Welcome to 2017! This week there are a grand total of fifteen games scheduled, so rather than torture everyone with picking a handful of indie games nobody heard of yet, we’re going to sell out and look to the year ahead.
I’ve got one or two things that have caught my eye for the coming year. For Honor looks like it might scratch some very specific itches, and Horizon: Zero Dawn has the potential to be a tremendous disappointment. However, the big noise in the Doubtingthomas396 household, especially among my kids (Doubtingthomas397 and Doubtingthomas398, respectively) is De-Formers.
It’s a multiplayer arena-battle game that looks like what would happen if everyone played as the ball in Rocket League, if the ball was a squishy, water-balloon version of an animal and could grow by eating other players.
Ok, so not very much like Rocket League, but still: frenetic and wacky and hopefully comes with a single-player mode for people like my daughter who just want the characters to bounce around on things and make funny faces. I look forward to the action on the Curse channel, even if I’m the only one in it.
Chris "C" Cesarano
For me, there's so little known about 2017 that it's hard to look forward to anything beyond March. This is partially because Nier: Automata releases that month, and the odds are sufficiently low that anything beyond that will tickle my fancies in such a generous fashion.
This is also partially because Nintendo isn't revealing any details about the Nintendo Switch's games library until the 12th, after which I'm sure they'll have a whole slew of titles announced at least until the summer. By then, Nintendo and all other studios will be announcing their fall and winter release schedules, half of which will inevitably get pushed to the ever-more-crowded first quarter of the following year.
So while I'm certainly excited to play Gravity Rush 2 in a couple of weeks, Horizon: Zero Dawn in a month, and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice presumably sometime in 2017, I can only sit and wait to see what the different studios announce in the next six months to truly know what to hype myself up for. Until then, Nier: Automata remains my most anticipated title of 2017, and if the demo is anything to go by, it will be a tough game to topple.