My 8 Most Anticipated Games Of 2017: Mark Serrels

My 8 Most Anticipated Games Of 2017: Mark Serrels

Much like 2016, where most of my favourite games took me by surprise, I get the feeling I haven’t even seen or heard of 2017’s best games. Yet.

That being said, here are some of the games I’m most looking forward to this year.

Horizon Zero Dawn

I mean, who isn’t looking forward to Horizon Zero Dawn? Duh.

But in the back of mind: Guerrilla Games is notorious for making beautiful games that don’t quite deliver.

I’m hoping this is the game where the team finally nails it properly. It looks weighty, with nice systems, slick UI – so I’m super optimistic. The universe seems well drawn. Just hope all the elements come together as a cohesive, super good ‘thing’.

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Image: Nintendo

Hold me.

Nothing on this list compares to the hype I have for this video game. It’s an unhealthy level of hype. No good can come of this hype. This is the kind of hype that smelts all reason.

No game could possibly be as good as I hope Breath of the Wild will be.

Nidhogg 2

I love Nidhogg so much. Ergo, I’m excited about Nidhogg 2.

Resident Evil 7

More games that flat out rip off PT please.

Extremely hyped to see the Resident Evil formula get a much needed overhaul.

Last time the series had an overhaul we got Resident Evil 4, which is one of the most influential games ever made. I can’t imagine Resident Evil 7 having the same impact. I’ll settle for hoping that it’s ‘pretty good’.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Image: Rockstar



Gone Home was great. Really keen to see that team tackle sci-fi in a similar fashion. Not sure what to expect from Tacoma, but this feels like a second album from that band you love. You’re not sure if they’ll repeat the same tricks or push their craft in a strange new direction.

Either way, I’ll be there day one.

Knuckle Sandwich

Knuckle Sandwich is a gorgeous looking RPG game being made in Melbourne by Andrew Brophy. Seems like everyone I speak to is excited about this game.

I am also excited about this game.

Think Earthbound. Think Undertale. Think along those lines and you’re in the right ball park.

Pikmin 3DS

Not everyone digs this 2D Pikmin idea, but I’m keen to see the result. That’s how much I love Pikmin. That’s how much trust I have in Nintendo to do good things.


  • Cant remember if its slated for this year or not (but pretty sure it is) but Sea of Thieves is one thats caught my eye. That and Red Dead Rredemption 2 are probably topping the list at the moment, but thats always subject to change.

    • Well the first DLC was basically a PVP (bleh) combat arena, wasn’t it? Not exactly Scholar of the First Sin/Artorias mindblowing.

      • It had a pretty good 5 hour world with 2 bosses. It wasn’t mindblowing sure but it was more Dark Souls, which is always a good thing in my books.

        • Is it really, though? It’s more soulsborne than dark souls, IMO.

          I’ve been perhaps unfairly harsh on DS3. DS1 is my all-time favourite and I feel like its themes and tone have been utterly betrayed by FROM’s nerfing of heavy armour and poise into abject pointlessness in their pursuit of more Bloodborne-paced gameplay.

          Slowly creeping through forbidding, towering ruins, cowering behind a shield is my ideal Dark Souls, not this frenzied, fast-weapon stunlock bullshit that they’ve decided upon as the optimal play-style because everyone tongued FROM’s asses so hard after Bloodborne.

  • Off the top of my head Andromeda and Horizon are the only games on my rader. I’m sure there’s more releasing this year that I’ll play, I just can’t think of any right now I’m really interested in.

  • If South Park: Fractured But Whole is anywhere near as good as Stick of Truth, it will be a day-1 purchase for me.


  • *puts up hand* Im not hyped for Horizon Zero Dawn. There’s basically nothing about it that excites me other than maybe the graphics…and considering the track record of Guerrilla Games, I’d be inclined to wait and see rather than get hyped…

  • For Honor, Dark Souls 3 DLC and RE7 might be good, but I’m not exactly hyped. The only thing I’m really crazy excited for is Zelda BotW.

    • It’s actually a movie tie-in game.

      8:30pm: Mark Serrels (MA, CC) A man embarks on a perilous journey in search of the perfect porridge, but life has other plans. (Simon Pegg, Nicholas Cage) ★★½

  • Nice to see some Pikmin love!!! Sadly, I love the exploration part of the series and tranquil music. I’m just not sure a 2D version can capture that.

    Zelda: nuff said ?

  • I’ve never understood the love for Zelda, but I really don’t understand the hype for the new one. Looks decidedly meh to me but everyone’s treating it like the second coming. Different strokes I ‘spose.

  • @markserrels: have you kept an eye on Nioh at all? It looks like a more Japanese take on Dark Souls (yes, I’m aware that Dark Souls is Japanese, but it has a very western style to it) with a bit of a helping of Ninja Gaiden.

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