Admittingly, I did not play many newly released titles this year. Like many gamers, especially PC gamers, I have way too many games that I did not play yet. This trend may continue throughout 2017 and beyond.
Still, that doesn’t mean I can’t give out my top 5 highly anticipated games for 2017. Here they are:
5. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U/Switch)
Nintendo did not release any new adventure-themed Zelda games for the Wii U, so it is making the last and only attempt at this. Personally, Nintendo should’ve scrapped the Wii U version since the consoles are no longer in production; it would have also given gamers an incentive to buy the Switch to show what the new system is fully capable of.
Still, any new Zelda game is welcome, and from the looks of it, it’s beautiful. Not much is known about the game, but this March, we will find out.
4. Injustice 2 (Xbox One/PS4)
Sequel to the best-selling DC Comics fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us, Injustice 2 features returning characters such as Batman, Superman, Aquaman, and the Flash, to name a few. It will also feature new characters such as Supergirl (again, naming a few). Storyline is not known at this moment, but do expect more of the same and then some.
3. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Xbox One/PS4/PC)
I guess I’m the only one that has defended Resident Evil 5 and 6 from the ire of fans because they felt “abandoned” by the action-paced gameplay. While I do agree that some of the scares have gone away, I was never really a fan of the tank-style controls from the first Resident Evil games (they were rectified, no pun intended, by the current HD versions).
But I did play the demo and the surroundings have really demonstrated that Resident Evil is back. Scares and FPS gameplay, therefore, are not mutually exclusive.
By the way, if the Japanese version is called Biohazard, will it be called Biohazard VII: Resident Evil?
- Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (Xbox One/PS4/PC)
Even with the debacle that was Marvel vs. Capcom 3 or Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 because of the storyline and Capcom’s business practices, fans were waiting to see if there will ever be another MVC game. There is now.
With Disney’s acquisition of Marvel and storied relationship with Capcom, it looks like the MVC franchise will be a mainstay for years to come, given that it doesn’t give us Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinity Gauntlet (or whatever) for $59.99.
Capcom will also re-release Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for the Xbox One and PC this coming March (it is already available for the PS4). This will also be the first time that PC gamers get a taste of MVC.
- Mass Effect: Andromeda (Xbox One/PS4/PC)
The franchise that defined a generation with new species to discover and worlds to explore, (and saving the galaxy from the Reapers), Mass Effect is back.
This time, the timeline takes place 600 years after Mass Effect 3 (so even if Commander Shepard had lived, he wouldn’t be in this game) and you’re playable as either Scott or Sara Ryder, siblings. Like many highly-anticipated games, the story is not yet known, but you will be free to develop and build your own class instead of predetermining it, like you did in the previous games.
It will be interesting to know what the new Mass Effect will be like since the departure of lead developer, Casey Hudson. It will also be interesting to know if we will see some returning characters like Liara T’Soni (Asari can live for more than a thousand years; she was around 150 in the original trilogy) or Urdnot Wrex (ditto for the Krogans).
Either way, I can’t wait to play Mass Effect again.
So, what are your most anticipated games for 2017?