As a follow up to my recent piece on the best of 2017 release so far, I think now’s a great time to look forward to the rest of 2017 and what releases we should get excited for! (Or at the very least, the ones I’m excited for)
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – 22nd August
Another series I was late to the game to, I played Uncharted 1 – 4 only at the beginning of this year. By the sheer fact I got through them all in a short space of time, I’m sure you can tell I loved them. Which is why I’m now super hyped for this game to come out at the end of this month! I’ve always been very pleased with Naughty Dogs portrayal of female characters in this series, so with this entry featuring the usually side characters Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross, I’m very interested to see what kind of crazy adventure these two ladies go on.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – 29th August
So, I’ve mentioned before I don’t have a Switch, but I have lovely friends who do who are also very excited for this game. Like most long term gamers, I love Mario and I love the Rabbids so I can see this silly shooter title being a huge success (although can we get a bit of Rayman love at some point? Please?) I couldn’t personally justify the cost of the Switch when it first arrived, but the more I see games like this being released on it, I feel like I may be swayed sometime soon!
Life is Strange: Before the Storm – 31st August
I’m genuinely shocked to see another entry to this series, but I enjoyed the first game so much I’m really not complaining. Seemingly set some time before the first game, Life is Strange: Before the Storm follows the trials and tribulations of Chloe and Rachel, and how they ended up where they did precluding the first game. Personally, I much preferred Chloe as a character so I’m really interested to learn more about her past and how she ends up becoming the person she was by the time she meets up with Max. I’m also happy that I won’t have to listen to more of Max who I regularly wanted to beat with a ‘wise-up-you-sad-sack’ stick.
Knack 2 – September 5
What even is Knack, man I don’t know, but everyone seems to be going nuts for it. Knack 1 went completely under my radar, but it doesn’t seem like that was really a bad thing; it didn’t look like a good game. But no, I can’t tell if Knack 2 is going to be a good game or if it’s all just a bit of a joke; either way, the shit-posting has me interested regardless.
Cuphead – 29th September
So this game hasn’t got amazing reviews from critics lately, but I’m still very excited about it. I don’t play platformers often, but every now and again one will come along that I really enjoy (for example, Mr Shifty). I’m going to reserve judgement on gameplay until the game is released, but on the graphics alone I’m really excited to see how it comes together.
South Park: The Fractured but Whole – 17th October
I thoroughly enjoyed the last South Park game – it was so silly but I loved how it stuck to the genre of the game it was mimicking. Not only was it actually a good game, I loved being able to explore the world of South Park itself. This next instalment is moving into another genre, superheros, and I’m really looking forward to seeing their treatment.
Super Mario Odyssey – 27th October
Again, don’t have a Nintendo Switch, but I don’t think I can talk about highly anticipated games without mentioning this one – particularly because of the DINOSAUR! I tend to leave buying a console for awhile until it’s racked up a bunch of titles, but this is one I’m going to really look forward to playing; It seems like they’ve tried hard to innovate with the mechanics in this title and it just looks like a hell of a lot of fun.
Hidden Agenda – TBC 2017
I am SO EXCITED FOR THIS GAME. I recently finished Until Dawn and was blown away by how much I really liked it, and so have a lot of hope for this next upcoming title by Supermassive Games. I don’t know much about it, other than the fact that it will be a similar structure of Until Dawn but with the added feature of utilising the PS4 mobile phone capbilities, meaning a group of users can make choices together using their mobile as a controller. I think this will be an absolute BLAST, not only for playing with friends, but also to have fun playing on Twitch with a good group of viewers. No solid date right now, but currently posted for the latter end of this year.
Vampyr – TBC 2017
Another entry for the Dontnod team, Vampyr is an action RPG where you play as newly turned vampire Dr Jonathan Reid in London 1918. On one hand, you’re trying to cure the city of flu, on the other hand, you have to feed on the city’s citizens to survive. I really enjoyed Life is Strange and I love the path Vampyr seems to be going down. A combination of fighting, stalking and tough choice making seem like a great mix and I like the idea of the moral quandary it might pose.
Hello Neighbour – Delayed until 2018
I’ve been playing Hello Neighbour for a good 6 odd months now – I picked up the game from Tiny Build back in its first Alpha stage and I have seen it progress from stage to stage. With it coming out in a few weeks, I have to say I’m pretty disappointed in how it’s turning out. There were some great early Alphas and the game has now entered into Beta, and having tried the latest build it’s the most buggy and boring version I’ve played, to the point that it’s almost unplayable. I’ll be withholding final judgement until the game is released, but right now I’ve went from being super excited about this title to being completely disinterested.
Destiny 2 – 6th September
I’m giving this a mention because Destiny is a massive game with a huge audience – just not one I’m part of! But, even though I’m not personally a fan, I don’t think a list of highly anticipated games would be complete without it on it. I can’t do any kind of justice to how fans of the games must be feeling right now so I won’t try, but let us know if you’re excited for this!
Assassins Creed Origins – 27th October
I really, really wish Ubisoft would just hurry up and give Assassins Creed a rest already. I used to be a big fan of this series but then they went from telling a very tight future narrative, building up mystery and intrigue, to killing off the main character and going in a complete different direction that made absolutely no sense to me. I haven’t played any of the games since Black Flag (so maybe I’m not giving it a fair chance on the ones released after it) but despite them taking a bit longer to figure this new title out, I personally think they should put this series to bed and spend their time coming up with something fresh.
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider – 15th September
Again, not a massive fan of the Dishonored series, but I feel like a list like this wouldn’t be complete without it. That being said, I don’t think I’m not a fan because I wouldn’t like the games, I think if I ever get around to playing it I might love this series; the characters seem great, the story seems tight and I love the look of the mechanics. Having spent this year playing the entire Witcher and Unchartered series’ from beginning to end, this is one of those cases where other titles have taken over for the time being, and I’ll get round to this one eventually.
From fellow Ready Upper Adam: ‘What was originally a niche Japanese product, the Yakuza series is about to have two games released in the same year, and not to mention Yakuza 6 coming in 2018. A remake of the original Yakuza, it comes with new modes, new cut scenes and all in brand spanking HD. We’ll have to wait and see, but this definitely seems far from a rushed remake.’
It’s been such a good year already and there are so many games to come I’m super hyped for. I really think this year’s Game of the Year Awards is going to be a tough call and I don’t even know myself who I’m going to vote for because there’s so many great games already out there, not to mention on the way.
So over to you guys – do you agree with this list, or are there other games not mentioned that you’re really excited for? We’re always on the look out for awesome new titles so be sure to let us know! For monthly updates, be sure to look out for James’ Incoming articles, a detailed list of what releases are hitting the shelves every month.