In a cultural climate much friendlier to sequels, reboots, and adaptations, the gaming world continues to innovate in 2017.
2017 is absolutely jam-packed with excellent content. We've got Star Wars VIII, Rick and Morty Season 3, and the new season of the American reality show in which Donald Trump becomes the goddamn leader of the free world. It's gonna be a wild ride. Here are the games that will (or should be) there for you in those moments where you need to escape, celebrate, or just frickin' bool.
If you're like me, then you've been DYING for a game that combines the online intensity of Call of Duty and Halo with the absolute gnarliness of high-res sword fights from games like Skyrim and Oblivion. Games in the past have tried and failed to balance the in-depth melee of single player adventure games with the lag-free competition of an online shooter. For Honor looks to do just and with the seamless multiplayer freaks at Ubisoft taking the reins on this one, it's sure to be a banger. Look out for For Honor in February 2017 on PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
Have you ever wished you could play a game in full hand-drawn cartoon animation? Well, in 2017, you're finally in luck. The good folks over at MDHR studios have been promising platforming adventure goodness in the style of early Disney's Steamboat Willie for years now. After many delays, the wait is over. We'll finally get our grubby little mitts on Cuphead in 2017. Check it out on Windows PC, Xbox One, and PS4 sometime in 2017
Red Dead Redemption 2
Guns, gold, and glory! We return to the Wild Wild West in 2017 with Red Dead Redemption 2. A sequel to the game most famous for its immaculate horse physics, Red Dead Redemption was Rockstar's answer to the question "Yeah, but what if we did GTA with cowboys?" After being a critical and community favorite, Red Dead Redemption was bound for a killer sequel. And coming from the studio that just doesn't disappoint, we're feeling pretty good about this one. Catch Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2017 on Windows PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
God of War
Doing themselves the favor of dropping the numeral altogether, the good people at Santa Monica Studios will bring us another installment in their legendary (no pun intended) series about deicide. This time Kratos has gone full daddy-mode and sports a beard worthy of an old warrior while training an unnamed son who wield the powers of lightning in the art of god-killing. This time they're taking on the Norse pantheon. Prepare yourself, Odin; Kratos and Sons Inc. is coming to getcha.
Catch God of War in 2017 on PS4.
Delayed, delayed, and delayed again, the newest chapter of the 20 year-old JRPG legacy franchise will finally come out this April. Join your merry band of magically-infused Japanese teens as they navigate the equal perils of dungeon raids and teen social life in a sleek, modern Japan. Catch Persona 5 in April on PS4.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The flagship title for Nintendo's newest hardware effort, the Switch, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is sure to be a powerhouse of technology-showcasing gameplay. Hopefully this means more engagement and less gimmicks than we've had in recent LoZ titles. No matter how much changes for this installment, it's sure to be absolutely gorgeous as its arguably the first full 3D LoZ game on truly modern hardware.
Strap yourself in for an aesthetically capable romp through the twisted world of Little Nightmares. Coming out of artsy Swedish dev house Tarsier, this game is sure to carry their unique art style to its nth degree as you take control of a little girl trying to escape from a Tim Burton-esque hellscape. Check out the bizarre and delightfully terrifying world of Little Nightmares on Xbox One, Windows PC, and PS4 in 2017.
Gravity Rush 2
Sequel to the physics powerhouse, Gravity Rush, this game is guaranteed to take full advantage of modern hardware to take the player through a combination of comicbook-style asskicking and Mirrors Edge-reminiscent breakneck navigation. Making the switch from PS Vita game to full-blown console title might be challenging, but the artistry and detail that went into the original is sure to pay major dividends on a higher-scale device. Catch Gravity Rush 2 on PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC in 2017.
Halo Wars 2
After a PS4-heavy list, I'm happy to deliver an Xbox/Windows game in the form of Halo Wars 2. Sequel to the Halo-themed RTS, Halo Wars, this game will add a new faction to the mix making for a more Starcraft-style balancing system that should up the stakes in multiplayer. More factions means more competitive scenes and less frequent imbalance issues. I, for one, am pumped to see what 343 can dish out.
When will I grow tired of being a genetically enhanced supercop slamming criminals into the cold hard earth? Hmm, probably never. Another installment in the supercops vs supercrims series, Crackdown 3 will bring the latest in open-ish world superhuman action. The franchise's Borderlands-esque art style should translate amazingly to the new hardware. This game is going to be pure fun. Catch it on Xbox One, and Windows PC in 2017.
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