The Top Best upcoming Games of 2017

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The whirlwind that was E3 2017 is behind us, meaning plenty of confirmed release dates (and even surprise game announcements) have been locked in for the rest of the year. While many exciting titles have been pushed into the list of new games for 2018, plenty more are still on the way in 2017. We’ve sifted through all the upcoming PS4 games, upcoming Xbox One games, and upcoming Nintendo Switch games to present you with the most exciting titles you can expect in the near future, organized by release date so you can calculate just how soon you need to start saving up (having spent all your dough on the best games of 2017, no doubt). Whether these games are innovative new ideas, gorgeous remasters, or highly anticipated sequels, we can’t wait to play them.

 ***UPDATE July 14: Ni no Kuni 2 has been removed from the list, as it’s been delayed into next year!***

Splatoon 2

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: July 21, 2017

A decade ago, you’d be called a fool for saying Nintendo could make an amazing team-based shooter perfect for online competition – and yet, here we are getting a sequel to the Wii U’s fantastic Splatoon. Those squid-kid Inklings are back for more 4v4 color-splashing warfare across a bevy of new stages, wielding fresh weapons like the twin-pistol Splat Dualies or refined versions of fan favorites like the Splat Roller. If you want to test your skills before going online, Splatoon 2 also allows for local multiplayer thanks to the Switch system link. And along with the extra precision provided by the controller’s gyroscopic aiming, you’ll have to master the added Dodge Roll maneuver to maximize your turf-tagging potential.

Pyre

Platform(s): PS4, PC
Release date: July 25, 2017

Pyre is a strange, intoxicating blend of Oregon Trail and Final Fantasy’s Blitzballfrom the talented folks at Supergiant Games, who made waves with Bastion and Transistor. The gameplay is quite unlike those titles, though: the isometric battles unfold like a game of 3v3 basketball where everyone on your squad has a different size and speed, and you can only move around one member of your team at a time. It’s almost akin to a tactical take on NBA Jam, because Pyre delivers that same sense of satisfaction whenever you slam dunk the Rukey orb into the opposing team’s flame. Wrapped around that bizarre sport is a narrative-rich saga of three exiles banding together for a mystical pilgrimage.

Tacoma

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Release date: August 2, 2017

Not to be confused with a Toyota pickup truck, Tacoma is the next project from Fullbright, the studio that made serious waves with its debut game Gone Home. This, too, is a narrative-rich, combat-free exploration viewed from first-person – but instead of taking place in an Oregon home circa 1995, Tacoma unfolds aboard a vacant space station, where memories of the former inhabitants play out via augmented-reality recordings. Gone Home set a pretty high bar, but Tacoma’s eerily empty setting looks like it could be just as stirring.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Platform(s): PS4, PC
Release date: August 8, 2017

Developer Ninja Theory has a knack for crafting cult classic action games that only seem to be appreciated after their time: Heavenly Sword, Enslaved, DmC (don’t @ me). Hopefully Hellblade can break into the mainstream so that more players can appreciate the kinetic melee clashes and ridiculously lifelike face mocap Ninja Theory does best. The story is steeped in Norse mythology, revolving around the Celtic warrior Senua as she deals with psychological trauma and battles her inner demons – who sound like they’re going to manifest themselves as actual enemies you’ll need to slice apart.

Sonic Mania

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release date: August 15, 2017

Sonic Mania is the culmination of what fans have wanted from the blue hedgehog for years: a return to his spin-dashing, ring-collecting roots established during his 1990s glory days. This is an all-new sidescrolling crusade against Dr. Robotnik, done up with ravishing spritework that evokes Sonic CD with an extra layer of polish. The gameplay framework is classic Sonic, but the levels are full of fresh designs and unique obstacles that mix things up nicely. Add in the ability to play as Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles, plus the fact that the game’s on every major platform, and Sonic Mania starts looking like that ideal fusion of nostalgia and newness that we’ve been longing to see from Sega’s mascot. From this moment on, let us never speak of Sonic Boom again.

