Xbox One's 2017 line up is already thick with goodness. For Honor and Sniper Elite 4 are out. Next up: Mass Effect: Andromeda, Ghost Recon Wildlands, and the return of Rare-style platforming in the gorgeous looking Yooka-Laylee. There are even old favorites like Bulletstorm returning in a fancy new remaster.
The most exciting part about the Xbox One release list is how varied it is. Whether you're looking forward to practicing co-op tactics in For Honor, or can't wait to embrace paranoia and shoot every inanimate object in Prey, there's plenty to look forward to in the coming year.
Our list of the best upcoming Xbox One games of 2017 is in chronological order, moving deeper into the year as we go. We'll be updating this article regularly, and the next big game you can look forward to is…
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Release date: March 7, 2017
Genre: Sandbox shooter
What is it? An online open-world shooter that takes Ghost Recon's co-op tactics and smears it over a much larger canvas.
What to look out for: Most Ghost Recon games up to now have typically been mission-based. You'd get briefed on an objective, drop into the target zone, complete your tasks, then exfiltrate. In Ghost Recon: Wildlands, the formula seems to have changed. This time, your mission is contained in one massive, open-world environment filled with enemies to shoot, hostages to rescue, and goals to complete. Plus, the game supports up to four player co-op for some coordinated espionage action.
While Ghost Recon has always been about players choosing how to approach their objectives, Wildlands' open-world expands on the concept dramatically. You'll be able to do things like wait for the cover of night to sneak into enemy compounds, set up sniper nests to cover teammates, or hijack helicopters for a full frontal assault. Wildlands' E3 demo was certainly slick, though I doubt missions will go quite as smoothly if you're not playing with tactically switched on pals.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Release date: March 21, 2017
What is it? The latest sci-fi epic from BioWare takes the beloved storytelling and shooting of Shep's trilogy into open-world territory.
What to look out for: Commander Shepard's story is over, but there's still an entire universe full of alien worlds and ancient mysteries to explore. In Mass Effect: Andromeda, you take on the role of Ryder, as he or she searches for their father; a figure known as a Pathfinder, who's been charged with locating a new home planet for the human race to colonise. Cutely, there are actually two Ryders - a brother and sister - and you're given the choice of who to play as.
While further details on the plot are light, we do know the game takes places in the Andromeda Galaxy. For the first time in the series, the action is set in an open world, and the original's beloved Mako - the awesome intergalactic buggy - returns to make use of all that extra real estate.
The latest in-game demo also hints at Andromeda leaning more heavily on environmental action than Shep's last-gen trilogy. As Ryder explores a derelict alien construct known as a vault, he/she uses both a jetpack to boost between platforms and a new scanner on the Omni-tool to extract additional info from their surroundings - in the demo, our hero scans a series of exotic plants. We'd be amazed if this wasn't another sci-fi masterpiece.
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
Release date: April 7, 2017
What is it? One of the most frenetic, dirty-minded shooters from PS3 and Xbox 360 gets a second shot in this remaster.
What to look out for: People Can Fly put their name on the shooter world map with Painkiller, an adrenal first-person shooter that married the speed and bluster of early works like Doom with 21st century tech. Then came Bulletstorm, which was Painkiller after it drank a full bottle of cheap whisky and watched Anthony Jeselnik standup for a whole weekend. Bulletstorm, with its focus on chaining absurd attacks like tossing an evil robot into the air and then kicking it in the groin straight onto a cactus, was a delight for those that played it but most missed it on Xbox 360 and PS3. This new version invites Xbox One players to try it for the first time.
Release date: April 11, 2017
What is it? A delightfully colourful, open world platformer that harkens back to the classic age of N64 Rare hits like Banjo-Kazooie.
What to look out for: Perhaps Rare's newest just isn't quite Rare-y enough for you. Allow Playtonic - a studio made up of ex-Rare staff from the good old days - to provide your old-school, new-look fix. You might recognise the two-names-in-one title or the walking animal-flying animal combo as just a tad Banjo-Kazooie-esque. Here's the spiritual sequel you've been waiting for. This Kickstarter smash has the vibrant colours, platforming focus, even the seaside postcard British humour (there's a snake called Trowzer - I'll leave that one to you) of '90s Rare. With five different worlds, a multitude of double team moves, and a tonne of collectibles, you won't get closer to the disarming spirit of an N64 platformer without going through a serious attic rummage.
Release date: April 28, 2017
What is it? A spooky, disturbing platformer about a small person surviving in a nasty world.
What to look out for: Tarsier earned a name for itself as a reliable studio pumping out interesting PS Vita games like Little Big Planet Vita. Little Nightmares shares some platforming DNA with that series, but this freaky platformer for Xbox is also of a piece with Limbo and Inside by Playdead. is an opportunity for Tarsier to earn renown as a developer of originals rather than as a studio for hire.
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