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Top 20 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2017

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You know how 2016 was a really great year for PC gaming? Well, fasten your seatbelts because 2017 has the potential to be even better. Having said that, last year we’ve learned that a lot of hype can often lead to a lot of disappointment so we’re trying to take a more cautiously optimistic approach to 2017, just in case. We’re still pretty excited for many titles this year, though, and simply had to make a list in which we discuss about what we think will be some of the best PC games on offer in 2017. As always, this list is based on personal opinions so be sure to take it for what it is.

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20. Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a medieval themed open-world RPG that focuses on historical accuracy. The game promises an immersive world, branching quest lines, and a classless, fully customizable skill system. Everything about this title sounds and looks great, particularly if you’re a history buff, however, it is worth mentioning that Kingdom Come: Deliverance is the developer’s first project, so we’re just going to have to wait and see how it turns out.

  • Developer: Warhorse Studios
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Release Date: TBA 2017
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19. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Marketed as an “independent AAA” game, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a third-person hack and slash inspired by Celtic mythology. In spite of its marketing, this looks nothing like an indie game judging by what we’ve seen so far and is only referred to as such because Ninja Theory will be handling both the development and the publishing all by themselves. Hellblade’s game world is quite grim and the story seems to feature some psychological elements, which is a bit unusual given the time period, but that also makes it that much more intriguing.

  • Developer: Ninja Theory
  • Publisher: Ninja Theory
  • Release Date: TBA 2017
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18. Crackdown 3

Scalebound’s cancellation made us a bit nervous about Microsoft’s other exclusives but it sounds like Crackdown 3 is still on track for a 2017 release. The Crackdown series has been around for close to a decade now, with Crackdown 3 being the first entry to be made available on PC. Much like its predecessors, the third installment will be a sandbox action-adventure game that specializes in large-scale destructible environments.

  • Developer: Reagent Games
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Release Date: Late 2017
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17. Styx: Shards of Darkness

Just as its title suggests, Shards of Darkness is the sequel to Styx: Master of Shadows, a fantasy stealth game where you get to play as the titular goblin assassin. The first game was fairly well received but there was definitely a lot of room for improvement, especially when it came to the combat. With Styx: Shards of Darkness, the developers took the criticism to heart and improved the combat system while also expanding some of the other mechanics and systems in the process.

  • Developer: Cyanide Studio
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
  • Release Date: March 14
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16. Spellforce 3

The Spellforce series is one of the best when it comes to seamlessly blending together RTS and RPG elements. Spellforce 3 is a prequel to the original The Order of Dawn and promises even more character customization, a richer universe, and better real-time strategy mechanics. The series never managed to become as popular as similar hybrid games like Warcraft 3 but hopefully the third installment can change that. After all, we can never have too many RTS games on PC.

  • Developer: Grimlore Games
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Release Date: TBA 2017
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15. Halo Wars 2

Speaking of real-time strategy games, we’re also getting one courtesy of Microsoft later this year. The original Halo Wars fell a bit under the radar on PC but was generally seen as a worthy effort by those who did decide to give it a chance. Needless to say, a console RTS is a strange proposition for PC gamers, however, it sounds like the developers put a lot of effort into this one and are promising a compelling real-time strategy experience on both platforms with Halo Wars 2. We’re still not entirely sold on the idea but we’re certainly willing to give it a shot.

  • Developer: 343 Industries/Creative Assembly
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Release Date: February 21
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14. Torment: Tides of Numenera

Torment: Tides of Numenara is the spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, one of the most critically acclaimed RPGs in the history of PC games. It goes without saying that this isometric role-playing game has a lot to live up to and is pretty unlikely to blow us away like its predecessor did back in the 90s simply because our expectations are quite a bit higher nowadays. Having said that, Torment: Tides of Numenara is definitely shaping up to be a great game and first impressions have been very positive so far.