Agents of Mayhem

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: August 15, 2017

When you hear the name Volition, you know to expect something over-the-top and hilarious. After all, these are the people who gave us the crass glory that is Saints Row. They’re back in business with this new riff on the superhero game. Players can seamlessly switch between controlling the 12 larger-than-life characters. Pick three at a time and in an instant you’ll be able to equip yourself with a new set of superpowers and weapons. Which means so many combinations for fun, hilarity, and… well, mayhem.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: August 22, 2017

This isn’t a brand new Uncharted game, but its not an expansion either. In The Lost Legacy you play as Chloe who teams up with Nadine Ross (yeah, from A Thief’s End) to track down an ancient Indian artifact. It’s more Uncharted, which is a great thing, and you don’t have to own the original to play.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: August 29, 2017

We didn’t know how badly we wanted an XCOM-style tactics game starring Mario and the Rabbids – until Ubisoft decided to show one off and immediately convinced us. This bizarre mixture of the Mushroom Kingdom and the most hyperactive creatures in the Rayman universe is as wonderfully weird as you’d imagine, and the off-the-wall crossover somehow complements the strategy of its turn-based battles, which put an emphasis on cleverly positioning your party members. It even has Shigeru Miyamoto’s blessing – he specifically asked that Ubisoft “try to make a Mario game that has never been made before.” Mission accomplished.

Yakuza Kiwami

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: August 29, 2017

If you haven’t enjoyed the Japanese nightlife and criminal underbelly of the Yakuza games yet, you’ve been missing out; fortunately, Yakuza Kiwami will be the perfect introduction to the long-running series. Whereas the also-great Yakuza 0 is a prequel to the first game, Yakuza Kiwami is a spruced-up remake of the original PS2 game that first introduced us to Kazuma Kiryu and his gangster affiliates. The graphics have been massively improved, the neo-noir story’s been cleaned up (with some loose ends getting resolution via new content), and the ability to switch up Kiryu’s fighting styles returns from Yakuza 0. All in all, Kiwami should be a fantastic way to find out why this Sega series has such a devoted cult following.

Absolver

Platform(s): PS4, PC
Release date: August 29, 2017

If you don’t know Absolver, just think of it as Dark Souls + Destiny + kung fu, full of fighters clad in ornate armor clashing in dodge-centric, beautifully animated hand-to-hand combat. The Dark Souls influences come through in the setting, as you wander around the scenic ruins of the Adal Empire, and the ever-increasing stakes of stamina-based offense, intermittent PvP bouts to break up the exploration, and the risk of losing XP gains if you die. Alternatively, you can team up with the player-controlled strangers you encounter, punching, kicking, and parrying your way through co-op dungeons akin to Destiny’s Strikes.

Destiny 2

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: September 8, 2017

Destiny 2 hype is in full effect following the recent gameplay trailers and our own hands-on time with the game. Following a devastating attack on The City, all of your Guardian’s precious loot has been destroyed – oh, the humanity – but the Vanguard leaders you’ve looked to are still going strong, and seem ready to take the fight back to enemy forces new and old. Expect a much more fleshed-out story than the first game, along with a sweeping open-world structure with room for civilians that mingle amid the Guardian population.

Star Fox 2

Platform(s): Super NES Classic
Release date: September 9, 2017

Duke Nukem Forever, Beyond Good & Evil 2, Half-Life 3 – these sequels can’t hold a candle to the 22-year wait for Star Fox 2, which will finally, officially, and legally make its way into the world as part of Nintendo’s Super NES Classic mini-console. Developed and finished by Argonaut Games way back in 1995, Star Fox 2 brings back Fox McCloud and co. (along with new squadmates) for more outer space dogfighting powered by the budding 3D visuals of the Super FX chip. If you’re a hardcore Nintendo fan who’s been graced by the pre-order gods and successfully secured a Super NES Classic, you’ll be a part of SNES history booting this one up.

Divinity: Original Sin 2

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: September 14, 2017

Anyone with a penchant for deep, story-driven RPGs viewed from the isometric angle like the PC adventures of old already knows and loves the first Divinity: Original Sin, which presents a fantasy world on a massive scale with support for two-player co-op play the entire way through. Divinity: Original Sin 2 is upping the ante two-fold, allowing for four players to team up, each making their own decisions that have repercussions on the narrative and combat alike. If you’re a sucker for RPGs that really emphasize the role-playing, where your character’s race, class, demeanor, and actions all send ripples throughout the rest of the game, this is one to watch.

