12 videogames releasing in 2017 every gamer must play

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The new year is gearing up to have some amazing titles released. Gamers will be swamped with deeply engaging series as a sea of new titles appear on the horizon. While there are plenty more games set for release in 2017, these are our most anticipated games of 2017.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Platforms: Wii U, Nintendo NX
Release Date: TBA 2017

With its 30th birthday approaching, The Legend of Zelda is set to celebrate in style. Breath of the Wild a non-linear open world adventure game. While it may look like a break away from the series at first glance, the game actually draws many parallels to the original NES titles.

Players will be exploring a monster filled wilderness as they see fit. Breath of the Wild will be launching on both Wii U and Nintendo’s new console, the NX.

God of War

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Platform: PS4
Release Date: TBA 2017

After brutalizing one pantheon of gods, the Ghost of Sparta has set his sights on another. Based around the Norse mythology, God of War sees players adventuring in the frozen north alongside a young companion.

The fourth main title in the series, God of War is innovating on their traditional formula. The trailer shows a heavily cinematic experience running alongside the gory action.

Destiny 2

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Platforms: Ps4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: TBA 2017

While little is known at this point of what Destiny 2 will bring, it has been confirmed for release in 2017. The sequel to Bungie’s online FPS title, Destiny 2 will continue where the original leaves off. Originally slated for 2016, Destiny 2 was pushed back to refocus on what is most important to the franchise.

PC players can get excited with a recent leak revealing the plans for Destiny 2 to release on PC alongside the console launch.

Mass effect Andromeda

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Platforms: Ps4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: March 2017

Not the first time it has appeared in one of our lists. Originally expected for release at the end of 2016, Andromeda has been pushed back into 2017. Andromeda starts off a new story for the mass effect series.

Players are put on a journey to a new galaxy to expand the limits of humanity. While many of the details are still unreleased, we can expect the elements we loved from the original series.

For Honor

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Platforms: Ps4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: February 14th, 2017

There has been a few of these style games over the years. But now Ubisoft is showing us what one would look like developed by a heavyweight studio. For Honor pits Vikings, Knights and Samurai against each other in glorious combat.

While the single player campaigns for each faction looks great, the multiplayer is the star of this show. Ubisoft has clearly put a lot of polish into the combat in For Honor to get it just right. The game is amazingly satisfying to play as you decimate swathes of infantry in single blows or duel other players.

Prey

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Platform: Ps4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: TBA 2017

While it keeps some of the themes of the original title, prey is largely a complete re-imagining of the series. From its original teaser trailer it was clear Prey was going to be a very different experience then its predecessor. The game puts players in the role of Morgan Yu as he fights for survival against an invasion of shadowy aliens and his own spiral into insanity.

Days Gone

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Platform: Ps4
Release Date: TBA 2017

Remember watching World War Z where the zombies looked more like a flowing river then a horde? Well now picture fighting against that, alone. In Days Gone players must survive a zombie apocalypse as Deacon, a gun loving biker. Survival isn’t going to be easy though, as the horde mechanics in this game are truly terrifying.

Looking more like fluid dynamics, the zombie horde will wash over you with ease if you aren’t careful. Running and gunning will definitely be your best friend in this game as surviving this many “freakers” is not going to be easy. With the release of Days Gone, we will likely have to update our best zombie games list.

Injustice 2

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Platform: Ps4, Xbox One
Release Date: TBA 2017

The return of NetherRealm Studios’ super hero fighter will sure to have fans excited. Built within the Mortal Kombat X engine, the game visually impressive alongside its great gameplay. In a change up from the previous game, players can develop their favorite characters to suite their play style.

With players able to personalize abilities, fighting styles and outfits, customization is being taken to new levels for the series.

Lords of the Fallen 2

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Platforms: Ps4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: TBA 2017

For many, the original in the series went by largely unnoticed. Some chalked it up to being a clone of Dark souls. However as often said, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. While there were many similarities between the series, Lords of the Fallen added its own twists to the genre.

The original was enough of a financial success though to warrant a sequel. Lords of the Fallen 2 continues the brutal and grim world the original started. Players will once again set about on a quest to purge evil from the lands and bring gods to their knees. With its deeply satisfying combat, fans of the series are sure to enjoy a return of the series.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

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Platforms: Ps4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: January 24, 2017

The Resident Evil series has been pretty lackluster over the last few years but this is changing. Biohazard is a return to what made the series, intense survival horror. Drawing inspiration from P.T, Biohazard brings back the suspense and fear of the original titles. With a swap to first person, Biohazard puts players in terrifying environments that will chill players to their core.

Red Dead Redemption 2

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Platform: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: Q3/Q4 2017

Scalebound

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Platform: Xbox One, PC
Release Date: TBA 2017

Devil May Cry meets Monster Hunter meets How to train your dragon? Scalebound is a Microsoft exclusive set for release in 2017. The game features combo driven combat similar to DMC while your pet dragon blasts groups of enemies alongside you.

With a deep level of customization, players will be able to pimp their ride, creating a dragon that suites they play-style. This customization sits at the core of the gameplay, as players will need to upgrade their dragon throughout the game.