2017 is chock full of games but here are the ones I'm most excited for.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (January 24)
The Resident Evil series has come a long way from its humble beginning inside the Spencer Mansion, but after the polarizing reception of Resident Evil 6 it seemed the series was now having an identity crisis. Do they stay true to the survival horror roots it was originally built upon? Or throw it all on the back burner for the more action oriented gameplay? It seems like Resident Evil 7 will be trying to bring us new scares in first person. Now I know very little about the plot of the next game, something about being pursued by a family in their Louisiana home while looking for your wife. My goal to not keep up with the news and reveals of the game is just an extra step I'm taking to be even more shrouded by the mystery of the game. Horror games often have some unique twists and one-time jump scares that I want to be surprised by and not see from glimpses in trailers.
If you've played the Beginning Hour demo then you know how terrifying the game will hopefully be. Walking down a hallway, hearing voices and footsteps all around you. While the demo might be a proof of concept, it genuinely kept my heart beating at a fast paced. I want that. I want to scream.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (January 24)
Silly title aside, my interest in Kingdom Hearts 3 is slowly rising up again especially with development on Final Fantasy XV out of the way. This collection adds in the 3DS game: Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep- A Fragmentary Passage which takes place after Birth by Sleep and focuses on Aqua, and some movie I will more than likely skip.
I never got to play Dream Drop Distance despite owning a 3DS and the extra bit with Aqua gives me an incentive to boot up the last HD collection and finally finish Birth by Sleep.
Horizon: Zero Dawn (February 28)
Coming from the developers of the Killzone series, Horizon: Zero Dawn is a breath of fresh air. No more Helghast soldiers bring on the robot dinosaurs! Set in a future where the world is overrun with robots, Aloy embarks on a journey to uncover the secrets and dangers of what lies beyond her home. The game looks gorgeous but I also hope it doesn't fall to the same pitfalls other open world games tend to follow with repetitive or uninteresting side quests.
And it comes out on my birthday so I could not be any happier. Horizon.
Persona 5 (April 4)
Even though I played the game in Japanese I'm still excited to play it once more but this time in English. If you want to read my thoughts on the game after completing it, you can read my review.
Injustice 2 (May 16)
Injustice: Gods Among Us was a hit and a fighter I have put countless hours into. The story seems to be picking up some time after the first game with Batman and company picking up the pieces of Superman's Regime and trying to bring stability back to the world. But that doesn't seem to jive with Braniac because now he's a threat to them all and he somehow has gotten hold of Supergirl. Characters from the previous game will be showing up as well as newcomers like Supergirl, Gorilla Grodd, Atrocious, and Blue Beetle.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (TBA)
This game. I remember stumbling upon it in a GameStop and the only reason I purchased it was due to the steelbox case it was in. I popped it in and was just floored by how good the game looked (it still holds up). Being a dumb kid I didn't pay attention to the Gambits system or the license board but I somehow managed to make it 70 hours into the game.
Now that I'm a lot older and infintitely wiser I will gladly take this remaster with open arms and big smiles.
Friday the 13th: The Game (TBA)
There was a weekend me and a friend sat down and watched a good chunk of the Friday the 13th films that were available on Netflix, my first viewings of them. I immediately fell in love so when the announcement of a video game came about I knew it was meant to be. The game pits seven people, each controlling a Camp Crystal Lake counselor, against one person controlling the almighty Jason Voorhees. Everything about the game is a dream come true that I cannot wait to enjoy with friends.
Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite (TBA)
Now that Disney realizes how foolish it was to hold onto the Marvel license for video games we can finally get what we want: another entry in the Marvel vs. series. While not a lot of information has been given we at least know the game will incorporate the infinity stones in both its story and gameplay much like how they were used back in Marvel Super Heroes and possibly the gem system from Street Fighter X Tekken. Confirmed characters so far include Captain America, Iron Man, and Captain Marvel (in her first appearance in the series) representing the Marvel side and Ryu, Morrigan, and Mega Man X (not relegated to being an alt costume for Zero) representing the Capcom side.
Fingers crossed for Spider-Gwen and/or Shadowcat.
Sonic Mania (TBA)
Anyone who knows me knows that this one is a no-brainer. Sonic Mania is an entirely new game that seems to be trying to replicate the blessedness of the Genesis-era games. Three characters to play as, new stages to run around in, and a few stages from older games.
A nostalgic overload of speed.
Untitled Sonic Project 2017 (TBA)
Is it Sonic Generations 2? Sonic Adventure 3? I don't care. Two Sonic games in one year is enough for me to be excited. Sure the series has lost its footing over the years but whatever this game is, it can't be worse than Sonic Boom...right?
Of course this is only but a few games releasing this year but as we get further into the year more will surely be announced.
What are you excited for this year?