Metroid: Samus Returns

Platform(s): 3DS
Release date: September 15, 2017

Nintendo sure kept us waiting – but at long last, we’re finally getting another (officially licensed) 2D Metroid adventure. Metroid: Samus Returns is a new take on Game Boy sequel Metroid 2, developed in partnership with MercurySteam (no doubt building off the 3DS platforming experience it gained making Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate) and produced by Yoshio Sakamoto (who directed Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion, and Zero Mission). Along with the 2.5D visuals, Samus Returns brings other additions like 360-degree aiming and a melee counter that provides an out if a hostile alien gets up in Samus’ grill.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: September 15, 2017

Dishonored doesn’t mess around when it comes to DLC – just look at how substantial the gameplay and lore additions were in the first game’s Knife of Dunwall and Brigmore Witches packs. Standalone expansion Dishonored: Death of the Outsider involves Daud (the main character from those very same DLC add-ons), but stars Billie Lurk (voiced by Rosario Dawson), Daud’s second-in-command turned crucial ally in Dishonored 2. The two veteran assassins are on the hunt for the Outsider, the seemingly omnipotent being who bestowed Corvo and Emily with their supernatural abilities. You come at the Outsider, you best not miss.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: September 19, 2017

The entire Marvel vs. Capcom series is a veritable fighting game hype factory, responsible for some of the flashiest combos, greatest upsets, and loudest screams ever witnessed by enraptured onlookers. At long last, the fourth entry is on the way with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, with a host of mechanics changes to the familiar tag-team brawls between all the Capcom stars and Marvel’s iconic heroes and villains in the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite roster. The three-fighter teams have been reined back to the simpler 2v2 akin to the original MvC, and assists have been removed entirely, replaced by character swaps mid-combo and unique buffs granted by the Infinity Gems.

Pokken Tournament DX

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: September 22, 2017

This probably isn’t how most people envisioned Pokemon making its Nintendo Switch debut, but Pokken Tournament DX is a chance for this underappreciated Pokemon-themed fighting game to reach a bigger audience. If you never played the Wii U original, Pokken Tournament (from many of the same developers behind the Tekken series) is a 3D fighter featuring one-on-one bouts between a selection of playable Pokemon. DX brings the roster up to 21 fighters with the additional of five more Pokemon, including Scizor and Croagunk. Between Pokken Tournament DX and Arms, Switch-owning fighting fans should have plenty to tide them over until the inevitable announcement of a new Smash Bros. title.

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Platform(s): PS4, Vita, PC
Release date: September 26, 2017

That dastardly devil-bear Monokuma is up to his old tricks again, pitting top students against one another in kill-or-be-killed scenarios. Danganronpa V3 continues the detective work and murderous teenage drama of this popular visual novel series, with a new cast of characters and more Class Trials to satiate your accusation-hurling, cross-examination needs. New gameplay mechanics will help mix up the familiar debate structure, testing your skills of deduction, while fresh minigames will challenge your reasoning in different, hopefully less-stressful ways.

Cuphead

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Release date: September 29, 2017

We’ve been anticipating Xbox indie standout Cuphead for what feels like ages, and the game seems to have veered dangerously close to vaporware territory with how many times it’s been pushed back. But this September, we’ll finally get our hands on this inventive run-‘n’-gun shooter, which combines the 2D intensity of Mega Man’s large-scale boss battles with an unmistakable 1930s animation aesthetic in the vein of Disney relics like Steamboat Willie. With its frenetic-looking boss designs and completely-on-point visual style, Cuphead is looking like a thoroughly old-school beaut’.

Forza Motorsport 7

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Release date: October 3, 2017

Microsoft’s flagship racing sim is back, engineered to show off the graphical and processing horsepower of the upcoming Xbox One X. As always, you can expect hundreds of high-end cars to collect and customize before you race for the best times on picturesque, damn-near-photorealistic tracks based on real-world locations from around the globe (which also benefit from dynamic weather effects). Forza 7 is pushing some serious pixels, too – it runs at 60fps at 4K, with HDR lighting to give every vehicle that gorgeous just-waxed shine.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release date: October 3, 2017

