Top Five Games to Look Forward to in 2017

2016 had its fair share of amazing games, and 2017 is looking to be no different. With that said, I picked my top 5 of the very long list of great games to be released this year. In no particular order:

Halo Wars 2
We are finally getting a sequel to 2009’s Halo Wars, developed by Creative Assembly, Known for their Total War game series. Halo Wars 2 is definitely looking promising, as CA are looking to expand upon the original game in every way. Set 28 years after the original game, we return to Captain James Cutter awakening at the Ark and faced with a new enemy, Atriox, a Brute General of his own army known as “The Banished”.

Though Gameplay is largely similar, with the option to play as either the UNSC or the Covenant, The Multiplayer has included extra game modes. First of which is Blitz, which incorporates the use of decks to make an army, and Strongholds, where players must capture the most control points before time expires. Deathmatch and Domination also see a return, where players must build bases to expand their army and achieve victory. CA have also added more units and hero abilities, adding extra layers of depth “Rock, Paper, Scissors” Combat Gameplay of Halo Wars.

Halo Wars 2 will be releasing February 21st for Xbox One and Windows 10.

You can view the E3 trailer here

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Mass Effect: Andromeda
Set 600 years after Mass Effect 3, Mass Effect: Andromeda is coming over the horizon with a New Ship, New abilities, and a completely new Galaxy to explore.

Designated as a pathfinder, you have been tasked with discovering new planets for humanity to colonise. As such, the game will have a larger focus on the exploration into the unknown with your trusted Nomad, similar to in Mass Effect 1, where you will have to explore new planets, find new materials and also fight new creatures on these planets.
The combat system has also been changed to be much more mobile. Using Biotics to boost around the battlefield and holding a shield in front of you to block enemy fire makes firefights feel much more action packed.

We’re expecting it to come with everything we love about the Mass Effect series – a compelling story, dialogue options to choose your own paths, and loyalty missions for your crew.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is sure to be an amazing game, and will release for PC, Xbox One, and PS4 March 23rd.

You can view the trailer here

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Red Dead Redemption 2
It’s finally coming, a sequel to the Universally-loved Red Dead Redemption 2! That said, not a lot is known about this game as of yet, though it’s likely to be following John Marston’s son, Jack Marston.

That’s all that can be really said for Red Dead Redemption 2 at the moment, other than that it’s still an open world game set in the Southern States of America combined with North Mexico. However, with Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar have set the bar very high for this sequel. But Rockstar does have a history of setting new standards and I’m sure this game will be no exception.

Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released late 2017 for the PS4 and Xbox One, and I look forward to hearing more about this game as the year goes on.

You can view the trailer here

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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
As the Legend of Zelda series enters its 31st Anniversary, the first core Zelda title since Skyward Sword will be released for Wii U and Nintendo’s newest console, the Nintendo Switch. Looking to be unique from other Zelda games and expansive, Breath of the Wild not only offers a much bigger world than any previous Legend of Zelda Game but also a completely new arsenal of weapons. From a standard longsword to a skeleton’s arm and even a flaming wand with balls of fire as an attack, alongside staples of the series such as the Bow and Arrow and Bombs. Additionally included are a whole range of new mechanics, such as weather dynamics, and other options to make this Zelda very unique from other titles.

No exact release date has been given for Breath of the Wild, with conflicting reports suggest the latest it is expected is to be up to 6 months past the launch of the Nintendo Switch.

You can view the trailer here

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Developed by Rare, Sea of Thieves is a team-focused adventure game, though a lot of the game is currently still under wraps.

What we do know so far, however, is this: Together, you and your crew set out to find hidden treasure, having to find the correct island using maps, use landmarks to find the treasure, and take it back to an outpost. Along the way, you will run into enemy crews, where you’ll either fight on land, take to the seas for naval combat or board enemy ships. Or, you and your crew can just sit and drink on your ship.

It sounds simple, but the amount of compelling and immersive cooperative mechanics this game gives you is why I’m looking forward to this game. Co-op is an aspect of games I really enjoy, and this game will really have you working together, as communication will be vital to succeed in naval combat and to find treasure.

You can view the E3 trailer here

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