As 2016 has drawn to a close, another full year of video games has dawned upon us. Last year’s game of the year, Overwatch, was accompanied by several fantastic runners-up like Titanfall 2, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Battlefield 1, and Dishonored 2. Whether you had nothing to do on a weeknight or weekend or were looking for something to do over a break, you may have played or heard of several of these titles and more. Let’s not reminisce on the past though; here are my picks for the most hyped up games for 2017, there are quite a few.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
A PS4 console exclusive, Horizon: Zero Dawn is set after the fall of civilization. Giant mech-dinosaurs known as “Machines” now roam and control the wildlands. You play as Aloy, a young huntress who has been cast out from her tribe and is searching for her destiny. The official PlayStation website describes Zero Dawn as “a deep, rewarding roleplaying experience that involves highly varied tactical combat,” using “primitive gear with advanced technology” and “unique strategies to take down different Machines.” This is easily my most anticipated game for next year as it offers a unique premise in a vast, beautiful open world.
Red Dead Redemption 2
This is a big one. Ever since the smash hit that was Red Dead Redemption landed in 2010, fans have been aching for a sequel. The time has finally come. Developer Rockstar Games, famous for the everpopular Grand Theft Auto series, have recently released a teaser trailer for the next installment in the Red Dead franchise. Not much is known about the game at this point; the teaser does shed light on the fantastic graphics and old-western setting we were expecting. Knowing Rockstar, Red Dead Redemption 2 will be another high-quality game that shatters expectations and provides another stunning open-world playground to mess around in. Look out for this one come the holidays next year.
Mass Effect Andromeda
Bioware’s new game is the highly hyped Mass Effect Andromeda. In the new game, you will “take on the role of the Pathfinder, leading humanity’s search for a new home,” Bioware said. Along with a newto-the-series open world, Andromeda will have a host of customization options. Bioware’s pedigree in RPGs is spectacular, receiving the game of the year award for Dragon Age: Inquisition in 2015. Given this and how good past Mass Effect games have been, it is hard to imagine Andromeda being anything short of fantastic.
State of Decay 2
State of Decay 2 is shaping up to be a huge offering for this year. Though I’m not a fan of zombie games, this one might change that. Announced during E3 2016, State of Decay 2 is the sequel to the 2013 original game. Xbox.com says, “players work together to build lasting communities and tell their own unique story within an interconnected world.” Whether you’re a fan of the genre or not, be sure to watch out for State of Decay 2 come this fall. If SoD 2 just doesn’t do it for you, The Last of Us 2 has also been confirmed with an uncertain release date.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Ubisoft have definitely gotten a bad rap over the past few years, but I still believe they can put out quality games; take games like The Division or Watch Dogs 2 for example. Wildlands looks to follow in those games’ footsteps. Set in a huge open world in the South American country of Bolivia, “you are sent behind enemy lines as a member of The Ghosts to create chaos,” Ubisoft said. I’ve been hyped for Wildlands since the first trailer and I can only hope Ubisoft continue their good streak and don’t botch Wildlands up after so much hype.
God of War
Kratos has gone Norse. Living a pleasant life with his child, the God of War known so well as a violent killer softens up, but incidentally not for long. “Powerful forces threaten to disrupt the new life he has created,” Santa Monica Studio said. The fresh start for the series offers newcomers a great entrance point, allowing just about anyone the opportunity to experience a new story in the epic journey. God of War’s Norse re-skin looks like a very promising return to Kratos’ life and an overall fantastic game for later this year (if it doesn’t get delayed).
Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves bears a greater burden now more than ever being in a small roster of Xbox One exclusives this year. The game shapes up as Rare’s next project in which you can “plot your course and set sail for hidden riches,” Rare said. You can also form crews of your own and take to the high seas, constantly dying at the hands of another crew with a modified Blackbeard god-ship. However you try to plot your course to riches and supremacy, Sea of Thieves looks to be the greatest pirate game since Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
At PSX last year, developer Naughty Dog finally revealed details of the highly-anticipated standalone DLC for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. For the first time in the Uncharted series, players will control a protagonist other than Nathan Drake; Lost Legacy features Chloe Frazer as the main character, a familiar face from Uncharted 2. In this new adventure, Chloe will be joined by another familiar face from Uncharted 4, Nadine Ross. Not much else is known about Lost Legacy, but expect it to deliver another fantastic Uncharted experience.