Are you getting tired of being told the various ways in which 2016 was a terrible year? Well, like a naive child who keeps putting the dead bird back into the nest, I’m here to tell you that 2016 sucked for gaming. So of course I’m absolutely stoked about games on the horizon for Video Gaming in 2017!
XBox One Upgrade – Late 2017
First up we have a brand new upgrade to the XBox One Console called the Scorpio edition. The upgrade finally provides support for 4k resolution and virtual reality headsets. Plus there’s a huge boost to both CPU and GPU speeds which (supposedly) pushes the XBox One over the Playstation 4 in terms of processing power. Virtual reality got off to a rocky start in 2016 but perhaps Microsoft can be the company that finally brings VR to the masses. This is the first time since the original Xbox 360 that a console has been on my radar. Expect the XBox One Scorpio to hit store shelves by the end of the year.
Nintendo Switch Console – March 2017
How could I forget about Nintendo’s brand new console due out this March? Even this close to release, we still don’t know a whole lot about their hybrid console. All we know at this point is that it’s being called The Nintendo Switch and that it bridges the gap between portable gaming and a home console. The Switch is essentially a tablet with two detachable controllers. It will use flash ROM cartridges that are notorious for pushing 3rd party developers away. With the price drop in memory, this hopefully won’t be a huge concern. As a crossover, the Switch is neither a true portable nor a console. Have you ever driven a crossover car before? They ain’t too pretty to look at or drive but as a huge Nintendo nerd, I’m hopeful they can pull off some magic.
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Q4 2017
One of – if not the – most hotly anticipated game of 2017, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the game that all “Red Dead” fans have been waiting for. Having played through the original game, chances are good it will continue after the shocking conclusion in the original. We know the game will have a compelling single player story line as well as online multiplayer support. If it’s anything like the online world of GTA5, this game will have a lot more replay value.
Mass Effect: Andromeda – March 2017
If you haven’t played any games from the Mass Effect series, I’m taking away your geek membership card. Nah, we’re still cool. Just don’t tell anyone we hang out until you play the second one at the very least. Then you will see why so many gamers are hyped about the latest action role playing game from Bioware. This time the story is set in an entirely different galaxy, 600 years after the events of Mass Effect 3. The goal in this game is to find a new colony for future human settlers and absolutely nothing bad will happen whatsoever. Or you awaken a gigantic, galaxy devouring Space-Beast. Either/Or!
Telltale Games: Guardians of the Galaxy – Mid/Late 2017
I have a big heart for Telltale Games. They put the fun back in point and click graphic adventure games by channelling the joyous spirit of LucasArts. This is why expectations are high for their take on Guardians of the Galaxy. The comic book genre lends itself well to the Telltale game play style where combat comes secondary to story and compelling characters.
Although the story is linear, there are numerous decision forks which force players to make often painful decisions that change the outcome of the story. In this game, you take on different members of the Guardians. Expect it to be released sometime later this year.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole – Early/Mid 2017
I enjoyed the Stick of Truth so I’ve been waiting anxiously for this one. This game is a satirical take on the recent movie trope of super heroes fighting each other as the boys of South Park splinter off into two groups of their own: team Cartman and Team Kenny. You play as the “New Kid” and you are given tons of customization options including your gender. Players can also choose one of 12 classes including Brutalist, Gadgeteer, Cyborg and Karate Kid.
The team behind South Park always take a hands-on approach with everything they do and the same can be said about their games. Put this one on your wish list.
State of Decay 2 – Late 2017(?)
I’ll forgive you if you haven’t heard of State of Decay, what with the spate of endless zombie survival horror games. If you haven’t played the original, I recommend picking it up on the next Steam sale. It cleverly balances fast-paced third person shooting with tower defence and in-depth base management system all while battling an endless horde of zombies.
The sequel promises to offer something fans having been begging for: multiplayer co-op for up to three players. There was a plan to offer Multiplayer support as an expansion pack but the effort warranted a whole new game instead. Expect this one sometime later in the year.
Crackdown 3 – Late 2017
Included with every purchase of the original Crackdown was a free Halo 3 beta invite code. That’s the only reason I picked up the original game. While my friends and I waited for the beta to open, we gave Crackdown a try and it turned out to be be a very fun and engaging multiplayer game. The premise is simple: you kill bad guys, stomp on bosses and take over a sprawling, open-world town. You get to do all of this in Crackdown 3 but now the the world is completely and utterly destructible. Ooo boy!
That’s my list of what I’m looking forward to when it comes to Video Gaming in 2017. Post your comments below and tell us what games and hardware are you most looking forward to seeing this year?
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!