The 30 most anticipated games of 2017

All the huge games you need to know about this year

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 March 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 few 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) 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: Autumn 2017

2) 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 by far the biggest Switch launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may 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 is surely well worth your attention.

Due: 3 March

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, but luckily we don't have much longer to wait to begin this fresh adventure.

Due: 23 March

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

6) Super Mario Odyssey

Platform: Nintendo Switch

A brand new 3D Mario game pegged as a successor to the absolutely classic Super Mario 64? Yes, we'll surely buy a Switch for that, if Zelda doesn't already do the trick. We'll have to wait a little while for this one, unfortunately, but the early tease is equally amazing and perplexing.

A realistic human city? Bouncing fork creatures? Mario's hat is… alive? Clearly, Miyamoto hasn't lost his creative touch, and if Super Mario Odyssey ends up being a bit mad, well, so be it. Bring on the weird, Mario.

Due: Holiday 2017

7) 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

8) 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 announced that we'll see a brand new Battlefront in 2017.

Battlefront 2 is confirmed to have a stronger single-player component, as well as implement characters and battles from all around the Star Wars timeline, rather than keeping things focused on the original trilogy. If the campaign delivers, then DICE might really nail this second attempt.

Due: Late 2017

9) Halo Wars 2

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

The original Halo Wars was the rare example of a real-time strategy game done right on console, and now Halo Wars 2 will arrive eight years later to try it all over again – this time actually packing a Windows 10 version in tow.

Developed by Creative Assembly and 343 Industries, Halo Wars 2 looks to bring a bit more variety and complexity into the experience, including adding an intriguing new Blitz mode that has some collectible card game mechanics. And since it takes place after Halo 5: Guardians, it's a key part of the ongoing Halo lore too.

Due: 21 February

10) 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