Even if you have no idea who the Battle Chasers are (and admittedly, the late ’90s comics run this game is based on never really took off), anyone with an appreciation for gorgeous artwork and classic RPGs needs to keep tabs on Nightwar. Battle Chasers’ distinct visuals render the comics’ super-stylized character designs by Joe Madureira (who also worked on Darksiders) in eye-catching 3D, as we follow a ragtag group of adventurers via isometric exploration and turn-based, 2.5D battles. With any luck, this RPG might finally resolve the comics’ infamous cliffhanger ending from all the way back in 2001, or it may just reboot the plotline altogether.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: October 10, 2017

The Tolkien’s Creed open-world action in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor easily warranted a sequel – we just didn’t know when it was coming, until now. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War brings back the undying ranger Talion and his fused wraith Celebrimbor, who have forged a new Ring of Power despite those things always ending in tears. The stellar Nemesis system will be making a return, where ordinary orcs may develop into bitter rivals over the course of many battles, and new Nemesis Fortresses serve as these villains’ imposing domains. But never fear – you’ll have your own loyal army at your disposal to raid these strongholds – all good practice for when you finally have the forces you need to take on Sauron himself.

The Evil Within 2

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: October 13, 2017

Third-person survival horror nightmare The Evil Within was undoubtedly flawed, failing to capture the true terror of Shinji Mikami’s work on the Resident Evil series – but just because it had some rough edges, doesn’t mean it didn’t present some great ideas about reality-warping scares experienced inside the mind of killer. The Evil Within 2 is leaning into that same sense of exploring a disturbed mindscape wrought with psychological horrors, as detective Sebastian Castellanos delves back into the STEM system to search for his seemingly dead daughter. With any luck, the second time will be the charm.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: October 17, 2017

South Park has a special talent for satirizing current events and trends, so it’s no surprise that this latest game is focused on gently mocking Hollywood’s obsession with superheroes and super-teams. The forever-young children of South Park are at war, all dressed up as their favourite characters for tactical RPG combat. South Park: The Fractured But Whole will have 12 classes to choose from, and as the new kid you’ll get to pick a side in the conflict and a gender. Farts are making a comeback too.

Super Mario Odyssey

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: October 27, 2017

Super Mario Odyssey should be a grand debut for Nintendo’s mascot on the Switch, whisking Mario away to different worlds involving rainbow-colored cookery, dancing sprinkler robots, and the bustling metropolis of New Donk City. The platforming plumber also has a crucial new move, courtesy of Cappy, the spirit possessing his trademark red hat: he can possess any NPC in the world just by tossing his cap at them, opening up completely new avenues for gameplay. If The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was like Nintendo’s Skyrim, then Super Mario Odyssey is like its Dishonored.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: October 27, 2017

B.J. Blazkowicz and Indiana Jones have similar sentiments regarding Nazis: they really hate those guys. But B.J. definitely has the edge when it comes to the Nazi body count left in his wake – and even when he’s recovering from a coma and unable to stand, he’ll still gladly crush Nazi skulls with his wheelchair wheels. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus has you taking back America from the established Nazi regime following the alternate history of The New Order, and that means gunning down and disemboweling every Nazi in sight.

Assassin’s Creed Origins

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: October 27, 2017

If you thought Assassin’s Creed had grown a bit stale in recent years, you’re not alone – but after the Brotherhood took a year-long hiatus, Assassin’s Creed Origins looks like it has the goods to revitalize the long-running series. You play as Bayek, one of the earliest Assassins, undertaking secret missions in a gorgeous, sunny and shining rendition of ancient Egypt. Developed by much of the same team that made Black Flag, Origins does away with tired AC elements like sync towers and minimap bloat to refocus on giant vistas to explore and satisfying action RPG combat to master. You can even ride a horse (or camel) into battle, trading in the stealth approach for a stylish entrance.

Fire Emblem Warriors

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: Fall 2017

Even the greatest Fire Emblem tacticians need a break sometimes – so after a long day of planning out turns and optimizing your unit composition, why not unwind with some mindless button-mashing action? Fire Emblem Warriors is just like Hyrule Warriors: Nintendo lending a beloved series to Koei Tecmo for the Musou game treatment, in which your chosen FE hero slashes through droves of enemy soldiers with a flurry of quick strikes and special attacks. Here’s to hoping your personal favorite Fire Emblem fighter gets their chance to shine as a one-warrior army against legions of puny foes.

