Last year was a great one for gaming, but 2017 has its sights set on being 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 are surely looking for the next batch of releases, and we'll see Microsoft's Project Scorpio later this year, but PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC players have lots ahead too.
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
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 hadn't already done 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
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, we haven't seen enough of FIFA 18 yet to make the early call, 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 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) NEED FOR SPEED: PAYBACK
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
EA may not have the Fast and the Furious film license to play with, but Need for Speed: Payback certainly seems to mirror the action-car-flick franchise's ethos. This story-driven new entry focuses on a crew attempting to take down an underground cartel, and it promises big action set-pieces amidst the racing.
The series' last attempt at a makeover, the eponymous Need for Speed, was pretty but underwhelmed, so maybe it's time for something new; on the other hand, this franchise botched its last narrative attempt, Need for Speed: The Run. But we're optimistic until we see reason to feel otherwise.
Due: 10 November
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