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411 Games Top 5: Top 5 Most Anticipated Games of 2017

January 11, 2017 | Posted by Sean Garmer

Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there. This is the 411 Games Zone Top 5, where 411 writers get to make lists on a different topic each week. This week, we do a big outlook on 2017, with our Most Anticipated Games of 2017.

John Cash (Regular Contributor to Games Top 5)

5. Yooka-Laylee: I was honestly afraid to put some games on my list. The trend of delays is so prevalent now that It’s hard to know what will actually come out when they say it will come out. My list last year only saw 2/5 of the entries being released, with sadly my top two remaining my top two this year. With that being said, my #5 is Yooka-Laylee from MOST of the original team from Banjo-Kazooie, one of my favorite childhood adventure games. It’s so low because it remains to be seen if this kind of game suits my current palette and if the genre holds up in the modern era.

4. Shenmue III: I personally backed this game on Kickstarter, so it should be on my list, right? This is the only game that I have on this list that I’m not sure if it will be out in 2017, which is why I have it at #4. I think when it does come out, it will be GOOD, but I don’t think it’s going to live up to the hype machine that will start up again closer to release. With the benefit of modern tech, this game will hopefully have the best control the series has seen, because I went back and played the first one again and it was pretty rough.

3. Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy: I am a total mark for Layton games. The only one I don’t have is the crossover with Phoenix Wright because I can’t find it for a decent price. So when I heard there was a spin-off about his daughter, I was a bit skeptic, before reminding myself that the mobile-only spin-off starring his son was a pretty decent investigation game. It looks a bit more wacky in tone, but the same high quality character design and music is still there, and the puzzles are always incredible, so I’m definitely on board now.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: It’s such a shame that they had to push this back, and then eventually rumored to be canceled for the Wii U. It’s a shame but necessary. My favorite thing to happen as more and more of this game came to light, was all the “hardcore” gamers out there were suddenly very defensive about it; if I had a dollar for every “Skyrim for babies” post I’ve seen, I would be able to at least afford the Switch and this game on launch. It’s hard to say that it will surprise a lot of people with it’s quality, because Zelda has for the most part always been quality, but it’s also, outside of the hate, something most people would say is what they “always wanted” in a Zelda game. That remains to be seen, but it’s wonderful that we’ll get to find out!

1. Mass Effect: Andromeda: A fourth month delay wasn’t so bad when announced (the official announcement for Dragon Age: Inquisition pushed the release date back an entire year after all), and it made sense because it’s just shy of the 5th Anniversary of the release of Mass Effect 3, but still, I WANT IT. The fact that before the Game Awards 2016 ceremony that there had only been about 10 minutes of video about this game in FIVE YEARS is beyond ridiculous. I don’t know if it was in response to the survey leak or what, but that was just bad form on BioWare’s part, in my opinion. However, I trust the new team at the helm to deliver a quality experience; of all the information that we DO have now, nothing makes me feel bad about how the game looks or seems to play. I am worried about how they will deal with the massive plot holes involved with the game starting around the time of Shepard’s death at the beginning of Mass Effect 2, like, shouldn’t there be Reaper/Cerberus agents on the Arks? etc. I have great expectations for the multiplayer this time around, but I think considering how… introductory (for lack of a better term) the MP was in ME3, they have nowhere to go but up.

Marc Morrison (Games Zone Reviewer, Writer of Games Zone 8-Ball)

5. Mass Effect Andromeda: This is low on this list because I’m not 100% sure it’s coming out this year. Same with Red Dead Redemption 2, if I’m to be honest. The gameplay of Andromeda looks interesting and a lot more mobile, but EA has been incredibly cagey about damn near any details of the story, or mechanics of what the Mass Effect universe is going forward. Given the reception of Mass Effect 3, this has me worried some, but I’ll at least give this game a chance.

4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole: I really loved the Stick of Truth so my hope is that this game continues that level of quality. Changing the satire from fantasy to super-heroes already has me more interested in the game, so that is a plus right there. I’m a little hesitant about the new developers, since Ubisoft has officially taken the reins from Obsidian, but I can only hope they keep the same feel and (in general) gameplay systems from the first game.

3. Tales of Berseria: While I wouldn’t count myself as a die-hard Tales fan I have slowly begun to appreciate the series over the years. The gameplay looks to be the same as the other games, so it should be a welcome fit to fans of the franchise. The plot sounds a lot darker than previous Tales games, so it’ll be interesting to see how they handle that. Plus, this game is coming out in January, literally on my birthday, so I don’t have to wait long for it.

2. Horizon Zero Dawn: Everyone is excited for Horizon and for good reason. The gameplay they’ve shown of it over the years has looked great, and it’s in a unique setting for the action to take place. The gameplay reminds me of Shadow of Mordor for some reason, with the bow usage and you riding around different animals. But, having to fight giant mechanical beasts in a post-apocalypse world interests me greatly. Now the game just has to actually come out.

1. Persona 5: The day they announced Persona 5 for America, specifically the collector’s edition, I immediately went to Amazon and put in a pre-order. The reviews for the Japanese version have been very solid and I await this game with bated breath. After watching the Persona 4 anime series recently, the more Pyro Jack and Izanagi I can get in my life, the better. The look of the game is fantastic, with stylish text and artwork too.

Sean Garmer (Games Zone Reviewer, Games Top 5 Organizer)

5. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age: I know, all the games out there and I’m excited for a remaster. When FF XII came out, I was in high school and I really wasn’t too experienced with playing such a variety of games that I do now. I feel like I didn’t appreciate how unique the battle system was. Also, after playing and loving Final Fantasy XV, it gave me the same sense of exploration and hunting that I got from FFXII. I really want a chance to enjoy this game and experience all it brings.

4. South Park: Fractured But Whole I got into the Stick of Truth late once it was on a sale on PS3. But I loved the RPG aspects and also how much it felt like playing an episode of South Park. Now with a game under their belt and a new theme, this game can only be better. I’m big into Super Hero stuff and I feel like this could once again one of the must fun and funny things we get to play this year.

3. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Come on, it’s Zelda. I mean, you know the game is going to be great. You also have to give Nintendo a lot of credit for going open world with a franchise that is very near and dear to them. It started out as a Wii U only title and then moves to the Switch. Now, it could be cancelled for the Wii U entirely, but that doesn’t take away from some of the amazing visuals we’ve gotten from this game. I’m really excited to play this.

2. Horizon Zero: Dawn The Guerrilla Games absolute surprise has almost bordered on they are starting to show too much. However, I could see a ton more of the game and still want to play it. Just there’s something about the world, the robotic animals. The main character, it all just works. This could be the next big Sony exclusive franchise that hits it big. I’m sure Sony certainly feels that it will, with how much they are advertising it. Let’s just hope this game actually releases in 2017.

1. Persona 5 It’s almost a question of “who isn’t anxiously awaiting this game?” Every time there’s a delay, it almost feels like a piece of your heart just drops because you just want to play this already. Persona has become one of those cult games that so many people love. Just please don’t delay this thing anymore! I hope April is the finally time.

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