Gran Turismo Sport

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: Fall 2017

Sony’s Gran Turismo series is a legend in the racing genre, but players itching for ultra-realistic driving simulations have a lot to choose from these days, with competitors like Forza, Driveclub, and Project CARS taking advantage of GT’s absence on modern consoles. With any luck, Gran Turismo Sport can bring GT back into the limelight with the series’ PS4 debut. It’s been a long time coming, but GTS should have the kind of obsessive detail, lifelike handling, gorgeous vehicles, and stupidly pretty tracks (with 4K and HDR support on PS4 Pro, of course) that racing sim fans have come to expect.

Call of Duty: WW2

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: November 3, 2017

Another year, another Call of Duty – but after all the excitement for futuristic combat zones seems to be tapped out, Activision is finally taking COD back to World War 2. Call of Duty: WW2 puts you in the laced-up boots of two soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division, also known as “The Bloody First”, who famously led the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. Expect lots of grit and grime, incoming airstrikes, lumbering tanks, and brutal bludgeoning of Nazi skulls all seen from first-person. There’s also a multiplayer story mode plainly named ‘War’ in addition to the usual: a dramatic, blockbuster-grade single-player campaign and intensely competitive PvP multiplayer in the trenches.

Crackdown 3

Platform(s): Xbox One, PC
Release date: November 7, 2017

In Crackdown 3 you’re a super-cop in an open-world city, using your powers to fight crime and smash the whole place up in the process. While there’s still a story campaign to tackle, the online co-op for up to four players is where it’s at, letting you and your Agency buddies tear up this futuristic metropolis in chaotic style. You’ll be leaping between buildings using your jumpjets in one moment, then raining down high-tech bazooka missiles onto any poor criminals the next. Unfortunately, it seems like the ambition for a completely destructible environment has been abandoned, but this should be a good ol’ open-world time regardless.

Need for Speed: Payback

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: November 10, 2017

Take the over-the-top drama and lovable characters of the Fast and the Furious films, then sprinkle in plenty of slow-motion car crashes a la the beloved Burnout games. What you get is Need for Speed: Payback, an open-world racer with tons of cinematic flair mixed into its riveting chase scenes and breakneck getaways. There’s also a heavy emphasis on car customization, as your three-character crew slowly amasses a giant garage full of sick rides.

Star Wars Battlefront 2

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: November 17, 2017

The rebooted Star Wars Battlefront laid a fantastic foundation for an FPS that makes players feel like supporting troops (or iconic heroes and villains) within scenes from the films – but Star Wars Battlefront 2 sounds like it’ll be the real deal. On top of the expansive multiplayer conflicts – now with heroes pulled from all three film eras – this sequel includes a full-on single-player campaign, played from the perspective of Empire elite soldier Iden Versio. Also, space battles will be making their triumphant return, so you can zoom around blasting bogies in an X-Wing or TIE Fighter. We got a ton of additional insight at this year’s Star Wars Celebration, so be sure to check out these 8 Star Wars Battlefront 2 things you need to know (including the addition of rideable tauntauns as vehicles).

Vampyr

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: November 2017

Vampyr is an action RPG which puts you in the shoes Dr. Reid, who’s recently been turned into a blood-sucking denizen of the night. It’s up to you to decide whether to kill enough people to become powerful beyond belief, or heal London’s citizens from the Spanish Flu and bring peace back to the city.

Sonic Forces

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release date: Holiday 2017

The new Sonic game formerly known as simply “Project Sonic 2017” is looking appropriately speedy, as showcased in a short snippet of Sonic Forces gameplay. A welcome hook this time around is the ability to play as a new hero of your own creation to team up with Modern and Retro Sonic, to the delight of fan artists everywhere. If you haven’t already, Google search your name with “the Hedgehog” at the end to get a sneak preview of what that might look like.

Wargroove

Platform(s): TBA (Switch and PC confirmed)
Release date: TBC 2017

It seems Nintendo isn’t about to revive Advance Wars any time soon; thank goodness developer Chucklefish stepped up to the plate to bring back turn-based strategy featuring delightful GBA-style sprites. The overworld map and battle animations perfectly mimic the charming aesthetic of the Advance Wars series, set in a high fantasy world full of knights, dragons, skeleton dogs, and witches. As one of 12 unique commanders, you’ll wage war over land, sea, and air to establish dominance over the map, one little square space at a time. With online and local multiplayer for up to four players, custom map creation, and loads of adorable unit types, Wargroove’s got everything an Advance Wars fan could ask for.

