintendo could make an amazing team-based shooter perfect for online competition - and yet, here we are getting a sequel to the Wii U's fantastic Splatoon. Those squid-kid Inklings are back for more 4v4 color-splashing warfare across a bevy of new stages, wielding fresh weapons like the twin-pistol Splat Dualies or refined versions of fan favorites like the Splat Roller. If you want to test your skills before going online, Splatoon 2 also allows for local multiplayer thanks to the Switch system link. And along with the extra precision provided by the controller's gyroscopic aiming, you'll have to master the added Dodge Roll maneuver to maximize your turf-tagging potential.


Platform(s): PS4, PC
Release date: July 25, 2017

Pyre is a strange, intoxicating blend of Oregon Trail and Final Fantasy's Blitzball from the talented folks at Supergiant Games, who made waves with Bastion and Transistor. The gameplay is quite unlike those titles, though: the isometric battles unfold like a game of 3v3 basketball where everyone on your squad has a different size and speed, and you can only move around one member of your team at a time. It's almost akin to a tactical take on NBA Jam, because Pyre delivers that same sense of satisfaction whenever you slam dunk the Rukey orb into the opposing team's flame. Wrapped around that bizarre sport is a narrative-rich saga of three exiles banding together for a mystical pilgrimage.


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.

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.

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