33 best upcoming games of 2017

We round up the best games set to come out in 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, 3DS, and Nintendo Switch.

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  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • Yooka-Laylee
  • Dawn of War III
  • Prey
  • Tekken 7
  • Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Project Cars 2
  • Destiny 2
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • Star Citizen
  • Crackdown 3
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Days Gone
  • Agents of Mayhem
  • Death Stranding
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • God of War
  • Quake Champions
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • Metal Gear Survive
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Sea of Thieves
  • State of Decay 2
  • Assassin's Creed: Empire
  • Far Cry 5
  • Battlefront 2
  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Spider-Man PS4
  • The Avengers Project
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Best games coming out in 2017: Mass Effect: Andromeda

Release date: 23 March 2017
Available to pre-order now from: Amazon, GAME, ShopTo
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

BioWare's latest sci-fi epic is leaving the Milky Way and heading to the Andromeda galaxy, which will bring with it news ships, new alien species, and vast new planets to explore. There'll be a few familiar faces of course, and the same blend of roleplaying and third-person shooter combat, but there's plenty that's new. The first looks at gameplay suggest a greater focus on planetary exploration, with open worlds and an emphasis on crafting and discovery. 

Find out more about Mass Effect: Andromeda here, or read our Mass Effect Andromeda review

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Release date: 23 March 2017
Available to pre-order now from: Amazon, GAME, ShopTo
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

BioWare's latest sci-fi epic is leaving the Milky Way and heading to the Andromeda galaxy, which will bring with it news ships, new alien species, and vast new planets to explore. There'll be a few familiar faces of course, and the same blend of roleplaying and third-person shooter combat, but there's plenty that's new. The first looks at gameplay suggest a greater focus on planetary exploration, with open worlds and an emphasis on crafting and discovery. 

Find out more about Mass Effect: Andromeda here, or read our Mass Effect Andromeda review

Best games coming out in 2017: Yooka-Laylee

Release date: 11 April 2017
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, and maybe Nintendo Switch

This Kickstarter-funded platformer is a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie and its sequel Banjo-Tooie, made by a load of the people who used to work at developer Rare. It'll feature a similar mix of platforming and collectables, driven by a host of weird and wacky characters, though tweaked and fine-tuned to suit modern tastes. A Wii U version of the game was recently cancelled, but the developers are working with Nintendo to hopefully bring it to the upcoming Switch instead.

Best games coming out in 2017: Dawn of War III

Release date: 27 April 2017
Platforms: PC

The new Dawn of War III trailer has got a lot of hearts racing through its quite remarkably epic cinematic. Set to arrive in 2017, DoW 3 is expected to encorporate both a single-player campaign and a multiplayer aspect, presenting both online and offline challenges for players.

Watch the trailer and find out more about the current Dawn of War III rumours here.

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Best games coming out in 2017: Prey

Release date: 5 May 2017
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Considering the original Prey announcement was made five years ago, fans of the series have been waiting a while. However, this is not the Prey that was announced all those years ago. Instead, it has been reimagined by an entirely new studio and will now offer a near-future cci-fi FPS.

We don't have long to wait now though, because the game's recently been confirmed for a 5 May release. Find out more in our Prey round-up.

Best games coming out in 2017: Tekken 7

Release date: 2 June 2017
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Set to be the last in the series, 20 years after the original Tekken was ported to the PlayStation, Tekken 7 is said to include the conclusion to the Mishima clan saga.

Find out more about Tekken 7 here.

Best games coming out in 2017: Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy

Release date: 30 June 2017
Available to pre-order now from: Amazon
Platforms: PS4

Yes, you read that correctly. Crash Bandicoot is getting a remaster and we cannot wait. Announced at E3 2016 during Sony's press conference, Activision is re-launching Crash Bandicoot, Crash 2 and Warped in HD for PS4 as the N.Sane Trilogy and we now know its release date closer than expected. The development team are branding this a 'remaster plus' because of how substantially they've had to revamp the code for PS4.

Keep up to date with Crash Bandicoot's development in our rumour round-up here.

