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Fuck 2016. That’s the attitude I think we all have right now. It’s bit a bit shit, let’s be real. So let’s take some time to look forward to the next 365 days, because it could do no worse than 2016, seriously.

Although it’s early days, we’ve got a pretty decent calendar of releases up until the middle of next year, and while more exciting things are set to come in the next 12 months, we’ve taken our time to cherry pick some of our most anticipated games for 2017 that we know of so far.

10Horizon Zero Dawn

It’s a backwards world where humans live in the stone age but dinosaurs are actually elaborate machines. Yep, it’s Guerrilla Games’ upcoming open world action RPG Horizon Zero Dawn. Honestly, I haven’t followed this game that much, but what I’ve seen of the game I have to say I’m pretty impressed and intrigued.

I mean, who wouldn’t want to use ancient weapons to take down mechanical monsters in order to harvest parts?

9Ghost Recon Wildlands

This is a game I’ve been hooked on from its first unveiling a few E3’s ago. It’s the latest in the Ghost Recon series which takes on a more co-operative affair than before. Players must work together to take down a huge drug cartel, however the world in which players are thrust into is absolutely massive.

Players must navigate the huge map and choose which missions to take on first. It’s like Ubisoft’s The Crew mixed in with the heists from GTA, blended together with Rainbow Six Siege.

8Sniper Ghost Warrior 3

While Sniper Elite 4 is definitely on my list, Rebellion are pretty much onto a winner with their tried and tested formula. Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 on the other hand has tossed out the sniping focus for a blend of sniping, stealth, and fast paced shooter to hopefully breathe some life into the series.

From what we’ve seen so far it looks pretty great, but we’re wondering whether the use of the three play styles will actually work, or be a case of too many cooks.

7Yooka-Laylee

Let’s face it, what 2017 needs is a healthy hit of nostalgia in the form of Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. It’s colourful, it’s playful, and it looks fantastic.

Whether you’re a fan of the classic title or not, Yooka-Laylee aims to please newcomers and fans of the B-K series, I mean, our very own Oliver couldn’t say enough about the game after his brief play through at EGX.

6Cuphead

Now this is a game that looks promising. Cuphead is a game which blends classic 30s cartoon style visuals with classic platforming gameplay of old. Although it’s a completely new game, it just looks like something you’ve seen before.

This classic run and gun action game focuses mostly on boss battles and what a bunch of bosses they are. From gigantic sunflowers to potatoes, players will need to have their wits about them to make it through this game.

5Hello Neighbour

tinyBuild’s latest game is a bit of an odd one, but it’s something we’ve always wondered about our own neighbours… Are they hiding a dead body, or even worse, a killing floor, in their basement?

This game has players attempting to discover the truth by having them sneak into their neighbours home, however it’s not as simple as picking some locks as your neighbour is around, and he’s smart. In this game your neighbour learns from your every move making it increasingly difficult each time you play.

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Now here’s an interesting game, a game in which knowledge and intelligence is a sin. This ARPG has players burning books, ice cream factories, and more in an attempt to destroy knowledge. This hand painted game looks stunning and seems like an incredibly interesting and surreal game.

Set to go into Early Access in the first quarter of 2017, the game will slowly develop with more chapters being unlocked as it progresses.

3The Surge

From the creators of Lords of the Fallen comes The Surge, a game which sees players face the aftermath of some sort of accident at a “factory for the future” that makes machines and its security forces king.

Armed with an exosuit made purely for factory labour players will hack, slash, and rip apart their enemies in order to salvage parts to make their exosuit even stronger. It’s definitely one to watch this year.

2Vampyr

Since the launch of Remember Me way back, I’ve been a huge fan of DONTNOD Entertainment, they killed it with that game, they also killed it with Life is Strange, now they’re back with a vampire RPG called Vampyr.

Although the game has a completely different development studio from the other two games, elements of them still remain. The game features fast-paced hack and slash action with a story that the player can manipulate based on choice. Will players choose to kill, and if so, who? Who they choose will leave a mark on the entire game world and could potentially change the entire game.

1Prey

Prey is a game that I’m excited for but I’m also a little apprehensive about as I’m not sure the game really needed to be rebooted. While Prey is named Prey, it’s not quite the original, but it’s not quite Prey 2 either. It’s a game with similar concepts but is essentially a brand new game.

It definitely lands in our most anticipated pile, but at the same time it’s one we’re going to be vary wary of, at least until we see more.

So there you have it, ten whole excuses to be exited for 2017.

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