The world may end in 2017 thanks to a certain incompetent leader of the most powerful country in the world. But if it doesn’t, here are ten games that you should look forward to coming out next year:
Sonic Mania – Q2 2017 on XBONE, PS4 & PC
Sonic hasn’t been relevant or anything better than mediocre since 1999. So with that in mind, why should you be excited for Sonic Mania? Well returning to the style of the original Sonic games and remixing classic levels like Green Hill Zone sounds like a winning combination to me. Admittedly you must have a love of old Sonic games to really appreciate Sonic Mania, but it still looks cool!
Torment: Tides of Numenera – Febuary 28th for PC
Torment is a return to the old school RPGs of the late 90s that draws upon the beloved cult classic Planescape: Torment for inspiration. It is set in a decrepit futuristic society where humanity is immortal thanks to the ability to change bodies. It promises to explore philosophical questions about humanity the self whilst being a deep RPG. Which sounds like a winning combination to me.
Sea of Thieves – Q1 2017 for XBONE and PC
Sea of Thieves is an open world multiplayer game in the same vein as Destiny, only with pirates. You and a group of other players explore the world in search of phat loot, epic quests and exotic places whilst fighting off roaming bands of other players. It sounds like a fascinating idea, especially since players have to work together to effectively sail a ship (for example).
Nioh – Febuary 8th on PS4
If you enjoyed Bloodborne or any of the Souls games, then Nioh looks like it would be right up your alley. It is developed by Team Ninja, makers of the Ninja Gaiden series. You can totally tell they are mixing that D.N.A with Dark Souls and added a dash of Diablo in there for good measure. Which sounds like a winning combination to me!
Resident Evil VII – January 24th on PS4, XBONE & PC
Despite each follow-up to Resident Evil 4 being a damp squib, I have to say that CAPCOM have really intrigued me with Resident Evil 7. By dropping the camp, making it first person and increasing the horror aspects, they have made a game that is completely different from the other games in the series. Those changes may put some people off, but I am always up for different interpretations of long-running franchises.
Nier: Automata – March 10th on PS4 & PC
Nier is on my list of games to play for Breaking Down the Backlog, but even without playing it I can feel the hype for Nier: Automata. Platinum Games are developing it with creative input from Nier’s director Taro Yoko. Every single Platinum game is great fun to play but suffer from ‘form over function’ graphics and nonsensical storytelling, but that is where Yoko comes in. I am always down for some Platinum Games goodness and every trailer I have seen makes Nier Automata worth keeping an eye on.
South Park: Fractured But Whole – Q1 2017 on PS4, XBONE & PC
I am in the same position with this game as I was with Nier: Automata – I haven’t played the previous South Park game. But South Park: Fractured But Whole seems like a very worth-while follow-up, even if it isn’t being developed by Obsidian Games. It still amazes me just how well they have transferred the South Park art-style to a game, it looks indistinguishable from the real thing. I hope, even with the change of developer and cringe-y E3 presentation, that it is as good as the previous game was supposed to be.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III – 2017 on PC
I have played every Dawn of War game since the first one way back in 2004. They have all been brilliant, as has the Company of Heroes games Relic has made in the interim, so I am confident that it will be a worthwhile sequel. I especially like that it is increasing the scale. It will be a breath of fresh air after so many RTSs, Dawn of War II included, reduced the scope way down. Controlling legions of Space Marines or sending hordes of Orkz into huge battles sounds immensely appealing.
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Q4 2017 on PS4 & XBONE
I mean, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a sequel to one of the greatest games of the last decade. You have to look out for this game, it is almost required by law. I hope it makes good on the hype.
Prey – Q2 2017 on XBONE, PS4 & PC
This game is the most enigmatic of the list. It looks like a first person open world game developed by the team who made Dishonoured, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic and Arx Fatalis that is heavily inspired by Deus Ex and the Bioshock games. Oh and it’s a reboot of the first Prey that was a launch title for the Xbox 360. So it is a proper mongrel of a game. Arkane Studios know how to make first-person combat look and feel good, so I am coming to Prey cautiously optimistic.