The best upcoming games of 2017

***UPDATE September 15: Nailed down some release dates courtesy of the latest Nintendo Direct!***

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.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: September 19, 2017

The entire Marvel vs. Capcom series is a veritable fighting game hype factory, responsible for some of the flashiest combos, greatest upsets, and loudest screams ever witnessed by enraptured onlookers. At long last, the fourth entry is on the way with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, with a host of mechanics changes to the familiar tag-team brawls between all the Capcom stars and Marvel's iconic heroes and villains in the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite roster. The three-fighter teams have been reined back to the simpler 2v2 akin to the original MvC, and assists have been removed entirely, replaced by character swaps mid-combo and unique buffs granted by the Infinity Gems.

Pokken Tournament DX 

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: September 22, 2017

This probably isn't how most people envisioned Pokemon making its Nintendo Switch debut, but Pokken Tournament DX is a chance for this underappreciated Pokemon-themed fighting game to reach a bigger audience. If you never played the Wii U original, Pokken Tournament (from many of the same developers behind the Tekken series) is a 3D fighter featuring one-on-one bouts between a selection of playable Pokemon. DX brings the roster up to 21 fighters with the additional of five more Pokemon, including Scizor and Croagunk. Between Pokken Tournament DX and Arms, Switch-owning fighting fans should have plenty to tide them over until the inevitable announcement of a new Smash Bros. title.

Ruiner 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: September 26, 2017

Ruiner delivers the kind of intense, super-stylish cyberpunk action that I want to download directly into my brain. It's packing intensely violent gameplay in the vein of Hotline Miami mixed with the grimy futuristic atmosphere of Blade Runner and Akira, as you play a helmeted, wetwired warrior who wreaks havoc on the mobsters and mutants in a subterranean facility deep beneath the cyberpunk metropolis of Rengkok. The top-down combat is brutal and blazingly fast, but if you get overwhelmed, you can freeze time to plot out a string of murderous actions (a bit like a bloodier version of Transistor). Add in a plethora of deadly 2091-era weaponry and a soundtrack full of pounding beats, and Ruiner becomes a must for hardcore cyberpunk fans who appreciate a challenge.

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony 

Platform(s): PS4, Vita, PC
Release date: September 26, 2017

That dastardly devil-bear Monokuma is up to his old tricks again, pitting top students against one another in kill-or-be-killed scenarios. Danganronpa V3 continues the detective work and murderous teenage drama of this popular visual novel series, with a new cast of characters and more Class Trials to satiate your accusation-hurling, cross-examination needs. New gameplay mechanics will help mix up the familiar debate structure, testing your skills of deduction, while fresh minigames will challenge your reasoning in different, hopefully less-stressful ways.

Cuphead

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Release date: September 29, 2017

We've been anticipating Xbox indie standout Cuphead for what feels like ages, and the game seems to have veered dangerously close to vaporware territory with how many times it's been pushed back. But this September, we'll finally get our hands on this inventive run-'n'-gun shooter, which combines the 2D intensity of Mega Man's large-scale boss battles with an unmistakable 1930s animation aesthetic in the vein of Disney relics like Steamboat Willie. With its frenetic-looking boss designs and completely-on-point visual style, Cuphead is looking like a thoroughly old-school beaut'.

Star Fox 2 

Platform(s): Super NES Classic
Release date: September 9, 2017

Duke Nukem Forever, Beyond Good & Evil 2, Half-Life 3 - these sequels can't hold a candle to the 22-year wait for Star Fox 2, which will finally, officially, and legally make its way into the world as part of Nintendo's Super NES Classic mini-console. Developed and finished by Argonaut Games way back in 1995, Star Fox 2 brings back Fox McCloud and co. (along with new squadmates) for more outer space dogfighting powered by the budding 3D visuals of the Super FX chip. If you're a hardcore Nintendo fan who's been graced by the pre-order gods and successfully secured a Super NES Classic, you'll be a part of SNES history booting this one up.

Forza Motorsport 7 

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Release date: October 3, 2017

Microsoft's flagship racing sim is back, engineered to show off the graphical and processing horsepower of the upcoming Xbox One X. As always, you can expect hundreds of high-end cars to collect and customize before you race for the best times on picturesque, damn-near-photorealistic tracks based on real-world locations from around the globe (which also benefit from dynamic weather effects). Forza 7 is pushing some serious pixels, too - it runs at 60fps at 4K, with HDR lighting to give every vehicle that gorgeous just-waxed shine.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release date: October 3, 2017

Even if you have no idea who the Battle Chasers are (and admittedly, the late '90s comics run this game is based on never really took off), anyone with an appreciation for gorgeous artwork and classic RPGs needs to keep tabs on Nightwar. Battle Chasers' distinct visuals render the comics' super-stylized character designs by Joe Madureira (who also worked on Darksiders) in eye-catching 3D, as we follow a ragtag group of adventurers via isometric exploration and turn-based, 2.5D battles. With any luck, this RPG might finally resolve the comics' infamous cliffhanger ending from all the way back in 2001, or it may just reboot the plotline altogether.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: October 10, 2017

The Tolkien's Creed open-world action in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor easily warranted a sequel - we just didn't know when it was coming, until now. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War brings back the undying ranger Talion and his fused wraith Celebrimbor, who have forged a new Ring of Power despite those things always ending in tears. The stellar Nemesis system will be making a return, where ordinary orcs may develop into bitter rivals over the course of many battles, and new Nemesis Fortresses serve as these villains’ imposing domains. But never fear - you'll have your own loyal army at your disposal to raid these strongholds - all good practice for when you finally have the forces you need to take on Sauron himself.

The Evil Within 2 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: October 13, 2017

Third-person survival horror nightmare The Evil Within was undoubtedly flawed, failing to capture the true terror of Shinji Mikami's work on the Resident Evil series - but just because it had some rough edges, doesn't mean it didn't present some great ideas about reality-warping scares experienced inside the mind of killer. The Evil Within 2 is leaning into that same sense of exploring a disturbed mindscape wrought with psychological horrors, as detective Sebastian Castellanos delves back into the STEM system to search for his seemingly dead daughter. With any luck, the second time will be the charm.

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