10 of the Biggest Games Coming in 2017
2016, you’re getting old. No seriously, you’re already past the halfway mark. Most titles coming in 2017 are games that have been delayed. The biggest question being, is the wait still worth it? We all like to think our cherished series sequels we’re pining for will be worth the extra wait. Here are a few of the biggest games of 2017 that may realise their own hype upon being released next year.
The upcoming sequel to the popular DC throw down. Injustice 2 will feature our favourite DC villains and heroes colliding once more. Given its popular fan reception, NetherRealm Studios looks to reapply the same mechanics that have made their recent Mortal Kombat games stand out amongst the fighting genre. Here’s hoping they can meet or even overcome expectations.
Another popular fighting IP, and one that’s made a name in the fighting franchise since the first PlayStation. Tekken 7 will be the finale of what Bandai Namco producer Katsuhiro Harada calls the Mishima clan saga. An end to the conflict between series main characters Heihachi Mishima, Kazuya Mishima, and Jin Kazama. Tekken’s been keeping this family feud be the centrefold of each game for years. We can only hope the finale doesn’t fall off a cliff like most Mishimas in the series seem to at some point or another.
Halo Wars 2
Since Halo 5 hasn’t been out for even a year, it’s pretty obvious why there’s no mention of Halo 6 yet. Not that it’s a bad decision, since a different part of the Halo series will be returning in 2017. Halo Wars 2 will once again bring all the elements of our favourite Spartan’s universe into the real time strategy genre. The setting will still follow the crew of the Spirit of Fire from the first game. It will take place where Halo 5 Guardians left off with you finding the crew aboard a Forerunner structure called the Ark. It’s in here that they’ll find themselves battling a renegade faction of the Covenant called the Banished. Let’s see if 343 Industries, Creative Assembly and Microsoft Studios can ignite Halo fans’ passion one more time before the eventual Halo 6.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
When Sony’s E3 2016 press conference revealed the next chapter for Capcom’s popular survival horror, it wasn’t exactly recognisable. Not at first. VR features aside, Resident Evil seemed to have turned back to the survival portion of the franchise. Very little was shown, but it was enough to spark interest. We are intrigued to see what the latest console will reveal. Here’s to seeing more gruesome and terror that’ll plague the players with dread.
Exploding arrows. Magical critters. Heavy techno music. A dragon as your partner in crime. What’s not to enjoy about this upcoming Xbox One exclusive? Sure, we all know he looks like he pulled a Dragon Ball Z fusion dance between Devil May Cry protagonists Dante and Nero, but we can overlook it just this once, right? Who doesn’t dream of pointing to some jerks in armour and saying “Dragon, smash!”. At least we can scratch off having a pet dragon from our bucket lists.
There’s been a ton of first person shooters with online multiplayer. Melee, not so much. Ubisoft’s For Honor might be the first one to sharpen the dull hack and slash multiplayer pedigree. We can go raiding as vikings, crusade as medieval knights, or follow the ways of bushido as samurai. These blade works will allow a new avenue of competitiveness. If that’s not enough for us, the E3 2016 Ubisoft conference highlighted a campaign mode. Story and swordplay. A nice break from all the barrages of bullets.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Robotic dinosaurs meet Disney’s Brave. Okay, we’re curious. Post apocalypse. Neat. Gorgeous graphics and RPG elements from Guerilla Games. We’re intrigued. Now we have rampaging, mechanical T-Rex and who knows what other robots roaming the new age of our world. We can say for certainty this game will be a contender for all the other action RPGs set to appear in 2017. Let’s overlook delays just this once for an excellent PlayStation 4 exclusive.
Mass Effect Andromeda
We all want to see how this space opera expands. A third person action shooter RPG is a rare occurrence in gaming, one that Bioware knows how to make worth a gamers time. Mass Effect was, until now, an entirely last-gen franchise. This title will finally bring this epic sci-fi to our current generation. It’s been delayed in its development, but now looks to finally land in 2017. Let’s see how this new galaxy makes its debut.
Assassin’s Creed 2017
Rumours have been circulating about the return of this iconic series. Ever since Assassin’s Creed Unity, people can’t help but cringe when they hear this once worthy sort-of-stealth title. Even with the latest instalment, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, fans aren’t willing to look the other way in regards to Ubisoft’s flagship. This next chapter might be what the franchise needs to revitalise the fans. If anything about this Ancient Egypt/Japan/Elsewhere adventure is true, then we might finally have the next best Assassin’s Creed game since the Ezio Auditore days. Let’s take a Leap of Faith that it will flourish once more.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
This has to be one of the most anticipated games for 2017. A Zelda game that not only appeals to old fans, but it also introduces new elements that have never entered the Zelda Universe. An open world Hyrule, with perishable weapons. The means of controlling when you jump, instead of relying on a lock on assist. Climbing anything you desire to. Even some mini-games like cooking. All that E3 has shown has been just 1% of the entire world we can explore. The delays of this game have made many people possess a Tri-Force of rage, but upon seeing the results, delaying it might not have been a bad thing. No signs of Zelda yet, but you could say Link’s introduction has got us hooked. His reasons for being placed in slumber and only now being summoned create the craving for wanting to dive into what could be, the best Zelda game of this generation of gaming.
Of course, these are just a few of the games we can look forward to. Let’s hope though each one makes good on what’s being promised. Let’s also pray that none of them get thrown into what’s becoming the standard delay pile.