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Nine of Our Most Anticipated Video Games of 2017

In Gaming, Op-Ed by Cassie Crone0 Comments

A new year has arrived and along with comes the promise of new and exciting video games. No doubt that video game fanatics are just as excited as we are for what 2017 has in store for us. Will this new year bring a new set of trends in the industry, perhaps vintage, pixelated games more focused on the visual experience over the storyline? If, by chance, you’re just recovering from playing your favorite online casino games during the holidays, a lot of gambling sites in Canada are offering equally exciting bonuses, especially for new customers. But enough about that because today we rounded up some of the most exciting, most innovative, and most awaited video games that you can expect to be released this year.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Game Developer: Ubisoft
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: March 7, 2017

The story begins in a city in Bolivia infested with powerful and influential drug cartels. To counter the crime lords, the US Army dispatches its state-of-the-art soldiers to restore peace and use their guns to, well, neutralize enemies. There will be a lot of blood and a lot of shooting. The game emphasizes unique battle strategies using drones and stealth, including day and night cycles to complete each mission. The game is both exciting and pleasing to the eye.

Tacoma
Game Developer: Fullbright Company
Platform: Xbox One, PC
Release Date: to be announced

Imagine living on a space station that orbits the Earth after humanity has suddenly and mysteriously ceased to exist. You will be left wondering, quite literally, “What on Earth happened here?” From the award-winning creators of “Gone Home,” (a narrative adventure game), Tacoma focuses on the subtlety of human life, while giving emphasis to the storyline. You must roam around the space station and get to know the people around you to unravel what really happened to you.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Game Developer: Ubisoft
Platform: Xbox One, PC, PS4
Release Date: Early 2017

Its predecessor released in 2014 known as South Park: The Stick of Truth had everybody wondering how a simple role-playing game could be this fun, funny, and thrilling all at the same time. Ubisoft’s South Park: The Fractured But Whole is expected to deliver the same, if not better, experience this year as it parodies the storyline of Captain America: Civil War.

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Sea of Thieves

Game Developer: Rare
Platform: Xbox One, PC
Release Date: to be announced

If you have always wanted to know what it is like to live and breathe like a pirate, Rare’s Sea of Thieves is perfect for you. You will get on a ship with some other teammates and then navigate the oceans battling other pirates and their ships. The map is solid and includes treasure islands that you can explore while questing. All players can expect an overall unique game design and along with it a totally new visual experience.

Persona 5

Game Developer: Atlus
Platform: PS4
Release Date: April 4, 2017

This game series has undeniably garnered success each time an installment was released. With its launch in Japan early last year receiving nothing but positive reviews, Persona 5 is ready to be released to the international gaming arena. This dark role-playing game revolves around Tokyo students with superhuman powers battling enemies with superpowers of their own. This game is addictive and has achieved a rapidly growing following in the United States.

Overland

Game Developer: Finji
Platform: PC, iMac
Release Date: to be announced

Fans of post-apocalyptic survival games should be excited for Overland—instead of the usual and boring zombies, players must survive an alien invasion in turn-based gameplay. You, as a player, are tasked to manage a small group of alien invasion survivors through a cross-country expedition. Expect to loot abandoned cars, fight monsters along the way, and basically keep every single one of you alive, as much as possible. While the game lets you see a simple façade through its no-nonsense graphics and design, it also lets you in on really complex and tactical challenges that will force you to use your better judgment. Truly, truly addictive!

Little Nightmares

Game Developer: Tarsier Studios
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: to be announced

Little Nightmares takes you to a terrible alternate world; in here, your aim is to guide our cute protagonist named Six through a huge underwater world. Many people think the whole vibe of the game screams “Tim Burton,” which is never a bad thing.

Home Free

Game Developer: Kevin Cancienne
Platform: PC, PS4
Release Date: to be announced

The idea was small and seemingly irrelevant in the beginning, but after being a successful hit on Kickstarter back in 2015, Home Free is now set for release this year. In this game, you will play as a stray dog that finds itself in a really huge city. What’s a dog got to do in a big city? You will beg for sustenance, you can socialize and talk to other stray dogs along the way, and you will explore the map that provides you with a unique environment each time you play it. Dog lovers are expected to really burn a lot of game hours playing this addicting and totally fun game.

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For Honor

Game Developer: Ubisoft
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: February 14, 2017

Gamers who wish to stay in and spend their Valentine’s Day in front of their consoles will not be disappointed with For Honor as it promises an all-new take on the genre. This time, it will be more tactical and more pleasing to the eye. You can choose from a wide range of character and classes which include Viking, Samurai, and Knight, each with their own specializations.

These are just some of the video game titles that are set to be released this year. Which ones are you really excited about? Let us know in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you!

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