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Best games coming out in 2017: Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Release date: 25 August 2017
Available to pre-order now from: Amazon, Game
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The 2014 hit Shadow of Mordor is getting a sequel later this year that promises to be bigger, better, and broodier. Like the first game, it's set in between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will see you tasked with sneaking around Sauron's armies picking fights and spreading dissent, with the ultimate goal of turning his own forces against him. Expect a big expansion to the first game's Nemesis system, with the new Followers and Nemesis Fortresses to make every playthrough even more personalised than before.

Keep up to date with Shadow of War in our rumour round-up here.

Best games coming out in 2017: Red Dead Redemption 2

Release date: Autumn 2017
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

Arguably the most exciting gaming news to come out of 2016 is the announcement that Red Dead Redemption 2 is official and will be arriving on consoles late in 2017.

There's very little information to share about Red Dead 2 so far, but everything we do know can be found in our Red Dead Redemption 2 rumour round-up.

Best games coming out in 2017: Project Cars 2

Release date: Autumn 2017
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The follow-up to 2015's surprise racing game hit, Project Cars 2 promised much of the same, except bigger, faster, and shinier. The announcement promised 170+ cars and 60+ tracks, including some newly scanned from real-world courses. Other new features include dynamic weather and online competitive leagues, but the real draw is the new support of both VR and 12K output - though good luck building a PC beefy enough to output 4K to three monitors at once.

Find out more about the game in our Project Cars 2 news round-up.

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Best games coming out in 2017: Destiny 2

Release date: Autumn 2017
Platforms: TBC

Activision confirmed in an investor presentation in February 2017 that the sequel to its hit MMOFPS Destiny is due some time in 2017. The game will have a “great cast of memorable, relatable characters” as well as a “cinematic storyline,” and is set to be more accessible for players who want a "more casual first-person experience.” The original Destiny has improved dramatically with expansions after a rocky start, so hopefully developer Bungie can build on that to produce a truly great sequel.

Find out about the latest Destiny content and Destiny 2 rumours.

Best games coming out in 2017: Super Mario Odyssey

Release date: Christmas 2017
Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has announced that it is bringing a new Super Mario game to its new Switch console later this year. It's set to be a massive 3D platformer in the vein of Super Mario 64 and ventures into new territory for Mario games: a realistic(ish) take on New York City.

You can find out more in our Super Mario Odyssey release date, price & features article.

Best games coming out in 2017: South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Release date: TBC 2017
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Pre-order from: Amazon, GAME

The multi-part follow up to 2014's South Park: The Stick of Truth turns away from the fantasy theme and has the kids playing superheroes. It's set to arrive some time Ubisoft's 2018 fiscal year, which runs from April 2017 to March 2018, after several delays. You'll play as 'The New Kid,' who is trying to become part of the kids' superhero gang.

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Best games coming out in 2017: Star Citizen

Release date: TBC 2017
Platforms: PC

Star Citizen managed to raise almost $100m from Kickstarter and through other crowdfunding means, which just goes to show how highly anticipated it is. It brings together solo, cooperative, FPS, third-person, open-world gameplay, space exploration and hand-to-hand combat into one shiny package that we can't wait to open.

The release date is questionable - we were told 2016 but that clearly didn't happen, and with no solid release date yet revealed it could well mean we've still got a while to wait.

Find out more about the game and its release date rumours in our Star Citizen rumour round-up.

Best games coming out in 2017: Crackdown 3

Release date: TBC 2017
Platforms: Xbox One

Unveiled at Gamescom 2015 in August, Crackdown 3 is set to be one of the most exciting games on the horizon, showcasing some truly amazing technical advancements that make it stand out from the crowd. Intrigued? You should be.

Unfortunately E3 2016 revealed that Crackdown 3 has been delayed until 2017, so we'll have to wait a while longer before we can play it for ourselves.

Find out more in our Crackdown 3 round-up here.

Best games coming out in 2017: Detroit: Become Human

Release date: TBC 2017
Platforms: PS4

Announced during Sony's Paris Games Week in October, Detroit: Become Human is an exciting upcoming sci-fi game created by Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls developer Quantic Dream.

We love the announcement trailer for this one, which you can watch here.

