By Tom Peden, Gamer News Daily Contributing Author
Every year we hear about that one game that really sings to us. That one game that you just feel you can’t wait another month for. You spend hours and hours searching through the depths of YouTube, all for that extra 5 seconds of gameplay you didn’t see in the live stream you watched last night.
It’s no surprise that 2017 has had a few games like that already this year, and with more to come, I decided to make a short list of some of the games I’m really excited to play. I could make a huge, endless list, filled with varied titles across multiple platforms. But I decided to keep this on bite-sized and focus on games that will be available on PC, a platform close to my personal taste.
In no particular order, here we go with 3 PC games I’m looking for to in 2017.
Red Dead Redemption 2
You’d call me mad amongst other things if I didn’t include this game on the list, and rightfully so. Rockstar has a stellar reputation for putting out high-quality AAA titles and following the success of Red dead redemption and GTA IV, this one is likely to follow suit.
With no official release date yet, all the details we have on Red Dead 2 point towards a Fall 2017 release. With that said, we don’t actually have many details about the game as it is. Other than a short cinematic trailer, Rockstar is keeping tight lipped on this one as we wait for just a trickle of information.
But what do we know about Red Dead 2? I hate to break it to you pal, but not a lot. We have no confirmed protagonist, no plot, nothing other than the cinematic I mentioned.
So why did I include it in the list, if I don’t know anything about the title? Well, we can speculate and make some educated guess about what Rockstar are planning. With Red Dead 2, its almost certain we will get online multiplayer, one similar to GTA IV’s model. That’s pretty much nailed on. So instead of running your friends over with cars, you do so with horses. Sounds good to me.
The cinematic and the marketing images show seven ‘cowboys’ riding together. Could this be a sort of seven samurai western theme? It’s hard to say, but a lot of the promotion has gone towards seeing these seven in tandem.
Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
If you ever wondered what it would be like to be a medieval soldier, sieging a castle with your allies, then step right up. Mount & Blade 2 has made some promises to its audience, and upon delivery, could be one of the most unique games of our times.
Sandbox, strategy & simulation are all intricate parts of this game as it tries to successfully blend multiple genres together. I’ve of 4X games, but never 3S games.
Stripped back, Mount & Blade 2 is still an RPG game at heart. But this title offers so much more than your typical role-playing games. Large siege battles, a sandbox economy & diplomacy all go towards personalising a user’s experience.
Mount & Blade 2 has also introduced a brand new crafting system and upgraded the graphics system. Now the graphics aren’t going to win any awards, but the game’s scale might. I look at this title in the same way I do a Bethesda game. The graphics might not compete with some games, but the sheer content you get makes up for it, and that’s a fair and realistic trade in my opinion.
With no formal released date stated for Mount & Blade 2, there is a slight fear of it being pushed back to 2018. But as it stands, we expect the title to land later this year. The developers have been pretty open and clear on keeping the community involved in the progress in the game. Releasing multiple blog posts and videos showcasing the project’s current state, it helps to fill their fans with confidence.
Mount & Blade 2 looks to be one of those titles that might be on the more hard-core gamer side, but if you’re feeling up to the task then grab your shield, your sword and prepare for battle.
South Park: The Fractured but Whole
The sequel to the fantasy RPG released in 2014 is almost upon us. The hilarious South Park: Stick of truth gained critical acclaim for its style, humour and fun, engaging gameplay. The creators of the show Matt Stone and Trey Parker are back as writers as we finally get another taste of life in South Park.
South Park: The fractured but whole takes place directly after the events in Stick of truth. But now Cartman and co are playing a new game, and this time it’s taking a poke at superheroes. The game looks to be similar in structure, but with an upgraded combat system, adding more layers of strategy to it. They also have some really great looking animations, which are shown in a small gameplay reveal. Expect fantastically crude writing, in traditional South Park style, with a few laughs at celebrities along the way.
With the show’s creators back on board for a second time, it gives you so much confidence in a quality product being produced. Matt and Trey have so much love for their creation and after years of terrible South Park games, they finally said no more and took back control. The end result of this process was South Park: the stick of truth, an excellent example of how far passion and love go in this industry.
Like the other title’s on our list, we have no concrete release date, but it’s almost a certainty it will come out in fall of 2017. In the meantime – screw you guys, I’m going home.
That’s just a few of the games I’m looking forward to in 2017. Do you agree with my list? What other games are you looking forward to this year? Let me know in the comments section below.