My Most Anticipated Games for 2017

My Most Anticipated Games for 2017

It’s already March, This year is flying by. I thought it would be a good time to discuss my most anticipated games for the remainder of 2017.

Now please excuse the absence of Horizon: Zero Dawn and Zelda: Breath of the Wind, both games would have made it onto this list if I would have released it two weeks earlier.

Firstly I would like to mention all of the games which will be listed below have been stated to be released in 2017, albeit without a definitive release date.

Secondly, I would just like to point out that these games are what I’m anticipating the most, I hope you’re looking forward to them too, I’m sure you are because we’re all gamers, and we love great games.

Right! I’ve talked enough… to the list!

#15 -Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: March 7, 2017

Wildlands is my 15th most anticipated game of the year, I like the look of the game from what we’ve seen so far. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to play the beta. But I’ve seen plenty of game play and I love the option of a silent stealthier approach or all guns blazing. The game look’s like a better Divsion which I’d like to point out isn’t a bad thing. The multiplayer aspect of this game is what will sell copies, and is the main reason why I’m looking forward to this, playing online with my friends. Hopefully the servers can hold up.

#14 – Guardians of the Galaxy – The Telltale series

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC, IOS, Android
Release date: TBC

Telltale is mostly known for their adaption of The Walking Dead, but it’s their latest game Guardians of The Galaxy that has me excited, Telltale announced a partnership with Marvel for several projects, and with Guardians coming first who knows what the future holds for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Telltale. The release date hasn’t been confirmed as yet but heavy rumours suggest the game will appear around the same time as the film. April 2017.

#13 – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Platform(s): PS4, PC
Release date:
TBC

The story is based on Celtic mythology. The game is focused on Senua’s point of view, as she embarks on a very personal journey through a hellish underworld made up of Senua’s psychotic manifestations of her own reality and mind

The game is made by developer Ninja Theory the guys behind DmC: Devil May Cry so its safe to say the can make great games. I like what I’ve seen from the trailers for this game and it’s intruiging. I’m looking forward to it and playing through Senua’s story.

#12 – South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date:
TBC

The game has been plagued with delays but that won’t stop me, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is the sequel to 2014’s South Park: The Stick of Truth. This time round you’re running around town as Super Hero’s. The game has been delayed twice now and has a release window of April 2017-2018, Hopefully we can see this game sooner rather than later.

#11 – Vampyr

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date:
TBC

Vampyr, is an action-RPG from Life is Strange studio Dontnod Entertainment. You take on the role of Jonathan E. Reid a vampire who is also a doctor, faced with an incredible hunger from blood your choices will determine if you’re battling Vampire slayers or hiding your true identity.

#10 – State of Decay 2

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Release date:
TBC

State of Decay 2, the sequel to the 2013 zombie survival game will be coming sometime in 2017, I played the first game for countless hours and loved every second of it. Scavenging for food and items whilst running from herds of zombies was thoroughly enjoyable. Given the circumstances that is.

#9 – Sea of Thieves

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Release date:
TBC

Sea of Thieves is an open-world multiplayer game from Rare where you roam the sea’s as a swashbuckling pirate…-Ahhh! The game focuses on Co-op and with endless opportunities to go treasure hunting for gold with your online buddies who wouldn’t be excited?

#8 – Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Platform(s): PS4
Release date:
TBC

Uncharted, is one of PlayStation’s most decorated franchises. And features Beautiful cinematics and great game play. This stand alone expansion will release sometime in 2017 , The game will star both Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross from Uncharted 4. The story will take place in India, where Chloe seeks the Tusk of Ganesha. The premise sounds interesting. Any Uncharted fan should be pumped for this!

#7 – Days Gone

Platform(s): PS4
Release date:
TBC

Days Gone is one of the brand-new titles which was announced by Sony at their E3 briefing in 2016, the game is an open-world survival adventure game. And look’s absolutely gorgeous, and scary at the same time. Not like your typical Zombie survival game, these zombies have super speed and don’t stop.

The release date hasn’t been confirmed as of yet but it’s rumored to be some time in 2017.

#6 – Destiny 2


Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One
Release date:
2017

Activision confirmed in an investor presentation in February that a sequel to Bungie’s Destiny was due some time in 2017. When Destiny first launched I was underwhelmed, I completed the campaign within hours and didn’t really have anything to pull me back to the game… Queue several months later and the release of some fantastic expansions and I was right back into it. All of fall is circled on my calendar as I eagerly await the release of this one.

