The 28 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.

We've already had some brilliant releases, including Nioh and Horizon: Zero Dawn, and there's plenty more ahead. Nintendo fans in India might be a bit disappointed about Switch not giving a release date for India but we'll see Microsoft's Project Scorpio later this year, and PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC players have lots on the horizon too.

Wonder what all the fuss is about? Have a look below: we've collected the 28 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) 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

2) 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

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) RIME

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

Love The Legend of Zelda and The Last Guardian? We'll assume a "yes" on at least one of those, which is great, because upcoming indie darling Rime has been hyped as a spiritual comrade of those epic adventures.

As the trailer shows, Rime looks absolutely marvelous, with flashes of Journey amidst some Hayao Miyazaki and Team Ico influence, and the scale of this beautiful world seems immense as you solve environmental puzzles and deal with some ominous threats. Hopefully this quest proves to be as memorable and engaging as it is truly beautiful.

Due: 26 May (Switch: TBD)

5) AGENTS OF MAYHEM

Platforms: PS4, XB1, PC

Volition is known for making over-the-top games, given its insane Saints Row series, and Agents of Mayhem is no different in that regard. It is different in other ways, though: for example, it has 12 playable characters, rather than just one customisable hero, and it's a strictly single-player affair.

Agents of Mayhem has something of a Crackdown-meets-Overwatch vibe to it, and is clearly chock full of humour, not to mention loads of action. Given the studio's pedigree, we have to believe that it'll be a blast.

Due: 18 August

6) GOD OF WAR

Platform: PlayStation 4

Sony's sensational hack-and-slash franchise is getting a fresh start with the plainly-titled God of War, which swaps out Greek mythology for Norse and gives Kratos some interesting new things: a beard, a giant axe instead of dual blades… oh, and a son, too.

It's not a reboot since it still falls into chronology after God of War III, but this new game makes some big changes to the combat, adds RPG-like elements, and has more of a behind-the-back perspective rather than a zoomed-out third-person view. Can Kratos still be the ultimate badass while mentoring and protecting his son? We'll find out – hopefully before year's end.

Due: TBD 2017

7) UNCHARTED: THE LOST LEGACY

Platform: PlayStation 4

Another Uncharted game already? Didn't Uncharted 4 put Drake's story to bed? It did, true, but The Lost Legacy doesn't star that well-known explorer, nor does it star any dude at all. Instead, series favourite Chloe Frazer from Uncharted 2 takes the lead, and is flanked by Nadine Ross from Uncharted 4.

It's sure to strike a different tone, given the lack of Drake, but don't expect anything too different: The Lost Legacy was planned as an Uncharted 4 expansion before it was bulked up and turned into a standalone release. Still, we'll happily take another shot of Naughty Dog's vaunted cinematic storytelling before the further-off The Last of Us Part II comes around.

Due: TBD 2017

8) FIRE EMBLEM ECHOES: SHADOWS OF VALENTIA

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

The Switch might be Nintendo's new focus, but if you're seeking a serious role-playing obsession this month, look no further than the old 3DS. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia picks up where Fates and Awakening left off, as far as delivering engrossing tactical RPG combat on the go.

Echoes is actually a remake of 1992's Fire Emblem Gaiden, but seeing as we never got an English version of that game, it'll be fully new to pretty much everyone – and it's been given the full modern treatment like those aforementioned releases.

Due: 19 May

9) DAYS GONE

Platform: PlayStation 4

The Last of Us meets Sons of Anarchy meets World War Z? It's an imperfect comparison, but it'll do for Sony's Days Gone for now. Developed by Sony's Bend Studio (Syphon Filter), this PS4 exclusive finds its biker hero faced with roving packs of zombie attackers.

These zombies (or rather, "infected") are fast and they are surely plentiful: in demos and trailers, we've seen giant packs of them burst through doors as they scramble to attack hero Deacon St. John. Survival is the goal, of course, and you'll have lots of options as you tackle each frantic new scenario that emerges.

Due: TBD 2017

10) Ruiner

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

You might not have heard of Ruiner before now, but just take a look at that trailer: it's stunning. This glossy indie blaster is so brutal and unflinching in its depiction of violence, and the world around it is absolutely infused with dizzying style.

The top-down action gives you an array of guns to wield in the grim, fiery future setting, but you can also pummel the stuffing out of enemies in satisfying fashion. It looks like Hotline Miami mixed with Blade Runner and cyberpunk anime, and we can't wait to lay the smack down this summer.

Due: Summer 2017

11) STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT 2

Platforms: TBD

We waited 10 years between the old LucasArts-published Star Wars Battlefront II and EA's rebooted Battlefront (shown) in 2015, but the delay won't be nearly as long this time around: EA has already confirmed that we'll see a brand new Battlefront in 2017.

That's all we know for sure at this point, although given the likely release around that of Episode VIII in cinemas, we wouldn't be surprised to see the next big multiplayer experience start pushing past the original trilogy's events and locales. This time we should be getting an epic, single-player story mode to go with the big online battles.

Due: TBD 2017

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