37 most anticipated 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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  • For Honor
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Lego Worlds
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • NieR: Automata
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • Yooka-Laylee
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • Tekken 7
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Star Citizen
  • Prey
  • Crackdown 3
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Days Gone
  • Agents of Mayhem
  • Death Stranding
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Dawn of War III
  • God of War
  • Quake Champions
  • Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • Metal Gear Survive
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Sea of Thieves
  • State of Decay 2
  • Destiny 2
  • Assassin's Creed: Empire
  • Far Cry 5
  • Battlefront 2
  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Spider-Man PS4
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Best games coming out in 2017: For Honor

Release date: 14 February 2017
Available to pre-order from: Amazon, GAME, ShopTo
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Medieval warfare game For Honor sees players take on the role of a Viking, Samurai or Knight, with each faction offering its own unique abilities. Unusually, players use controller's analogue sticks to control movements and actions in battle, demanding greater accuracy to be successful. You'll find out more in For Honor article.

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Release date: 14 February 2017
Available to pre-order from: Amazon, GAME, ShopTo
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Medieval warfare game For Honor sees players take on the role of a Viking, Samurai or Knight, with each faction offering its own unique abilities. Unusually, players use controller's analogue sticks to control movements and actions in battle, demanding greater accuracy to be successful. You'll find out more in For Honor article.

Best games coming out in 2017: Halo Wars 2

Release date: 21 February 2017
Pre-order from: Amazon, GAME
Platforms: Xbox One, PC

The announcement of Halo Wars 2 was completely unexpected at Gamescom 2015 in September. The real-time strategy based war game got a new trailer complete with a release date and open beta details during E3 2016. Find out all about what to expect from Halo Wars 2 here.

We've also spent some time with the game to bring you a hands-on Halo Wars 2 review.

Best games coming out in 2017: Lego Worlds

Release date: 24 February 2017
Available to pre-order from: ShopTo
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

After working together with physical licensed Lego sets, Lego and Minecraft are about to become direct competitors as Lego Worlds hits consoles and PC in February. After a year in Steam Early Access the game is in pretty good shape, and allows aspiring Master Builders to create just about anything they can imagine, and enjoy both co-op and competitive multiplayer. 

Find out more about Lego Worlds' gameplay here.

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Best games coming out in 2017: Horizon Zero Dawn

Release date: 1 March 2017
Available to pre-order now from: Amazon, GAME, ShopTo
Platforms: PS4

We're really excited about Horizon Zero Dawn, an upcoming PlayStation exclusive from Guerrila Games. It's set 1,000 years into the future, when robotic creatures have taken over the planet. You'll play as bow-yielding heroine Aloy as she hunts the creatures and uses their machine parts to her advantage.

Find out more about Horizon Zero Dawn here.

Best games coming out in 2017: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Release date: 3 March 2017
Available to pre-order now from: Amazon, Zavvi
Platforms: Wii U, Switch

We are so excited about this one. Nintendo has announced that its new Zelda game will be released simultaneously for Wii U and the new Switch console at the beginning of March. OFind out more in our Breath of the Wid release date, UK price, gameplay features article.

Zelda for Wii U will be set in an open world with new gear and crafting mechanics and promises to firmly shake up the franchise formula.

Also see: NES Classic review

Best games coming out in 2017: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Release date: 7 March 2017
Available to pre-order now from: Amazon, GAME, ShopTo
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon series is finally doing the inevitable and going open-world in Wildlands, which sees you trek across Bolivia trying to take down the Santa Blanca drug cartel. The game promises the GTA-esque ability to grab a range of vehicles from AI drivers, extensive weapon customisation, and online co-op (or offline AI support).

Watch the game's trailers and find out more.

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Best games coming out in 2017: NieR: Automata

Release date: 10 March 2017
Available to pre-order now from: Amazon, GAME, ShopTo
Platforms: PS4, PC

This belated sequel to the cult classic JRPG NieR picks up years later with a brand-new cast, so should be an ideal entrypoint for newcomers and existing fans alike. 

Action game experts Platinum have been brought in to spruce up the combat, while the original game's creators are keeping control of the story and RPG elements. If you're still hesitant, there's a free demo for PS4 owners to give the game a go.

Find out more in our rumours and news round-up.

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.

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.

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

Release date: Q1 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 in Q1 2017, and you'll play as 'The New Kid,' who is trying to become part of the kids' superhero gang.

Best games coming out in 2017: Tekken 7

Release date: Early 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: 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.

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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: 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're told 2016 but we're rapidly running out of months left in the year 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: Prey

Release date: TBC 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 Sci-fi FPS.

We've still got a long time to wait, though, because E3 2016's announcement of the game didn't come with a release date aside from 2017. Find out more in our Prey round-up.

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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.

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

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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.

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Best games coming out in 2017: Dawn of War III

Release date: TBC 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.

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: Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy

Release date: TBC 2017
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. There's no release date confirmed yet beyond '2017', but 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Best games coming out in 2017: Destiny 2

Release date: TBC 2017
Platforms: TBC

Activision confirmed in an earnings report that the sequel to its hit MMOFPS Destiny is due some time in 2017, but beyond that we know basically nothing about the game - though rumours suggest that this time around it might hit PC as well as just consoles. 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: 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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