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The 10 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2017

Get your game face on.

by Michael Geslani

With so many gaming platforms available these days—consoles, tablets, mobile—developers are pumping out games almost daily. Whether you like to play brain teasers on your phone or engage in online, open-world battle on a console, there will be plenty of games for you to get into this year. Of course, some releases will be much bigger than others, so we assembled the 10 that gamers are most amped about. Check out the most anticipated games of 2017 to see what the future looks like.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Wii U
Release Date: TBA

Nintendo’s gamer stock is high following the release of a few games and apps (Pokemon Go, Super Mario Run) and the announcement of the Nintendo Switch at E3 2016. Along with the new Nintendo console comes the game everyone has been wanting to play for several years, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Expected to be released in 2015 on the Wii U, it will be the first game in the long-standing Zelda franchise to be developed with an HD resolution as opposed to the last few cel-shaded versions of the last few years. Everyone who has played any Zelda title knows the story is pretty straightforward, as Link tries to take out Ganon as usual, but Nintendo has consistently surprised gamers with some of the best new gameplay throughout the years.

Halo Wars 2

Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Release Date: Feb. 21

The Halo franchise is stronger than ever, especially with the release of Halo Wars 2, a real-time strategy (RTS) game where players build and command armies into battle. The game isn’t the traditional first-person shooter (FPS) Halo title that people are expecting, what most probably don’t know is that the developers of Halo intended for the series to be an RTS prior to launching on the original Xbox. Those who have followed the series from the start will enjoy continuing the series through Halo Wars 2, which takes place shortly after Halo 5: Guardians.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: Q3/Q4

Developed by Rockstar Games, which is also responsible for also creating the Grand Theft Auto series, Red Dead Redemption is open-world western action adventure set in the early 19th century. Those who are familiar with playing the original 2010 game will likely love the hell out of Red Dead Redemption 2, since it will have more online components, allowing for more fun gun battles and bigger gang fights.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Release Date: March 7

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is the tenth installment of the Ghost Recon series, and another game headed towards an open-world environment. The game is set in Bolivia, where a drug cartel has run rampant; as a result the United States Army dispatches the elite Ghost team to destroy the cartel. This third-person shooter is a massive open-world game and has a wide variety of environments that allows you to roam with your buddies in four-player co-operative play.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Release Date: Jan. 24

Set four years after Resident Evil 6 in the fictional city of Dulvey, La., Resident Evil 7: Biohazard features an entirely new cast with the protagonist Ethan Winters frantically searching for his missing wife in the zombie-plagued town. Originally a third-person shooter, RE7 is now played from a first-person perspective and the PS4 version can be played from start to finish in VR using the PlayStation VR headset.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Release Date: March 21

Fans of the Mass Effect series have been waiting for this title for months now and recently had its release delayed from Q4 to early this year. This game also follows the trend of most of the games on this list being an open-world environment, which is new to the series. Mass Effect: Andromeda takes place 600 years after the first three Mass Effect games, and players control either Sara or Scott Ryder from a third-person perspective, with the ability to assign skills to their character and play toward a specialty based on their preferred style of play. Also interesting are the subtler moral decisions (less obviously good/bad, but still impactful) that gamers will maker during dialogue and quest sequences.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Release Date: 2017

From one of the most popular fighting games series, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite pits players against each other in two-on-two partner battles with characters from both the Marvel and Capcom universes. This is the sixth main entry into the series and, with new characters and Infinity Stones to help you maximize your fighting potential, this game is prepared to knock you off of your feet.

God of War

Platform: PlayStation 4
Release Date: TBA

The sequel to the 2010 smash hit God of War III, the 2017 God of War title is an entirely rebuilt game designed specifically for the next generation console. Series protagonist Kratos returns as the rage-filled main character, followed by his son, Atreus, whom he protects and mentors. For the first time in the action-adventure series, which has always existed loosely within a Greek mythological context, Kratos does battle with the gods and monsters of Norse mythology in a time before Vikings. If the thought of taking on the beings that made the Norsemen shake in fear doesnt excite you, maybe you’re looking for a god of golf simulators?

Tekken 7

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Release Date: June 2

Released exclusively in Japan as an arcade version in 2015, this sequel to the popular fighting series is finally making its way to the United States. Tekken 7 is very similar to its prior installments but the new title supports an entirely new engine with features that include power-ups and the ability to attack while also receiving damage.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Release Date: Q1

The gang is back in an epic RPG filled game that has the children of South Park role-playing superheroes until Cartman’s planned film franchise divides the children into two groups, Coon and Friends, led by Cartman, and the rival Freedom Pals. Eventually a civil war between the two groups ensues and you’re thrust into the mix as “The New Kid,” with a new option to choose the gender of your character. Progress takes many forms, people.


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Michael Geslani is a Silicon Valley based writer who graduated from San Jose State University. You can follow him on IG @careerhigh.



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