2017, predictions in gaming

2017 is starting to look like a good year for games similar to the explosion of quality we received in 2015. It hard for me to choose a GOTY for 2016, simply put i never played allot of new games over the year. However now i have a rather large back log of games from last year, including Deus Ex, Dishonored 2 and Uncharted. Undeterred I’m aiming to blast through them ASAP.

If i had to choose – DOOM won GOTY for 2016 followed by Overwatch and Firewatch. This was picked up by Polygon, but not followed up by the Game Awards who went with Overwatch. Personally I can’t see a purely multiplayer game taking GOTY, but thats the elitist in me who see’s online games as little more than crack and insult generators.

So 2017.

I have a few predictions for this year. Im not going to list all the games coming out, just the ones i feel could be contenders for 2017 GOTY and ones which will amount to nothing, like how No Mans Sky was the best thing since the atom bomb but failed to take off (thats a space joke).

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard: The last 2 Resident Evils have been pretty under whelming. Resident Evil 4 took a different turn and became an instant classic. Five saw you play a steroid addicted beat the shit out of the locals followed by a fight in the a volcano. Six, something happened… but I’m confidant that seven will take the franchise into a different direction and could potentially take GOTY.

Conan: Exiles: This showed up late to my game radar and i predict it going down as a cheap mans Skyrim. But i’m hopeful its more.

For Honor: I’m going to call it now, this is going to be a buggy disappointment. Not only is it made by Ubisoft (boo) its all so hyped up to shit. Personally i hope i’m wrong, but something seems off about this title.

Horizon: Zero Dawn: This game is the reason i bought a PS4 (that and FFXV), I hope it lives up to my expectation. I hope it even goes down as GOTY.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands: This ones here for the bro’s, you know who you are. It’s likely to be a Steam Sale (Origin?) buy for me. I can see the appeal and i hope it does well, but not the game for me and unlikely to be GOTY.

Mass Effect: Andromeda: Its Mass Effect, its going to be good. The gameplay seems to have further evolved from the original cover shooter idea, but in general it seems to be grounded to the originals. People love Mass Effect so i see this doing well and maybe even taking GOTY. On a personal level i felt disappointed by the two and three, I can’t see me being that impressed by the fourth outing.

Prey: Im not entirely sure what i expect from Prey, its definitely not a sequel to the original Prey released in 2006. The game play and media released around it gives off a solid appeal which could do well. Definitely one to look out for.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: You could put a good amount of money on this taking 2017 GOTY. It’s Zelda, it’s Nintendo, it’s taken fucking ages to release. The gameplay released around this title looks polished and i’m generally excited for its release. Zelda being one of a few title i generally give a shit about when it comes to Nintendo. However the constant delay and the over the top hype coming in from the gaming media might see it fall flat on its arse, followed by a large amount of blog post entitled “It’s time to stop over hyping games”.

Read Dead Redemption 2: Another strong contender for GOTY. Unfortunately i see this getting delayed to early 2018. But still i’m hyped. Having not played the original for more than 2 hours i’m looking forward to getting into this sequel.

 

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Its all gone primal

With the PS4 Paris conference now over a few games came to light which before we knew very little about: Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn. Two more games to add to the ever growing prehistoric genre which has become the focus of some of the new games hitting the market in 2016.

Let’s take a look at what’s coming up and how this trend might be an interesting new direction.

Wild


Wild is bought to us by a studio based in Montpellier with the name… Wild. It was co-founded by Michel Ancel who bought us both Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil (where the fuck is Beyond Good & Evil 2?) . Wild sees you playing as a shaman with control over various animals both large and small. Personally this kind of game will likely push the scales for me picking up a PS4 (it’s a PS4 exclusive) over the next year and it’s not surprising, although very little is known about the game, in its current state it still makes it one of the more impressive  and experimental games I’ve seen for a while. Definitely worth looking out for in 2016.

Farcry Primal

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At the end of Farcry 4 Ubisoft posted that they would be taking Farcry to some strange places in the next installment of the genre. Given the success of the much loved Blood Dragon which came off the back of Farcry 3 I was surprised that they stuck to a relatively safe idea in Farcry 4. The drug mission which took us to strange and distant lands where you had control of a tiger and had to kill evil spirits with a bow and arrow showed that the developer had some really interesting ideas but were unable to make a whole game out of them. Farcry Primal takes us way back to the days of spears and mammoths. It’s looking like an interesting decision but I’m hesitant at the moment. What they really should have done is gone ‘fuck this’ and done something more along the lines of Kung Fury. Let’s see what happens.

ARK: Survival Evolved

Ark is an early access game currently available on steam, and similar to every sandbox survival game on steam it has picked up a heavy following. Players start out with nothing after being stranded on an island inhabitedby dinosaurs, and as with all of these games you start off by collecting resources and working your way up the development tree until you have an AK47 and a Tyrannosaurus Rex mount. It’s looking good – but to be honest it’s not really my thing. It will likely attract the Minecraft crowd as they search for a new fix, you know, after the Microsoft thing. RIP 🙁

Horizon Zero Dawn

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Despite sounding like a CoD expansion pack, Horizon Zero Dawn couldn’t be any further from it. You play Aloy (FFS, seriously) – a female hunter who tries to make it in a world occupied by robot dinosaurs. Set a 1000 years in the future this post-apocalyptic back drop provides you with all you need to make scrap metal out of your new robot overlords. Despite how incredibly shit that all sounded the game looks to be somewhat entertaining. Again Horizon is a PS4 exclusive.

Of course lets not forget our roots.

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