#5 – Spider-Man

Platform(s): PS4
Release date:
TBC 2017

If you didn’t already know, Insomniac games the team behind Ratchet & Clank are developing a PlayStation exclusive Spider-Man game. Hopefully the game will resemble The Batman Arkham games in terms of quality. If it does, PlayStation are sure onto a winner here.

#4 – God of War

Platform(s): PS4
Release date:
TBC

Sony started their E3 briefing last year with God of War, an indication of how big this game is going to be, The game is a fresh take on the series. Kratos has a son? It will be interesting to see how this game unfolds but I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully we’ll get to play this before the year is out.

#3 – Crash Bandicoot: The N.sane Trilogy

Platform(s): PS4
Release date:
30th of June

Crash Bandicoot is making his way back to PlayStation on the 30th of June, and I cannot wait. Announced at Sony’s E3 briefing last year, The N.Sane Trilogy will feature Crash Bandicoot, Crash 2 and Warped.

#2 – Red Dead Redemption 2

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One
Release date:
Fall 2017

Without doubt the most exciting and shocking news from 2016 was the announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2, and that it will be arriving on consoles late in 2017.

We don’t know much about Red Dead Redemption 2 just yet. But we’re certain to get more answers in June for E3.

#1 – Mass Effect: Andromeda

 

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date:
NA: 21st March 2017

Mass Effect: Andromeda is the latest game in the Mass Effect franchise, the game will be set 600 years after the original trilogy as humans are leaving the Milky Way and heading to the Andromeda galaxy to find a new home for humanity. You will play as either Scott or Sara Ryder, the game play looks much improved from the Mass Effect 3 days, and the cutscenes have been greatly improved. As a huge Mass Effect fan there wasn’t any doubt that this is my most anticipated game of 2017.

There you have it, that’s my list. Did you agree with my choices? What are your most anticipated games? Please let me know in the comments below.

Upcoming Games For March 2017

Upcoming Games For March 2017

March is looking to be a pretty exciting month, with plenty of great games and a certain brand new Nintendo system to look forward to. Check out just a few of the big titles coming this month.

 

 

Nintendo Switch [March 3] – We start the month of with a big one. March 3rd marks the launch of Nintendo’s much anticipated new console-handheld hybrid, the Nintendo Switch. Even though I’m sure the majority of people are gonna just get Zelda at launch, the Switch launches with the following titles:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (also on Wii U same day)
1-2-Switch
Fast RMX
Just Dance 2017
Human Resource Machine
I Am Setsuna
Little Inferno
Shovel Knight
Skylanders: Imaginators
Snipperclips
Super Bomberman R
World of Goo

Nier: Automata (PS4) [March 7]- The action-roleplaying game published by Square Enix and developed by PlatinumGames. Nier: Automata is a sequel to the 2010 game Nier and follows the female combat android named 2B. Joined by a masculine 9S, they fight in this post-apocalyptic world against giant machines terrorizing the land.

 

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands (PS4/XBONE/PC) [March 7] – The tenth installment in the Ghost Recon series and the first mainline Ghost Recon game in five years, Wildlands will feature the largest open world that Ubisoft has ever created. Fans of the series certainly won’t wanna miss this one.

 

LEGO Worlds (PS4/XBONE/PC) [March 7] – While people have been enjoying this sandbox Minecraft-esque game for about 2 years now, LEGO Worlds is set to make a proper release this March. The game is also planned to have a Switch release sometime later.

 

Danganronpa 1-2 Reload (PS4) [March 14] – If you’ve heard about this murder mystery visual novel series before from a friend who’s probably anticipating the release of the 3rd installment this September (unless they already played the Japanese version), and became interested in checking it out yourself, look no further than 1-2 Reload. As the name suggests, it contains the first two games in the series on one disc. It’s the perfect starting point for soon to be fans.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4/XBONE/PC) [March 21] – BioWare’s space opera continues with this fourth installment. This time however, you play as either Scott or Sara Ryder, centuries after the first trilogy in the Andromeda Galaxy, tasked in populating new home worlds there. The game will have open-world elements with an emphasis on exploration.

 

Mario Sports Superstars (3DS) [March 24] – We’ve played Mario sports games before, but this package crams five sports in one. Sports Superstars will feature soccer, baseball, tennis, golf, and horse racing which is a series first. And these aren’t just simple minigames (I hope…), but full-scale recreations of each sport.