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: TBC 2017

There’s a reason your collector’s sense is tingling. By popular demand, CD Projekt is breaking out the fan-favorite card minigame from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt into its own CCG so you can fall in love with it’s two-player, turn-based strategy all over again. If you’re not the competitive type, Gwent will have a full-fledged single-player campaign that could last upwards of 10 hours, with characters from the original RPG brought back for more voiceovers. The closed beta is in full swing as we speak, so hopefully Gwent is nearing its grand debut.

Call of Cthulhu

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: TBC 2017

The influence of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos creeps across the gaming landscape like the black tendrils of some otherworldly Elder God, so it’s about time a game used modern hardware to take those nightmarish, existentially terrifying themes head-on. Made in the same style as 2005’s Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, this Call of Cthulhu reimagining is a first-person RPG that’s equal parts investigation and delirium. Combat takes a backseat to critical thinking as you poke around the shadows of Darkwater, and all the while you’ll need to manage your sanity meter to stave off the madness so commonly associated with Cthulhu-worshipping cultists.

Days Gone

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: TBC

If you think zombies have been done to death, well… you’re right, but that isn’t stopping the PS4-exclusive Days Gone. The enemies in this open-world post-apocalypse aren’t technically undead – the so-called ‘Freakers’ are actually infected humans who have gone feral and seem eager to devour our hero Deacon (voiced by and modeled after Sam Witwer, who you might recognize as Starkiller from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed). What really sets the Freaker horde apart is just how many can be chasing you at once; there are times when they’re practically flooding out of the environment, and all you can do to survive is simply run.

Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord

Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release date: TBC

If you’ve not played the PC-centric Mount & Blade games before, they’re essentially For Honor on a sprawling Battlefield-sized scale. Whether on foot or on horseback, players take part in massive medieval skirmishes in a giant sandbox world, with intricate melee combat mechanics that take physics and positioning into account. Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord promises the same scope and intense dueling, modernized with a much-needed facelift of its predecessors aging visuals. Anyone with a fondness for chaotic close-quarters combat should love wildly swinging a sword and shield in this sequel’s monumental sieges, regardless of which side of the ramparts you’re on.

Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon

Platform(s): 3DS
Release date: TBC 2017

The journey to catch ’em all never truly ends, and dedicated Pokemon trainers can expand their collection even further with these fresh installments for 3DS. Rather than full-blown sequels, this pairing builds off of the tropical Alola region presented in Pokemon Sun and Moon, offering alternate stories and some new Pokemon we haven’t seen before. Details on how exactly these new spin-offs will justify a return journey have yet to be revealed, but for some, the mere presence of new Pokemon should be enough to spur another purchase.

Earth Defense Force 5

Platform(s): PS4
Release date: TBC 2017

Granted, the EDF has never garnered much mainstream attention – but for those that know the joys of this Japanese take on giant insect B-movie horror, Earth Defense Force 5 looks like a real treat. This third-person shooter makes up for simplistic textures with a massive sense of scale, letting you run amok in giant, fully destructible cities overrun by colossal ants, killer robots, and Godzilla’s distant relatives. This sequel – which promises revamped class abilities and wild new monster types – hasn’t been confirmed for release outside of Japan, but we’ve got our fingers crossed that a worldwide launch could happen if we chant “EDF! EDF!” often and loud enough.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Platform(s): Switch
Release date: TBC 2017

Nintendo still claims Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is coming out in 2017, despite the series’ own tumultuous history of delays and setbacks. We don’t even know all that much about it outside of the reveal trailer shown during Nintendo’s Switch presentation back in January. If it’s anything like the first Xenoblade Chronicles (or the Wii U spin-off, Xenoblade Chronicles X), expect massive, open, and wholly alien landscapes to explore with a group of anime buddies wielding absurd, magical weaponry in highly-tactical real-time battles. That it’s simply big isn’t all that impressive considering how big pretty much every game is today, until you realize that the Switch will allow you to take this sprawling JRPG with you on the go – and that more than anything makes us very excited about what Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has to offer.

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