Looking ahead at 2017, the long list of games scheduled for release is astonishing. Several massive titles delayed out of 2016 join brand new games, exciting indies, fresh sequels and expected annual releases to make for a list with too many good-looking games to possibly play in a year.
Of the dozens of great-looking games remaining, here are the top 5 most exciting video games.
A unique hand-drawn game, Cuphead blends the style of 1930 surrealist cartoons with old-school action game mechanics for an incredible look and feel unlike anything else. This was originally slated for release in 2015 as a collection of boss battles, then moved to 2016 when the decision was made to expand it. 2017 may be Cuphead’s last chance to make an impact.
Detroit: Become Human
Quantic Dream’s games have all been heavily flawed attempts to blend the agency of video games with the manifest nature of cinema, with only Heavy Rain so far managing wide praise for its dilemmas and interesting story despite its rough edges.
It remains to be seen if Detroit — a story of synthetic humans becoming self aware and rejecting their place as second class citizens — will be ultimately successful, but you can’t deny its intriguing premise and outstanding presentation.
Horizon Zero Dawn
It’s an open-world techno-cavewoman RPG. I don’t think there’s ever been a game that sells itself better than that. Long after the apocalypse, primitive humans live alongside robotic lifeforms that bear more than a passing resemblance to dinosaurs, and the outcast Aloy embarks on a quest to find out the truth about those who came — and apparently vanished — before her.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The latest Zelda epic is set to launch on both the all-but-forgotten Wii U console and the soon-to-be-released Nintendo Switch. Reverting to the freedom and exploration of the original 1986 release while also embracing the open-world conventions of many modern games, Breath of the Wild is a big risk for a beloved and famously slow-evolving series.
Mass Effect Andromeda
The Mass Effect trilogy earned so much respect for its huge scale and sheer sci-fi awesomeness that we can ignore the delays and vague gameplay details that might otherwise indicate development on Andromeda has been pretty rough.
The game looks to amp up the customization, exploration and alien romancing of the original while moving the action away from Earth to an all new galaxy. If it can pull it off, it might be one of 2017’s best.