Games we're waiting for: May 2017 Edition
With the early 2017 rush of releases behind us, the Switch making a huge splash in the console world, and E3 looming on the horizon, it's time to check in on the games the staff and writers of GameCrate are looking forward to the most as of May 1, 2017. Some of these games will be released within a month, while others are more distant, but all of them are worthy of your attention.
Here are some of the games we're looking forward to in the coming months.
Electronic Arts and DICE set a new high bar in the FPS genre with Battlefield 1. We were all curious as to how their competitors Activision/Sledgehammer Games would respond. Their answer is Call Of Duty: WWII, which returns the series to its roots.
There's nothing wrong with jetpacks and gun battles in outer space, but things just got too futuristic and outlandish in the Call of Duty franchise for many players, including me. A return to classic World War II gameplay will be refreshing, and the developers have also promised plenty of changes to standard FPS gameplay to make sure things won't feel stale.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was the first game I bought with my PS4, and I was immediately hooked. The seamless (and unobtrusive) way the rich Lord of the Rings mythology was presented, combined with the fluid combat, excellent graphics, and the absolutely awesome Nemesis system kept me playing long after the main story line was completed.
Shadow of War looks to be everything I loved about Shadow of Mordor, turned up to 11. Bigger, prettier, and with an even more robust Nemesis System? It’s looking like it could be the one game to rule them all.
It’s hard to talk about one single game that I’m most looking forward to. I already feel like Christmas came early with incredible releases like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Persona 5, but if there is one title I’m all too eager to throw my money at, it has to be Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. While I was originally skeptical about this massive reworking of the series, it appears as if it will be going back to VS. franchise roots.
I actually got my start in the competitive fighting game world with the VS. series, and with my current fighting game love, Skullgirls, having fallen out of the mainstream spotlight, I think MVCI is exactly what I need to dive into the fighting game community once more. It looks like it’s going to have a solid core of easy to understand, accessible mechanics blown up with an incredible roster and an innovative “Infinity Stone” system that lets you customize your moves. I can’t wait to play a grappler and trap someone in the Space Stone’s shame box, forcing them to deal with my throw mix-ups.
While 2017 is going to be a massive year for games with titles like Sony’s new God of War, Destiny 2, Super Mario Odyssey, and even exciting indie titles like Cuphead and Pyre, only Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite strikes me as a game that we might still be playing five years from now. Time to shake off that rust and get back into the tournament scene.
Right now, I'm definitely looking forward to Prey. I've loved both Dishonoreds and I can't wait to see what Arkane pulls off in a new setting with infinite sci-fi themed possibilities to play with. The fact that they're also looking at a bit more of a psychological and potentially tense story also fascinates me. I'm hoping the title will throw some twists my way that absolutely blow my mind with the frenetic, skill based,gameplay mechanics Arkane is known for.
I'm also ridiculously excited for pretty much anything Red Barrels does with Outlast 2 as far as DLC goes, I'm hip deep in the story behind the story right now and I'm practically addicted to finding out more facts that could potentially blow the truth right open.
Although we don’t know much about Destiny 2 at this point, I know plenty about Destiny and I can’t wait for the sequel. I’ve been playing Destiny since its launch in 2014, and I've watched how it has grown and been overhauled to make it a polished and addictive RPG/MMO/Shooter. It’s definitely one-of-a-kind, and I can’t get enough of it.
Destiny 2 promises to bring new worlds to explore, new weapons to acquire, and new adventures to jump into. September can’t get here fast enough.
Watch 30 minutes of gameplay from Injustice 2's single-player Multiverse mode.
I'm not great at fighting games (as many YouTube commenters felt the need to let me know in detail when we shared some early gameplay), and rarely have the time or patience to practice with them to the point where I can go online to play without embarrassing myself. Fighting games can still be a ton of fun to play, but since online competitive play is such a focus for so many modern fighting games, I often feel left out in the cold by what the more casual, single-player side of the experience has to offer.
But I played some of Injustice 2's story mode earlier this year at GDC, and then took a three-hour dive into the game's Multiverse mode more recently, and the game is an absolute blast to play. The addition of customizable gear that allows you to tweak the appearance and stats of the game's various characters offers a ton of fun, even for solo players, and the fact that you earn loot just by playing, without the need for spending real-world money, provides a constant stream of rewards for improvement that fighting games so often lack.
The developers at Nether Realm have a great track record on the competitive side of fighting games, but Injustice 2 looks and feels like a fighting game I'll be able to play for a very long time without ever needing to touch online multiplayer. It also looks great and has an awesome (and totally weird) roster of characters, and putting all that together makes it the unreleased game I'm currently looking forward to the most.
What game tops your wishlist for 2017 or beyond? Let us know in the comments below!