 

Dark Souls III: The Ringed City (PS4/XBONE/PC) [March 28] – Not a brand new game, but some quality DLC is being added to Dark Souls III with The Ringed City. This is to be the game’s final expansion and introduces new characters, armor, weapons and magic as players venture into the Ringed City.

 

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (PS4) [March 28] – So as fans wait for Kingdom Hearts III to be released in, like, 10 years probably, Square Enix is celebrating Kingdom Hearts’ 15th anniversary with HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix. It takes Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, which were already both a collection of games themselves, and puts them into one package. That’s about 6 games right there. So if you’ve never played the series before, it’s a perfect buy. You’ll have plenty to do and lore to read.

 

MLB The Show 17 (PS4) [March 28] – This hit baseball series will come with many gameplay improvements and new overall updates by developer SIE San Diego Studio. These improvements include faster throwing animations, improved visuals, and smarter AI.

 

Strafe (PS4/PC/Mac/Linux) [March 28] – Got that nostalgic itch? Well Strafe is an upcoming first-person shooter that pays homage to classic first-person shooters of the 90s, like Doom and Quake. It’s advertised as having “bleeding edge graphics and gameplay”. Nice.

 

Source: Polygon

For Honor First Impressions

For Honor First Impressions

After having played the beta, I wasn’t really into this game. It didn’t appear to have deep gameplay and it just sort of felt boring next to other games I had and wanted to play much more. My good friend had encouraged me to go ahead and get the game, explaining that there would be a campaign we could co-op and then jump into the multiplayer game modes. I still wasn’t totally sold on it but thought “why not, if I don’t like it, I can just take it back and get another game”. This was not the case.

I managed to get the game before my friend and had a chance to jump in and play the campaign for an hour or so before he was able to join me in our hopeful bashing of enemy helmets and laying waste to anyone that stood in our way. I soon found out that this game had much more to offer than I had anticipated. For Honor is incredible, even after the first hour of playing. They offer a really good tutorial in the start to make sure you know the basics of their intuitive and complex battle mechanics. But I will say, even after you manage to “think” you have a good handle on their systems and think you’re ready to take on the enemy AI, do not approach them lightly. They seem to have a few different enemy types that you can square up against and the AI design gets smarter the harder the enemies get. Some of the easier enemies you can take down in a few hits and they don’t seem to be too quick on the uptake to realize you’ve changed your stance and by the time they want to change, you’ve already hit them with your weapon and sent them staggering backward. Harder foes won’t be so easy. After having blown through knights left and right in the first chapter of the campaign, I found myself standing face to face with knight whose health bar had multiple segments to it, many more than the previous guys, who only had two or three. This knight had better looking armor, a fancy sword and looked like someone I would want my knight to look like one day. Facing this guy one on one seemed to be the battle of the century. With every swing of my sword, he seemed to know exactly what I was going to do, having a block prepared at the ready. I had remembered that I could break his blocks by charging him and then sending him backwards, falling off balance. That was my chance to strike! I swung my longsword with everything I had and dealt blow after blow until he managed to block my attack and start the process of blocking my attacks again. This time, however, I was prepared. I knew what I had to do to take this mightiest of foes down. This is what it’s like to play For Honor. No battle is the same, causing you to have to learn your opponents attack styles and adapt to changes they may make at a seconds notice.

“Executions are about as satisfying as Mortal Kombat’s fatalities”

After playing the campaign a bit more, I decided to try my hand at the multiplayer. I won’t lie, I was severely unprepared for the toils I would face while playing against human players. They were much stronger, smarter and were going to prove to be difficult and I could not let my guard down for even one second. I got put into a duel match, which is just a one on one battle with a human player and it’s a best of five. While my level online was only a one, I was synced up to battle a guy whose online level was a seven and his skill showed. I didn’t stand a chance. He knew the system better than I did and knew how to string together attacks and charges, knocking my character to the ground time and time again. Needless to say, I lost after only minutes.

I don’t want to come off saying this game is hard and deter someone away from giving it a try. It is challenging because there is a learning curve to the game but I feel once I get the hang of how to play and how to string together attacks properly, I too, will be a force to be reckoned with. I highly suggest this game because it is challenging and because it is truly a different game than anything we have on the market nowadays. The gameplay seems to be something I really want to take time mastering and testing out on friends as well as people I meet online. With that being said, I’m going to end this so I can get right back onto the battlefield. With my knight, I will win for my team, my brother in arms and For Honor.