  • Developer: inXile Entertainment
  • Publisher: Techland Publishing
  • Release Date: February 28
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13. Vampyr

Vampyr is a third-person action RPG that takes place in London during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Just as the title suggests, the player takes on the role of a vampire that must feast on human blood in order to sustain himself and gain new powers. The twist here is that the character is also a doctor and the player can complete the whole game without killing anyone, which preserves his identity, but prevents him from leveling up. An interesting concept to say the least.

  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
  • Release Date: TBA 2017
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12. Nier: Automata

Despite not having a sizeable following in the western world, the original Nier did pretty well in its home country of Japan and is now trying to gather more fans from around the world with its sequel, Nier: Automata. Perhaps a bit surprising is the fact that this action RPG is even coming to PC later this year, though we don’t exactly know when. Either way, this is definitely a good sign as Japanese games have plenty to offer and have been missing from the platform for the longest time until fairly recently.

  • Developer: Platinum Games
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Release Date: TBA 2017
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11. Squadron 42

It will take a while longer before we’ll be able to play the full version of Star Citizen but at least we’ll be able to get a pretty good taste of what the game has to offer later this year. Squadron 42 is an episodic single-player campaign set in the Star Citizen universe and is described as being the spiritual successor to Wing Commander. Given that some of the people who worked on Wing Commander are also working on Squadron 42, it sounds like this project is in very good hands even if it isn’t lead by Chris Roberts himself.

  • Developer: Foundry 42
  • Publisher: Cloud Imperium Games
  • Release Date: TBA 2017
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10. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

The original Mount & Blade didn’t have a lot going on for itself when it came to graphics but it more than made up for that it terms of combat and replayability. The standalone expansion pack Warband managed to improve even further upon the original concept, which will be expanded even more in the prequel dubbed Bannerlord. Judging by what we’ve seen so far, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord will be very similar to its predecessor but will feature better visuals and a number of new systems aimed at making the whole medieval experience even more immersive.

  • Developer: TaleWorlds Entertainment
  • Publisher: TaleWorlds Entertainment
  • Release Date: TBA 2017
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9. Xenonauts 2

Before Firaxis brought back XCOM a few years ago there was another game that paid tribute to the highly acclaimed TBS/tactics series. That game was Xenonauts, the only doppelganger that successfully managed to replicate the atmosphere and difficulty of the original X-COM: Enemy Unknown. Since it’s probably going to take at least a few more years before we get to play the next entry in the new XCOM series, Xenonauts 2 is by far the best replacement we could ask in 2017.

  • Developer: Goldhawk Interactive
  • Publisher: Goldhawk Interactive
  • Release Date: TBA 2017
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8. ELEX

Piranha Bytes made a name for themselves in the early 2000s with the amazing Gothic series and have since gradually squandered their huge potential with every new game, except maybe for the original Risen. The developers are now working on a new open-world RPG that’s heavily inspired by their previous efforts but aims to be even more complex and immersive. On paper, ELEX sounds like my dream game of 2017 but the footage revealed so far indicates that combat and animations are in need of massive improvements if this ambitious project is to become successful. This isn’t 2002 anymore and bad mechanics are no longer overlooked by gamers. If executed properly, however, I’m certain ELEX has the potential of being one of the best RPGs of 2017.

  • Developer: Piranha Bytes
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Release Date: TBA 2017
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7. South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park games have always been pretty bad until 2014 when The Stick of Truth changed all that. Behind the vulgarity and ridiculousness we’ve come to associate with the beloved series lies a very solid RPG with compelling gameplay mechanics and combat. While the original featured a lot of classic fantasy themes, The Fractured But Whole tackless the increasingly popular superhero phenomenon and will allow players to pick from twelve distinct classes, such as Brutalist, Cyborg or Karate Kid. The Jew class has sadly been removed but at least the game will feature many more classes than the original, which only had four.

