We are just about awake from the New Year’s madness and the team here have been reflecting on one of the most important questions we’ve faced so far. What are the best upcoming games of 2017? Many gamers are doing the same right now and planning how to spend that hard earned cash, once we fight our way to January pay day that is.
But what are the best games? Well it’s all very subjective to what people really enjoy so we are doing things differently. Plus we have the Nintendo Switch to consider alongside the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
This is not just a “Top 5” article, this is a battle of top 5’s from our team here at MGL. 4 members of the crew have listed their top 5 games to look forward to this year with a number of different perspectives. You can see them all below in turn.
Rossco’s Top 5 Upcoming Games
This one has been on my radar for a while. And while Ubisoft like to over hype a game, this one has been rather subtly looking very good for a while now. What makes For Honor stand out so much? Well it’s different, something that looks a little outside the norm and that intrigues me.
That and smashing the hell out of things as a Viking.
Uncharted The Lost Legacy
I’m not big on expansion packs but after the amazing Uncharted 4 conclusion I was a little sad to not be in that universe any more. But Naughty Dog really brought it at the PlayStation Experience and we saw this amazing gameplay footage.
We pick up with Chloe again in what is a stand-alone expansion more than DLC and should be a sizable game. I’m ready to play this and maybe it could see more games in this style without the need for Nathan Drake to lead the adventure.
Detroit Become Human
I’m starting to look like a big PlayStation 4 and I am looking forward to a number of games but it’s one hell of a year for the console. If all the games come out. One that is scheduled for this year is Detroit Become Human and I really cannot wait to play some more of Quantic Dream.
Heavy Rain was incredible and still makes me want to play it again now. While their last game, Beyond Two Souls didn’t quite get to their usual standard. This one looks to be going back to what made their work so impressive. I really hope this makes a 2017 release.
Red Dead Redemption 2
I have to confess to coming to the Red Dead Redemption party a little late. I wasn’t really convinced I would like it due to being less fond of the whole Western genre. Boy I was wrong! And once I was in that world, there was little getting me out of it.
While little is known about Red Dead Redemption 2 since Rockstar are keen to keep it that way, it’s a game I am already massively looking forward to seeing more of and playing.
Mass Effect Andromeda
There could have been a few games to top my list, and Horizon Zero Dawn was one of those but I knew my man David (his are below) would bring that up. For me, I am a big Bioware and Mass Effect fan so Andromeda is going to be one I really get excited for early this year.
We finally Got The Official Release Date of March 21st and I for one was hugely surprised it was that early. I was expecting May… slipping into June! This was a big surprise and I am really pleased such a big game is arriving this early in 2017. I still have a few concerns about it all but more on that later.
David’s Top 5 Upcoming Games
Ni No Kuni 2
Ni No Kuni 2 would be top of my list if I actually believed it’d hit 2017. I hope it does, but I doubt it will. The first game had a charming story, largely due to Studio Ghibli’s involvement, but Level 5 develop great games for all consoles.
I’m especially excited about the building of your own Kingdom; akin to their classic Georama system from the Dark Cloud / Dark Chronicle days. If I had a concern, it’d be whether or not Level 5 can craft a great story without the help of their animation industry veteran friends at Ghibli. Will we find out in 2017? Maybe!
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
Formats: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: TBC 2017
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks, well, breath-taking. Nintendo first-party development tackling the open world genre should at least intrigue any gaming enthusiast. Look at how well they did with Splatoon as a shooter.
First-Party Nintendo pumps out quality.
With the launch of a brand new console to wash out the bad taste of the Wii U, the Switch might be about to remind us lapsed Nintendo fans why they shouldn’t be ignored, and Zelda could very well be one of the first cards played.
Tales of Berseria
The “Tales Of” team typically pump out some unapologetically Japanese action-RPGs with enjoyable character interactions and awesome battle systems. Unfortunately, their previous entry Tales of Zestiria (Review) had a weak core group, a forgettable story and large areas with barely anything to populate them.
Berseria worries me slightly, given its heavy ties to Zestiria’s story, but Velvet already strikes me as a far more compelling character than Sorey of the last game. The censorship of some violence in the game concerns me, as does the reasoning given by Bandai Namco, but I’m hoping the whole package can overcome that and prove why Tales Of games deserve to be lauded.
Horizon Zero Dawn
I’m always happy when a team takes a risk. Guerrilla Games are branching out well beyond what Playstation gamers might know them for (Killzone) to take a chance with this open-world, third-person action adventure game.
