Published on August 9th, 2017 | by Zorbz
Zorbz Top 10 upcoming games for 2017 – Part 1
Hey Guys, Zorbz here with a special little top 10 list of the games i’m most looking forward to playing that are due to release by the end of 2017 (here’s hoping there won’t be anymore delays) I’ll be splitting these up into 2 parts with 5 in each, so in no particular order here we go:
Now many of you may not know, but Sonic 2 on the Sega Megadrive is my favourite game of all time, one that i play regularly that i just never seem to get tired of. The whole 2D Sonic saga on the Sega Megadrive in fact just had everything from crisp visuals, blistering speed, great characters, AMAZING music and some tough bosses, but let’s face it, the sonic games to follow over the years were just always missing something that made Sonic special. After seeing countless footage of Sonic Mania, it really feels like this could pass as another Megadrive era game as everything from the look, the music and the way he handles are just so reminiscent of the Sonic of old. I could go on forever about Sonic but you’ll hear more about Sonic Mania in my upcoming review in the next few weeks. MOVING ON!
Now Sonic may be my guy, but technically I was playing Mario games back on the NES before I even knew who Sonic was. Unlike Sonic games, Mario games have remained amazing over the years, always reinventing themselves with new ideas and maintaining the bar that most platformers strive to reach for. Mario Odyssey once again looks like another classic filled with new ideas and mechanics but still staying true to what makes Mario great – tight controls, beautiful visuals and charm and a high level of polish that Nintendo always delivers. I can’t wait to see more from Odyssey as we draw closer to it’s release but the moment it was announced I already knew i was buying it before even needing to see any gameplay or screenshots.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
When Wolfenstein: The New Order was originally announced, my immediate reaction was ‘are you serious, another one?’ because let’s face it, the previous Wolfenstein titles just downright sucked. Unlike the success of Doom 3 making that transition from the sprite based shooter to a full 3D polygonal shooter, Wolfenstein just couldn’t make its mark. Sure the original on PC back when I was a kid was something new and fresh and unlike anything I had ever seen before, but damn were the 3D ones to follow over the years generic and bland as hell. So after just brushing it off I just kept seeing great reviews for the New order, so naturally I had to give it a go and see what all the hype was about and holy crap was it amazing. The story was engaging, the levels were beautifully created, the gunplay was perfect and heavy just how I like my shooters and although it was gritty and grim it still had that little spice of black comedy to it that just made it the perfect package. After seeing gameplay footage (because Migs went without me to demo it *dies inside*) I was completely blown away because not only does it follow on where the story left off, but damn does it look pretty, the visuals look a hell of a lot better and the whole Nazi occupied America setting is just so surreal and yes it still has that black comedy charm to it, so bring it on and let’s make America great again…
The Evil Within 2
Now I know The Evil Within got some decent reviews when it launched but it never seemed to get the praise I feel it deserved. After Resident evil 5 (well after 4 for most) but after 5 for me the series just started to suck (with the exception of resident evil revelations on 3ds) and it was evident that Shinji Mikami’s influence was missing after his departure. That is until Mikami went on to found Tango gameworks and started developing The Evil Within which was a return to the old school survival horror that made Resident Evil great. Did he succeed, some people seem to think not, but to me The Evil Within was everything I had hoped for and featured tense moments with me creeping around avoiding detection and then running like a lunatic when I was spotted, only to try and pick my shots to conserve my ammunition. The gameplay felt tight and weighted like the original resident evils but obviously minus the tank controls, it was moody in atmosphere and had a plethora of nasties straight from the depths of your most terrifying nightmares to slay and most importantly it had an over the top story that was reminiscent of a true B-grade horror flick. It was everything I could ask for and now the sequel looks to top that with better visuals, and a more fleshed out story which seems to be a lot more serious in tone this time around and I still don’t know how to feel about that as I kind of enjoy the terrible acting/cheesy trope side of things. I definitely do have high hopes or this sequel though, so let’s see if they can pull it off again.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
I can easily say the uncharted franchise was my favourite of last generation, in fact Naughty Dog are probably my favourite developers hands down. When the team announced story DLC for Uncharted 4, never did I think something like The Lost Legacy would come about and to be quite honest I don’t think they did either. This is clearly not DLC and is basically a full fledged game as they have stated it’s about the same length as the original Uncharted game, which is insane and makes me super excited because I totally didn’t expect it to be this huge. Migs once again got to sit down and demo it (which I’m also jealous about) and said it was great and that the area she played in was massive, so that already had me salivating. If you haven’t played an Uncharted game go buy the Uncharted trilogy immediately and 4 as well and finish them all within the next two weeks because this game is looking like it will be another masterpiece.
And there you have it folks, the end of part 1 of my top 10 upcoming 2017 games. Stay tuned for part 2 and let me know what games you’re looking forward to most in the comments, they might even be in part 2 of my list.