2017 is going to be the best year to date for the current generation. There are way too many games coming out. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Nier: Automata, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Mass Effect: Andromeda. Yes, it is the year of the colon.
These games and more aren’t in my top ten most anticipated list, which is crazy considering any other year they could be at the top. However, I decided to play it safe by picking 10 games that should easily meet or exceed my expectations. I’m sure a lot of these won’t make my top ten list at the end of 2017, but for now these are the games I’m most excited to play.
Be warned that this list contains some less popular selections. If you haven’t heard of some of these titles, hopefully you’ll check them out!
I haven’t played a new Sonic game since Sonic Adventure for the Sega Dreamcast back in 1999. Sega lost me after that point and I’ve had no interest in the franchise since. However, Sonic Mania appears to be exactly what I want in a Sonic game. That is, to say, it’s classic Sonic gameplay without the issues that held back Sonic 4. The videos out there of Sonic Mania showcase awesome level design and an amazing soundtrack. With the recent popularity of the NES Classic, Sonic Mania is just the game Sega needs to tap into gamer nostalgia.
I am not a fan of professional golf, and if you ever saw me trying to hit a golf ball you’d know I’m terrible at the sport. That said, there was something special about Mario Golf for the Gamecube that just sucked me right in. It was the only golf game I played until a year ago when I picked up Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational for the PlayStation Vita. That same Mario Golf magic was present, and so I became a fan of the Hot Shots franchise. A new Hot Shots Golf game is scheduled to hit the PlayStation 4 in 2017, and I can’t wait!
Is it a prequel? Is it a sequel? Very little is known about this game outside of what was present in the launch trailer. This could very well be 2017’s Game of the Year, but without more information I can’t put it higher on my most anticipated list. That said, Red Dead Redemption was an awesome game, and if Rockstar can bring the same effort as they did for Grand Theft Auto 5, they will be showered with praises come awards season.
My hype for Persona 5 had begun to dwindle over the past couple years as it received multiple delays. Still, the personality this game exudes can’t be ignored. Though I have never completed a Persona game, I am still looking forward to crawling through dungeons and deciding where I want to hang out after school.
Though I’m excited to replay Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, the main draw of the 2.8 package is the Fragmentary Passage game starring Birth By Sleep’s keyblade master Aqua. This game will be the last new Kingdom Hearts content we receive leading up to Kingdom Hearts III. I can’t wait to see what happened to Aqua after the events of Birth By Sleep and where she will end up as we head for the franchise’s conclusion.
Until the recent Nintendo Switch reveal, I had very little interest in the new Zelda game. I do not own a WiiU and haven’t played a Zelda game since Wind Waker. However, knowing that I will be purchasing a Nintendo Switch on day one has brought Breath of the Wild to the front of the line in my “must buys” for 2017. With new interest I went back and watched some of the gameplay videos that demonstrated a loot system and gameplay mechanics I didn’t expect to see in a Zelda game. Knowing this is Nintendo’s biggest budget title to date has me pretty excited for what could be in store.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was a fantastic JRPG developed in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. I have gone on a media blackout regarding the sequel, so there isn’t much I can say about it’s story other than it looks to be completely separate from Wrath of the White Witch. In the trailer shown at PSX 2016, the gameplay didn’t appear to focus on the Familiars (fancy word for Pokemon) so I’m interested to see how they handle that change. Wrath of the White Witch has become a relatively forgotten gem of the PlayStation 3, but I hope the same won’t be said for Revenant Kingdom on the PlayStation 4.
Dark Souls meets feudal Japan. What else needs to be said? I played a little bit of both the Alpha and Beta for Nioh, but I refused to progress too far so as not to spoil the game when it finally hits later this year.
Yeah, I know. All of these amazing games coming out in 2017 and I’m putting a remaster at number two? Look, I love Final Fantasy. I very much loved Final Fantasy XII. Of all the remasters that could have been made of any game, this is the one I have been waiting for. Though this remaster won’t qualify for my 2017 Game of the Year awards, it will absolutely be one of the games I sink dozens of hours into this year. Bring on the hunts.
And finally, my number one most anticipated game of 2017 is the third main installment of the Danganronpa franchise. The first two games were finely-crafted, anime-character-trope murder fests that I couldn’t put down. Monokuma is back for the third round of high school murder mystery and nothing makes me happier. Puhuhu!!
Well, there you have it. In addition to the games above, there are also the likes of Gravity Rush 2, For Honor, Prey and maybe even Shenmue III to shake things up in 2017. It’s going to be a crazy year. Buckle in and prepare your wallets.