The 30 most anticipated games of 2017

Start saving up: there are loads of exciting games on the horizon

If you thought 2016 was a great year for gaming – and it was, truly – just wait 'til you see what 2017 has in store.

With the Nintendo Switch out in the coming months and Microsoft's Project Scorpio expected later in the year, we'll surely see some enticing games surrounding that fresh hardware. But even if you have a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or gaming-capable PC, you'll find plenty to crave over the next 12 months.

Wonder what all the fuss is about? Have a look below: we've collected the 30 games that we're most excited about in 2017, and since many other huge games will surely be announced during the year, we'll be updating this article frequently with the latest and greatest picks still on the horizon.

1) THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Wii U

Serving as both the last major Wii U game on this list and Nintendo's first confirmed Switch release, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild could well be the most feverishly awaited title expected in the first half of the year, especially following ample delays.

Breath of the Wild shakes up the old Zelda framework in favour of an open-world approach that seems very loose and almost Minecraft-esque in its survival-like design. It also looks absolutely delightful, so whether it's your final Wii U purchase or your very first Switch game, Nintendo's next Zelda ought to be well worth your attention.

Due: TBD 2017

2) RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

Anything that Rockstar makes these days is cause for celebration, but especially a sequel to the utterly beloved Red Dead Redemption, which let us live out our Wild West dreams in a stunning open world filled with outlaws and opportunities alike.

We don't have a lot of hard details on Red Dead Redemption 2 right now, but John Marston is back and he appears to be packing a posse – plus the game looks gorgeous already. Rumours suggest it might be a prequel of some sorts, but whatever the case, we don't need convincing. Rockstar says it'll have an expanded multiplayer experience, as well.

Due: Late Monsoon 2017

3) MARVEL VS. CAPCOM: INFINITE

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Thankfully, the wait between games is much shorter than last time, as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is coming out in 2017 across multiple platforms. It's the same crossover fighter that we all know and love, albeit with some notable changes to the gameplay.

Gone are the three-fighter teams from the past couple of entries, dropped down to two-on-two battles, plus assist attacks are gone. Also, the new Infinity Stones mechanic lets you choose a special type of boost to augment your skills. We don't know much of the roster as of this writing, but newcomers Captain Marvel and Mega Man X are confirmed so far.

Due: TBD 2017

4) MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Set 600 years after Commander Shepard's trilogy, Mass Effect: Andromeda promises an entirely new sci-fi experience for fans: new characters, new galaxy (Andromeda), and new threats and opportunities as you shape your own story amidst the stars.

Andromeda has more of an open-world feel than the last couple of Mass Effect games and runs on EA's now-standard Frostbite engine, which means it looks pretty spectacular from what we've seen (and is enhanced on the PS4 Pro). It was already delayed out of 2016, so hopefully we don't have much longer to wait to begin this fresh adventure.

Due: Q1 2017

5) HORIZON: ZERO DAWN

Platform: PlayStation 4

On a list that's absolutely jam-packed with sequels and franchise extensions (at least this early on in the year), Horizon: Zero Dawn stands out as maybe the most exciting original game of the bunch. It's a brand new IP from Killzone maker Guerrilla Games, and this PS4 exclusive has absolutely floored us so far.

Horizon puts you in the role of Aloy, a mysterious Machine Hunter from a human tribe who must defeat the robotic beasts that wander the lands. Intense action helps define this vast role-player, and the creature and world design are both show-stoppers. Please, please live up to your immense potential, Horizon!

Due: 1 March

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