2017 looks to be a strong year for video games.
We have the Nintendo Switch releasing early in the year and Microsoft’s Scorpio near the end. We have some flagship titles from Capcom, Nintendo, and Bioware as well as some Kickstarter funded games coming to fruition.
These are the games I’m most looking forward to seeing released, for better or worse.
I’m really looking forward to how Resident Evil will utilize the first person perspective in order to bring the series back to its survival horror roots. I enjoyed the demo but am still a little worried what the actual full release has to offer. How well will the combat work? Where will the game take you in terms of locations? Will VR enhance the overall experience? Still some questions unanswered.
I love me some medieval fantasy combat. For Honor pits knights, vikings, and samurai against each other in a 3rd person team based action game. The multiplayer seems to be the main focus of the game (most likely a good thing) with a lackluster single player campaign from early previews. I played through some of the alpha tests and I can tell you that the multiplayer was really fun. It takes me back to the days of playing Pirates Vikings and Knights, an early Half-Life mod with a similar fantasy action style.
I honestly don’t think Ghost Recon Wildlands looks that great in terms of the shooting mechanics and AI, but that doesn’t stop me from being excited to fool around with a bunch of friends as we hunt down targets in one of the biggest open worlds Ubisoft’s ever produced. Choosing how you take out the target, be it by stealthily sneaking in without anyone noticing, sniping from a distance, or going in guns blazing with a helicopter just sounds like a good time. But something about the shooting/hit detection/enemy reactions just seems off to me.
Nier: Automata is an action adventure rpg developed by Platinum Games and is set in the same universe as it’s predecessor. The story is set in a futuristic world where machines created by otherworldly creatures are battling against androids built to protect humans. The combat looks to be a combination of Bayonetta with some bullet hell shooter concepts sprinkled on top. It looks pretty solid but I might wait for the PC version when it’s released later this year.
I love the Mass Effect series, but I hate to admit that I’ve never played Mass Effect 3. It came out at the same time as Street Fighter x Tekken and my friends and I got hooked on that for a while. From the sounds of it, I may have dodged a bullet with the whole ending backlash. Anyway, Mass Effect: Andromeda is the latest in the series with all new characters and what looks to be a more fast paced style of combat. I can’t wait to see what else Bioware has done to the franchise, as long as it’s not adding in meaningless boring side missions like in Dragon Age: Inquisition.
I’ve never played a Persona game in my life, but from what I’ve seen so far, this game just OOZES style and character. My only real exposure to the series has been through Giant Bomb’s Persona 4 endurance run. The last JRPG I played was Xenoblade Chronicles X last year which was fantastic…. oh wait, I completely forgot about Final Fantasy XV. Well, that tells you how much of a lasting impression that had on me. Anyway, Persona 5 looks fantastic and early reviews are glowing. (Persona 5 was released in Japan last year)
A tactical turn based strategy game set in the Battletech universe. This was recently Kickstarted a couple of months ago receiving almost $3,000,000 in funding. With my recent reintroduction into Battletech by starting up Mechwarrior Online, I’ve been looking into more ways to pilot these mechs. I loved Mechwarrior 4 when it first came out and with the recent announcement of 5 being developed, I’m ready to hop back in.
Crackdown was always a fun pick up and play alternative to the more realistic Grand Theft Auto series. With supernatural strength and athletic capabilities, jumping around fighting crime with high-tech weapons and vehicles was a blast. With Microsoft’s promise of completely destructible buildings using the power of cloud computing (however that’s supposed to work), I’m hoping Crackdown 3 is an improvement over it’s predecessors.
A singleplayer open world medieval first person action role-playing game. Developed by Warhorse Studios, the game sets you in the Kingdom of Bohemia and is focusing on historically accurate realistic combat and interactions. A successful Kickstarter campaign a few years ago lead to a co-publishing deal with Deep Silver. The game looks to be shaping up nicely.
To be honest, I don’t have much confidence in Capcom lately, especially with how they handled Street Fighter V (the launch, rootkit, dlc, etc). The Marvel vs Capcom series has a huge fandom and some didn’t seem too thrilled when Capcom had shown Infinite’s trailer during the Capcom Cup finals. We saw frame for frame reused animations, no assists, and 2v2 combat. Whether or not those are good or bad things can be debated, but with Capcom’s recent track record with fighting games, my expectations are low.
