It's 2017, which means we have a whole new year's worth of games incoming. There'll be the usual big budget triple-A games, a host of indies, lots of sequels, some new IPs, more free-to-play games and all sorts of other stuff. Only a small percentage of these will appeal to an individual, but even among that small percentage there may be a bunch of games to decide between. Decisions, decisions....
While things might change if a game we haven't heard of yet suddenly pops up, we at Gamehubs have made our decisions. The following are our personal most anticipated games, with each writer having a main pick (two, in David's case) and no more than three honourable mentions. Concidentally, our main picks are all Japanese games, David's bonus pick not included.
I didn't expect my gaming waifu of 2017 to be an android called YoRHa No.2 Type B, but I suppose it’s all fate's work. Truthfully, YoRHa No.2 Type B - or simply 2B, which makes me think of 2B pencils every single time - is the main reason NieR: Automata is at the top of my "most anticipated" list instead of Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and the reason why the action RPG constantly lingers at the back of mind. But even so, it would be a disservice to say that 2B is the only reason I'm interested in the game.
NieR: Automata first caught my attention with its aesthetics: at a mere glance, 2B's design came across as cool, badass and attractive without being hilariously skimpy, while the environments conveyed the post-apocalyptic nature of the setting well while evoking a sense of calm and beauty at the same time. Shortly after I learnt that it was made by Platinum Games and instead of the typical JRPG combat that I'd always felt disinterested in, there'd be hacking and slashing. That established the possibility that I'd get the game.
A couple of weeks ago, I finally got around to watching some gameplay of it. It was the boss battle that was shown at E3 2016, after having my eyes glued to the screen the entire time, my mind said: "Yep, I'm totally getting this game." For the record, I'm not a fan of boss battles, but that fight (and the epic, haunting soundtrack) effortlessly sold me on the game. I'm interested to see what the plot's like too.
I'm a bit less enthusiastic for the side-scrolling and top-down parts, but I do find the changes in perspective interesting. And ultimately, they're not going to dissuade me from what I hope will be a masterpiece of a game. A masterpiece starring an android (or androids...) made from waifu material. You have my permission to cringe.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Now that Metal Gear Solid 5 is no longer deeply entrenched in my mind, I'm quite looking forward to Ubisoft's open world tactical shooter. While Wildlands won't let me abduct enemies with fulton balloons, that provides me an excuse to fully commit to cool, silent murder, which is also charming in its own way.
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
Bulletstorm requiring Games for Windows Live made it an instant no-no for me back in 2011. I got to have fun with its whip and boot (and guns) on a friend's Xbox 360 though and this year I'll be able to reexperience it on PC with improved visuals, new content and most importantly sans GFWL.
Days of War
I need a new multiplayer FPS and Days of War, which releases on the 26th of January, seems like a good candidate for now. It's a World War 2 FPS that looks accessible and arcadey enough, despite the noticeable recoil, but at the same time has classes and objective-based modes (though Team Deathmatch is also in it). I had a blast with Rainbow Six Siege and Paladins last year but I'm in need of a change of pace, and Days of War promises just that.