Top 10 Games Still To Come In 2017

We’re not even halfway through the year and 2017 is quickly becoming one of the best years in recent gaming history thanks to the likes of Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nioh, Digimon World: Next Order, the list goes on. Gamers have been spoiled for choice so far this year but there’s still plenty more to come as we chase down the top 10 games still to come in 2017.

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Star Trek: Bridge Crew

VR is still struggling to find it’s place in the gaming market. A high price tag, lack of titles and potential for smacking small children in the head have left many games unwilling to take the plunge. While Star Trek: Bridge Crew is unlikely to convert VR virgins to making the $400 purchase, it’s at least offering those crazy enough to have bought one something to play with.

While Star Trek: Bridge Crew’s concept is an exciting one, it’s potential to be yet another gimmicky launch trying to ride the coattails of yet to be successful tech is high. While playing any game with a group of friends can be great fun, the chances of getting four mates all with VR capabilities in one place is slim. Cross-play functionality between the Vive, Rift and PlayStation VR is a good move from Ubisoft but whether this game makes a splash or sits in the closet with your Wii Fit Board has yet to be seen.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew is set to launch on PlayStation 4 and PC, May 30th.

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Hand of Fate 2

The game of life and death begins once more as the dealer takes a seat at the table for the sequel to Defiant Development’s 2015 indie award-winning card game hybrid, Hand of Fate. To the average gamer the concept of combining tactical deck building mechanics with action-based hack and slash gameplay is a no-brainer, but if we’re honest it’s not often today’s developers pay any attention to the excruciatingly obvious combinations of success. Thankfully Defiant Development are different and more than happy to take another stab at an innovative take on combining two otherwise predictable and stagnating genres.

Hand of Fate 2 is scheduled to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Steam sometime 2017…. We hope.

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Friday The 13th: The Game

The idea of running around a dark and spooky map for 30 minutes dodging a seemingly immortal enemy with nothing more than your wits and the occasional closet to keep you alive may not sound all that appealing but it’s a genre that’s quickly picking up pace. Following on from the huge success of titles like Dead by Daylight, the game promises to immerse players in the terrifying world of the Friday the 13th franchise and into the sick and twisted mind of the worlds most famous serial killer with mummy issues, Jason Voorhees.

Whether you take on the role of the legend himself or one of the helpless teams aimlessly running up stairs when they should be running out the door, Friday The 13th: The Game promises to offer plenty of scares and is almost guaranteed to have a heavy Twitch presence for at least the first couple of weeks following launch.

Friday The 13th: The Game is scheduled to release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on May 26th.

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Prey

It’s been a rocky road for Prey, a road that has spanned nearly a decade. Prey 2 was originally announced in August of 2006 and why not? The original was solid, sold well and scored highly among critics. Sadly, political crap and paperwork got in the way, transfer rights between 3D Realms and Bethesda (under ZeniMax Media) caused more problems. In 2011 Bethesda announced that Human Head Studios would be taking the reins before completing scrapping their work, cancelling Prey 2 and announcing a reboot of the franchise under Arkane Studios in 2015.

And now it’s 2017 and we’ve finally got another chance to explore the horrifying universe of Prey. Promising a blend of survival horror, ala Dead Space, in a mysterious science-fiction setting with a powerset akin to that of Dishonored, Prey’s setting up to check all the boxes.

We don’t have long to wait for this one. Prey launches worldwide on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, May 5th.

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2

Pandemic Studios’ 2005 launch of Battlefront 2 was vastly underappreciated at the time. Despite its popularity and success the game fell into the shadows until the franchise was revived under the everyone’s favorite publisher & developer, EA. More an attempt to cash in on the returned popularity of the Star Wars movie franchise than an attempt to create a worthy spiritual successor, EA’s first attempt was met with mixed reactions but sold a crap ton so who cares?

