For many, 2016 wasn’t the best — but for us in the gaming community, we had a pretty decent year. Our antsy hands got a chance to maneuver Nathan Drake through his final adventure and even hang out with the Chocobros — Noctis, Ignis, Gladio, and our absolute favorite of the squad, Prompto in Final Fantasy XV. Alas, it’s a new year! Which calls for even more amazing releases. Here are some of the upcoming releases that we are extremely excited for. Some of these have been officially announced, while others are without a date, but hopefully to come out by the end of 2017!
I’ve never played Outlast, but I’m definitely going to be playing Outlast 2. Based on Becca’s review of the demo, I’m both terrified and excited. The game is based on a a couple who are split up in an desert inhabited by cultists. I love horror, but I anticipate that this psychological thriller will be a game I’ll have to play with the lights on. There is currently no definitive release date, but it is currently slated for this year. Let’s hope that my heart is strong enough to take it.
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
Announced last December, not much is known about Telltale’s upcoming series, Guardians of the Galaxy. But being a comic book nerd that kind of has a thing for Star-Lord, and a fan of everything Telltale, this is a game I’m really looking forward to! Recently GameStop listed the game with details about the plot. According to the listing, the Guardians come upon an ancient relic that they must keep from a ruthless nemesis. This relic seems to may cause some in-fighting among the gang, as well. The drama! I’m looking forward to getting more details and hopefully being able to get my hands on this game this year!
Agents of Mayhem
I’m kinda under the impression that this game is flying under many radars — as I’ve tried to talk to so many people about this release, only to hear a ‘.. what’s that?’ This is very unfortunate. Look, I love the Saints Row franchise (maybe I ignore Saint’s Row IV when I say that) — Gat, Shaundi, Pierce.. the entire crew are my life. So, when I heard about Agents of Mayhem and seen that it was placed in the Saint’s Row universe? Sign me up. Of course, the plot and cast of characters are different, it still looks like a hell of an adventure.
Ni No Kuni II
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is one of my favorite games available for the PS3, but for some reason, it appears not many people seem to know about it. I played the whole game in what seems like one sitting. I couldn’t get enough. As the old cliche goes, I laughed, I cried; I saved the damn world. So I so look forward to Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. With an all new cast of characters and a brand new story, I’m looking forward to being immersed in the gorgeous animations by Studio Ghibli once again. Revenant Kingdom is scheduled to be released this year.
I’m really interested in Vampyr, developed by DontNod, the creators of Life Is Strange. The game is based in 1918 London during the Spanish flu pandemic. You play as a vampire doctor, torn between his blood thirst and the Hippocratic Oath. In order to survive, you must continue to feed without getting caught. Therefore you must manage relationships, study your targets, and strike when the time is right. There were certainly things that I wasn’t fond of in Life Is Strange, but all-in-all it was an interesting play. So I’m looking forward to seeing how Vampyr turns out.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Coming really soon to our consoles and PC is Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Capcom released a demo, that has seen a couple updates, a few months ago. Surprisingly, I made it through the Beginning Hour version without throwing my controller; although, it’s very possible that I may have jumped one too many times. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to play through the updated versions — Twilight or Midnight Hour, but I can safely assume that those are even more terrifying. I have never really cared for a Resident Evil game, but I really dig the feel of this one and am looking forward to diving deeper than I already have. I might just need a gaming partner to take over the controller when I start peeking through my fingers. Also! If you pre-order RE 7: Biohazard, you get a free digital code for the film Resident Evil: Retribution!
I’ve never really been one for fighting games — Mortal Kombat was good, but not necessarily my thing. I did a one-time play through, and only picked it up once more to play as Jason Voorhees. But the Injustice series puts together two things that I love — video games and DC Comics. I played my way through the first one, and unlike Mortal Kombat, kept returning for random VS. matches. I loved it. From the combat system and the use of environment to seeing my favorite characters fight across my screen, this game was perfect for me. I’m so pumped for its May release date where I can see the changes in both character roster and gameplay!
The Last of Us Part II
As of late, I’ve been insanely emotional — gross, right? One thing recently that had me in a puddle of tears was the announcement of The Last of Us: Part II. It was rumored since the release of the first game that there’d be a sequel, but knowing that it was real and seeing the new trailer made me an absolute mess. If you haven’t, for some reason, played the first game — please, do yourself a favor. The story-telling is one of the best I’ve seen in a video game. There’s nothing better than knowing Joel and Ellie are going to officially be back on our television screens. All I need now is a release date.
God of War
At first, I was hesitant to try out a God of War game. It wasn’t until the E3 trailer for the newest addition that I decided to give God of War 3 a chance. A prime example of ‘what the hell was I thinking? I shoulda been playing this years ago.’ It had one of the best soundtracks in a video game, and there’s just something enjoyable about getting Kratos his revenge with the most brutal kills. The upcoming God of War looks a lot different from what fans of the game are use to, but I’m hoping it’s just as amazing.
The hype for Persona 5 is real! I was late to the Persona franchise. A few years ago, I picked up Persona 4 on a whim. I’d never heard of it, but it was during a PlayStation Store sale, so I thought “why not?” Despite its age and simplicity, I quickly fell in love. If you’ve never played it, it’s based around a group of high school youth that get sucked into a world of mystery, where they use their “personas,” or inner selves, to fight off devilish creatures. Time is short and you must manage school, relationships, and demon slaying in order to defeat the strange evil forces. I’m so looking forward to the newest installment of this JRPG series out April 4th, 2017!
Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
Crash Bandicoot was one of my very first loves. I remember playing Crash for hours on end. I forced my friends to play with me and greedily took over the controller when they failed. Yes, I was a little shit and will continue to be when the N. Sane trilogy is released this year for PS4. Although there is currently no release date, PlayStation confirmed that the three games will be released this year. The graphics are all completely updated and up to par with today’s technology. And while it will look like a brand new game, I can’t wait to binge play it just like I did as a kid.
Red Dead Redemption 2
To be honest, it took me awhile to actually pick up the first Red Dead Redemption. It had been sitting on my shelf for years before I finally decided it was time to jump into the wild west. For years, I missed out on the world of John Marston — for years, I was missing something that I didn’t know I needed so desperately. After that really shocking ending, Red Dead Redemption quickly jumped onto my top ten favorite games of all time. Lucky for me and other gamers, Rockstar announced the beautiful news: they are working on a sequel that will be released in Fall of this year! Hashtag blessed, amiright?
Mass Effect: Andromeda
I’ve already written extensively about my love for Mass Effect games. The characters, the storyline, the decision making… I could gush all day. After much anticipation, developer BioWare recently announced that the newest title in the series, Mass Effect: Andromeda, will drop March 21, 2017 in the United States. Although I’ll admit that I’m sad Shepard’s story has come to an end, I’m ready to explore new frontiers with the Ryder twins. I’m so looking forward to seeing all of the enhancements that the BioWare team has made to one of my most beloved series.
What games are you looking forward to this year?