From this morning’s Montreal Gazette:
While we’re happy to erase 2016 from our memories — entertainers lost, elections won, wars waged and so on — it was actually a pretty great year for video games. Tons of amazing titles, some cool new hardware … it’s going to be a tough year to beat. But 2017 is shaping up to be a real contender. Here are some games Steve Tilley is looking forward to this year.
RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 (PS4, Xbox One; autumn 2017) If this sequel to 2010s unforgettable action-adventure game actually hits its late 2017 release window, we’ll eat our 10-gallon hats. But it is our most highly anticipated game of the year, and we can’t wait to saddle up and ride back into the gritty Old West.
HORIZON ZERO DAWN (PS4; Feb. 28) This PlayStation 4 exclusive is shaping up to be not only one of the best-looking games of 2017, but one of the most original open-world games of recent years. A primitive, post-apocalyptic world overrun by robot animals? Sign us up.
RESIDENT EVIL 7: BIOHAZARD (PS4, Xbox One, PC; Jan. 24) We’re pleased to see that Capcom is taking the Resident Evil series back to its horror roots, though the change to a first-person perspective is a gamble that might alienate some fans. Then again, there’s no way it could be as bad as Resident Evil 6. Seriously. No way.
SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE (PS4, Xbox One, PC; spring 2017) We were surprised when 2014’s South Park: The Stick of Truth not only captured the essence of the show and its characters, but was a damn fine RPG. The Fractured But Whole (say it quickly out loud) will follow in those footsteps, riffing on superhero oversaturation.
MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA (PS4, Xbox One, PC; TBA 2017) Edmonton’s own BioWare is kicking off a new chapter in the Mass Effect sci-fi role-playing game saga, and we can’t wait to see what it will look like on the current generation of video game hardware. Or see how many aliens we’ll be able to romance.
PREY (PS4, Xbox One, PC; spring 2017) This complete reimagining of the acclaimed 2006 first-person shooter has stunned us with its impressive trailer, and it’s looking a lot like a spiritual successor to the amazing System Shock games. Except in Prey you can turn into a … coffee cup?
GOD OF WAR (PS4; TBA) If there were a franchise in need of reinvention, it was God of War. Sony is really shaking things up with this sequel/reboot, from a grizzled old Kratos to a whole new camera and control scheme. We’re not certain this one will land in 2017, but we’re really hoping it does.
FOR HONOR (PS4, Xbox One, PC; Feb. 14) What better way to wish the one you love a happy Valentine’s Day by heading into battle together and lopping off your enemies’ limbs? This is sort of a tactical multiplayer sword-fighting game with a whole lot of other cool stuff layered on. To victory!
CRACKDOWN 3 (Xbox One, PC; TBA 2017) We’ve heard very little of late from the makers of the third entry in the Crackdown saga, but we expect it to get a major reveal at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June, if not before. We can’t wait to start blowing things up in its massive, multiplayer open world.
TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON: WILDLANDS (PS4, Xbox One, PC; March 7) The Ghosts hit the road in yet another open-world game making its debut this year. From our previous hands-on time with Wildlands, we know it’s going to be crazy fun raiding a drug overlord’s sprawling compound with three of our closest co-op friends.
DAYS GONE (PS4; TBA) Another PlayStation exclusive that doesn’t have a firm release date ( but that we’re hoping sneaks into the 2017 calendar), this one is like a mix of The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy. Because who’s better equipped to survive a zombie apocalypse than bikers?
CUPHEAD (Xbox One, PC; TBA 2017) Our hope was starting to fade that this incredibly animated run-’n’-gun platformer would ever get a release date, but it is allegedly coming out this year. Looking like a 1930s cartoon come to life, it’s one of the most visually impressive indie games we’ve seen.
INJUSTICE 2 (PS4, Xbox One; TBA 2017) Batman duking it out with Superman on the big screen was a bit underwhelming, but this sequel to the awesome fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us will let us pit a slew of DC heroes and villains against each other. It’s by the makers of Mortal Kombat, so ’nuff said.
YOOKA-LAYLEE (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac; April 11) With a similar vibe to Banjo-Kazooie — it’s sort of a cousin to that game, and made by some of the same folks — this one looks to be bringing back the fun and flavour of the platformer-type games of the late ’90s.
SEA OF THIEVES (Xbox One, PC; TBA 2017) Not that we advocate drinking and gaming, but this hilarious cooperative pirate game is even better with a yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum. We can’t wait to assemble a crew of friends and set sail in search of booty. And also treasure. Treasure is good.
DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN (PS4; TBA) This latest cinematic adventure from the minds behind Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls is another PS4 title that Sony hasn’t announced a release date for just yet, but we’re hopeful it will come out this year so we can put our android instincts to the test.