Ok, we all know Konami is not very interested in the video-game business lately and I’m sure this game is just trying to milk money out of the Metal Gear name, but I’m insanely curious how this will turn out upon release. Metal Gear Survive is an open world coop zombie survival game using the Fox Engine. From the early footage released, the game looks pretty terrible. Janky melee combat, weird zombie AI, and remnants of a past game of the year contender are all present.
A sci-fi first person shooter horror game set aboard a space station. Hostile aliens have run amok on the station and you have to stop them. The player will explore inside and outside the station while using a wide array of weapons and powers that you gain over time.
The sequel to the much beloved Red Dead Redemption of last generation. Not much is known yet, but the teaser is already getting me hyped up. One question remains though… Are they going to release a PC version some time down the road? Probably yes because of $$$.
A multiplayer open world first person pirate game from Rare? YUUUUUP.
A 3rd person action game from Platinum Games and Hideki Kamiya. Like most of Platinum’s projects, this game had style. You play as a human accompanied by a dragon exploring a fantasy type setting with vast landscapes and large enemies. It has both singleplayer and 4 player cooperative modes. What more could you ask for? Well, from the looks of early previews, the game is in a rough spot. Reports of low fps and general janky gameplay seem to be the consensus.
UPDATE (1/9/2017): Microsoft officially cancels Scalebound. Damn, just as I was finishing up this article. I wonder what the story is behind the scenes on this one. Poor project management? Engine problems? Maybe we’ll find out one day.
A sequel to the singleplayer open world zombie survival game State of Decay. The sequel looks to improve upon the original in every way and will even include 4 player coop this time around.
The long anticipated continuation of The Legend of Zelda franchise, Breath of the Wild is bringing open world survival mechanics and a superb visual style to the series. Rumors are that it will be a Nintendo Switch release title which is exactly what that system needs, a blockbuster first party title on day one. We’ll know more information when the Nintendo Switch information and game stream happens later this week.
Tekken 7 may be out in arcades already, as usual with most fighting game releases, but that hasn’t stopped the excitement and demand for a release date for the console and PC (a first for the series) versions of the game. This is the first Tekken to be developed using the Unreal Engine and it shows. The graphics look great and the game is running at a smooth 60 frames per second. Tekken 7 goes back to 1 vs 1 battles and introduces new mechanics such as the rage art and rage drive, powerful attacks that use up your rage mode, to the game.
Although Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 came out many years ago, and I didn’t play much of it, I’m still excited to see a PC release of the game. I’ve always wanted to try and learn the game and with my lack of interest in Street Fighter V, maybe now is the right time.
I’ve never been a big fan of Warhammer, 40k, or the Dawn of War series. I’ve played a little bit of Dawn of War 2 and although it was fun and much different from other real-time strategy games in its genre, it just didn’t keep my interest for long. Maybe Dawn of War 3 can change that.
What?? A board game? Yep, the official Dark Souls Board Game that was Kickstarted last May accumulating $4,590,261 in funds is finally shipping this March. It’s basically Dark Souls translated into a cooperative board game including invasions, summons, and of course difficult boss battles. As a huge fan of Dark Souls, I had to get in on this.
A cooperative nightmare horror board game with roguelike features, tons of miniatures, and base building. Sounds awesome to me. Well, except for the price and additional “Pinup” miniatures you can purchase.
The second Kickstarter campaign I’ve ever backed which recently ended a few days ago raking in a whopping $12,393,139. The 4th most funded Kickstarter of all time. Pretty impressive for a board game. Perhaps it’s because it’s also the most expensive damn board game I’ve ever seen. The core game alone would cost you about $200-250 if you got in during the Kickstarter, otherwise you will need to drop ~$400 when it shows up once in a blue moon on Kingdomdeath.com.
Anyway, I got caught into the hype because of the great reviews of the first edition and my eagerness to reach out into other types of games. See, I don’t play any board games and the concept of a solo/coop horror survival game with branching storylines, settlement building, and roguelike features is right down my alley. I also enjoyed piecing together my Armored Core mech model that I bought in Japan and getting to do that with small miniatures and huge monsters sounds exciting. I also wouldn’t mind trying to paint them, which I’m sure is a much tougher endeavor than I’m thinking it will be. I’ll be looking forward to the game showing up on my doorstep this summer.
Here is a great review from the Shut Up and Sit Down crew:
As well as a long detailed playthrough from the Beasts of War: