My 11 Most Anticipated Games Of 2017: Tegan Jones

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Brand new year, brand new games to look forward to. And boy are there some powerhouses in the bunch.

It was tough to narrow it down to just 11, but here are the titles I'm most looking forward to!


Destiny 2

I don't even care what anyone has to say.

I still have Destiny on embarrassingly high rotation, so I'm obviously excited for the sequel.

There isn't much info out there yet, but you better believe I'll be picking it up as soon as it drops.

I'll see you all at the Tower.

Release Date: 2017


South Park: The Fractured But Whole

I'm a big fan of South Park. Not only has the show stayed consistently funny over the years, I would argue that it has improved with age -- particularly in regards to social and political commentary.

I wasn't sure what to expect when Stick of Truth came out, but I was impressed. It was a fun foray into the realm of RPGs and my only disappointment was the censorship we got slapped with in Australia. Oh and the fart mechanics were a little tricky to pull off.

I have high hopes for the sequel, and can't wait to see how it dissects and derails the superhero genre.

Release Date: Early 2017


We Happy Few

It's a long shot, but I'm choosing to remain eternally optimistic for a 2017 release.

I love everything about this game -- from the premise, to the music to the art style. Although my experience with the Early Access has been a buggy garbage fire, that has simply made me more excited for the finished product.

Release Date: THIS YEAR PLEASE!?


Mass Effect Andromeda

Similar to Hayley, I was late to the Mass Effect party -- only playing it a few years ago.

But once I started I fan girled hard. And as an FYI, I was all about Garrus.

I hold some healthy skepticism about Andromeda being so far removed from the original trilogy, but I think that's to be expected. I'm excited for it to prove me wrong and allow me to fall in love with a whole new cast of characters.

Release Date: March 23


Cuphead

A genuinely tough game with an 1930s Disney aesthetic? Yes. Please.

I had a lot of fun playing the demo last year -- it was challenging, but unlike titles such as Dark Souls, it didn't induce me to rage quit.

It's stunning. I couldn't be more excited.

Release Date: Mid year


Vampyr

My teen years were fueled by Anne Rice novels and Vampire: The Masquerade, so it's hardly surprising that this has taken my fancy.

I really hope that there is some depth here. It does sound promising so far -- I like the idea of having to study your targets to influence their habits, and the importance of maintaining relationships (much like any good RPG).

If Dontnod pull this off, Vampyr may just quell my obsession with Masquerade being remastered. Perhaps. But Probably not.

Release Date: 2017


Horizon Zero Dawn

Dino-robots, gorgeous landscape, female archer protagonist -- yes please!

I've been excited for HZD since E3 2015, and this was further enhanced by my hands on experience at EB Expo last year.

With its stunning world, hacking & crafting elements and familiar controls, I think this will be a crowd pleaser. I also found it to be incredibly reminiscent of Far Cry Primal, which isn't a bad thing.

Release Date: February 28


Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

This remastered collection is smacking me right in the childhood feels.

There's not much I can say here. If you're an old school fan, you know why I'm so excited for this. The nostalgia is going to be so real.

If you're new to the franchise, try giving it a whirl. Literally.

Release Date: 2017


Red Dead Redemption 2

I sunk so many hours into Red Dead back in the good old PS3 days. I was captivated by this gritty world in ways I couldn't even really explain.

Admittedly, I also enjoyed the hell out of hijacking carriages.

I'm ready to put my cowboy hat back on and spend far too much time drinking and playing Liar's Dice in the local watering hole.

Release Date: Spring 2017


Sea of Thieves

This looks like so much fun.

An open world multiplayer pirate game where you can build your own crews? Sign me the hell up.

The music in the trailer alone warms the cockles of my heart. It makes me yearn for adventure on the high seas.

I'm a big believer in video games being taken seriously as forms of art with cultural significance. But sometimes you just need something playful and silly. I'm thinking that Sea of Thieves will fall nicely into that category.

Release Date: 2017


Comments

    A genuinely tough game with an 1930s Disney aesthetic?

    Disney? Don't you mean Max Fleischer?

      There's elements of both (e.g. the gloves at :25 are pure Disney). Probably be more fair / accurate to say "various 1930s animation styles".

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        @wisehacker @beeawwb

        Yeah that's definitely fair. My thoughts jumped straight to Disney by I could have been combining cartoons in my mind :)

      My first thought is Steamboat Willie when I see it, so I would probably say that matches my perceptions

    I am also hoping for the best in regards to We happy few. Has been on my radar since first announced due to really enjoying my time with Contrast. Fingers crossed it is good.

    Need to have a good look at Vampyr, seems like I might like it but haven't dug into details yet

    Destiny 2 might be what gets me back into shooters. Played Borderlands 2 the other week with friends and I'd missed the hanging out part of Destiny.

      @redartifice

      Multiplayer is seriously the only reason I play Destiny. It's a lot of fun to play with friends but I find it a bit weak when I try to solo it.

        I played the first one for...4-5 months? pretty solid when it came out, and dipped into the year one DLC because friends were on it. Enjoyed it, but it thoroughly burned me out on face shooting as something that I wanted to do in games. Since Destiny I've not played a pure shooter, and the first person stuff I have played (Deus Ex, Dishonored, Fallout) all emphasise other things over base shootyfaceness.

        That said, NONE of those other games gave me the fun of hanging out with mates. and that's what I want in something. If that something is in Destiny 2, I'm there.

    Mostly the same as mine, though a few here I hadn't heard of.

    I'm mainly hanging out for RDR, Crash and HZD, though I'm keeping an eye on Nier:Automata, Gravity Rush 2, Crackdown 3, Destiny 2, Mass Effect and South Park.

    *EDIT*
    Oh, and Yooka Laylee, and Dawn of War 3 as well.

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    I was so excited for the premise of We Happy Few. Then early access revealed it as a crafting game and I was put off.

      @neo_kaiser

      Have you played the early access yet? DEFINITELY heavy handed on the crafting, which I've never been too keen on in games. The premise is still a strong draw card for me though :)

        I'm keen enough for it that I'm actually avoiding the early access. Don't want my perceptions tainted.

      Whilst early access did reveal it to be a crafting/survival game, the creators did state that the story (beyond the intro sequence) hadn't been added in as they were still working on it/refining it.
      I'll wait to see how good the story element will be. Might renew my interest in the game.

    Sea of Thieves looks really cool, I'd not heard of that one before. Too band XBone is the only modern system I don't have and don't really care to.

    I hope that the single player/campaign of Destiny 2 comes in strong... because I enjoy a Bungee shooter as much as the next person, but I have no interest in multiplayer, and Destiny 1 burned me bad.

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