Do not worry, there are enough big headlines out there in 2017 to put your New Year resolution idea is the game in more or less serious danger. That said, we’ve gone through and compiled the best game list next year as well as collecting the best ones that have come out.
First of all, we want to give you a forward-looking New Year gorgeous game – thanks in great part to the powerful hardware like PS4 Pro and Xbox America, once we start collecting more games, this list should give you A fairly complete overview of next year you should spend your free time.
Resident Evil 7
When’s it come out? January 24, 2017
What system(s) is it on? PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
The latest entry in Capcom’s survival horror series is a wild departure from its predecessors, but in the end that only makes us all the more excited to get our hands on it. Foregoing the guns-blazing action mentality that had come to define the series for better or worse in the past few years, Resident Evil VII comes at us with a much more subdued – but by no means less scary – take on the formula. A first-person horror adventure trapped in a musty, rotted house with a family of musty, rotted maniacs? Sign us up! If the demo that came out after its E3 2016 reveal was any indication, Capcom’s zombie-killing franchise may be coming back in style in a big way when it releases January 24.
Halo Wars 2
When’s it come out? February 21, 2017
What system(s) is it on? Xbox One, PC
Past Halo spin-offs haven’t carried the same clout titles from the main storyline have. That’s because those shooters are cinematic affairs, grounded by one truly epic hero and his also excellent-when-she’s-not-malfunctioning AI. The first Halo Wars was a fantastic game, but it lacked the same ground-breaking storytelling that games in the main series had. But that’s a thing of the past.
Halo Wars 2 looks like it will be the first real-time strategy video game to tell a really rich backstory in the Halo universe. But instead of being of being grounded by a hero, however, it’s grounded by a villain: Atriox, a Brute who’s been so ruthless and awful even the Covenant don’t want anything to do with him. It’s up to you to command what’s left of your crew to fight off Atriox, a master strategist armed to the ape-like teeth with firepower of his own.
Horizon Zero Dawn
When’s it come out? February 28, 2017
What system(s) is it on? PlayStation 4
The newest project from Killzone series developer Guerrilla Games, Horizon Zero Dawn’s concept is far more unique and engrossing than the forgettable mashup of words that make up its title. (Seriously, we challenge you to leave us a more generic-sounding title in the comments below.) Thankfully, Horizon’s premise is far more original. An action adventure set in a world overrun with robotic fauna, Horizon casts you as a human hunter named Aloy who uses a mix of stealth, ranged combat, and a little improvisation to fell inorganic beasts and survive in the mecha-wilderness. Not just a unique take on an open world, Horizon is also crazy pretty. Guerrilla is really pushing what the PS4’s hardware can do from a graphical level, which only makes us all the more excited to play it when it’s expected to hit stores starting late February.
Mass Effect Andromeda
When’s it come out? March 21, 2017
What system(s) is it on? PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Given how the original Mass Effect trilogy wrapped up the epic tale of Commander Shepard’s battle for all sentient life with a nice lil’ bow, the next installment in BioWare’s sci-fi series has us intrigued. With essentially a blank slate to tell a new story, Andromeda is set far in the future, after the events of Mass Effects 1 through 3. In an expansive, open-world environment, players are tasked with exploring new planets with the aid of your own ship, the Tempest, and a customizable six-wheeled space whip called the Nomad. Of course, things don’t always go according to plan in the more roguish parts of the galaxy, so you’ll also be bringing your allies, laser weaponry, biotic powers, and other abilities both familiar and new to Mass Effect fans along for the ride.
Given that it’s our first real dip back into the ME universe following the legacy of Commander Shepard, we’re excited to dust off our old N7 armor and see where BioWare takes its world(s) next with Mass Effect: Andromeda.
When’s it come out? May 16, 2017
What system(s) is it on? PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Marvel ain’t the only superhero property throwing down this coming year. NetherRealm Studios’ 2013 brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us is getting a sequel in 2017, returning to the DC Comics universe to knock some serious heads. With classic standbys like Batman, The Flash, and Wonder Woman going toe-to-toe with new additions like Gorilla Grodd and Blue Beetle, Injustice 2 is looking to be a from-the-pages slugfest both fighting game fans and comic aficionados alike can really enjoy. To that end, Injustice 2’s tagline of “Every Battle Defines You” isn’t just a dramatic piece of marketing text. Each time you step into the ring with one of the DC’s finest, that character walks away with new loot that enhances their skills, traits, or overall ability until you have a suped-up Superman tuned exactly to your tastes.