With the 2016 Game Awards arriving December 1st, we’ll get to see what game will be crowned game of the year (my money is on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End), but what about next year? What games could possibly beat this year’s set of marvellous games?
Today I’m going to be counting down the top three games I am most looking forward to in 2017. Be sure to tell me yours in the comments below!
3. Scalebound. Developed by Platinum Games, Published by Microsoft Studios.
Scalebound is an action-adventure, role playing game set to release in 2017. Originally planned to release in the second half of 2016, Scalebound was delayed for Platinum Games to deliver “all the innovative features and thrilling gameplay experiences”.
You play as a hipster warrior named Drew as he travels through the world of Draconis with his massive dragon pal named Thuban, who assists you throughout the game. Drew and Thuban are bonded together, so if Thuban dies, Drew dies, and vice versa.
Thuban is mostly controlled by AI but Drew can give commands to Thuban for him to perform attacks, or you can use ‘dragon-link mode’ where you can control Thuban directly from Drew’s perspective. Scalebound looks like it will have an emotional story about the friendship between a hipster warrior and a massive flying lizard…I..I mean dragon.
With stunning graphics and interesting gameplay, Scalebound looks like it’ll be an excellent game. Dragons alone make this a must buy for me! Scalebound will release in 2017 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.
2. Mass Effect: Andromeda. Developed by BioWare, Published by Electronic Arts.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is an action adventure, role playing, third person shooter developed by BioWare set to release in March 2017. Taking place in the Andromeda galaxy 600 years after the events of the first three Mass Effect games, you play as a Human Pathfinder, Ryder, whose job is to discover planets for humanity to colonise.
Unlike the previous games where you could choose between a male or female lead character, here you can pick from both male and female Ryders, however they now both exist alongside one another as siblings, travelling to the Andromeda galaxy with their family aboard the Ark Starship, Hyperion.
As part of the Andromeda Initiative, you’re to find a new home for humanity. You can traverse through the landscapes of each planet with a buggy-like vehicle called ‘Nomad’, or of course you can walk or run whatever suits your play style. A number of alien races from the Milky Way will also be present in the Andromeda Initiative including the Asari, Krogan, Salarians and Turians.
I never got around to playing the Mass Effect trilogy, but Mass Effect Andromeda so far has captured my interest the most out of the four. I’ve been excited for it since its reveal at E3 2015, with its RPG elements, space exploration and open world galaxy, it’ll be like re-living that excitement from the first trailer all over again.
Mass Effect: Andromeda will release March 2017 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
1. Red Dead Redemption 2. Developed by Rockstar Games, Published by Take-Two Interactive.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a western third person shooter that follows who we believe to be a younger version of John Marston (Original Red Dead Redemption’s protagonist) and his time in the Duchess Gang.
Beyond that, not much has been revealed about Rockstar’s much anticipated sequel, apart from a comic book style poster showing seven unidentifiable characters (seven being the number of members in the Duchess Gang) and a beautiful trailer showing what we believe to be middle America with Buffalo’s sprawling the landscapes, small towns and a set of ‘interesting’ characters.
In the era that the original Red Dead Redemption was set in, Buffalo’s in America were on the verge of extinction, which is another clue to Red Dead Redemption 2 being a prequel. Red Dead Redemption was and still is one of the best games I have ever played, I’m excited to jump back into the shoes of John Marston and live through his time in the Duchess Gang. Let’s just hope we don’t have to round up cows this time.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will release on PS4 and Xbox One in Spring 2017.
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