Our Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2017

2016 was a good year for games. And by good, I mean decent. And by decent, I mean it was all right.
But, 2017 promises to be bigger, better and more daring than its predecessor!
Get ready to keep your wallets stacked with cash and your fridges stocked with your favourite beverage in preparation for our picks for the
10 Most Anticipated Games of 2017.
Keep in mind that the release dates for some of the titles in the list may change with time and are in no way, definitive time frames for launch.

Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2017:

 

10. Days Gone :

Developer: SIE Bend Studio
Mode: Single-player video game
Platform: PlayStation 4, TBA
Publishers: Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Genres: Action-adventure game, Survival horror

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Days Gone is an open world zombie post-apocalyptic action-adventure survival horror video game played from third-person perspective. Players control Deacon St. John (Samuel Witwer), a drifter and former bounty hunter who prefers to live a dangerous life on the road over living in wilderness encampments. The game takes place two years after a global pandemic occurred which killed almost all of humanity, and transformed millions of others into “Freakers”, mindless zombie-like creatures that are quickly evolving. In the E3 2016 stage demo of the game, two types of “Freakers” were revealed, Newts and Hordes.

As the game is set in an open world environment, players are allowed to use multiple ways to complete objectives, such as utilizing stealth for silent takedowns or taking the aggressive approach by using long and short ranged weapons. A dynamic day-night cycle is featured in the game, which makes Freakers weak and slow during the daytime but fast and aggressive during the night. Vehicles such as motorbikes can be used to explore the game’s world. Players are able to craft new items to improve combat efficiency.

9. Prey:

Initial release date: 2017
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Designer: Raphaël Colantonio
Genre: First-person shooter
Developers: Arkane Studios, Human Head Studios
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Prey takes place in an alternate timeline where United States President John F. Kennedy survived the assassination attempt in 1963. As President, Kennedy directed more funding into the space program, allowing it to flourish. Drawn by humans’ activity in space, an alien force made up of many different species, collectively called the Typhon, appeared and started attacking Earth.
The United States and the U.S.S.R. banded together to fight off and capture the Typhon. Together, they crafted the space station Talos I in orbit around Earth’s moon as a prison for the Typhon. Over time the station grew out by various groups, several different decors across the station ranging from retrofuturism to Art Deco. The United States eventually took full ownership and created research labs atop the prison spaces to study the Typhon. After a fatal incident between the scientists aboard the station and the Typhon, the United States shuttered the project.
Some years later, the TranStar corporation acquired the station. With advances in neuroscience, they were able to harness and control the Typhon, and then studied their physiology to create Neuromods that can restructure a human’s brain to give them new abilities including super-human ones. TranStar grew financially successful from sales of Neuromods on Earth. At the time of the game’s setting, about 2032, TranStar has further expanded the station to make for suitable living quarters for its staff that spend up to two years on the station between regular shuttles to Earth.

8. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy:

Initial release date: 2017
Developer: Vicarious Visions
Publisher: Activision
Series: Crash Bandicoot
Genre: Platform game
Platform: PlayStation 4

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N. Sane Trilogy is a collection of remakes of the first three games in the Crash Bandicoot series, Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back, and Warped, which all see the eponymous Crash Bandicoot traversing various levels in order to stop the evil Dr. Neo Cortex. Like in the original games, Crash uses spinning and jumping techniques to defeat enemies, smash crates, and collect items such as Wumpa Fruits, extra lives, and protective Aku-Aku masks. The trilogy adds new features across all three games, including unified checkpoints, pause menus, and save systems, including both manual and automatic saving, and time trials, which were first introduced in Warped. It also features high-definition 4K resolution and remastered audio.

7. Horizon Zero Dawn:

Initial release date: February 28, 2017
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Genre: Action role-playing game
Platform: PlayStation 4

The plot for Horizon Zero Dawn revolves around Aloy (Ashly Burch), a hunter and archer who lives in a world overrun by robots. Having been cloistered her whole life, she sets out to discover the dangers that kept her sheltered for so long. The character makes use of ranged, melee weapons and stealth tactics to combat the mechanised creatures whose remains can also be looted for resources. The game features an open world environment for Aloy to explore, divided into tribes that hold side quests to accomplish while the main story guides her throughout the whole world. Massively open world, the game turned a lot of heads at reveal and promises a lot of enjoyable gameplay.

