In the past year we’ve seen some amazing releases, and although Andromeda and Wildlands have been deemed letdowns by many, we’ve had enough solid titles to pull us through the end of winter and have some exciting dates set for 2017. Here are the ones I have my eye on:
Release: April 25, 2017
Red Barrels has made comments concerning a product line of underwear safe for when this game makes you so scared you…well… Trudging through an Asylum defenseless in Outlast was bad enough. While we’ve been promised a different location, this new horror will be set sometime after the original. Yay.
Release date: May 5, 2017
The 2006 Prey release was met with mixed reviews. Running on the same visual engine as Doom 3, the game had a similar visual structure and was considered a great looking game at the time. There wasn’t a memorable soundtrack to speak of, excluding the extremely awkward english speaking alien dialogue, and the game wasn’t challenging to your experienced gamer whatsoever. Arkane’s Austin studio, those responsible for Dishonored, is promising a psychological thriller with alien shape-shifting sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. In almost Umbrella Corporation style, a corporation takes over the space station meant to control other-worldly threats. You get to uncover what has gone horribly wrong while fighting to survive against a next generation predator. The concept alone marked this one on my calendar.
Release date: May 16, 2017
If Dark Souls didn’t kick you into Tuesday, you’re not only a liar, but you’ll probably do well with this dark action RPG. The setting is meant to convey what could be the not-so-distant future. Comforting right? Mechanically enhanced enemies leave you tinkering with your own exoskeleton to survive. The game may be forgiving loot-wise with your inevitable death, but only if you kill enough enemies to keep the timer up until you can retrieve it before all is lost. You get your own drone and a different finishing move for different weapons. A factory-wide mishap left you as the sole employee not affected by…whatever tragedy has struck. To find out you must fight your crazed peers, build relationships with NPCs (or kill them), and supposedly rescue the management team who may have been responsible for your situation. The Surge looks to have no shortage of mechanical demolition and depth.
STAR TREK: BRIDGE CREW
Release date: May 30, 2017
Everything that Artemis Bridge Simulator should have been. Artemis felt like they were trying to accomplish a Star Trek feel, and while being able to have 6 friends control the bridge was fun, having the real deal in VR is just what I’ve been looking for.
Release date: June 2, 2017
My original memories of a VS fighting game are about to be rebooted. Thankfully I’ve graduated from button masher and can fully appreciate the game Japan has been enjoying since 2015. Namco is bringing back your favorite characters and adding a few more with the signature insane backdrops and ground-bounce combos.
Release date: June 9. 2017
The Dirt series has established itself as the go-to for rally racing. The Your Stage system will allow players to create their own stages and very easily challenge friends to beat their time. Only a couple more months until I’m joyriding in Spain!
CRASH BANDICOOT N. SANE TRILOGY
Release date: June 20, 2017
For the past few years I’ve been a member of the PC Master Race, but a Crash revamp has me contemplating a multi-console meld. Growing up following Play Station through its generations makes this release a dream come true. It will be interesting to see how Vicarious Vision mixes modern visual technology with nostalgia.
FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE GAME
Release: Spring 2017
After a delay to include single-player, sneak peeks of gory deaths still has me on my toes to use Jason to take down anyone mindless enough to play as a camper. What I’ve seen of this game reminds me of Evolve and I couldn’t be more excited about the creative ways to dispose of the guests at Crystal Lake. Apparently you can defeat Jason with teamwork. After watching these brutal takedowns who’s willing to try?
RIDES WITH STRANGERS
Release: June 2017
I’m a sucker for indie thrillers with jump scares. After loving (even though I was screaming) Tattletail and Emily wants to play, what clips I’ve seen of this game has me excited to force everyone I know to play it.
CUPHEAD in “DON’T DEAL WITH THE DEVIL”
Release: Mid 2017
The good ol’ (very old, like 1930’s old) Saturday morning cartoons we loved are now a run and gun game. What more could you want? I love the artwork and from what you can read on their site, the devs seem to have a sense of humor I can get behind.
MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF WAR
Release: August 22, 2017
Shadow of Mordor deserves a sequel. A Ring of Power, an undying ranger and his wraith, more orcs soon to be your rival, and precious time to build your army before taking on Sauron. Sign me up.
RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2
Release: Fall 2017
This is America. I want it now.
ACE COMBAT 7: SKIES UNKNOWN
It’s been nice to follow Ace Combat from its PlayStation years and see the continual development of the action in flight combat simulation. For anyone who has ever been an Ace, Skies Unknown looks like it won’t disappoint. It also offers optional VR support through PlayStation VR that has potential to be insane- as if the Crash Bandicoot reboot didn’t already make me want to go out and grab a PS4.
METAL GEAR SURVIVE
Snake vs. Zombies? I’ll take that. This looks like the Middle East so at least I can enjoy this one without the nightmares courtesy of Resident Evil VII’s all-too-familiar backwoods locale.
BURRITO GALAXY (a.k.a. Burrito Galaxy 64: Mega-Tortilla Bean Saga 30X6 – Planetoid SAL-5A XIV Directors Cut: Extreme Edition)
Release: 2017 (Hopefully)
“Cool talking”, “Neat moving”, and “Burrito” in the title? I hope this is half as funny as the dialogue of Magika.
PROJECT CARS 2
Release: 2017 (Hopefully)
Crowd funded, promising over 200 tracks and 200 cars. The first Project Cars gave hours of polished gameplay with its own long track roster. But 200?
GRAN TURISMO SPORT
Release: TBA 2017
Another console requirement here, but anyone who hears “My Favorite Game” by The Cardigans and puts the pedal to the floor is freaking out right now.
Release: TBA 2017
I’ve had my fill of the vampire craze, but this looks Devil-May-Cry-esque at some points in gameplay trailers and I’m pumped about it. After thoroughly enjoying London as a setting for AC Syndicate, I’m ready to ravage London as a bloodsucker.
EARTH DEFENSE FORCE 5
Release: TBA 2017
(Date is for PS4 release, Steam release TBD)
Anyone seen the old Sci-Fi movie about very fake giant ants laughably crushing people? It was scary in its day. While the concept itself no longer brings much fear, fighting giant insects can’t be too bad.
Release: Probably not 2017, hopefully not 2077
Projekt Red gave us the Witcher series and I would lose all the bets saying this comes out in 2017, but anything new from their studio needs to be marked on the calendar. After the 2013 cinematic teaser, a solid release date has been all I’ve ever wanted for Christmas.