In terms of gaming, last year had its ups and downs. It brought us the mesmerising conclusion to Nathan Drake’s story in Uncharted: A Thief’s End, the beautiful Blood and Wine DLC for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and the highly anticipated sequel to Dishonored, one of the biggest stealth games out there. Sadly there were disappointments too, with No Man’s Sky, one of the most anticipated games of the year, falling flat, along with a disappointing lack of truly spectacular original titles.
This year there are some promising follow-ups, nostalgic remastered editions, and brand new titles on their way, and I’m looking forward to seeing how many of them live up to my expectations. While it’s too early to say which upcoming video games are going to be hits (and even, which games will actually be released on schedule), these are the 2017 video games that have already caught my eye.
5. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Remastered)
Release date: 2017, for PS4
The Crash Bandicoot games were some of my absolute favourite games for my PlayStation One. While this may not be the most sophisticated or novel game due to be released this year, I can’t help but be excited about the return of my favourite marsupial. These game will be a remake of the first three titles in the original Crash Bandiccot series, complete with new features and enhanced graphics.
4. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Release date: 2017, for PS4
This was a game that I never would have guessed was in the works until its announcement at PSX 2016. This standalone follow-up to the Uncharted games will be led by Chloe Frazer, who Uncharted players first met in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. The game will also feature Nadine Ross (Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End) and what a terrifying team this pair will make. I can’t wait to see what they do with these characters, and which aspects of the previous Uncharted series the developers keep, and which elements will be reinvented.
3. Little Nightmares
Release date: 28 April 2017 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Not knowing anything about the game beforehand, the demo of this game was an unexpected highlight of my time at EGX 2016. Little Nightmares is an unusual horror/puzzle-platformer, with a strange mixture of whimsical cuteness and spine-chilling encounters. The demo was so creepy and atmospheric, and I loved the puzzle-solving elements involved in the gameplay. If the rest of the game is similar to the demo, I’m sure to be playing it (though, perhaps not in a dark room).
2. Detroit: Become Human
Release date: 2017 (unconfirmed) for PS4
In this neo-noir thriller game, players control various androids, including Kara, who escapes from a factory after gaining sentience, and Connor, a law-enforcement android who deals with deviant androids. I love games where I feel I have a real sense of agency, and really like the sci-fi meets crime-thriller feel this trailer has to it. The release date for this game is uncertain, but hopefully we’ll be seeing it released by the end of the year.
1. Horizon: Zero Dawn
Release date: February 2017 for PS4
Horizon: Zero Dawn shot straight to the top of my most-anticipated list since its announcement at E3 in 2015. This is an open-world adventure game featuring a hunter/archer named Aloy, who leaves her tribe to solve the mysteries surrounding both her own past, and that of the world she lives in. Aloy uses a combination of weapons, both ordinary and technological, to take down and manipulate the robotic, dinosaur-like creatures that roam the land. If the 2016 EGX demo is anything to go by, this game is going to be big.
I realise that four out of my five are PlayStation exclusives, and while I’m sure there are some great releases for Xbox One and PC this year, now you know where my console loyalties lie.
What are you looking forward to playing this year?