2017 is almost here and that means a whole new list of video games ready to be released. There was no shortage of blockbuster hits in 2016 as you can see from our Top 10 Outstanding Games of 2016 article.
Below is our top 7 most anticipated video games of 2017. Let us know what you think about our list or if we forgot a game that stood out to you on Twitter, Facebook or leave a comment below!
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Expected Release: January 24, 2017
One of our most anticipated games has to be Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. The demo offered an interesting look at the heart of this terrifying experience brought to us by the developer, Capcom. Resident Evil has always been a great time. Some games in the series have been more thrilling than others. However, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard looks like it’s ready to deliver a thrill. That thrill may even be multiplied this time around.
Compatible with Playstation VR, this will be a new kind of Resident Evil experience. Completely immersed, the player will feel the tension unable to rip themselves out of this unique world as the zombies begin to close in. We’re excited.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh operating systems
Expected Release: March 2017
Developer: Playtonic Games
This game is close to our hearts here at Gigamax. Yooka-Laylee is a new open-world platformer by the newly-formed developer, Playtonic Games. The kicker is that Yooka-Laylee was a brainchild of the key creative talent behind the classic Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country games. A spiritual successor, the game is nearly guaranteed to deliver a great gaming experience with memorable characters that we will play over and over again.
It’s always important to remember, never get your hopes up but how can’t we! The game looks great and the demo delivered an incredible look into the heart of Yooka-Laylee. Be ready for a Let’s Play of the demo and you can bet we’ll be playing through the full game once it drops in March of 2017.
Platforms: Wii U, Nintendo Switch
Expected Release: 2017
Developers: Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development, Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development
This is a Zelda game like no other. This open world Zelda experience should break the barriers of what we all know and love about the classic Zelda experience. Even those skeptical about Nintendo’s new direction are excited to get their hands on this game. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild should be an interesting experience to say the least. Graphics look incredible in the game play videos but as we all know, graphics don’t always make the game.
Now that we got the skeptical stuff out of the way, let’s dive into what the developer has promised from Breath of the Wild. Offering more than 100 Shrines of Trials which are scattered around the landscape ready to be discovered in any order you please. Different outfits and gear offer special effects that can make you faster or stealthier. The open world offers different environments which may call for heavier clothing to protect from cold or heat resistant outfits in the desert heat. It all sounds interesting, but how can we not be excited for a new Zelda?
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Expected Release: 2017
Developers: Rockstar Games, Rockstar San Diego
Nominations: The Game Award for Most Anticipated Game
The original Red Dead Redemption offered countless hours of fun and excitement. A gem among stones, this western is truly an innovative game that has stuck in the minds of anyone who had the chance to play. Red Dead Redemption 2 will hopefully do the same. Many wonder why the western isn’t represented more in the video game medium, but that doesn’t matter anymore because Red Read Redemption 2 is expected to drop sometime in 2017.
Developed by Rockstar Games and Rockstar San Diego, Red Dead Redemption 2 is nominated for the Most Anticipated Game of 2017. We could not agree more with this nomination because it’s been on our minds since it was officially announced.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Expected Release: 2017
Mass Effect: Andromeda is one of those games we’ve been watching since the second it was announced. The legendary role-player developer, BioWare has some pretty big shoes to fill after the first installations in the Mass Effect series. Offering 4K compatibility this game is expected to look beautiful and thanks to a blunder by Best Buy, we have a little information on what he game has to offer.
This story will revolve around Earth, unlike the original Mass Effect trilogy. Andromeda will take place after the events of Commander Shepard’s defense of Earth against the Reapers. Humans are looking for a new planet to call home. Andromeda’s new hero is named Ryder according to BioWare producer Michael Gamble. Ryder, a novice explorer, is tasked with venturing to Earth’s nearest galaxy Andromeda to find a suitable planet for humanity.
The story sounds interesting and BioWare has a fantastic track record. Mass Effect: Andromeda is sure to be an exciting addition to the franchise. It’s not always promising when the expected release day is just “2017” with no month attached, but our hopes are high.
Platforms: PSVR, Rift, Vive
Expected Releases: March 14, 2017
Developer: Red Storm Entertainment
Another Virtual Reality game makes our list, Star Trek: Bridge Crew. It looks as though it’ll appeal to Trekkies and VR fans alike. Being fans of VR and the Star Trek franchise, Bridge Crew is something we here at Gigamax are excited to experience. It’s also very important that VR games continue to be released in order to make the Playstation VR and other systems more legitimate and attractive to developers.
The idea of Star Trek: Bridge crew is that the player “and friends” are are at the heart of the starship. Acting as officers of the Federation, they will set out to explore the Universe. Each decision will impact the fate of the star ship as it battles through The Trench, a largely unexplored section of space. The Klingon Empire is also out to thwart your crews plans as they search for a new home for the decimated Vulcan populous. Let’s hope Red Storm Entertainment and Ubisoft pull this off because it would be amazing to have a great Star Trek game in VR.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
February 14, 2017
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
We’ve been looking forward to checking out For Honor since we saw it announced at E3 back in June. 12 playable heroes battle through different multiplayer modes and maps offering some exciting and powerful gameplay. A strong story-driven campaign is also included. The story has the potential to truly round out this impressive looking video game. There are three factions; Knights, Samurai and Vikings and the story mode covers all three of their perspectives. It’s Always fun when a game offers a story in this fashion but it also leads us to believe each of those individual stories may be a bit short.
Overall For Honor looks like a great game to play with friends and the story does show promise. From the gameplay we’ve seen, it is easy on the eyes and offers some awesome playable characters. I mean, who doesn’t want to fight as a Knight, Samurai or Viking and watch all of these fearless warriors battle it out?
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