We're well into 2017 and it's already been an incredible year for video games. There's already been a glut of absolutely terrific games to come out and we're not even halfway through the year. Much of the best is yet to come with the typical fall and holiday blockbusters still on the horizon. Here's a look at some of the big one's we're looking forward to later this year.
God Of War
The God Of War series has proven itself on multiple occasions, so there really doesn’t need to be extra hype around this new release. But this is going to be a different game, and should provide a fresh look at everyone's favorite gritty deity. This time around the series is expected to stray from Greco-Roman mythology, and will instead venture into the realm of the Norse gods. This should give it a different look while staying with the same violent, action-packed playing style fans have come to love.
People have been hearing about Rime for a while, and another list of highly anticipated games for 2017 explained that it’s been through the developmental treadmill. Its original working title was Echoes of Siren, and it was once an Xbox exclusive project. Thanks to those changes it's been delayed a few years, but it’s finally on the cusp of a release. Players will control a young boy stranded on an island as they solve puzzles and navigate treacherous terrain to survive. The big selling point for most people has to be the dreamlike graphics and it could be one of the most gorgeous games of the year.
Middle Earth: Shadow Of War
Expected to get an August release, this is an open world action/adventure game that will serve as a sequel to 2014’s Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor. Given that the original was one of the best-reviewed games this decade, it’s no wonder we’re looking forward to this one. The "Nemesis" system revolutionized the action genre and we're looking forward to wiping out a whole mess of Orcs when it comes out this August.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
South Park has been all over the place with its games. For years, the show produced a number of middling, forgettable console games. Then a few years ago it got involved in online slot reels, where it’s actually had some success. The show’s most recent themed slot, “Reel Chaos,” featured all the South Park kids as superheroes—which is interesting in that that’s just what this upcoming game will do. Building on the success of the hilarious RPG, South Park: The Stick Of Truth, this new game will create a similar experience around the superhero alter-egos of popular characters. It should be a fun ride if it ever actually sees the light of day.
Call Of Duty: WWII
Plenty of people have moved on from the Call Of Duty franchise, and that's fair enough. The games have become somewhat stale, and despite their pioneering forays into multiplayer shooters, other franchises have become more reliable when it comes to offering new thrills. That said, it’s a good bet that the team behind CoD is aware of this shift in perception, and WWII appears to be a welcome return to form for this iconic war series. It will be interesting to see what they come up with to make the story mode more engaging and the multiplayer even more impressive.
Star Wars Battlefront II
Like Middle Earth: Shadow Of War, this just looks like an extremely reliable sequel. Star Wars Battlefront on modern consoles was an incredible experience when it was released in late 2015. With an expanded story mode and even more maps and characters you can bet that Battlefront II, combined with the hype from the new movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is going to be big. Battlefront II should definitely be one of the biggest releases of this year.
Spider-Man is all over the place in modern gaming. The character has been used for plenty of successful console titles as well as several popular mobile games. This forthcoming title is particularly exciting because it’s one of the first Marvel games that will be released after the company declared its intention to beef up its console offerings. Rumor has it that the game will not be related to the upcoming film, but that could actually be a good thing. The developers have suggested that rushing a game to fit with a movie release just results in an inferior product, and we're glad they're seem to be taking their time to get it right.