Every year brings with it some amazing new experiences and things to do in the gaming world, and 2017 is going to be no different, with plenty of exciting offerings up for grabs in the new year (provided there are no last minute delays, of course).
Since we are now just a day away from entering into the new year, there would be no better time than the present to see what gaming experiences we’re looking forward to in the new year, so let’s get to it!
As a fan of the Dark Souls series my list simply could not exist without Nioh being on it somewhere, as it currently looks like the “Dark Souls” experience people are waiting for in 2017. There are, of course, some differences, the biggest of which is the fact that Nioh is set in Japan, and has you playing a masterless samurai, William.
The combat, and the fact that the entire world is trying to kill you without remorse, is what makes this game so intriguing, and although first opinions of the game at gaming expo’s were mixed (some said it was way too difficult and unforgiving), developer Team Ninja have been working hard to improve the game, and the last showings and play-tests have received more positive feedback, so the signs are looking good.
I’m going to get mained, slaughtered and butchered, and to be honest, I cannot wait! Nioh is set to release on 8 February, 2017 on PS4 and PS4 Pro. Check out the trailer below:
- Horizon Zero Dawn
Ever since its E3 reveal in 2015, Horizon Zero Dawn has peaked my interest as a title, and we now know a lot more than we did then about the game (although still not that much, to be honest) than we did then.
The game sees a slight twist on the now-popular post-apocalyptic setting, which this time sees the world being inhabited by a number of giant, roaming mechanical dinosaurs, and the humans behaving and looking like cave men – although these particular cave men know how to use the technology that they then harvest off the mechanical beasts.
As the protagonist Aloy, your quest in Horizon Zero Dawn will be to unlock the mysteries of the world and how it came to be this way, and find out what exactly happened to the civilization that now lies in ruins.
Mystery, bow and arrows and mechanical dinosaurs? Count me in.
- Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Although I probably won’t be able to play this game when it is released next year (thanks to the very limited Virtual Reality offerings currently available in South Africa) I still find it one of the most exciting prospects of 2017, and the world seems to agree with me in this regard.
Everyone that has touched this game so far has been gushing about how good it is, and how this could be the co-operative virtual reality experience that people have been waiting for. The premise of the game is pretty much in the title – you and your friends (provided they have VR headsets too) will be able to pilot the USS Enterprise, with different people manning the various stations on board as you go about various missions.
Anyone that has seen the Star Trek TV series at some point in their life will no doubt get flooded by nostalgia when they actually get to be on board the deck of a Star Trek ship, and that alone makes it a title worth waiting for.
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole
After the success of South Park: The Stick of Truth, and as a long time South Park fan, my list simply had to include The Fractured But Whole because, if it was anything like the first game, it is going to be an absolute hoot from start to finish.
Where The Stick of Truth was set in a fantasy-like setting, The Fractured But Whole sees the next day in South Park, where an entire new adventure begins, this time in their version of the Superhero Universe in a rather comical take on the ongoing battle between the Marvel and DC movie franchises.
Featuring “The Coon” and many other heroes seen in the South Park universe (I’m hoping to see Captain Hindsight), The Fractured But Whole looks like the sequel The Stick of Truth deserves.
Gwent is a spin-off competitive card game from The Witcher 3, which featured the mini-game as one of the many things to do while playing as Geralt of Rivia. Now in its own client, and currently in closed-beta, Gwent is shaping up to be, potentially, one of the big releases in 2017.
Gwent is slightly different to Hearthstone however, as the decks and factions promote more combo-based play, with more interaction between your hand, the deck and the graveyard, making it more akin to the Legacy and Modern Magic the Gathering decks than anything else, as there are a huge variety of combos and decks you can pull together depending on your style of play.
We recently gave a sneak-peak into the Gwent closed beta and what to expect, so make sure to check that out if you want a bit more detail.
What games are you excited for in 2017? Let us know in the comments below!