We blast through this year with a list of kick-ass games set for 2017.

Note: Some of these games only have a 2017 release schedule with no exact date. And if titles like Persona 5 and Mighty No. 9 have taught us anything, it's that delays do happen.


Gravity Rush 2
(PlayStation 4)

The first game released on the PlayStation Vita back in 2012 featured a gameplay mechanic that was widely different from anything we've seen to date. As the protagonist Kat, you could manipulate gravity to explore the world in a truly unique way.

The first game had a bombardment of epic moments, and with the sequel making use of the more powerful PlayStation 4, we can only imagine what new gameplay elements can be achieved. The sky's the limit, literally.

Release Date: January 20


Resident Evil VII: Biohazard (PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One)

This massive departure from the last few games is not a spark of re-invigoration, it is a reconstruction.

In the seventh main title of the Resident Evil series, we are taken back to the survival-horror genre that is set to rip our souls out. With the last few years having seen a slew of first-person indie horror game releases that YouTubers have covered and screamed at, the genre has grown in popularity. So it's interesting to see what a big budget, triple-A company has to offer in their version of a first-person survival-horror game.

Release Date: January 24


Horizon Zero Dawn
(PlayStation 4)

Dinosaur machines run rampant in this post-apocalyptic, open-world action game. Gameplay trailers have shown us that players can craft tools to trap enemies with and there will be more than one way to kill a rampaging dinobot that is hot on your heels. The game's ingenuity alone looks like it will add to the title's replay value.

Release Date: February 28


Nioh
(PlayStation 4)

There's a little bit of Dark Souls DNA in many games today, but few are so bold as to re-skin a few things and call it a day. Nioh is one of those games. There is a stamina bar, you lose "souls" when you die, and the game is harder to deal with than your girlfriend on a bad day.

It's set in the Sengoku period of Japan, with a white dude as the protagonist, and taps into Japanese mythology as a basis for its various nasties. That alone is something to look forward to.

Release Date:  February 9

For Honor (PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One)

For Honor in an online game by Ubisoft that features knights, samurai, and Vikings shedding blood in the name of honor. It's a game that lets you team up with other players and utilize a variety of classes to beat the crap out of the opposing team.

What more is there to say? It sounds pretty rad.

Release Date: February 14


Nier Automata
(PlayStation 4, PC)

I was never a fan of the first Nier since it was a sad, nihilistic game that left me hollow. Nier: Automata, on the other hand, is a high-octane action RPG by Platinum Games, the makers of games like Bayonetta and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (games that make you go "Holy crap!" because of how crazy they are).

From the trailers, Nier: Automata seems to take place on a vast world with lots of exploration. And if the Nier title is any indication, this game will also end on a very sad note.

Release Date: March 7



Scalebound (Xbox One, PC)

Also by Platinum Games, Scalebound looks like Devil May Cry with a dragon sidekick. Aggressive hack-and-slash gameplay, a dragon, multiplayer co-op, a dragon, an awesome soundtrack, and did I mention that there's a dragon?

Release Date: sometime in 2017


Persona 5
(PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4)

The game was already released in Japan last September with much success. The English version will finally be out by April 7, after so many delays.

Release Date: April 7


Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite
(PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One)

Marvel has full control of its character rosters based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That being said, Wolverine and Magneto might not be in the final game.

But the Infinity Stones are definitely there! And Thanos might make an appearance. Need I say more?

Release Date: sometime in 2017



Injustice 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, Android)

While Marvel is busy busting its butt with other companies, DC is content with sticking to its own little corner. Injustice 2 will bring in more characters from the DC universe with new moves and features.

Release Date: sometime in 2017


Absolver
(PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One)

The combat mechanics of this game should feel at home on any Avatar: The Last Airbender or Legend of Korra video game. It's packed with amazing martial arts moments and shows you how to kick ass in style.

Release Date: sometime in 2017


Vampyr
(PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One)

Exploring a dilapidated cityscape full of nightmarish creatures isn't exactly a new thing, but it is fun to wander around in, especially with a creepy atmosphere and jump scares that dislodge our senses.

In Vampyr, we follow vampire doctor Jonathan Reid who is caught between following his oath to do no harm as a medical man and his newfound bloodthirsty nature. The game is also being developed by the same people who gave us Life is Strange, so that's a big plus.

