Continuing with my most anticipated games list, the remaining 5 games are the titles that will shape how I view the gaming scene in 2017. So, let’s finish it off. Click on the titles of the game to get a glimpse of what’s coming.
If you’re a fan of the comic book genre (as I am) and fighting games, then this is a no-brainer. Excitement for this game is through the roof and with good reason. I mean did you see that story trailer NetherRealm Studios just released? Injustice 2 is picking up 5 years after the first game where Batman and his allies defeated Superman, or High Counselor as he comes to be known in the game, preventing him from ruling the world with an iron fist. Yeah, if you didn’t know, in the world of Injustice, the superheroes aren’t that heroic in the traditional sense and cause more harm than good. That’s for you to see for yourself, though. The game is bringing new characters to the fold like all new fighting games do. Supergirl and Blue Beetle are some of the new characters coming to the game but I’m most excited for Brainiac. I’m very intrigued to see what type of move sets he has and the type of fighter he will be. This game should be awesome.
Let’s, not sugar coat it this is Ninja Gaiden meets Dark Souls. This is not a negative, though, that fact is exactly why I’m excited about it. The last beta before the game releases on February 8 will be out this weekend for free so if you want to try it before it releases your last chance is now. From everything I’ve seen of the game, Nioh is destined to be amazing. The plot of the game takes place during the 1600s in Japan when a Western samurai named William is tasked with defeating yokai in the area. This seems like a cool premise and I am interested in going on his journey but what’s most important is the gameplay. For all of the Dark Souls comparisons, Nioh is bringing unique elements. The ability to change fighting stances immediately sticks out as a gameplay feature that distinguishes it from the rest of its contemporaries. Each fighting stance provides the player with different gameplay styles that you must utilize if you want to make it through the game. Different stances work with better against different enemies. I will be playing the beta for the first time over the weekend so I will definitely share my impressions on the game with you. Will Nioh have the same impact as the Souls series? Only time will tell. But until then, February 8 can’t get here fast enough.
It is no mistake that the logo on the blog features Crash Bandicoot. The first 3 Crash games were hugely influential in my gaming life and the fact that they’re being remastered is a dream come true. Now you probably know all about Crash so I don’t think we need to go into specifics about what the games are about or how they play but Vicarious Visions, developers of the remastering, have added new features to the games that bring it into the modern age of gaming. Unified checkpoints, manual and auto saves, and time trials for all three games. The game should be out pretty soon because the game looked pretty good when it was officially revealed at PSX last December so the game can’t be far off. I’m ready to collect some more Wumpa fruit and whoop on Dr. Cortex like we used to.
Hope and optimism. Hope. And. Optimism. When PlayStation first unveiled that powerful trailer at E3 last year, it completely blew my mind. The first 3 games were masterpieces in the action genre. Addictive gameplay mechanics, absolutely fantastic boss battles, and a rich plot steeped in Greek mythology. People have criticized Kratos’ character for his rage-filled nature and rightfully so, though it never bothered me. I mean how are you supposed to behave when the gods trick you into murdering your family? Anyway, it was a complete shock to see the new direction Santa Monica is taking with the game. First, Kratos has a freaking son now! The fact that Kratos was calm long enough to get somebody pregnant is an achievement in itself. The game is much more intimate now giving off a Last of Us vibe with the close third-person over the shoulder view. Gone is the overhead view with frantic combat chaining multiple combos together and enters a more deliberate gameplay and new mechanics including the ability to control Kratos’ son, Atreus, at times. Creative director Cory Barlog confirmed in December that the game can now be played from beginning to end so I faith that the game should be released this year.
The number one spot was definitely between God of War and the new Mass Effect but I had to give it to the game I am most excited for. We leave the Milky Way galaxy behind and have now entered the Andromeda galaxy. Technically, Kingdom Hearts was the first real RPG I remember playing and actually enjoying but when Mass Effect first released in 2007 I gained a new-found love for the genre. The Mass Effect series was very influential to the industry perfecting a lot of elements already present in the genre providing a rich story and setting, an amazing cast of characters, and strong gameplay mechanics. This was the first game I had experienced such a deep and varied romantic angle as well being able to form a romantic relationship with anyone of your crew members. Bioware is bringing all of these elements and more to the new title. Featuring new protagonists, twins Sara and Scott Ryder, a new cast of characters to fall in love with, and a whole new galaxy to explore. I am interested in finding out what the new threat will be because the Reapers were an intimidating antagonist to the series. Can they top that? Can they continue the standard of excellence they’ve displayed since the first entry? March 17 will begin to answer those questions.
I have shared with you the games I can’t wait to play this year but there are much more that I need in my hands but now I want to hear from you. What games are you looking forward to playing this year? Let me know in the comments and make sure you share and like the post.