  • Developer: Ubisoft San Francisco/South Park Digital Studios
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Q1 2017
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6. Quake Champions

After the highly successful reboots of Wolfenstein and DOOM, it was only natural for id Software to revive their third highly acclaimed FPS franchise, Quake. Just like its predecessors, Quake Champions will be an arena shooter with heavy emphasis on fast-paced multiplayer action. In addition, the game will also feature some more modern FPS systems like character classes alongside the traditional gameplay. The idea itself doesn’t seem all that promising to be honest, however, we are talking about the masters of the FPS genre here so we’re definitely eager to see what the developers can bring to the table with Quake Champions.

  • Developer: id Software/Saber Interactive
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release Date: TBA 2017
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5. Prey

Yet another reboot, thought this one that seems entirely unrelated to the original. The new Prey is still an FPS only this time the action takes place aboard an abandoned space stations inhabited by hostile aliens. Contrary to what some might expect, this won’t be a straight-up shooter as the game will also feature a number of RPG and stealth elements as well as a strong narrative, with player decisions said to affect how the game plays out. In many ways, Prey sounds a bit like Dishonored in space, which is not surprising given that is being developed by the same company.

  • Developer: Arkane Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release Date: Q1/Q2 2017
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4. For Honor

For Honor is a multiplayer-focused medieval hack and slash with an emphasis on realistic melee combat. The upcoming title will also feature a fully-fledged single-player campaign, which actually sounds to be a solid addition to the game instead of just filler. For Honor will feature three playable factions in the form of knights, vikings, and samurai, each with their own distinct classes. That aspect alone is enough to get us excited, however, For Honor’s combat system is also said to be somewhat similar to that of Dark Souls and that certainly sounds like an awesome recipe, especially in multiplayer.

  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: February 14
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3. Divinity: Original Sin II

Divinity: Original Sin offers a perfect mix of traditional and modern RPG elements, with its successor promising a similar formula along with a number of new features. Most notably, Divinity: Original Sin II will allow players to pick between one of five races, including Human, Elf, Dwarf, Lizard, and Undead. What’s more, the game world is even bigger this time around and the critically acclaimed co-op of the original has been expanded to include four players now. In short, the developers took everything that made Original Sin so good and cranked it up to eleven, which is pretty much all you could ask for in a game like this.

  • Developer: Larian Studios
  • Publisher: Larian Studios
  • Release Date: TBA 2017
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2. Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War III

For a while there it seemed like the beloved real-time strategy series was gone for good following the disbandment of THQ. Fortunately, that’s not the case and if nothing changes we can expect another Dawn of War game as early as this year. Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War III combines aspects of the first two titles and will offer traditional RTS elements like base building as well as hero unit management à la Dawn of War II. The game will only include three playable factions at launch, which is very disappointing, though more will no doubt be added further down the road. Judging by how Sega handled Total War: Warhammer, we can probably expect a lot of annoying DLCs post-launch, but at least the game itself should be great as developer Relic Entertainment never disappoints.

  • Developer: Relic Entertainment
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: TBA 2017
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1. Mass Effect Andromeda

We might be jumping just a tiny bit on the bandwagon here, but as huge fans of the original trilogy, we can’t help but be excited about Mass Effect Andromeda. Not too excited, mind you, because this could go either judging by what we’ve seen so far. Having said that, Bioware has an incredible record when it comes to crafting story-driven RPGs so we probably won’t end up being disappointed by the latest entry in the Mass Effect series. In fact, Mass Effect Andromeda is the perfect opportunity to recapture the magic of the original and suck us back into its highly immersive universe. As mentioned at the beginning, we’re taking a cautiously optimistic approach to all PC games releasing in 2017 and that goes double for this one, but if executed properly, we think that Mass Effect Andromeda is the most likely to exceed our expectations and completely blow us away this year.

  • Developer: Bioware
  • Publisher: EA
  • Release Date: March 21

Honorable mentions: Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Sea of Thieves, Outlast 2, and Friday the 13th: The Game. Naturally, Red Dead Redemption 2 would have been a great contender for this list but the game hasn’t been confirmed for PC just yet unfortunately. We think Rockstar will probably pull a GTA V and release it further down the line for PC, but it’s hard to say for certain at this time so don’t quote us on that.

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