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30 Games to Get Excited About in 2017

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Every year is seemingly the best game ever for gaming. But 2017 will give us a new Mass Effect, new Zelda, and new Nintendo console with the Nintendo Switch. That’s an incredible lineup, and there’s even more to come, like Super Mario Odyssey, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Horizon Zero Dawn. Indie titles continue to generate huge buzz as well, with games like Yooka-Laylee, Tacoma, and Night in the Woods coming this year.

Read on for our 30 most anticipated games of 2017.

For Everyone:

Cuphead

Cuphead has been in development for years and delayed several times. But it’s looking like 2017 will finally let us play this unique side-scrolling shooter set in a striking world of retro animation.

Mid-2017 (PC, XBO)

Deformers

Deformers looks like someone took a goofy ’90s toy line and turned it into a physics-based arena brawler. Super Smash Bros. with balls?

February 14 (PC, PS4, XBO)

Ever Oasis

Remember one of the few new games Nintendo announced during last year’s E3? Ever Oasis looks like a charming action-RPG mash-up of Zelda and Animal Crossing.

2017 (3DS)

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda is one of the most beloved franchises in all of gaming, and Breath of the Wild is set to shake up the standard formula in some stunning ways. The biggest new addition is a true open world for Link to explore.

March 3 (Switch, Wii U)

LEGO Worlds

It’s LEGO meets Minecraft in this multiplayer build ’em up. It’s been on Steam Early Access since June of 2015, and finally getting a proper release date this February.

February 24 (PC, PS4, XBO)

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World

If you missed the excellent Wii U version, Yoshi’s Woolly World is coming to Nintendo 3DS. This edition is optimized for the 3DS, and includes new bonus levels featuring Yoshi’s new adorable sidekick Poochy.

February 3 (3DS)

Splatoon 2

A sequel to one of the Wii U’s best games was announced during the Nintendo Switch Presentation. Splatoon 2 is very a much a sequel – retaining the solid paint-shooting, team-based battles with more weapons, stages, outfits, etc.

Summer 2017 (Switch)

Super Mario Odyssey

With a new Nintendo console comes new Mario games. Super Mario Odyssey will give us a proper follow-up to the more free-form 3D Mario games of the Nintendo 64 and Gamecube eras. Mario’s hat has become a power-up that lets him reach new heights.

Holiday 2017 (Switch)

Yooka-Laylee

Billed as a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka-Laylee looks to capture the friendly fun of 3D action-adventure platformers. The Wii U version was recently canceled, but now it’s coming to Nintendo Switch in addition to other platforms.

April 11 (PC, PS4, Switch, XBO)

 

For Older Kids and Teens:

Below

Below is another game that’s been in development for years, originally announced in 2013. It’s an adventure set on a mysterious island, and developed by the makers of Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery.

2017 (PC, XBOX)

Cosmic Star Heroine

One of my personally most anticipated games is this pixelated RPG that takes its inspiration from 16-bit classics like Chrono Trigger. Zeboyd Games has crafted some excellent indie RPGs. Cosmic Star Heroine stars a sci-fi bounty hunter on an intergalactic adventure.

2017 (PC, PS4, Vita)

Halo Wars 2

The sequel to 2009’s Halo Wars looks to recapture the rare magic of a real-time strategy game that works well on consoles. Halo Wars 2 returns to the sci-fi Halo universe, and introduces a new villainous alien faction called the Banished.

February 21 (PC, XBO)

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn is a 3rd person action-RPG set in a sci-fi world filled with crazy robot dinosaurs. Heroine Aloy is a post-apocalyptic hunter who can hack these creatures to gain powerful allies as she explores the world.

February 28 (PS4)

Injustice 2

Injustice 2 continues the dark, alternate timeline from the first game that featured Superman as a tyrannical villain. New fighters include Supergirl, Gorilla Grodd, and Deadshot.

May 16 (PS4, XBO)

Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite

Fans have been begging for a new Marvel vs. Capcom title for years. The fighting game series has an incredibly large roster from two major franchises, and a signature tag-team battle system – though Infinite will feature two on two instead of three on three.

