10 Video Games We're Excited to Play in 2017
Article by George Norman
On 16 Dec 2016
2016 saw its fair share of great game releases. Doom, Overwatch, Uncharted 4, Battlefield 1, and Titanfall 2 immediately come to mind. With 2016 quickly coming to an end, it’s time to look to the future and focus on the most exciting titles that we’ll get to play in 2017.

Before I do that, I want to point out that unlike last year, I did not snub console games this time, meaning that you will find games that aren’t available for PC on the list below. That being said, here are the 10 most anticipated games of 2017.

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In no particular order.

1. Cuphead

Developed by Studio MDHR and backed by Microsoft, Cuphead is a run and gun platformer that looks like a cartoon from the 1930s. Studio MDHR unveiled it at E3 2014, said they would release it in 2016 at E3 2015, and ended up delaying it until 2017. Let’s just hope that this game will actually be released in 2017, because it looks absolutely awesome.

Quick facts
  • Game type – run and gun platform indie video game.
  • Release date – mid-2017 for PC and Xbox One.
  • Story – Cuphead and Mugman rolled the dice and lost to the Devil. Now they have to repay their debt by doing his bidding! Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets.


Learn more about Cuphead.


2. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Activision and Vicarious Visions are bringing back everyone’s favorite marsupial, Crash Bandicoot. 2017’s fully-remastered N. Sane Trilogy features the three Crash games that started it all: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

“Crash Bandicoot is one of the most iconic videogame characters ever made. He’s back and better than ever in the Crash Bandicoot® N. Sane Trilogy,” said Jennifer Oneal, Studio Head for Vicarious Visions. “We’re huge fans and are excited to finally share what the Crash team at Vicarious Visions has been doing to bring Crash back to life in these three remastered games.”

Quick facts
  • Game type – platformer video game.
  • Release date – 2017 for PS4.
  • Story – spin, jump, wump and repeat as you take on the epic challenges and adventures through the three games that started it all. Relive all your favorite Crash moments in their fully-remastered HD graphical glory and get ready to put some UMPH in your WUMP!


Learn more about Crash Bandicoot.


3. Injustice 2

Injustice: Gods Among Us, the popular mobile and console game that was released in November 2013, is getting a sequel. The Aptly named Injustice 2 introduces the Gear System which rewards players with loot after every match. With each loot drop you can earn costume pieces to change the way your character looks and status-altering equipment that strengthens your character's abilities.

Quick facts
  • Game type – fighting video game.
  • Release date – 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, iOS and Android.
  • Story – continue the epic cinematic story set in motion in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together, but struggle against those who would restore Superman's Regime. In the midst of this chaos, a new threat appears that forces old enemies to forge new alliances.


Learn more about Injustice 2.


4. Quake Champions

Bethesda and id Sofware did a great job resurrecting Doom. The Game Awards 2016 even nominated the brutally fun shooter for Game of the Year. Although it did not win Game of the Year, Doom did win two other awards: Best Action Game and Best Music/Sound Design.

Bethesda and id Software plan to bring another icon shooter back from the dead: Quake. The two companies are currently working on Quake Champions, a new game that features an arsenal of powerful and unique weapons, each of which will feel familiar to long-time Quake players.

"20 years ago, Quake set new standards for multiplayer competition and pushed the boundaries for graphics and gameplay," said Tim Willits, Studio Director, id Software. "It’s important to all of us at id Software that Quake Champions remains true to the Quake legacy, and delivers the speed and gameplay our longtime fans expect, while also pressing forward by introducing new gameplay opportunities with new Champions and abilities."

Quick facts
  • Game type – first-person shooter video game
  • Release date – according to Bethesda, the game will be going into closed beta in 2017 (for PC).
  • Story – the fast, skill-based arena-style competition that turned the original Quake games into multiplayer legends is making a triumphant return with Quake Champions. The game features a roster of unique characters, each with their own distinctive abilities, giving every player a chance to play to their strengths.


Learn more about Quake Champions.


