It's always strange writing a list of video games you're looking forward to rather than what you've already played. But with high-profile games like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and Mass Effect: Andromeda releasing soon, other smaller games can get lost in the shuffle. But these titles are worthy of your attention, too.
5. Get Even
Release date: Spring 2017
Gameplay trailers and word of mouth for Get Even has got my curiosity piqued. Developed by The Farm 51 and Bandai Namco Entertainment, Get Even could be about many things, but judging by the terrifying mood of the trailer, it plays a bit off Soma and Outlast with its horror elements.
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4. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Release date: 2017
I feel as though fantasy #RPGs over the years have been very concerned with one-upmanship. #Skyrim came out, then Dragon Age and finally The Witcher came out and said something like, "You think that's hardcore roleplaying? Check this out!"
Kingdom Come is set to raise the bar even higher. Based in the real world with no magic to speak of, this game makes you a master swordsman in a Bohemian army. Developed by Warhorse Studios and only made possibly thanks to #Kickstarter donations, this game tries to be as real as possible and is based on actual events in European medieval history. It features a stretch of land in what is now modern-day Czech Republic, filled with real buildings and real castles. Check it out below.
3. Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3
Release date: April 4, 2017
I just love me a shooter, especially one that makes you think and prepare. Developed by CI Games and built to play three different ways, Sniper: Ghost Warrior is a methodical game that lets you pick your spots while also being super nerdy about guns and gadgets. Set in Eastern Europe's Georgia, there is no mission where you can simply run in and spray bullets everywhere. Crafting weapons and making sure you have the correct gear for every situation is crucial. If #FarCry and #GhostRecon had a baby, it would wish it could be as cool as Sniper: Ghost Warrior.
2. Divinity: Original Sin II
Release date: 2017
If you've ever played a #Divinity game, then you'd know why this sequel is so high on my list. The series reminds me of my old adventures in Baldur's Gate or #Neverwinter, while bringing co-op turned-based gaming at it's best. Boasting a rich, lore-filled world along with some great loot, this should be any dungeon crawlers favorite series. You pick your race and origin and forge your path, either by outsmarting enemies or playing through them with your warhammer. Crazy environmental effects can change the tide of battle. The town of Rivellon needs a new deity. I'm sure you can fill those shoes — no pressure.
Release date: 2017
This is an action role-playing game developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Focus Home Interactive. The gameplay revolves around Jonathan E. Reid, a vampire and doctor who kills innocent people in a bid to sate his desire for human blood. Within the game, anyone can be a target, which has a knock-on effect for the story.
Dontnod has a hit or miss track record when it comes to games, but this one has my attention as the most under the radar game that's set to come out next year. There are a lot of fresh ideas for gameplay mechanics, and the third-person action with fantasy elements built upon a real world setting sounds like my kind of game. The atmosphere of gothic London has me excited to see how this game pans out.
2017 is going to be a big year for gaming, and hopefully these games can make an impact, along with such big-name titles as #Zelda and #Persona5. Be sure to keep an eye open for more than just the usual AAA releases.
Let me know what title you're looking forward to in the coming year in the comments section below.