2017 (PC, PS4, XBO)

Night in the Woods

Night in the Woods is a successful Kickstarter indie game due out in early 2017. Don’t be fooled by the graphics and anthropomorphic characters. The game explores some heavier themes as you return to reconnect with small town life. It’s also really funny.

February 2017 (PC, PS4)

Pyre

After Bastion and Transistor any new release from Supergiant Games should cause you to stand up and take notice. Pyre is a party-based action-RPG set in an underworld that you try to escape. The team-based combat is reminiscent of a soccer match and features local multiplayer.

2017 (PC, PS4)

Star Wars: Battlefront 2

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A sequel to 2015’s generally well-received Star Wars Battlefront is coming this Fall. It will feature content from the new Star Wars movies, and probably feature a full single-player campaign in addition to the large-scale multiplayer.

Fall 2017 (PC, PS4, XBO)

 

For Parents:

Detroit: Become Human

David Cage and Quantic Dream have established a fun niche of story-heavy adventure games featuring motion capture. Detroit: Become Human tackles issues of artificial intelligence in the near-future city. Characters can live or die based on your complex choices.

2017 (PS4)

For Honor

A unique medieval fantasy setting throws vikings, samurai, and knights into an all-out war. For Honor features large battles as well as one-on-one duels. It will include a single-player campaign as well as multiple multiplayer modes and maps.

February 14 (PC, PS4, XBO)

God of War

A new non-numbered God of War is the long-awaited sequel to 2010’s God of War III. Kratos returns (sans chain-swords), now accompanied by his son as they explore a new world based on Norse mythology.

2017 (PS4)

Mass Effect: Andromeda

You may have heard of sci-fi RPG series Mass Effect. Mass Effect: Andromeda is the first in the series since 2012’s Mass Effect 3, and the first to star a different protagonist. Andromeda takes place hundreds of years after the original trilogy, in an entirely new galaxy.

March 21 (PC, PS4, XBO)

Persona 5

Spinoffs from the Shin Megami Tensei series, the Persona games are one of the most beloved modern JRPG series. Persona 5 continues the story and gameplay of navigating an anime high school while making friends and battling monsters.

April 4 (PS3, PS4)

Prey

Prey is an all-new first-person shooter developed by the makers of the Dishonored series. It looks a bit like Dishonored in space, as you’re stuck on a space station with hostile aliens. You’ll be able to choose between a male and female version of the main hero, Morgan Yu.

2017 (PC, PS4, XBO)

Red Dead Redemption 2

The trailer above has nearly 10 million views, in case you’re wondering about Red Dead Redemption’s popularity. We know almost nothing about this long-awaited sequel. This Grand Theft Auto Western is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year. It’s also the most likely to be delayed into 2018.

2017 (PS4, XBO)

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

The long-running action-horror franchise is looking to go much more horror than action this year. Biohazard is the first main-series Resident Evil game to feature first-person gameplay. It’s aiming to return to its roots of solving puzzles and exploring a spooky house.

January 24 (PC, PS4, PSVR, XBO)

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park: The Stick of Truth was a surprisingly fantastic RPG that recreated the art and characters of the long-running adult cartoon. The Fractured But Whole adds a satirical superhero theme that was introduced in later seasons of the show.

2017 (PS, PS4, XBO)

Tacoma

Gone Home stunned many with its environmental storytelling. Fulblright’s next game is called Tacoma, named after the space station the game takes place in. Players must piece together what happened to its residents by exploring the station.

2017 (PC, XBO)

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

The Ghost Recon series returns to a more modern-day setting in the large open world of Bolivia. The third-person shooter will feature four-player cooperative multiplayer.

March 7 (PC, PS4, XBO)

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Planescape: Torment is one of the most cherished tactical cRPGs in history. This spiritual successor enjoyed a multi-million dollar Kickstarter campaign and Steam Early Access, and is finally set to release this year. Torment takes place in the Numenera tabletop RPG setting, set on an unrecognizable Earth one billion years into the future.

