There are tons of great-looking video games coming out in 2017. Many of these are western releases, but a huge number of fantastic titles are coming out of Japan also. In fact, many of my most hotly-anticipated games are Japanese this year.
In any case, here’s a list of all the best (or at least most important) video games currently announced for a 2017 release. I’m putting them in alphabetical order and including trailers whenever possible. I’ll keep this list updated with other important releases as well.
Take a look and let me know which of these video games you’re excited about.
Arms – One of the Nintendo Switch’s first releases, Arms is a boxing game that uses both button and motion controls. Fighters have boxing gloves and long, spring arms and duke it out in a ring. It looks novel, as far as fighting games go, and exactly the sort of quirky little game that Nintendo would come up with.
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk – The game based off the popular, and uber-violent, manga is a spin-off of the also popular Dynasty Warriors franchise. I admit, I kind of wish it were a rip-off of Dark Souls rather than the hack-and-slash chaos of Dynasty Warriors, but that’s probably just a personal bias. Maybe I’m just not that much of a Dynasty Warriors fan.
Call of Cthulhu – A Gothic, Lovecraftian mystery and psychological horror game from Cyanide Studios. Could be great, could be “meh.” But I like the trailer.
Dark Souls III: The Ringed City – The final DLC for the Dark Souls franchise takes the player to the Ringed City, at the end of the Age of Fire, at the edge of the world.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 – The follow-up to the original Divinity: Original Sin which was one of the most charming, clever role-playing games to come out in years. Divinity: Original Sin 2 looks to expand on everything that made the original so great with better graphics, a bigger world, and more choices. If you can’t control your hype for this one, nobody will blame you.
Dragon Quest Heroes II – Fresh off the heals of the amazing Dragon Quest Builders, Dragon Quest Heroes 2 is described as a “hack-and-slash, field-roaming action RPG that sends players on a new adventure to restore order in a once peaceful world filled with hordes of monsters and battles of epic proportions.” Sounds good to me. I like the more cartoony, less-serious style here. It’s a nice contrast to something like Final Fantasy.
Dynasty Warriors 9 – Finally a fully open-world Dynasty Warriors game. Dynasty Warriors 9 promises to be the biggest, best-looking in the long-running epic action franchise.
Fire Emblem Echoes – A “re-imagining” of the second Fire Emblem game (Fire Emblem Gaiden) Echoes comes to the 3DS surprisingly soon after the launch of Fire Emblem Fates last year. But we’re not complaining. The more Fire Emblem the better. The game looks to diverge from the modern entries in the series, with some dungeon-crawling and no marriage mechanic.
Fire Emblem Heroes – The first Fire Emblem mobile game, and the second major mobile release from Nintendo (not counting Pokemon GO) this one is sure to be controversial. I think it looks like a pretty good take on the turn-based fantasy RPG. The free-to-play game is coming to both Android and iOS, and is basically a scaled-down version of a regular, core Fire Emblem title.
For Honor – Knights, Vikings and Samurai do glorious battle in this quirky multiplayer title from Ubisoft. If you like action fighting games with a touch of MOBA, this might be the game for you. I’ve played the alpha, but am waiting for the upcoming beta and full release to offer up any sort of valuable judgment. It’s a great concept, but so much hinges on how satisfying the combat ends up being.
Ghost Recon Wildlands – A vast open-world, anti-cartel special forces game, Ghost Recon Wildlands will either restore our faith in open-world gaming or turn out to be just another in Ubisoft’s long line of overly similar, repetitive titles. I’ll be honest, it’s just really hard to know what to expect from this one. There’s definitely hints of The Division in here, but there’s not much of what I would consider Ghost Recon. I hope I’m pleasantly surprised.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale Series – Say what you will about the Telltale games—at best they’re compelling narratives with interesting choices; at worst they’re clunky attempts to blend gameplay and cinema—but I’m still excited for a Telltale version of Guardians of the Galaxy, my very favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
Halo Wars 2 – The second real-time strategy game in the Halo franchise, Halo Wars 2 has already been getting a bunch of hype as a return to the classics of the genre. Anyone who enjoyed playing Command & Conquer and wishes there were a similar game for Xbox One will probably find lots to love here. It’s also one of the only major exclusives coming to Microsoft’s console.
Injustice 2 – The premiere DC Comics fighting game returns to modern consoles with bigger and better graphics and a whole bunch of superheroes and villains to choose from. Should be fun.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Easily one of the most hotly-anticipated titles of the year, this one’s coming to both the Wii U and the brand new Nintendo Switch. The game borrows some of the art-style of Wind Waker, and is the first truly open-world Zelda game. It makes other changes as well, including stat-based weapons. It looks awesome.
Lego Worlds – Following in the footsteps of games like Minecraft and Dragon Quest Builders, this is a LEGO sandbox game. Gone are the story-driven elements of most LEGO video games. Instead, players can just build to their heart’s content.
Mass Effect Andromeda – A new Mass Effect that leaves the original trilogy behind (millions of light-years behind, actually). This time around you play as a new non-Shepard character exploring the vast and dangerous Andromeda system. The game uses the Frostbite 4 engine and looks gorgeous. The question is whether it will have great characters like the original trilogy—and whether its story will be satisfying.
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard – A major change of pace for the Resident Evil franchise, Biohazard is a first-person horror game with little in the way of shooting guns, and lots of running away and hiding. It looks actually scary, too, and has a VR game mode.
More to come!