So here we are, Happy New Year everyone! 2017 is finally here and I don’t know about you, but from what we do know, this year is shaping up to be another great one.
In a long-standing tradition, it’s time for the GamerCast, my not so clever rebranding of the “FutureCast” segments that a weatherman uses to show you what the weather is bringing for the next few days.
Since I deal more in video games rather than what ol’ Mother Nature is up to, here’s a quick look at some of the games I can’t wait to get my hands on in the coming year. I’ve switched things up a bit this year as well and added a couple of categories for easier viewing as well.
So it’s time to dust off that crystal ball and have a sneak peek into the future to see what’s coming out in 2017.
Have something that I missed? Let me know down in the comments as I’m always on the look out for quality games.
Full list after the jump…
The Obvious Names
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Guerrilla Games knows high production values thanks in large part to their excellent FPS franchise, Killzone. To see the studio step out of their comfort zone with this brand new third person action adventure RPG IP was really striking. It’s been a long time coming for sure, but from all the trailers and gameplay they’ve shown off, I can’t wait to check it out.
Set after some sort of disaster strikes the Earth, robots have become the dominant species, while humans have fallen back into smaller villages and tribes. The open world is ripe for tackling quests, taking down these machine animals for their parts, and figuring out how you are and what happened.
I’m pretty enamored with the idea of For Honor. It’s a game set in third person perspective and pits three legendary factions of Knights, Vikings, and Samurai against one another with a focus on hand to hand combat. It promises to let players answer those age-old questions of just who would win in a fight.
Thankfully, the alpha session that occurred in the fall of 2016 proved my ideas on the game correct as the multiplayer is addictively fun while asking the player for a bit of skill in order to master the many different classes, especially those assassin types. Not only is the multiplayer worth checking out, but the game also features a robust and complete single player campaign experience. The story promises to explain why these three factions are at war with each other, let players experience combat from each of the different perspectives, and shine a light on the mysterious figure Apollyon as well.
I’m a sucker for fighting games and so far NetherRealm Studios has yet to disappoint me. Both Mortal Kombat games and the super hero smash ’em up Injustice: God Among Us were fantastic, so naturally, I have high hopes for Injustice 2.
While the engine looks much improved, there appears to be a deeper customization element as well, letting players find new loot which not only changes the appearance of their character but provide passive bonuses as well. I can’t wait to see the final roster of heroes and villains as well. Ultimately, it’s kind of like being a kid again playing with action figures. Who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman?
Mass Effect Andromeda
I mean, it’s the next big chapter in the Mass Effect franchise, how can I not be excited?
While Andromeda is the first game not to feature Shepard at the helm, I’m eager to see what the team is capable of by exploring more of this universe and taking advantage of the new technology like the Frostbite engine and newer console hardware. While there may be new faces this time around, the familiar sights and sounds of Mass Effect appear to be intact. Thankfully, the wait is short as it hits in March.
As a massive fan of the N64 platforming days, Yooka-Laylee looks like a glorious return to the past, only with crisp and clear next-gen visuals. Created by former Rare developers, this game is clearly inspired by Banjo-Kazooie, featuring two unlikely animal friends as they run, jump, and collect their way through themed levels.
It’s sad that 3D platformers have kind of fallen by the wayside, so I’m thrilled that these guys have once again taken up the torch to try to bring it back. I love what I’ve seen so far and can’t wait to get hit over the head with a heavy dose of early 2000 nostalgia.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
An open world Ghost Recon game that you can play with 3 other friends? Yes, why I would like to play something like that. Somehow managing to retain all of the tactical nature of the past games and infusing it with a dynamic and huge open world couldn’t have been an easy task, but from what I’ve seen so far, it looks like the team has nailed it.
With a closed beta coming very soon, hopefully the game actually lives up to the hype.
Halo Wars 2
Even though I’ve always been a big fan of Real Time Strategy games like Warcraft 3 and Age of Empires, I never actually jumped on the Halo Wars train. I heard good things about it but for some reason never pulled the trigger.
I’m looking to change that this year with Halo Wars 2, mainly because RTS games aren’t super common these days. This game would not only fill a void for me, but from what I’ve read and seen about it, the game is shaping up to be a stellar title.