February 28 (PC, PS4, XBO)

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Capcom Winter Sale for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

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One of Nintendo’s best third-party publishers is having a sale throughout the holidays. The Capcom Winter Sale features big franchises like Monster Hunter, Phoenix Wright, and Resident Evil for half off or more on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Note that the sale only applies to digital versions purchased via the Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo 3DS:

  • Mega Man Legacy Collection $7.49 (50% off)
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate $9.99 (50% off)
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate $19.99 (50% off)
  • Monster Hunter Generations $19.99 (50% off)
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies $11.99 (70% off)
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice $19.99 (33% off)
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy $14.99 (50% off)
  • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D $4.99 (75% off)
  • Resident Evil Revelations $4.99 (75% off)
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition $4.99 (75% off)

Wii U:

  • DuckTales: Remastered $5.99 (60% off)
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara $5.99 (60% off)
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate $13.59 (65% off)
  • Resident Evil Revelations $9.99 (75% off)

The Mega Man Legacy Collection includes the first six 8-bit Mega Man games for the NES. The Phoenix Wright Trilogy includes the first three titles originally released for Nintendo DS, remastered for 3DS.

The best deal here is Monster Hunter Generations, which just released earlier this year in the US. Monster Hunter Generations received very positive reviews, and has an 87/100 on Metacritic. It was the best-selling game in the month of July, and helped boost 3DS sales this year. The $19.99 sale is its lowest price point yet.

I can personally vouch for DuckTales: Remastered. It’s a charming, beautiful recreation of one of the original NES’ best games, and very kid-friendly.

The sale ends on January 4.

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Pokémon Sun and Moon Review

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Available On: Nintendo 3DS

A lot is riding on Pokémon Sun and Moon. Pokémon popularity is at its highest point since its inception in the 90s, thanks to its 20th Anniversary and hit mobile game Pokémon GO. Yet we haven’t seen a new, non-remake Pokémon title in three years.

Pokémon Sun and Moon represent the largest shift in the series we’ve ever seen. These are still classic monster catching and battling games aimed at kids, but the numerous improvements and new island setting make Pokémon Sun and Moon a hugely successful entry in the popular franchise.

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Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS Review

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Available on Nintendo 3DS

One of the Wii U’s most popular games makes the jump to the Nintendo 3DS this fall with Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. If you’re already a fan of the Wii U version, you know what to expect with the portable edition of the game. But a few tweaks have made an already almost endless entertaining game experience even better.

Super Mario Challenge

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS is almost identical to its Wii U counterpart, but with two notable omissions. There is no amiibo support to add costume-changing Mystery Mushrooms, and no way to upload a created level to Course World. Your creations can still be shared to others directly through the local wireless and StreetPass. If you and the kids aren’t interested in sharing your levels with the whole world to get ratings and comments on them, you will likely prefer picking up the 3DS version of Super Mario Maker. Levels can still be shared (and even collaborated on) within your family if you have more than one 3DS, so that ability isn’t completely gone, but it is limited.

The focus seems to be more on playing Super Mario games rather than creating them. All of the tools in the Wii U edition are still there for creation in the various game types, but they are now unlocked by playing through the Super Mario Challenge courses that are included in the game.

Super Mario Maker 3DS

Perhaps the most remarkable addition to the 3DS version of Super Mario Maker are the medals available for every Super Mario Challenge course. Not only do you have to make it to the flagpole at the end as usual, there are now achievement-like goals you can meet along the way.

If you’re a game completionist, these are irresistible, even though they earn you nothing more than a check mark on the course. Adding a bonus challenge–some medals require you to only move forward the entire level, or collect a certain number of coins –adds another compelling layer to just simply making your way through by jumping on goombas and hitting question blocks.

Creating your own levels is just as easy and intuitive as the Wii U. The portability and quick loading time of the 3DS make it easier to pick up and create than the Wii U version.

The graphics are surprisingly clear and colorful. You can be as crazy and creative with your Super Mario levels as you want.

Super Mario Maker 3DS

The Rating

The game is rated E for Everyone with no questionable content. Players are able to access community-created levels shared in the Course World, but those courses are monitored by Nintendo for any inappropriate content. Course creation is intuitive for kids and the tutorials are robust. But with a lot of reading required to get through them, older kids might learn to start creating levels faster than younger ones.

Takeaway

It’s the on-the-go course collections, like the Super Mario Challenge and 100 Mario Challenge, that really give the game a long life. If you’ve loved Super Mario Bros. since you were little, the almost endless stream of courses will feel like familiar fun that tests almost anyone’s Mario skills.