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The 10 most exciting video games of 2017

Halo Wars 2, one of the most highly anticipated upcoming games — set to hit stores in 2017
Halo Wars 2, one of the most highly anticipated games of 2017

Sometimes it’s fun to get lost in another world. Because let’s face it, day-to-day life is boring. Today there are movies, TV shows, books and all sorts of activities which make time fly.

But over the past decade the video game niche has grown into a behemoth. With so many titles offering so much to such vast audiences, there’s really a game for anyone.

Nowadays upcoming games are almost as heavily discussed as upcoming movies. So let’s check out some of the most exciting games of 2017.

Vampyr

vampyr
Vampyr is set in early 20th century London, the broody city providing a great backdrop to the action

In the dreary setting of 1918 London amid the Spanish flu outbreak, Vampyr looks elegantly sinister.

As the main character, Reid, you find yourself in a strange predicament. Being both a vampire and a doctor you need to strike a balance between healing the sick and satisfying your urge to feed on human blood.

This sort of balancing leads to tactical gameplay where every decision you make can have a huge effect on the world.

The graphics are gorgeous and the combat looks very fluid as well as rewarding.

This vision produced by Focus Home Interactive will likely leave you on the edge of your seat the whole time. The only thing more suspenseful is waiting for its release sometime in 2017.

Battalion 1944

Battalion 1944
Battalion 1944 launched via Kickstarter and has loads of backers

Started as a Kickstarter campaign by Bulkhead Interactive, Battalion 1944 has quickly drawn a massive following. Gaining over 10,000 backers on Kickstarter shows how anticipated this game is.

Bulkhead’s primary goal is to create a first-person WWII shooter which stays true to the feel of the classics but uses advanced new technologies.

Unfortunately the game is entirely played in online multiplayer so this title isn’t for campaign lovers.

But it’ll still offer a refreshed WWII feel which hasn’t been done in quite some time. The war begins in May 2017, so prepare yourself for battle.

Destiny 2

Destiny 2
Speculation has been rife over the release of Destiny 2

The release of Bungie’s MMO shooter Destiny was the first of its kind. Because of this the game got incredible hype.

So with Destiny 2 coming out it’s no wonder that it’s on this list. Details for this game have been kept under lock and key. Its 2017 release was actually discovered through Activision’s investor’s earnings report.

So at this point there’s only speculation floating around. But keep an eye out because Destiny lies before us. For the second time.

Halo Wars 2

Halo Wars 2
Halo Wars 2 promises an amazing real-time strategy experience

Halo Wars was considered to be one of the most revolutionary games of its time. It took on the difficult task of creating an interface for a console RTS while being held to a high standard as a Halo title.

The sequel to this game is going to stand up against convention once again. Producers have stated that they intend to redefine the real-time strategy genre by adding elements of an action game alongside tactical gameplay. Players will fight to control the powers of the Ark – the creator of the franchise’s familiar Halo rings.

With a wide range of multiplayer options and an epic campaign available, 343 Industries and Creative Assembly are sure to draw many fans for Halo Wars 2’s release on February 21st 2017.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Kingdom Come: Deliverance aims to present players with a gritty and realistic world

While most RPGs boast magic wielding wizards and dragons soaring above, Warhorse’s new title Kingdom Come: Deliverance looks to be a more realistic experience.

Set in the Holy Roman Empire during the 14th century, this game is certainly made for history buffs. All weapons, armor, fighting techniques and environments are historically accurate. I think everyone’s been waiting for a game as realistic as this. Having to eat and sleep while you roam the vast open world is just another bit of realism which adds to the immersion.

If you enjoy games which are highly realistic then you’re probably awaiting this one.

Pyre

Pyre
If you like quirky adventures then Pyre is likely to be right up your street

If you’re one for story-driven games with a unique gameplay experience then Supergiant is likely a developer you’ve heard of.

Their most recent project, Pyre, is a charmingly cartoonish game set in a purgatory world where you’ve got to work with a team of companions to find a way out of exile. Being highly story focused, this game will take you on a riveting adventure.

Even though it’s currently being developed as a single player game Supergiant hasn’t ruled out a multiplayer option for its 2017 release.

Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ghost Recon Wildlands
Ghost Recon Wildlands will set you free to roam, with loads of new features

The Ghost Recon franchise is one of the most popular around. The newest installment looks like it’ll live up to its name with a whole boatload of new features.

Ubisoft has made Ghost Recon Wildlands an open world first-person shooter where you can travel across a variety of environments, customizing your character and gear as you go. It has a responsive world with weather cycles as well as day-and-night cycles, making it a highly ambitious release.

As with all Ghost Recon games there’s a multiplayer option where players will be able to fight alongside their friends wherever they’d like in the world.

But if you’re a single player person then the game can be played entirely by yourself. Your teammates will be controlled by AI who you can give specific commands to. This highly awaited release is on March 7th 2017.

Resident Evil Biohazard

Resident Evil Biohazard
Resident Evil Biohazard looks great, but will the gameplay match the graphics?

We’ve all gotten frightfully addicted to this series before. Once again Capcom offers us another horrifying environment to work our way through with life-or-death decisions waiting at every turn.

The graphics in Resident Evil Biohazard look astonishing as the developers have decided to go with a photorealistic design.

If you enjoy scaring your hat off while slaying zombies and discovering mysteries then Resident Evil Biohazard should probably go on your post-holiday shopping list.

In case you’re interested in trying it out there is a demo available for Playstation Plus members so it’s easy to get a piece of the action early. It’s a long way until January 24th 2017 and anything could happen between now and then. Even a zombie apocalypse.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will offer loads of freedom and a non-linear plot

Don’t think I’d forget to mention this monster of a game. As the next installment of Zelda, Breath of the Wild promises to add many features to the saga.

There’s a gearing system similar to RPGs which lets you equip Link how ever you see fit. Or unfit. But don’t forget about the weather! Link can succumb to hypothermia in this one, losing hearts if you’re not wearing the proper clothing.

In a world that’s apparently 12 times the size of Twilight Princess you’re almost entirely free to do as you please.

The storyline is nonlinear, unlike most Zelda games, which means you can beat the main baddie first if you want!

The limitless possibilities in Breath of the Wild will make you want to replay this game over and over.

But before you can replay it you need to play it first and Nintendo doesn’t intend to let us do that until 2017.

10 Mass Effect Andromeda

Mass Effect Andromeda
Mass Effect Andromeda will feature huge planets and loads to explore

In the fourth episode of this epic series you get to play as a new character for once. Her name is Ryder. That’s right, her. Although you can change your gender during your character creation, the canon version of our protagonist is a female this time.

Mass Effect Andromeda brings back some of the nostalgia from previous games such as the Mako buggy.

This time however there will be no shooting from inside it. The primary purpose of the Mako will be to explore the vast sea of enormous planets that Bioware made for our enjoyment.

Also, the Normandy is… sorta back. The new ship is called the Tempest, but I swear I got a Normandy vibe from what I’ve seen.

Bioware has also announced that there will be multiplayer areas for cooperative play. This is an exciting development which brings Mass Effect onto a whole new level of intensity. The announced release for this blockbuster is March 2017.

A Bright Future Ahead

2017 looks like a great year for gaming. Then again, when in the past six years has there been a bad year for gaming?

Games that come out today are getting progressively better and better. Our favorite characters return with new adventures in store and brand new titles keep popping up to keep things interesting.

No matter what kind of gamer you are there’s definitely something coming out in 2017 that you’re interested in. So sit tight my friends, only a few more months.


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