It appears that 2017 is shaping up to have a great holiday season for gamers. Here are 12 of the most anticipated games to look for in the second half of the year:
1. Destiny 2
September 8 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
September kicks off with the release of Destiny 2, the much awaited sequel to Bungie’s FPS with an MMO feel. The first Destiny was a great game that played well and gave players an opportunity to experience the FPS genre in ways that we have seldom seen, especially on a console.
Destiny 2 promises more baddies to shoot, a larger story and of course more loot to find. For those who are looking for a preview of things to come, you can pre-order the game to get access to the Open Beta– July 18-20 for PS4, July 19-20 for Xbox One and sometime in August for the PC, the exact date is yet to be confirmed. PC gamers waiting on Destiny 2 will have to be a little more patient however, as the title launches for the PC on October 24th.
2. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
September 19 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Capcom is bringing us the latest installment in the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Bringing what appears to be a fresh take on the franchise, this installment appears, at least for the moment, to have significantly less X-Men than in the previous games. In fact, none of the X-Men from the previous games will be returning in Infinite.
In addition, we will also see at least one new face with the addition of Captain Marvel as she makes her Marvel vs. Capcom debut. There are 24 confirmed playable characters currently, although Sigma will only come with the Deluxe Edition or as DLC. There is also confirmation of 6 DLC characters, most of which are to be announced.
3. Forza Motorsport 7
October 3 (Xbox One, PC)
Microsoft will release Forza Motorsport 7, the latest addition to one of the company’s flagship franchises. The Forza franchise has been well know for the stunning visuals and seamless gameplay. Two intricate parts that make it one of the finest racing franchises of all time. What we have seen so far from Forza Motorsport 7 is no different.
4. Middle Earth: Shadow of War
October 10 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Middle Earth: Shadow of War, the second installment in the Middle Earth franchise, keeps the momentum going and brings us back to the days between the events of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. Like the previous game, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, this installment is influenced heavily by the 6 movies more than the books. It is a continuation of the previous title that should be a hit with Tolkien fans and non fans alike.
5. The Evil Within 2
October 13 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Players will get to return to their nightmares with Bethesda’s release of The Evil Within 2, fitting to drop such a title on a Friday the 13th. Following in the same style as the first game, there will be an upgrade to graphics as this latest installment will be released for the current generation of consoles. From what we saw at E3 this summer, if you are a fan of the first game, then this installment will help quench you thirst for horror and survival.
6. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
October 17 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Ubisoft San Francisco will release South Park: The Fractured But Whole, a role playing game set in the South Park universe. It will follow in the steps of the previous South Park title, The Stick of Truth. After the surprise success of the first game, there has been much anticipation for a continuation to the popular title. The story for the game is written by South Park writers and creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
7. Assassin’s Creed Origins
October 27 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
October 27th will be a huge day if you’re a gamer. First, we have Assassin’s Creed Origins. The newest title from Ubisoft’s hit franchise will be a prequel for the series, taking the player back to ancient Egypt. They can roam freely in an open world setting and explore the lush environment. Like the previous Assassin’s Creed game, there will be no online multiplayer.
8. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
October 27 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Also on the 27th, Bethesda gives us a sequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. This is the eleventh entry into the Wolfenstein series, a franchise that celebrated it’s 25th anniversary earlier this year. Set in an alternate reality where the Nazis won the second World War, this newest installment continues the adventures of B.J. Blazkowicz as he continues to take the fight to the Nazi regime with the help of the American Resistance.
9. Super Mario Odyssey
October 27 (Nintendo Switch)
Last but definitely not least for October 27th is Super Mario Odyssey. The latest installment in Nintendo’s storied, flagship franchise has the player once again assuming the role of our favorite plumber. This time he travels across different kingdoms in his hat-shaped ship, “The Odyssey,” in an attempt to save Princess Peach from Bowser, who is attempting to marry her. The gameplay looks reminiscent of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, with some obvious aesthetic upgrades. Super Mario Odyssey will be available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.
10. Call of Duty: WWII
November 3 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
In November, we see the return of some FPS heavy weights with Call of Duty: WWII. That’s right, the Call of Duty franchise has returned to its roots as this latest installment brings the battle back to the trenches of Nazi occupied France and Germany. Many feel this return to World War II to be largely due to the success of Battlefield 1’s success last year, as that franchise took a step back from the modern day and futuristic warfare to return to simpler times.
True to the roots of the game, this will be the first time since the original Call of Duty that players will need to call in a medic, as there will be no health regeneration. Will this return to the series origins pay off for Activision’s flagship franchise? Only time will tell, however the community buzz certainly leaps to the positive based on trailers that have been released thus far.
11. Need For Speed Payback
November 10 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
We will see another heavy weight franchise add an installment with the release of Need For Speed Payback. Taking a new twist in this latest release, the game will focus on “action driving,” according to creative director William Ho. There will be three playable characters all with different skills that the player will use to travel around Fortune Valley in an attempt to defeat “The House,” an underworld cartel that controls the city.
12. Star Wars: Battlefront II
November 17 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Electronic Arts will once again immerse us in a galaxy far, far away with the much anticipated release of Star Wars: Battlefront II. After the release of the previous Battlefront in 2015, Dice’s attempt at a reboot was met with mixed reviews. Many were upset that there was no single player campaign, as well as the complaint that the deck was stacked on the side of the Empire. Much of the DLC was also met with disappointment. Dice and Electronic Arts are hoping to change all of that with this years sequel.
With the addition of a single player campaign, which offers that player a customizable character class system, the story will span the Force Awakens and the Last Jedi movies. The DLC this time around will be free with the creation of an EA account, which is also free, and released by season, similar to the system used by Overwatch and Rainbow Six Siege. Here’s to hoping that the latest installment will deliver everything we wants as Star Wars fans.