The best upcoming games of 2017

Destiny 2

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

Destiny 2 hype is in full effect following the recent gameplay trailers and our own hands-on time with the game. 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.

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.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 

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

Anyone with a penchant for deep, story-driven RPGs viewed from the isometric angle like the PC adventures of old already knows and loves the first Divinity: Original Sin, which presents a fantasy world on a massive scale with support for two-player co-op play the entire way through. Divinity: Original Sin 2 is upping the ante two-fold, allowing for four players to team up, each making their own decisions that have repercussions on the narrative and combat alike. If you're a sucker for RPGs that really emphasize the role-playing, where your character's race, class, demeanor, and actions all send ripples throughout the rest of the game, this is one to watch.

Metroid: Samus Returns 

Platform(s): 3DS
Release date: September 15, 2017

Nintendo sure kept us waiting - but at long last, we're finally getting another (officially licensed) 2D Metroid adventure. Metroid: Samus Returns is a new take on Game Boy sequel Metroid 2, developed in partnership with MercurySteam (no doubt building off the 3DS platforming experience it gained making Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate) and produced by Yoshio Sakamoto (who directed Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion, and Zero Mission). Along with the 2.5D visuals, Samus Returns brings other additions like 360-degree aiming and a melee counter that provides an out if a hostile alien gets up in Samus' grill. 

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider  

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

Dishonored doesn't mess around when it comes to DLC - just look at how substantial the gameplay and lore additions were in the first game's Knife of Dunwall and Brigmore Witches packs. Standalone expansion Dishonored: Death of the Outsider involves Daud (the main character from those very same DLC add-ons), but stars Billie Lurk (voiced by Rosario Dawson), Daud's second-in-command turned crucial ally in Dishonored 2. The two veteran assassins are on the hunt for the Outsider, the seemingly omnipotent being who bestowed Corvo and Emily with their supernatural abilities. You come at the Outsider, you best not miss.  

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.

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'.

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.

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