Release Date: sometime in 2017



Prey (PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One)

Science-fiction and horror at its best, this new Prey by Arkane Studios (the makers of Dishonored) seems to borrow heavily from Bioshock. The dark corners, the alien superpowers you gain over the course of the game, Prey feels a lot like Bioshock in space.

Though we still have no idea what the final product will be like, be sure to keep an eye out for this game.

Release Date: sometime in the first or second quarter of 2017


Sundered
(PlayStation 4, PC)

With Sundered tittering forward this year, it looks like we have a new contender in the 2D platformer genre in terms of animation and design. The art found in Sundered is all hand drawn, with the animation being smooth and fluid. It looks like players will be set to glare at the beauty of this game when it launches.

Release Date: sometime in 2017



Pyre (PlayStation 4, PC)

From the makers of Transistor and Bastion comes Pyre.

Much like the first two games, Pyre seeks to stun us with its animation and art style. The gameplay looks include more RPG elements as compared to Transistor and Bastion, and anyone who has played those two games will know that Pyre will have more complex gameplay elements than players initially think.

Release Date: sometime in 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series (PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One, iOS, Android)

Set to release sometime this year, the title sees you switch between controlling the four main characters throughout their various escapades. Whether or not this ties into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is yet to be seen, but prepare to be wowed by Telltale's storytelling mastery as they take on the galaxy.

Release Date: sometime in 2017



The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U, Nintendo Switch)

Nintendo seemed to have picked up on a couple of things from hits like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will feature an open-world environment with the freedom to choose whichever dungeons the player wants to go to first. It's exciting to see how Nintendo will handle a massive game for one of their massive franchises.

Release Date: sometime in 2017

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (PlayStation 4)

The first game featured a boy spiraling into madness at the loss of his mother, where he met new friends and saved the world. The sequel takes us back to the same Studio Ghibli-inspired world.

Featuring an all-new cast with the main protagonist being King Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum, the young ruler of Ding Dong Dell, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom sees him caught up in a coup and on a quest to reclaim his lost kingdom.

Keeping most of the gameplay mechanics of the first game intact, this new title returns us to a wonderful setting with characters and a story that are both heartfelt and touching.

Release Date: sometime in 2017



Red Dead Redemption 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

In the poster we see seven silhouettes; bandits, most likely. Are they part of the crew that our beloved John Marston once rode into the sunset with?

With no solid details, people have started to point out that each of these seven figures seems based on seven notorious outlaws in the West. It's almost a reminiscent of the 1960 film Magnificent Seven. Also, there's going to be a huge multiplayer experience in the sequel, just like the first game.

Release Date: sometime in the third or fourth quarter of 2017



Mass Effect: Andromeda (PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One)

Taking place six hundred years after the initial Mass Effect trilogy, Mass Effect: Andromeda sees you controlling either Sara or Scott Ryder, the child of a N7 soldier.

The other sibling you don't choose to play as is still featured throughout the game, with you controlling a new ship called the Tempest in search for new worlds that the Human species can colonize.

Release Date: March 21, 2017


Shenmue III
(PlayStation 4, PC)

On its first eight-hours after its Kickstarter announcement, the crowdfunding site crashed due to the amount of support that the game received.

With you controlling teenage martial artist Ryo Hazuki, you embark on a quest to find your father's killer, Lan Di. Apart from the initial antagonist, a new villain called Niao Sun also seeks to halt your progress on your path to sweet revenge.

Release Date: December 2017


Metal Gear Survive
(PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One)

Hey... we all need some laughter in our lives, right?

Whatever this game turns out to be, we'll be there, sitting in a couch and pointing out the things Hideo Kojima may or may not have included in the game. We're pretty sure zombies were never on his list, at least. Oh Konami, you have officially gone off your rocker.

Release Date: sometime in 2017


And there you have it, the upcoming games in 2017 that have had us itching for 2016 to end. Is there anything we missed? Do let us know!


About the author: Jonathan Kevin Castillo

Reviews Editor. Jonathan is hiding from a lynch mob after messing with the wrong basketball team. His favorite song is "Boys do Fall in Love" by Robin Gibb.


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