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 promises to return with more maps, more modes, more customization, more heroes, more bad guys and of course, more stupid homing rockets that guarantees every tom, dick and harry a fairly balanced 1:1 K/D ratio without any skill involved whatsoever. Sorry, bit of a rant there.

Anyway, whether or not EA actually listen to the fans is yet to be seen but with zero mention of Galactic Conquest up to this point, I’m not holding my breath.

Slated for release in November, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC… PC… Through that stupid Origin crap… Ugh.

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The Surge

Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 once again attempts to occupy a corner of the Souls-like genre with an interesting take on an otherwise grim and dark setting. In a futuristic environment, a post-apocalyptic world gone to hell, players venture forth and explore mechanics and features inspired by the Dark Souls franchise, with a few new takes on mechanics thrown in for good measure.

It’s safe to expect many elements to remain similar such as lock-on combat that rewards tactical prowess over the ability to randomly string devastating combinations together mashing your control pad with your American Dad chin. Deck 13 promise some innovations of their own with limb styled targeting that will hopefully add a new level of depth to an otherwise incredibly punishing combat system.

Another we don’t have long to wait for. The Surge launches this month on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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Destiny 2

Early estimates from industry insiders, those guys nobody knows or speaks to but somehow they manage to get this information out before every release, put the price tag on the original Destiny somewhere in the $500 million mark. Typically that would be a lot of money but not for Robert Kotick, the CEO of Activision that likely wipes his ass with $100 bills everytime he uses the bathroom. The exact sales figures are under question but they sold plenty. The game was a massive success, critically acclaimed and still played by millions today. Cue the sequel.

Destiny needs a sequel, it deserves a sequel, and it’s getting one. Pretty damn soon too. Very few specifics have been announced but with big announcements and gameplay videos on the way, the Destiny 2 hype train has only just left the station.

Destiny 2 is going to sit atop many a wishlist for 2017. Fans can expect the game to arrive on September 8th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and for the first time in franchise history, PC.

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Dauntless

The good folk here at Gamers Heroes can never get enough of co-op. Ya know, the good kind of co-op where you play with friends and have a good time. I’m not talking about Borderlands crap here. Proper fun co-op. The Monster Hunter recipe has long been desired by fans in the West but with Capcom seemingly reluctant to give us anything that isn’t on a bloody 3.8 inch screen, it’s up to the indies to satisfy that craving.

Cue Phoenix Labs’ Dauntless. A Monster Hunter inspired online action RPG game coming for PC. While its actual official, proper, real, old-school release – ya know when a game is actually out, may not be this year there is still Alpha’s, Closed Betas, Open Betas, Early Accesses, all that fun stuffs to give players plenty of opportunity to dive into some Behemoth slaying goodness.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Not being a huge fan of the original Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor I wasn’t overly excited or even expecting a sequel. However, that all changed as soon as I got my hands on the official reveal trailer. Near on 20 minutes of narrated gameplay footage introduces viewers to the return of the Nemesis system as well as its evolution. Players will now be able to ally themselves with various creatures from Mordor and use their powers and abilities in their battle for conquest of Middle-earth.

New weapon and armor systems, more enemies, large-scale siege battles, it all looks a little too good to be true. Oh, and did I mention you can ride a fricking dragon? An actual dragon, it looks bad-ass. Assuming the trailer doesn’t pull an Alien Colonial Marines, Middle-earth: Shadow of War could deliver on its promises as soon as August 27th when it launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar Games don’t mess about. They avoid the mundane annual garbage that most of the AAA developers try to stick to nowadays, instead opting to follow this incredibly deep philosophy of just releasing good games when they are ready, imagine that eh? While we know very little about Red Dead Redemption 2, it’s place in the franchise or its expected list of features and promises, it’s Red Dead 2. If Rockstar’s recent efforts with Grand Theft Auto V are anything to go by the industry could be in for a serious treat when we return to the Old West.

There’s no concrete date for Red Dead Redemption 2 yet but there’s a good chance it will meet its announced release of sometime 2017.