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Best games coming out in 2017: Days Gone

Release date: TBC 2017
Platforms: PS4

Days Gone is one of the brand-new titles announced by Sony during E3 2016. The open-world survival adventure game looks utterly terrifying, with zombie-like creatures out to eat your brains. Worse yet, they're speedy and there are thousands of them.

We don't know quite when Days Gone is coming out yet, but presumably it'll be some time in 2017.

Find out more: Days Gone release date rumours & gameplay features

Best games coming out in 2017: Agents of Mayhem

Release date: TBC 2017
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Saints Row developer Violition Studios has announced that it is working on a new game called Agents of Mayhem. The game's three 'heroes' use their unique skills to take on the bad guys in an open-world landscape filled with plenty of action.

Find out more about Agents of Mayhem and watch the trailer by clicking here.

Best games coming out in 2017: Death Stranding

Release date: TBC 2017

You might notice something familiar about the star of this new game from Hideo Kojima. That's right, The Walking Dead's own Norman Reedus has been recreated in digital form for Death Stranding, which so far has left us scratching our heads.

It was announced with a cryptic trailer that really doesn't tell us much, but the creators have said that it will be an action game "if you really want to put a genre on it."

Find out more in our round-up of all the Death Stranding rumours.

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Best games coming out in 2017: Kingdom Hearts 3

Release date: TBC 2017
Platforms: PS4

It's been more than 11 years since Kingdom Hearts II arrived on PS2 in 2005. Since then, fans have been eagerly awaiting the next instalment, and there was a time when we were unsure whether there would be one at all.

The good news is, there definitely is going to be a Kingdom Hearts 3. The bad news is we still don't know when it's coming out.

We do, however, know that Tangled and Big Hero 6 characters will star in Kingdom Hearts 3, and we can't wait. Find out more in our Kingdom Hearts 3 rumour round-up.

Best games coming out in 2017: God of War

Release date: TBC 2017
Platforms: PS4

God of War kicked off Sony's E3 2016 conference in June, which is a sure sign that this is going to be a highly-anticipated new game. It's set to bring completely reimagined gameplay mechanics for fans of the series, with a fresh perspective.

You can watch the trailer to see for yourself how things are changing in our God of War round-up.

Best games coming out in 2017: Quake Champions

Release date: TBC 2017
Platforms: PC

Quake, for many, is one of the most iconic games of the 90s, which meant the announcement of a revival at E3 2016 was welcomed by many. Quake Champions is set to launch over 20 years after the first Quake game hit the market back in 1996, and will offer impressive gameplay if nothing else.

There's lots more information and a trailer in our Quake Champions round-up.

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Best games coming out in 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy

Release date: TBC 2017
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android

Telltale is still best known for its amazing series of games based on The Walking Dead, but it's the company's latest tie-in that has us excited. The episodic Guardians of the Galaxy game is the first of several planned projects with Marvel, and could be the first game to tie directly into the new Marvel Cinematic Universe. There's no release date announced beyond 2017, but we'd expect episode one to land around the same time as the second film: April 2017.

Find out about the latest Guardians of the Galaxy game news and rumours.

Best games coming out in 2017: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Release date: Late 2017
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

It's been five years since they last clashed, but Marvel and Capcom's finest are at it again in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. The 2v2 fighter pits superheroes up against videogame legends, and will see them join forces in a new cinematic Story Mode. This game has also thrown Marvel's Infinity Stones into the mix as a new power-up mechanic to help encourage comebacks and more tactical play.

Watch the game's trailers and find out more here.

Best games coming out in 2017: Metal Gear Survive

Release date: TBC 2017
Available to pre-order from: Amazon, Game, ShopTo
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

There was a lot of concern from fans when Konami announced Metal Gear Survive, the first Metal Gear game since creator Hideo Kojima left the company to make Death Stranding. To be fair, Survive looks like a major departure for the franchise, as a co-op action survival game, and it's understandable that fans are concerned. On the other hand, it also looks like it could be a lot of fun, and early hands-on reports have been very positive. We're staying optimistic about this one.

