9 Most Anticipated Games of 2017

Three years into the eight generation of consoles, it's safe to say Sony has a healthy lead. The PlayStation 4 has quickly become one of the fastest-selling consoles in the industry's history, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Funny thing is, every single milestone has been achieved with a frail catalog of video games. Nowadays, we're getting more titles than ever, but the number of experiences that truly grab us is extremely rare. With that being said, the future is looking exceptionally bright. Today, I'll talk about my most anticipated PS4 games of 2017. Keep in mind, there are many games I'm dying to play. This list could be endless. With that being said, let's get to it:

Honorable Mentions

Dangonranpa V3: Killing Harmony
Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Platforms: PS4, PS Vita

Mass Effect: Andromeda
Developer: BioWare
Platforms: PS4, X1, PC

Developer: Tequila Works
Platforms: PS4, X1, Nintendo Switch, PC

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

What better way to get things started than with everybody's favorite fruit burglar. Seriously, the fact that Crash has resurrected from PlayStation's graveyard (which recently finished burying the Vita) is absolutely insane. Now, this is only a PS4 remaster of the first three games, but I'm still excited. I can't wait to see the updated graphics and gameplay. And who knows, if people go out there and buy the remaster, we might just get a new entry in the franchise (fingers crossed).

Developer: Vicarious Visions
Platforms: PS4

Outlast II

I have a strange relationship with horror games, to say the least. At times, I adore them. Playing a scary game in a dark room, with a good set of headphones, is one of the most magical experiences gamers can have. But even when I'm having a 'good' time, a part of me despises these games. The adrenaline rush, the sweaty palms firmly grabbing the controller with all your strength and the accelerated heartbeat are simply not good for my health. That said, I loved the original Outlast. The use of sound effects, the enemies you encountered, and the terrifying location made it a must-buy for horror fans. Developer Red Barrels has announced that Outlast 2 will be released this fall, and they promise the game will test your faith, pushing players to a place where going mad is the only sane thing to do.

Developer: Red Barrels Studios
Platforms: PS4, X1, PC

Spider-Man PS4 Exclusive

2010's "Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions" was the last Spider-Man game I truly enjoyed. Rumors stating that the franchise's license had been prised away from Activision were confirmed at last year's E3. The short trailer we got looked great. I was surprised by the fact that Sucker Punch is not the studio making it, but I'm confident in Insomniac's ability after 2014's Sunset Overdrive. I can perfectly imagine cruising around in a breathtaking rendition of the big apple. Can't wait.

Developer: Insomniac Games
Platforms: PS4

Detroit: Become Human

Quantic Dream is finally ready to release their fifth title, and they already have my money. As a huge fan of Heavy Rain, I felt slightly disappointed when I finished Beyond: Two Souls. From what I've seen so far, Detroit seems to be shifting back in Heavy Rain's direction. Controlling multiple characters on a linear story. The trailer shown featured a hostile situation. Quantic reminded us how good they are at making us care. In less than 3 minutes, I was already building an emotional connection with the characters. I expect David Cage's team to create another electrifying narrative, in which every decision matters.

Developer: Quantic Dream
Platforms: PS4

Horizon: Zero Dawn

We all knew Guerilla was working on a PlayStation 4 game. We just weren't sure if it was a PS VR title or an RPG with dinosaurs. Luckily, it’s the latter one. Horizon: Zero Dawn looks bizarre. In the best possible way. You play as a woman in a post-apocalyptic world fighting robotic dinosaurs. When it comes to narrative, we still don't know a whole lot. Regardless, the demos released have shown a stunning/captivating setting, alongside some meaty RPG crafting systems and mechanics. I absolutely believe Horizon could be the next major PlayStation franchise.

Developer: Guerilla Games
Platforms: PS4

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

The Stick of Truth was my 2014 GOTY. From head to toes, it perfectly captured the show's feel. It felt like going through an entire season of the legendary TV show. Plus, it's easily the funniest game I've ever played. Luckily, Ubisoft is bringing us a sequel. The Fractured But Whole looks glorious. This time, the boys are playing superheroes. With an updated combat system and even louder farts, this has potential pouring out of its but whole.

Developer: Ubisoft
Platforms: PS4, X1, PC

God of War PS4

As a huge supporter of this series, I've always thought Kratos is a boring protagonist. Usually, he yells for five minutes before ripping your face off, and that's that. However, this PS4 reboot shows an older, more human character. A family man, he goes out to hunt alongside his son, in a beautiful, grounded world. All hell breaks lose shortly after, and Kratos must defend his loved one. Combat seems to have also been modified. No more button mashing. If anything, this gave me some Dark Souls vibes. You must approach enemies with a strategy. The game's creative director said: "This game is about Kratos teaching his son how to be a god, and his son teaching Kratos how to be human again.” That sentence has a lot of emotional weight. A weight that I hope will be carried into this reboot.

Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio
Platforms: PS4

Persona 5

As you've probably heard before, Persona 4 is one of the best JRPGs of all time, and its 'Golden' edition has pretty much certified its place as PlayStation Vita's finest title. I've promised myself to play the game on countless occasions and I have procrastinated it for years. Well, during the holidays I finally went ahead and gave it a shot. 23 in-game hours later, I'm in love. The world, characters, and mechanics are all masterfully done. While P4G will keep me busy for the next couple of months, Persona 5 will be right there, waiting for me. It unquestionably possesses the most stylized visuals I've seen this year, and I'm dying to see what the latest installment in the Megami Tensei franchise has in store for us.

Developer: Atlus, P Studios
Platforms: PS4, PS3 (crossing my fingers for a Vita announcement)

Red Dead Redemption 2

After years of anticipation, fans of the original Western open-world have had their calls for a sequel answered. I love the fact that I pretty much know this game is going to be great. This is Rockstar Games we're talking about. The 'Grand Theft Auto' guys. Everything I've seen and read about the game only increases my levels of anticipation, and I don't need to see any more footage or screenshots to know I'll be in line to buy its deluxe edition on day one. I'm particularly excited to roam another amazing environment. The landscapes and graphics shown in the trailer are simply jaw-dropping. It's definitely my most anticipated PS4 game of the year.

Developer: Rockstar Games
Platforms: PS4, X1

1 comment:

  1. thanks for this list of the most anticipated games! now i know how to spend my free time! you are the best as always, thanks for your support!