2017 has already been an awesome year for video games with instant classics like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild taking gamers by the storm. As 2017 moves into Fall, I thought it would be nice to show my top 10 most anticipated games of the season. This list of games is my opinion, but please feel free to let me know if you agree or disagree with any of these!
10. South Park: The Fractured But Whole – October 17
I was a big fan of the last South Park game, The Stick of Truth, because of its hilarious pokes at age-long fantasy tropes that we all know and love. Moreover, the game continued the show’s tradition of not holding back any punches. This game features the return of all our favorite bad-mouthed characters as they don the capes and masks of Coon and friends. I never thought that I would say a South Park game was one of my favorite games of 2014, but here we are and I hope that this new game is just as funny as the first.
9. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – October 27
This sequel to Bethesda’s soft reboot of the series continues the alternate timeline in which Nazis won WWII. Set in 1961, the story centers around a resistance fighter who launches a revolt against the Axis powers. The game looks character driven and action packed, and a good story coupled with Bethesda’s signature visual flair is awesome enough for me.
8. Cuphead – September 29
Cuphead is already being hailed by many as the big indie game of the year for it’s retro graphics and extreme Dark Souls-like difficulty. I’ve been following this game for about two years now ever since it made it’s debut at E3 2015. It’s a run and gun platform game inspired by 1930’s cartoons. That seems weird, but the whole game was actually done in the style of cartoons from back then. This means that the whole design was hand drawn, and the original jazz is orchestrated to fit that era. I just think it’s amazing that two brothers were able to put this much effort in a game, and I hope that the mass audiences like their work.
7. Evil Within 2
Anything Bethesda excites me so I’m putting this game on here as well along with Wolfesnstein II. However, out of the two games from Bethesda coming out this fall, I’m more excited about this because it looks more intense and story driven. Personally, I prefer single player games that delve deep into a short list of characters, and The Evil Within 2 looks like one man’s worst nightmare. In that regard, I’m guessing the story will contain a lot of psychological horror dealing with grief that will elevate it from your average horror game.
6. Assassin’s Creed Origins – October 27
Assassin’s Creed hasn’t been doing so well lately in my opinion with the recent games disappointing me and the movie being… well… not good. However, Origins visually looks amazing and it seems like the franchise is going back to it’s roots to deliver a great story with epic action and awesome stunts. I really like the setting of Egypt, and I read that the game will feature a lot more dynamic interaction between NPC’s, which gives a feel along the lines of Skyrim and The Witcher 3. Ubisoft surprisingly hasn’t released a main Assassin’s Creed game in a while, and hopefully, this game will make the wait worth it.
5. Call of Duty: WW2 – November 3
I’m not a fan of the recent Call of Duty games because they keep trying to one up the last one, and it becomes less Call of Duty. If I wanted to play Call of Duty in space, I would play Halo or Destiny, but not Infinite Warfare. This is Call of Duty: WWII’s biggest strength. It’s a return to form for the franchise and something that players have wanted to re-experience for a while. I think this game will feel a lot like Dice’s Battlefield 1, and that’s a good thing. It’s not like Call of Duty is bad all the time. I think Modern Warfare 1 and 2 are some of the best shooters ever made. I really hope this game is good or else Call of Duty might be in some serious trouble going forward.
4. Middle Earth: Shadow of War – October 10
I’m happy to say that Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor took up a ton of time when it came out. It’s fast paced, Witcher-style combat worked really well, and I loved the dark story that happened to be set in the Middle Earth universe. Prior to Shadow of Mordor, I never really associated the Middle Earth movies with anything that dark and gritty, but then Mordor came out and it was pure fan service. Maybe I’m just putting Shadow of War high on this list out of pure nostalgia, but I’m really excited to go back to Middle Earth and pick up where I left off.
3. Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite – September 19
While I know most people wouldn’t put this game on this list, I happen to have a soft spot for fighting games. I absolutely love the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise, and I can’t wait to see what this new one does. I think it’s great that this game has a bigger story than MVC3, and it’s awesome to see my favorite characters from two big franchises come together, even if none of it makes sense. I really appreciate that this game added Mega-Man as I thought the last game should have put him in, and I like the inclusion of Ultron as a villain. I think this game has a good release date too. I’ve basically exhausted Injustice 2, and I’m ready for a new fighting game to take it’s place as my time sink.
2. Destiny 2 – September 6 (Console), October 24 (PC)
Much like another game you’ll read about later on in this list, I thought that the first Destiny felt like a missed opportunity upon launch. While the game had absolutely stunning visuals for a massive multiplayer shooter (mainly due to it’s astronomical $500 million budget), it lacked the gripping story that made Bungie’s previous efforts in the Halo franchise all the more amazing. Destiny 2 on the other hand seems to be putting an emphasis on a redemption story. Characters from the first game seem to be a lot more than quest giving NPC’s and generic allies. The visuals in the sequel definitely look better, and it’s great to know that Bungie went ahead and made the game for PC as well. Since I prefer playing shooters on PC, I will not be playing Destiny 2 until October, but I played the Beta and loved it. The atmosphere feels flavorful, and the gameplay feels more cinematic.
1. Star Wars: Battlefront II – November 17
2015’s Star Wars: Battlefront felt like a huge missed opportunity, but I believe that EA and Dice learned from their mistakes and are ready to give gamers and Star Wars fans what they dreamed of. This game features the amazing multiplayer from the first game with the added benefit of a single player campaign and a greater roster of characters to choose from. The marketing for this game is really focusing on the all encompassing factor of fighting across all eras of the Star Wars galaxy. My favorite thing about the first game is it’s hyper realistic graphics, but this one looks even better. I really hope this is the Star Wars game I’ve been looking for because it’s my biggest hope for gaming this year.
So those are my top ten most anticipated games of Fall 2017! What do you think about this list? Would you add, delete, or change anything? Please feel free to let me know in the comments section! Thanks!