The next few years look set to be the most exciting in video gaming history. With Virtual Reality headsets changing how we game, the Nintendo Switch changing where we game, and the sheer amount of content changing what we play, it seems the quality of video games is going to continue to sky-rocket. With that in mind, lets take a look at 5 of the most anticipated games of 2017.
Holy fucking shit. This game looks insane. It looks like The Walking Dead crossed with The Last Of Us, only the zombies in Days Gone are the worst type of zombies. They’re fast zombies. Days Gone is being advertised as a post apocalyptic, open-world adventure, with fucking fast zombies. I added the zombies part.
There is limited gameplay footage available for this game, but the gameplay we do have looks incredible. Huge swarms of zombies tumble over each other as Deacon, the games main protagonist, fires his machine gun at the herd. We also see Deacon using his environment to subdue the zombies, cutting cables to release rolling logs and breaking bridges so zombies can’t cross. All this combined with an open-world map, a complex crafting system and what looks like a very intuitive combat system, could make this a special game
Red Dead Redemption 2
To the hardcore Rockstar fans amongst us, the announcement of Red Dead 2 was long overdue. GTA V was, and still is, a masterpiece, but there is nothing quite like tracking down a bounty, hogtying him and leaving him on some train tracks. The first instalment of the sprawling western turned out to be a huge success thanks to its incredible story, interesting characters and pretty handy multiplayer.
RDR2 is due to be released in Autumn 2017, but given Rockstar’s, let’s say, less than punctual history with release dates, I wouldn’t count your chickens just yet.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
After a 4 year hiatus, Mass Effect is back, and this instalment of the popular Sci-fi RPG series looks like it could be the best yet. Set between the events of Mass Effect 2 & 3, Andromeda details the trails of a team of intergalactic explorers, looking to flee the increasingly dangerous Milky Way galaxy.
This game looks like everything we wanted No Man’s Sky to be. Deep, immersive space exploration crossed with Bioware’s excellent cover-based combat system normally makes for an excellent Mass Effect game. Add to that the power of next-gen consoles, and you have the components for what could be a truly incredible game.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
2016 was the year of the remaster. From Call of Duty to Skyrim, and Assassins Creed to Canis Canem Edit, everything got the remaster treatment. Since the announcement at E3 2016, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has been the most anticipated reboot of all time.
And for good reason. There isn’t a gamer reading this that didn’t spend hundreds of hours jumping, spinning and ooga-booga-ing their way through the original Crash Bandicoot games. For this reason, Naughty Dog decided against creating brand new gameplay, and decided to listen to their fans and leave the games as the masterpieces they were. Along with enhanced graphics and a few technical touch-ups, the game will also include Time Trials for each level and an improved autosave feature.
Ah, the N64. The console that birthed a thousand platform games, the very best being Banjo-Kazooie. Yooka-Laylee is being developed by Playtonic Games, a group of ex Rare personnel, and some of the original brains behind the classic Banjo-Kazooie series.
The game was funded on Kickstarter to the tune of £2.1 million, so we can expect this game to be very fan-oriented. The fans have spoken, and we want a good old-fashioned collectathon with some classic platform elements, but next-gen graphics. I for one can’t wait for a fun, colourful N64 style adventure.
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