As is tradition, a new year means a new list of games I can’t wait to get my hands on over the next twelve months. Historically this hasn’t been too much of a problem with five contenders always whetting my appetite ahead of the chasing pack. However with 2016 being such a stellar year for gaming and 2017 showing no signs of being any different, I’ve had much more of a challenge selecting which I’m most looking forward to. After much deliberation my first draft of 21 titles is finally down to the top five. So, without further ado and in no particular order…
I came into the Persona series late, with my first experience being the remastered fourth title on the PS Vita in 2014. And what a game it was: balancing the trials and tribulations of being a Japanese high-school student during the day while solving a case of a mysterious serial killer by night (by jumping into your television, of course). There was a real balance between the two aspects of the title which was enhanced by memorable and well-acted characters, a Pokémon-esque army of collectible Personas and battle system.
Persona 5 looks to be very much in the same mould and I, for one, can’t wait.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Difficult to know where to start on this. It’s been in development for years, it’s going to be a launch title (maybe…) for Nintendo’s new Switch, but also on the Wii U at the same time. It’s unlike any Zelda title that’s come before it and that’s half of the appeal. The usual formula of acquire skill, beat dungeon with new skill, get new skill, rinse and repeat is gone: Breath of the Wild is set in a gorgeous open world with multiple solutions to challenges and mini-dungeons to discover. It’s quite the gamble for the house that Mario built and I hope it pays off.
We find out in March…Maybe. Could be later but will be worth the wait.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
I’ve written before about my love for the Mass Effect series, especially the second game which I consider one of the greatest ever made. A new adventure, with a new crew in a new part of the universe appeals even more as BioWare won’t be overly constrained by the plot of past instalments – wven more so with this adventure set some 200 years in the future thanks to the wonders of cryosleep.
I’m going to lose a lot of the summer to this one.
Made by PlatinumGames, it features a cock-sure 20-something guy (I know, I know) who fights alongside a hulking dragon in a massive open world. And there’s four-player co-op – that’s four dragons! I don’t know how it’s going to work or how the player will be expected to cope with four giant dragons on the screen but hey. It’s by the team who created the genius that is Bayonetta so you can bet the battle system will be absolutely top-notch. If the rest of the RPG elements and story can match up we could be on for a classic.
But really? Four-player co-op Bayonetta with dragons. Shut up and take my money.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
A follow-up to the excellent The Stick of Truth, this adventure will see the boys take on the superhero genre in South Park’s own inimitable way. Once again written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, it will have the look and feel of a TV episode which worked an absolute treat in the previous game. Once again you will take up the role of the New Kid and even if you finished The Stick of Truth with maxed out stats everything will be set to zero. Why? Because you were playing Wizards & Elves, now it’s Superheroes. Cunning.
It won’t be one for the faint hearted or easily offended but if you know what you’re letting yourself in for when it comes to South Park’s, this should be a cracker.
Which games are you looking forward to in 2017? Let us know in the comments below!