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Best games coming out in 2017: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Release date: TBC 2017
Platforms: PS4

This is a bit of a funny one, because we're not entirely sure if it should count as a full game. Still, Uncharted 4 was one of the best titles out in 2016, and the idea of more from the same world is enough to get us excited no matter what. Lost Legacy leaves Nathan Drake behind to follow Chloe instead, in a stand-alone game (you won't need Uncharted 4 to play it) that's somewhere between DLC and a full title.

Find out more in our Uncharted: The Lost Legacy news and rumours round-up.

Best games coming out in 2017: Sea of Thieves

Release date: TBC 2017
Available to pre-order now from: Amazon, Game

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

First announced at E3 2016, Sea of Thieves is an open-world pirate adventure game that's sure to shiver your timbers and all sorts of other piratical things. It offers large-scale online co-op, so you'll be able to join up with other players to control a single ship together, will all sorts of missions, customisation, and all-round pillaging. Hopefully this will be a return to form for acclaimed developer Rare.

Find out the latest in our round-up.

Best games coming out in 2017: State of Decay 2

Release date: TBC 2017
Available to pre-order now from: Amazon

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

This sequel to the 2013 zombie survival game is coming to Xbox One and PC through the Xbox Play Anywhere system, and is basically the closest you'll be able to get to a massive, open-world, co-op The Walking Dead game anytime soon. 

Find out more and watch the game's trailer.

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Best games coming out in 2017: Assassin's Creed: Empire

Release date: TBC
Platforms: TBC

We don't know much for sure about the next Assassin's Creed (even its title is just a rumour), but we do know there's one on the way, and we're still expecting it to arrive some time in 2017 - even if Ubisoft has warned it might slip to 2018. It looks likely to be set in ancient Egypt, and should be enhancing the series' open world and procedural elements even more than ever before, which sounds pretty good to us. 

Find out more in our round-up of rumours about the game.

Best games coming out in 2017: Far Cry 5

Release date: TBC
Platforms: TBC

Far Cry 5 is another game we know very little about, except the fact that Ubisoft is definitely working on another entry in the long-running FPS franchise. After last year's stone age Far Cry Primal we're expecting a return to the modern era, but everything else about the game is tightly under wraps - including its release date.

As soon as we know more, we'll add it to our news round-up.

Best games coming out in 2017: Battlefront 2

Release date: TBC
Platforms: TBC

We know that EA and developer DICE are working on a sequel to 2015's Star Wars Battlefront revival, but other details are scarce. It's almost certain it will arrive in November or December though, just in time for the upcoming Episode VIII, one of the year's most anticipated movies, and we're expecting it to feature characters and ships from the new trilogy's timeline.

Find out about it and other upcoming Star Wars games in our round-up.

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Best games coming out in 2017: The Last of Us Part II

Release date: TBC
Platforms: PS4

This one's a bit of a fudge, because right now we have no idea if The Last of Us Part II will be coming out in 2017 at all, and it could well not arrive until 2018. But we're so excited about the prospect of revisiting Joel and Ellie that the game is making it onto this list regardless. The first game was big-budget gaming at its absolute best, pairing tense horror and action with believable, sincere character drama. 

Check out the first trailer for The Last of Us 2 right here.

Best games coming out in 2017: Spider-Man PS4

Release date: TBC
Available to pre-order now from: Amazon
Platforms: PS4

The next Spider-Man game won't be tied directly to Marvels new Spider-Man: Homecoming film, but it looks pretty great regardless. Or at least the cinematic trailer did, because that's all we've seen of it so far. Still, the PS4 exclusive is being made by Insomniac Games, the creators of Ratchet & Clank and the Resistance games, so there's good reason to be optimistic.

Watch the Spider-Man PS4 trailer for yourself.

Best games coming out in 2017: The Avengers Project

Release date: TBC
Platforms: TBC

This is another one that we know next to nothing about, but that hasn't stopped us from getting childishly excited about it. Square Enix and Marvel have announced a partnership that will see the publisher work on multiple games with the superhero license, including at least one starring the Avengers. Beyond that, we don't know much, and realistically we won't for a while. We do know that it's being developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, the teams responsible for the recent Tomb Raider and Deus Ex games respectively, which is a pretty good sign. 

Watch the teaser trailer and find out more in our Avengers Project rumour round-up.

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