5. Prey

Here’s one more game that will be published by Bethesda: Prey, a reimagined version of the original Prey game from 2006. In the new Prey game, you play as Morgan Yu, the subject of morally dubious experiments designed to improve the human race. It’s 2032 and you’re aboard the Talos space station, which has been taken over by a mysterious alien force. You’ll have to use your wits, weapons and mind-bending abilities to combat the alien force and uncover the secrets hiding in the depths of the space station.

According to Bethesda, a core part of playing Prey is that you can tackle every situation in almost any manner you choose. This applies to how you play the game and who you are in the game. If you don’t want to play Prey as male Morgan Yu, switch to the female Morgan Yu. You’re free to pick how you want to play the game and you’re free to choose the protagonist’s gender.

Quick Facts
  • Game type – first-person shooter with role-playing game elements and strong narrative.
  • Release date – Q1/Q2 2017 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
  • Story – Talos, a highly advanced space station that’s used as a testing ground for some morally dubious experiments, has been taken over by a mysterious alien force. You have to fight the alien force and uncover the secrets hiding in the depths of the space station.


Learn more about Prey.


6. Red Dead Redemption 2

Back in October, Rockstar Games announced that their working on Red Dead Redemption 2, a sequel to the western-themed, open world, action-adventure video game that was released in 2010. We don’t know much about Red Dead Redemption 2. But if the original game is anything to go by, it’s going to be amazing.

Speaking about the original, there is a way to play this console-exclusive title on a PC. Get a PlayStation Now subscription and you will have access to a library of more than 450 games, including Red Dead Redemption. All the games in the library can be streamed to a PC or PS4.

Quick facts
  • Game type – open world western action-adventure video game.
  • Release date – late 2017 for PS4 and Xbox One.
  • Price – $59.99 in the US, €69.99 in Europe.
  • Story – Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.


Learn more about Red Dead Redemption 2.


7. Horizon Zero Dawn

You might remember that Horizon Zero Dawn was among the many, many games that Sony presented at E3 2016. If you don’t recollect the game, here’s the quick lowdown: it’s an action RPG that features a lush, post-apocalyptic world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. You play as Aloy, a skilled hunter who ventures beyond the walls of her village to find and defeat the "demon" that’s been terrorizing everyone.

Quick facts
  • Game type – action role-playing video game.
  • Release date – February 28, 2017 for PS4.
  • Price – $59.99.
  • Story – take on the role of skilled hunter Aloy as you explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. Embark on a compelling, emotional journey and unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artifacts and advanced technologies that will determine the fate of this planet, and of life itself.


Learn more about Horizon Zero Dawn for PS4.


8. Mass Effect: Andromeda

Andromeda is the first game in the Mass Effect series to feature an open world environment. For the first time ever, you’re free to choose whatever skills you want your character to have. And speaking about characters, you can play as Sara or Scott Ryder.

Mass Effect Andromeda should have been released in time for the 2016 holidays. That did not happen. The release date has been pushed to Q1 2017.

Quick facts
  • Game type – action role-playing third-person shooter video game.
  • Release date – Q1 2017 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
  • Price – starting at $59.99 for the Standard Edition.
  • Story – it’s 600 years after the first three Mass Effect games. You are a Pathfinder, an elite soldier, explorer and guide tasked with finding humanity a new home among the stars. How far will you go to become humanity’s hero?


Learn more about Mass Effect Andromeda.


9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Winner of the "Most Anticipated Game” award at this year’s Game Awards, Breath of the Wild gives you complete freedom to explore a massive open world however you see fit. Zelda games have always been about exploration and discovery, but Breath of the Wild promises to outdo all the games that have come before.

Quick facts
  • Game type – action-adventure video game.
  • Release date – 2017 for Wii U and Nintendo Switch.
  • Price – $59.99.
  • Story – Link awakens from a 100-year slumber to discover that the Kingdom of Hyrule is in ruins. Calamity Gannon, the one who laid waste to the kingdom, is sealed within Hyrule Castle; but he might break free and destroy the world. It’s up to Link to defeat him before that happens.


Learn more about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.


10. The Last of Us Part II

The Last of Us, D.I.C.E. Awards Game of the Year winner back in 2014, is getting a sequel. Apart from the trailer embedded below, Naughty Dog hasn’t offered any details on the upcoming game. Expectations are high!



Learn more about The Last of Us.




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