5 Games to Look Out for in 2017

 

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I think it’s safe to say that 2016 was somewhat questionable. Divided nations and celebrity deaths ransacked the year, deeming it null and void. However, despite all that, there was one thing that kept us distracted from the misery, gaming.

We saw some exciting releases last year. Battlefield 1 exploded into the charts and turned the modern shooter filled genre on its head by returning to historical battles. While the critically acclaimed Uncharted series climbed its way into gamer’s hearts once more, giving a thrilling and emotional send off to a beloved character.

Now 2017 is upon us, which means a new set of pixelated gems to get excited about. So this is why I decided to compile a list of five games I’m looking forward to this year. They aren’t in any particular order because, well, I find that hard to do…OK!

 

1. Resident Evil 7 Biohazard

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: 24 January 2017

It’s been a while since we’ve had an entry from the granddaddy of survival horror and this one is shaping up to be a strong return to form. The last 2 iterations received mixed reviews due to its dramatic switch from the slow horror movie pace to just a generic action game. This time around, fans are set to receive the game they’ve wanted for years, with a surprising tweak, being entirely in first person. The demo was filled with jump scares and set a dark tone for the story. You play Ethan Winters who is in search of his family. Fingers crossed this delivers on the hype.

 

2. Red Dead Redemption 2

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

Release Date: 2017

Rockstar games, and its flagship Grand Theft Auto series, has dominated the gaming landscape for 20 years. A whole city as your playground and a compelling narrative makes it one of the most popular gaming franchises in the world. In 2010, they shook things up by moving away from the modern cities to the Wild West and it was fantastic. The dense world filled with countless activities and gameplay that was better than their main franchise made it the must have game. Fans wanted more and they got it. Towards the end of last year, Rockstar released a teaser trailer for the next installment and everyone got excited. Taking place before the first game, it’s set to be another gem by the famed developers.

 

3. Crash Bandicoot Trilogy

Platforms: PS4

Release Date: 2017

The gaming landscape changed exponentially in the late 90s. Two-dimensional games were becoming a thing of the past and 3D was becoming the Mack daddy. One genre in particular was going to be an interesting transition, platformers. Super Mario 64 burst onto the scene and revolutionized the 3D platformer. Meanwhile, while Mario was high on the success (and copious amounts of mushrooms), Sony was preparing to unleash their mascot. Crash Bandicoot was the brainchild of Naughty Dog, who went on to make a little thing called Uncharted. It’s one of the best platform games to be released in the late 90s. The trilogy was so well received that as each console generation came along, fans wanted another true sequel to the PS1 classics. Then, at E3 last year, it was revealed that a complete rebuild of the original games would be released in 2017. I personally had a little internal scream of joy. Snippets of gameplay have been shown and it’s looking very good.

 

4. God of War 4

Platforms: PS4

Release Date: 2017

Killing Hades, Hercules, Zeus is just a typical day for series anti-hero, Kratos. Being the God of strength must be a heavy burden, but gosh darn is it fun to control. Sex, violence and mythology pretty much sums up God of War. Well, that and the TV series Time Team. This is one of the best modern beat ups you will come across, with hours of hack and slash fun. At E3 2016, we were shown brief gameplay of an old Kratos with his son, where he was teaching the wee cherub how to hunt. Cut to things kicking off and Kratos doing what he does best. It will be interesting to see what story awaits us when this hits store shelves.

 

5. The Last of Us 2

Platforms: PS4

Release Date: 2017

Saving the best till last is an understatement here. Naughty Dog, whom I mentioned earlier, have created a legacy which will arguably not be matched for a long time. When they develop a game, you know that no expense will be spared. Back in 2013, we were introduced to a virus ridden post-apocalyptic world and two special characters whose journey we would never forget. If you haven’t played the first game, I recommend immersing yourself in it. The characters, Joel and Ellie, are so special that you care about their outcome. Last year at the PlayStation Experience event, we were surprisingly treated to a teaser for the sequel. An older Ellie is seen in a desolate house playing an acoustic guitar, with vengeance on her mind. The trailer was running in the game engine and it was breathtaking. This is truly one of my most anticipated games of the year and one you will not want to miss it.

 

Now I’ve noticed that this list is very PlayStation exclusive heavy but, well, I don’t care. Happy gaming!