The 30 most anticipated games of 2017

UPDATED: Now with all of E3's big reveals for this year

Last year was a great one for gaming, but 2017 is shaping up to be one of the best of all time.

We've already had some brilliant releases, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon: Zero Dawn, and there's plenty more ahead. Switch owners will get some exciting titles later this year, and we'll see some glossier games released alongisde the upcoming Xbox One X - and the PlayStation 4 and PC have lots to look forward to, of course.

Wonder what all the fuss is about? Have a look below: we've collected the 30 games that we're most excited about for the rest of 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) Super Mario Odyssey

Platform: Nintendo Switch

We thought Super Mario Odyssey looked weird before, but wow, the E3 trailer and our hands-on time showed that we didn't know the half of it. Nintendo has gone absolutely mad.

And that's a very good thing! Mario has always inhabited strange worlds, but the company's creative energy hits new heights in this Switch exclusive, as Mario's hat can now possess nearly anything around him. That means you'll be able to control a dinosaur, a flagpole, a tank, and many of the classic franchise foes from over the years. We called it "big and risky and creative" after we finished the demo – Odyssey seems like a total delight.

Due: 27 October

2) Pro Evolution Soccer 2018

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Could Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer reclaim the throne from EA's FIFA? It might happen this year. We're impressed with what we've seen so far, with fine-tuned pacing, improved presentation, more modes, and a stronger PC version promised.

That said, FIFA 18 also looks plenty stellar, and it's certainly possible that this grand football war will continue unresolved by the time it's all said and done. But we think Konami might pull it off.

Due: 12 September

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 this year 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. The full roster still hasn't been confirmed, but if you've loved the X-Men in past fighters, it sounds like you might be sorely disappointed...

Due: 19 September

4) Star Wars Battlefront II

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

If there was one key complaint about EA's first Star Wars Battlefront, it was the lack of a true story-driven campaign – but Battlefront II has that covered. You'll fill the boots of Empire commander Iden Versio, who sees the second Death Star go boom in the sky and vows revenge.

You'll fight for that vengeance across 30 years of Star Wars action, along with some apparent deviations that let you control Kylo Ren or Luke Skywalker instead. And Battlefront II will again go big on multiplayer, with 40-player showdowns spanning all three film eras and a larger focus on space combat.

Due: 17 November

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5) Call of Duty: WWII

Platforms: PS4, XB1, PC

After several years of modern and futuristic battles, Call of Duty is finally going back to its roots. Call of Duty: WWII will take players back to World War II action, with a campaign that focuses on the European theater in 1944-45 but includes other big moments from throughout the war.

Besides the cinematic campaign, we'll see a return to boots-on-the-ground multiplayer – no more jetpacks, thanks to the era rollback. And even if the campaign aims for historical accuracy, the Nazi Zombies mode is back for some undead antics.

Due: 3 November

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