I know, right? Genres! Seriously though; Horizon Zero Dawn looks gorgeous and the gameplay seems fluid. My only concern is whether or not the story will pay off, but if it plays as well as it looks, I won’t mind at all.
The Persona games are the height of the modern-day JRPG. With developer Atlus’ art direction, memorable soundtracks and fantastic social systems between characters, a Persona game never fails to take my heart.
Persona 5 marks the first new, numbered entry since 2008 (2009 in Europe) on the Playstation 2. Though we did see an updated version of Persona 4 (Golden) on Vita and a few spin-offs due to its popularity, nothing comes close to a new batch of characters in the best example of turn based combat on the market today.
Neal’s Top 5 Upcoming Games
The first game on my list is the PlayStation exclusive, NieR Automata that has so many things going for it. With combat that is silky-smooth, style skipping game play, and a fondness for the original, make me dead excited to get my hands on Nier again. Especially since Playing The Demo.
This really is one to watch this year and while the first game was more a cult hit. This one could just become one of the surprise packages of 2017.
If this game had a set-in-stone date I would be more excited, I love the first two, and this game NEEDS to hurry up. Who needs guns when you can throw a bus at the villains, also the idea of destroying the city appeals to me.
The game has been on the table for a while now, but there has been very little on the game for what feels like years. Oh, that’s because it has been years! Get me a date please Microsoft.
The original Prey is a classic, this reboot is going to be a very different game, but if that teaser trailer is anything to go by it will be a very, very good outing. But more details would make me much more excited.
Being made by Arkane Studios, creators of Dishonored 2 and the original Dishonored, seems like a match made in heaven for Prey. The gameplay and surreal setting suits them perfectly. I want to get my hands on this big time.
This game has been delayed already, but hopefully 2017 will bring us the action RPG game featuring large bosses, and dragons who fight with you! DRAGONS! Everything Scalebound looks so good and it really is time to see a set release date soon.
Gameplay and trailers look fast, frenetic, let’s just hope it lives up to our expectations. Platinum Games are behind it so you would expect the gameplay to really work, the story and features are what we need to know more about.
I generally don’t get hyped about platformers, but the classic cartoon style just oozes personality, and everything I have seen makes Cuphead look like a real mascot level character, little bit excited to play this.
Lawrence’s Top 5 Upcoming Games
Format: Xbox One
Release Date: TBA
Crime fighting bio engineered super agents with the ability to break carnage on large urban areas! What’s not to like? Whilst not much has been heard of the game since tech demos were shown a few years back.
This game is expected to be nothing short of destruction and quirky voice acting telling you “that police officer had a family, agent.” Building on the success of the previous games I really hope this game surfaces this year. Technically this game has a lot to deliver in both single and mass multiplayer modes.
Who wouldn’t be excited by a game from the people who used to be Rare Studios. If the previous games like Banjo-Kazooie are anything to go by we will be expecting a great world exploration game with hilarious antics, fiendish puzzles and jokes by the bucket load.
All that served with cutesy characters like ducks and bears? Who knows what to expect from Yooka Laylee. But it’s going to be exciting with a real opportunity to launch a new gaming series.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
It’s not only a new Zelda title but an opportunity for Nintendo to show what the capabilities of its new console / handheld hybrid are.
Breath of wild has the potential to herald the arrival of a new gaming platform and it has the opportunity to reboot a much loved gaming series that’s been around for decades.
The new physics engine and world look gorgeous and we all love our pointy eared green hero hooded don’t we?
I’m a big fan of Destiny. Having played it since it’s launch and throughout its expansions i am particularly excited to see what direction it heads for its complete reboot for version 2.
What makes Destiny a great game for me? Well it’s the continual grinding mechanic. The game that makes you keep wanting more. By gradually increasing the light levels (player levels) the game keeps squeezing more life out of its story.
I also want to find out more about the traveller and where the actions of guardians throughout the storyline take us in the games 4th year.
The Last of Us Part 2
The story of Ellie and Joel continues, hopefully in 2017 although I’m being very optimistic saying this!
The Last of Us Part 2 is a sequel to the highly acclaimed immersive survival story which ended rather abruptly. Not much is known about the story and how it develops apart from Ellie is rather upset about something.
I’m expecting more back story, lots of cinematic scenes and plenty of survival mechanics in a apocalyptic world. Maybe plants zombies vs people? Oops that’s a different game?
Over To You
That’s enough from us and if you are now wondering “Where the hell is…” or similar, get your lists on MGL.