Games We Don’t Know Much About But I’m Am Optimistic About
Red Dead Redemption 2
So all we officially have on this one is a wildly short teaser trailer that showed off a visually stunning look at the old west. Frankly, that was enough to get me excited.
As someone who absolutely loved the first game, I can’t wait to see what Rockstar is capable of with this new hardware and after all of the open world lessons they learned from Grand Theft Auto V, a game that is still widely played even though it’s been out for a number of years now. Rumors indicate that this one is a prequel of sorts, showing John Marston’s days as an outlaw and a member of Dutch’s Gang.
Can Rockstar live up to the crushing expectations of one of the best open world games of the last console generation? I think they can, but we’ll have to wait and see later this year.
The Last of Us: Part 2
Okay, so I don’t think this has been confirmed for 2017, but I’m going to treat it as such. For as stressful as the first game made me, I enjoyed my time with Ellie and Joel. If that was the only story to tell, I’d have been okay, so seeing Part 2 announced last year was a nice surprise.
While we don’t know much, it seems the story focuses on Ellie this time around and picks up after the events of the first game. That’s really all we know at this point, but for now, that’s enough to get me pumped.
Microsoft has been unusually quiet about this one unfortunately, but it is Crackdown so on some level you know what you’re in for. It’s an open world filled to the brim with orbs to collect as you take your enhanced police/super soldier from enhanced to god like.
What excites me even more about Crackdown 3 is that Doug Jones, the brains behind the first game is back working on this title AND the team is utilizing Microsoft’s cloud servers to handle some really huge calculations. What I’m talking about here is total city destruction. Being able to bring down buildings adds a level a chaos to a game that is already pretty crazy with super agents and explosives. While we haven’t heard from the game in a while, on paper, everything is lining up for what appears to be a really awesome experience.
This is a game that just recently came to my attention, so I don’t know a whole lot about it. Still, this action, RPG title comes from former Ubisoft Paris folks and places a focus on martial arts. Players rank up either by fighting other players online, or building a team and exploring dungeons and earn better loot. Combat is all in real time, and the animations look outstanding.
That’s really all I know about the title, but I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing more about it this year.
So really, the only known fact is that Destiny 2 IS coming later in 2017. What else the game has in store is a mystery. What excites me about this full fledged sequel is all of the knowledge that Bungie has come away with after Destiny first launched in 2014. The game has seriously evolved since then in fantastic ways, so I’m hoping the vanilla version of Destiny 2 is strong out of the gate instead of needing a few expansion releases in order to fix the myriad of nagging issues.
I’ve talked about the franchise a lot on here, so hopefully Bungie has, in some way, taken some of the changes I’d like to see with this sequel to heart.
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite
While many people would probably say Marvel vs Capcom 2 is their favorite of the long running versus series, I’d probably have a different answer. Back when arcades were still relevant and found in most shopping malls, I pumped a ton of quarters into the earlier entries like X-Men vs Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, and even the original versus title.
So to see that Capcom is incorporating certain legacy features with 2 v 2 battles and bringing back features like the Infinite Stones, really made me happy. There’s been a lot of rumors surrounding who will and won’t be on the roster and with nearly a whole year left in development, there’s a ton of things we still don’t know.
God of War
I’m not a God of War die-hard by any means. I’ve played a number of the past games and have enjoyed them, but this semi-reboot of the franchise caught my attention big time when Sony revealed it during their E3 presser last year. The general tone is more somber, as a much older Kratos has clearly left his past life behind and now has a son which he is trying to raise in a hostile Norse environment.
Just based on the gameplay footage, the world appears to be huge, if not completely open, both Kratos and his son have leveling and progression to them, and the story appears to be more grounded and less over the top violence…I mean, as much as it can be with magically enhanced weapons and fictional mythological creatures.
I’m excited to see the franchise move in what appears to be a more mature direction while still retaining the great action combat it is known for. Seeing Kratos try to keep his anger in check while teaching his son about the world that’s still full of hostile creatures is such an interesting idea. Here’s hoping this one makes it in 2017.
Other notable games: Star Wars Battlefront 2, Cuphead, Prey,
Scalebound, Pyre, Sonic Mania, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Days Gone, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, PS4 Spider-Man