Someone save me. 2017 has just got underway and there are already more first quarter release scheduled games than funds to pay for them. Does anyone out there have contacts in the Black Market organ trade? I’ve got a kidney that’s hardly been used. Only a few benders between friends, and an energy drink or two… Near mint condition, honest!
2017 appears to be a year of dichotomies. On the one hand, we have several new game IPs scheduled for release that appear to be entirely new takes various game genres. On the other hand, we have new games from existing game series, and some of these are taking on new and different challenges within their existing canon.
Let’s start with a staple of the game market, the “First Person Shooter.” Whether it is fighting your way through Rapture, or combating the Covenant forces, First Person shooters have been a pillar in the gaming world all the way back, and 2017 looks to be an impressive year for them. Whether we’re talking about the required annual Call of Duty release or something like the KickStarter success of Battalion 1944, console and PC games are already warming up their network connections for the inevitable online battles waiting to be forged. For those of you who love the grind, then it’s the Destiny II scheduled release that will have you eagerly anticipating the new release. Personally, my choice for most anticipated early 2017 first person game crosses genres, and will have very little shooting. And that’s the new Resident Evil 7 BioHazard.
The new Resident Evil is taking a few steps back from the direction of the past few incarnations of the title. No more heavily armed special forces, or elite police. Not this time. Capcom has promised a return to survival horror, filled with dread, fear, little green herbs, and those crazy door locks that were, at one time, synonymous with the Resident Evil franchise. Videos and shots I’ve seen of game place promise a game that will be claustrophobic and sphincter clinching enough to finally give us the horror game that the playable trailer promised. Personally, I’m thrilled that Capcom has taking this tack with Resident Evil, especially after the stunning success we saw with Alien Isolation, and hope that I’ll get a chance to feel my heart race as I wonder when the next Hottentot will burst out of a window. Oh, and let’s not forget that it will support VR… Seriously, anyone looking to buy a lung? You only need one of those, right?
In the realm of fighting games, we’ve got some classics scheduled and a few new ones that blur the standard definitions. For the classic fighting/tournament style games, who can ignore the release to two titans slotted for this year. Tekken 7 and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (OK, so Marvel is still TBA, but I’m looking forward to it). As long as no one does something foolish, like “fix something that isn’t broken” these two games will mostly likely bring their usual cast of colorful and stylish fights to our consoles and we just can’t wait. Although, the utterly insane Tekken character endings and humor bump Marvel vs. Capcom, but just by a bit.
However, the one that steals the show would have to be For Honor. You take place in either first person scenario or online battles between Knights, Vikings, and Samurai? Are you kidding me? Dueling system, class balancing, online battles? Did I mention that it’s about battles between Knights, Vikings, and Samurai? I don’t think there really is much more that I need to say about this, aside from DO NOT SUCK. Moving on.
Let’s take a look at my personal favorite games. Those that I call the character driven games, also known as RPG. With such heavy focus on online play, and online competition, I am thrilled to see that so many games, scheduled for 2017 release will be so story and character driven. Games like the new Legend of Zelda, Nioh (Dark Souls meets Samurai action!), Vampyr, and the list goes on, and on, and on. But there are two that I believe require special notice. First, South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Seriously, just
say the name out loud. (Yes, I know you all get it; I just wanted to see if I could get you all to say it out loud). When I played the Stick of Truth, I actually found myself laughing, which is usually pretty rare in a game. Of course, it doesn’t hurt any that I have a rather dirty mind and South Park has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. So I can say with complete honesty, that I cannot wait to play Fractured But Whole.
Lastly, let’s talk about Mass Effect. Mass Effect: Andromeda… How could you, BioWare? First it was Fallout 4, then Witcher 3; then the re-awesome-HD-release of Elder Scrolls: Skyrim; and now… Mass Effect: Andromeda. Sporting planetary exploration. A MAKO that doesn’t drive like it’s being controlled by a drunken, lethargic three-toed tree sloth. New graphics… My God, the new graphics. Jump packs. New characters to fall in love with. When am I going to get to see daylight? When am I going to get sleep? When can I stop selling off my personal items and organs? (OK, last bid being accepted on that Kidney… It’s going fast! Opening bid on the lung begins in an hour).
Welcome to 2017. While there have been many games in the past couple of years that I have been excited about, nothing matches the sheer teeth-gnashing anticipation that I’ve got going for this year. Hell, I didn’t even mention games coming out later this year, such as the new God Of War or Last of Us 2. I doubt I’ll be getting much sleep this year. My family will just start referring to me as “that nice person that is rooted to the couch.” and I will just accept the fact that my lack of funds will not be changing much this year. Unless I can find a way to begin harvesting my husband’s organs…
How am I supposed to keep up with my TV and Movie watching? Wait… Didn’t I promise myself something about getting back in shape and getting health? Oh well, I’m sure it wasn’t that important.