I don't know about you, but I'm really glad 2016 is over. Blame it on the year, blame it on the universe, but it was a tumultuous year. Thankfully, we had some great games, but 2017 is looking even brighter, if you can imagine that.
Today I'm going to bring you a list of my top 10 picks for PS4 games in 2017. In order to qualify for this list, I had to confirm that the game's release window was in 2017. That means that games like God of War or Last of Us: Part II, won't be here because they most likely won't be here until 2018.
The original Prey was a really cool science fiction shooter with roots in Native American lore. I thought it was pretty sweet, until the big “to be continued…” at the end. Now the brand has had a reboot, and it’s in the hands of Arkane Studios. Famous for their work on the Dishonored series, I’m confident they can breathe new life into this series.
The fresh and original story stars someone trapped aboard a space station with some sort of alien life form. We know that you’ll be getting some interesting abilities, and you’ll have plenty of weapons at your disposal, but this is one of those games that’s best to experience through the trailer for the maximum effect.
Check it out, and you’ll see why it’s number 10 on our list. If you're a fan of games like Bioshock and Dishonored, you'll be very interested in this one.
9. Outlast 2
I’ve played a lot of horror games in my time, but Outlast is something special. The first game had you exploring a mental asylum as a journalist following the report of a whistleblower. The game was, a word, intense. There were plenty of scenes where you had to run for your life, but more than that, there was this horrific atmosphere that hung over everything.
It was exhausting because it felt like you were truly running for your life. Having played the demo for Outlast 2 late in 2016, I can confirm that the developer knows how to crank the terror up even further. Two words: corn field. Man, I’m equal parts anticipating and dreading this game.
8. Gravity Rush 2
Gravity Rush was such a cool title on the Vita, but it never got the love it deserved. That is, until it was remastered for PS4. This, combined with news of a sequel, completely blew my mind. If you played the first one, then you know it left a lot of questions unanswered.
This one coming out very soon and it looks to an excellent start for 2017’s PS4 exclusive titles. With the full power of the console behind it, the gravity shifting gameplay and colorful world are more beautiful and in-depth than they’ve ever been.
7. Detroit: Become Human
Say what you will about David Cage, but Quantic Dream has never failed to impress with their story-driven games. Games like Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls are incredible examples of how to make a game just as engaging as a movie, if not more so.
Detroit: Become Human looks to continue this trend with even more control over how the story plays out. With a unique sci-fi setting and the prospect of androids becoming sentient, this looks like a ripe opportunity for Quantic Dream to flex their storytelling muscles.
6. Nier: Automata
Nier was one of my favorite RPGs on the PS3. It was such an odd, unique, and ultimately memorable experience. It was such a cult classic, I never thought we would see a sequel, but Square Enix managed to surprise with the announcement of Nier: Automata.
What was even more exciting, was the news that this new title would be developed by Platinum Games. Known for their work on Bayonetta and Metal Gear: Rising, Platinum has proven, time and time again, that they are masters of action gaming.
The demo for Nier: Automata is currently available on PSN, and the full game is set to release in March of 2017. The demo was excellent, so I’m ready to dive back into this odd and oddly amazing world.
5. Mass Effect: Andromeda
The original Mass Effect trilogy was a huge success for Bioware. They’ve always been master storytellers and incredible RPG makers, but it wasn’t until Mass Effect that they became a household name among gamers both hardcore and semi-casual.
Though Commander Shepard's story is finished, a new Mass Effect is on the horizon. Set in the neighboring galaxy of Andromeda, this new game looks like a fresh start for the series, with a lot of creative freedom in this uncharted (pun intended) territory. Can they capture the same magic that made Mass Effect so amazing in the first place?
Something tells me that lightning will strike twice with this one.
4. Uncharted: Lost Legacy
Uncharted 4 was nothing short of a masterpiece, and a fitting end to Nathan Drake’s story. Of course, this isn’t a universe that can be abandoned so quickly. In a surprise announcement at PSX 2016, Sony revealed Uncharted: Lost Legacy.
This story-focused add-on for Uncharted 4 puts us in the shoes of Chloe from Uncharted 2 as she journeys with Uncharted 4 antagonist Nadine through her own story set in the same universe as the other games.
Anything Naughty Dog touches turns to gold, so we’re absolutely ready for this one. It will help us survive the wait until Last of Us: Part II comes out.
3. Resident Evil VII: Biohazard
Resident Evil is a series that has lost its way in recent entries. What began as the dawn of modern survival horror soon became a action-filled shooter with almost none of the elements that made it originally successful. This came to a head with Resident Evil 6, and it became clear that a change was overdue.
Capcom went back to the drawing board and came out with a brand new Resident Evil that channels inspiration from games like Outlast and the infamous P.T. demo. If the demo is anything to go by, they’ve struck gold with this new concept. Resident Evil VII is terrifying, atmospheric, and best of all? It’s entirely playable in VR.
2. Horizon: Zero Dawn
Hot off the heels of their work on the Killzone series, Guerrilla Games is bringing a brand new I.P to the PS4 exclusive library in late February of 2017. Known as Horizon: Zero Dawn, this gorgeous game stars Aloy who goes on a journey through a vast and mysterious world occupied by robotic creatures.
Some of them look like dinosaurs, others look like something else completely. All of them are made from metal and wires. Using a crafting system and weapons forged from scratch, you’ll fight and manipulate these robotic animals as you search for answers about Aloy’s journey and the world it takes place in. Truly one of the most unique games to come out on PS4, this one is something to keep an eye on!
1. Red Dead Redemption
While I think we can all agree that there aren’t enough western genre video games, Red Dead Redemption is by far the best one we’ve gotten up until now. Rockstar is best known for their work on Grand Theft Auto, but their foray into the wild west was massively successful.
After endless waiting and hoping, Rockstar finally confirmed in 2016 that Red Dead Redemption 2 was real, and it was happening. We don’t have a solid release date yet, but this is something we hope to see in 2017. The gaming community as a whole is awaiting this sequel with bated breath.
Which games are you anticipating the most this year? Let us know in the comments!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 1/12/16