6. NieR: Automata:

Initial release date: February 23, 2017
Designer: Takahisa Taura
Developer: Platinum Games
Series: Drakengard
Genre: Action role-playing game
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows

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Nier: Automata shares the post-apocalyptic setting of the original Nier, taking place after the game’s fourth ending. While carrying over the Drakengard series’ tradition of a dark atmosphere and branching storylines, no direct narrative connection is shared between
Nier: Automata and the rest of the series. Set an unknown time after the events of Nier, the story revolves around a war between the remnants of humanity and the machine army of invaders from another world. The initial invasion forced humanity to flee to the Moon. Humanity eventually sends down combat androids dubbed “YoRHa” to fight the invaders in a proxy war. While denied emotions and lacking true names, they have particular attitudes that distinguish them from their fellows. The YoRHa are commanded from the Bunker, a reconnaissance base in orbit above Earth, and establish a self-sufficient Resistance on Earth to drive back the Machines.

5. Detroit: Become Human:

Initial release date: 2017
Developer: Quantic Dream
Genre: Action-adventure game
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Director: David Cage
Platform: PlayStation 4

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Enter a tense vision of future Detroit where humans and androids maintain a fragile co-existence and the decisions that you make build the story around you.
Explore the numerous possible fates of each character and guide them through a branching narrative that forces them to confront complex personal dilemmas and ultimately question the very nature of their existence.
Each decision you make drives the story ahead resulting in consequences both minor and catastrophic. A poorly judged situation could cost someone their life and no-one gets a second chance. Think carefully about the moves you make, stay alert and try to stay alive – the instinct to survive, after all, is what makes us human.

4. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:

Initial release date: March 3, 2017
Director: Hidemaro Fujibayashi
Producer: Eiji Aonuma
Platforms: Wii U, Nintendo Switch
Awards: The Game Award for Most Anticipated Game
Developers: Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development, Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development

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In the past, the many races of Hyrule lived together in harmony, the Sheikah’s blue aura providing life to the land. That all ended when a beast that came to be known as Calamity Ganon appeared. The Hero and the Princess attempted to stop the evil but ultimately failed. As a last resort, the Sheikah awakened four divine beasts and a mechanical army that they had created in secret. They managed to seal Calamity Ganon inside Hyrule Castle but, out of fear, the King of Hyrule and his people banished the Sheikah from the land.
In the present, an amnesiac Link awakens from a deep sleep, as a mysterious female voice guides him to the now ruined kingdom of Hyrule. He meets an old man and learns that Calamity Ganon has been sealed in Hyrule Castle for one hundred years. Although trapped, Calamity Ganon has continued to grow in power, and Link must defeat it before it breaks free and destroys the world.

3. Mass Effect: Andromeda:

Initial release date: March 21, 2017
Developer: BioWare
Series: Mass Effect
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Designer: Ian Frazier
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

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The game takes place 600 years after the events of the first three Mass Effect games, in the Andromeda Galaxy. The player character’s intergalactic journey began during the time in which Mass Effect 2 takes place, separating the new setting from the events of the third game. Players choose from either a male or a female sibling with the other continuing to feature in the story. They are the children of Alec Ryder – an N7 special forces soldier – and are designated as Pathfinders, operatives tasked with discovering new planets for the Human species to colonize. They explore an open world galaxy aboard the starship Tempest.

2. Death Stranding:

Genre: Action game
Developer: Kojima Productions
Designer: Hideo Kojima
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 4
Modes: Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game

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Death Stranding is an upcoming open world action video game developed by Kojima Productions and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. It is game director Hideo Kojima and his company’s first game following the 2015 disbandment and termination of their contract from Konami, and was officially announced at Sony’s E3 2016 conference. The release date has yet to be announced, but will be sometime prior to 2019.
The game features actors Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen, as well as director Guillermo del Toro, who are portrayed in-game via motion capture. The game’s title is a reference to the cetacean stranding phenomenon.

1. The Last of Us 2:

Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Director: Neil Druckmann
Writers: Neil Druckmann,Halley Gross
Composer: Gustavo Santaolalla
Platform: PlayStation 4
Modes: Single-player
Genre: Action-adventure, Survival horror

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The Last of Us 2 is an upcoming action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The game was announced at the PlayStation Experience event in December 2016, and serves as a sequel to the critically acclaimed 2013 game, The Last of Us.
The first trailer revealed the return of Ellie and Joel, whose story takes place five years after the first game; players will assume control of Ellie. Development is still underway and more details are yet to be revealed.

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