With 2016 winding to a close, we take a look ahead to 2017 and pick out the year's most anticipated video games.
10. Nier: Automata
It's usually a good sign when people are already cosplaying characters from a game that's not even out yet. In development at PlatinumGames and set to release in March of 2017 by Square-Enix, Nier: Automata is an action RPG that's set in a world at war between the machinations of alien invaders and what's left of mankind and centers around a combat android called 2B, her sidekick 9S, and an obsolete prototype. Automata is a direct sequel to 2010's Nier and takes place after the events of the original's fourth ending (which, apparently, is the "correct" ending).
9. Tekken 7
Tecmo KOEI's Tekken series is right up there with Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat as one of the kings of the fighting game genre. Next year's release of Tekken 7 looks like it might be the most visually appealing ever in the series. The game will be bringing back a number of the classic fighters that fans of the franchise are familiar with and looks like it's going to be a very well put together game.
8. For Honor
Vikings and knights and samurai, oh my! Ubisoft's For Honor, which is expected to come out in February of next year, is all about big swords and huge battles. Each skirmish is all about anticipating your enemy's attacks while executing your own. It's a nice mix of action and strategy and it looks like a very promising game for 2017.
7. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Let's face it: Capcom's Resident Evil series has kind of lost its way over the past few editions. It seems that it's finally back on track with the upcoming multi-platform release Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Whereas the franchise's more recent releases have been of the action genre, RE7 looks to be returning the series back to its survival-horror roots.
6. Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games' original Red Dead Redemption video game was a surprise hit after it came out way back in 2010. Seven years later, the company has plans to finally release a sequel. Red Dead Redemption 2 looks to return gamers to the old west when it was America's frontier. Players can probably expect tons of horseback riding, wild-west shootouts, and open-world exploration.
5. God of War
Going back to the original game's title, the 2017 release of God of War looks like a game that will really shake the franchise up. The game features series protagonist Kratos, but not as most gamers know him. The Blades of Chaos wielding butt-kicker not only sports a new beard, but also a new role. He's a father and he's moved from the Greek Isles to the land of the Norse. Why? We'll all find out when the game comes late next year as it's expected to release in the autumn of 2017.
4. Marvel vs. Capcom - Infinite
Marvel and Capcom are at it again. Following up to 2011's Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be 2017's Marvel vs. Capcom - Infinite. While Street Fighter might be Capcom's flagship fighting game franchise, one cannot deny MvC's immense following. Not a whole lot is yet known about the game, which was only recently announced, but we do know that iconic Capcom and Marvel characters such as Ryu and Mega Man on the game maker's side and Iron Man and Phoenix/Jean Gray on the comic book goliath's side will be included.
3. Mass Effect: Andromeda
Branding might have a lot to do with where Mass Effect: Andromeda is on this list, but the video game world is abuzz with this game's pending release. Sure, it comes with some pretty lofty expectations thanks to it being a Mass Effect game, but there is no reason why Bioware should disappoint. Not a ton is yet known about the game, but publisher Electronic Arts just launched its pre-release Andromeda Initiative program and much more information is expected to come out about the game in the months to come.
2. Persona 5
When people think of big-time RPGs, Square-Enix's Final Fantasy is probably one of the first to come to mind. Those who really know what they're talking about, however, might be inclined to mention Atlus' Persona series. 2017 will see the release of Persona 5, the game publisher's latest entry into the high school based JRPG series based in the rather macabre Shin Megami Tensei series. If what Atlus has put out in its trailers is in any way close to what gamers can expect, Persona 5 might wind up being the top RPG of the year.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Games in Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda franchise are almost always a big deal and that's no different with the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild video game. Ever since it made its public debut the open world game been considered a hotly anticipated title. It's also coming out on Nintendo's next video game system, the Switch, and it should come as no surprise if gamers were to buy the new Nintendo video game console just to play Breath of the Wild.
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