Most Anticipated Games of 2017 – Part 2

Two days back we posted our first part of our most anticipated games of 2017. That list was quite eclectic with games that quite frankly I didn't even know existed. Today, we're back with our second part of our most anticipated games of 2017 and have another list of games we expect to be great in 2017. Enjoy. 

By Teoman Taner

Even though I’m still pissed off about the now canceled Prey 2, a psychological and possibly cosmic horror game does sound interesting. If Arkane Studios can manage the sense of slowly losing your sanity as the game goes on, a feeling that Silent Hill, Eternal Darkness, and even Arkham Asylum managed so well, then I believe that Prey can be a survival horror classic. Just, Bethesda. Please. Give. Us. Prey. Goddamn. 2. 

What Remains of Edith Finch
By Grant Gardiner

Does anyone remember The Unfinished Swan? Released back in 2012, The Unfinished Swan was developer Giant Sparrow's first outing. It was a marvelous blend of childlike wonder, thought provoking storytelling, and inspired gameplay mechanics. So when I caught a glimpse of their new game, What Remains of Edith Finch at last year's E3, I couldn't help but get excited. In an interview with Game Director Ian Dallas, Dallas emphasized that the narrative structure in What Remains of Edith Finch was going to function as a series of short stories with a common thread to bind them all together. I've always been a big proponent of the short story formula; there's just something that impresses me when writers can get an idea across or elicit emotion in their readers with limited real estate. Regardless, I don't know exactly what this game will be or how it will play, but hey, I like surprises. Plus, I remember an early trailer for this game that depicted a shark barreling down a hill amidst a dense forest. I mean, come on, that alone has to at least peak your interest. 

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
By Jonathan Paris

Monokuma is back! The first two Danganronpa games are among my favorite visual novels of all time so when Danganronpa V3 was announced, I was ecstatic. I’ve always loved the “killing game” concept and the mystery plot the game series has, but was slightly disappointed that the ending to the first two games continued and concluded through the anime. Danganronpa V3 is a new story arc and in a sense a fresh start for the series. While NIS America has confirmed V3 is being published in 2017, we yet to have an official release date, so soon to be released Danganronpa 1&2 Reload will have to hold me off until then.

Injustice 2
By Brian Tyler

I quite enjoyed NetherRealm’s 2013 stab at hero on hero on villain action, Injustice. Combining comics with Mortal Kombat style fighting, in a far more engaging way than their earlier DC vs. MK, NetherRealm came out swinging and delivered one hell of a game. Plus, I got to use Batman to beat the crap out of everyone thanks to a goofy story and nanobots! (Though let’s be honest, the nanobots evened the field for everyone else, Bats would have taken them out anyway) This year’s May release promises more of the same as well as some new extras, like a gear system that lets you customize your hero/villain. I don’t know if the world needs the Clown Prince of Crime in a suit of battle armor, but they are damn sure going to get one.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
By Alex Mateo

First teased in 2013, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will finally ship this March. Slated to be the Switch’s launch-day heavy-hitter, Nintendo is banking on its success. Luckily for them, the game looks like an amazing modern-day reboot of the franchise. It will have a huge open-world that expands on the exploratory roots of the very first Zelda game. There will now be multiple solutions to hundreds of dungeon puzzles. Zelda will also finally get voice acting, which sounds epic in the trailers. The list goes on, but I’m most excited that it will be a radical evolution of one of my favorite series. It’s about time Nintendo took such bold steps to update their nearly 31-year-old franchise. I can’t wait to see what secrets lie in store within this brand new Hyrule.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
By James Graham

Ubisoft’s series of Tom Clancy’s games have long been enjoyable for me, going all the way back to Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear. Although, I think it’s fair to say that Ubisoft’s last few major titles have been somewhat hit and miss, games like Rainbow Six Siege show that the publisher can still put out quality entertainment. If Wildlands offers fun, fast, and smooth gameplay with a seamless co-operative experience, then I’ll consider it at least somewhat of a success. My only concern is that Ubisoft will continue with its beautiful, highly-detailed, photo-realistic -- but ultimately misleading -- “actual gameplay” demos like they did with Watch Dogs and Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Red Dead Redemption 2
By Joel Szerlip

At the point of this writing all we've seen of Red Dead Redemption 2 is a one-minute teaser trailer that according to YouTube has over 10 million views. In that one minute though I saw enough to make Red Dead Redemption 2 my most anticipated game of 2017. The shear beauty that we saw in the trailer combined with that this game is coming from Rockstar tells me that there's little doubt that Red Dead Redmeption 2 will land somewhere towards the top of my top five list at the end of 2017. That is if it does make its Fall 2017 release date. 

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