It’s 2017 and it’s that time were as all of the great games that we saw last year that were scheduled for release this year will FINALLY be playable. There will be no shortage of new release games that we can expect to see but just like every year in gaming there are a few standout titles that everyone is waiting to play.

If last year’s E3 was any indication of what games we’re getting this year then 2017 is shaping up to be dope. We’ve reviewed a long list of games that are to be expected this year. Of course we/you can’t play all of them but it isn’t necessary that you do. It’s really just the few good games with great stories and great online content that will keep you captivated all year. What are these games you ask? There are quite a few and think if you have these games in your collection then you’ll have your fill for the year.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

I think that Mass Effect Andromeda is going to be the game of the year. Call me crazy. I know I may be making a premature prediction but based on what I’ve seen so far and the level of gaming we see with the current gen, it’s not such a bold claim. Mass Effect has been one of those series that has kept their loyal fan base because the trilogy was so well done overall (Some games better than others). I don’t see how they fail here. New mechanics, planets, vehicles, gameplay, new species, a vast multiplayer, etc. All of the aforementioned make for a great game with tons of replay value. This is the game that I personally will be looking forward to. March 21st is the expected release date and barring any delays you should be excited for this. It’ll be on Xbox, PS4 and PC. Remember I said it here, Game of the Year.

God of War

God of War is probably the one game that PS owners always wait for. Why? It’s because they’re always incredible games that always push the limits of the PS like really no other game. Kratos is back and unlike we’ve seen him before. He’s older, bearded and he’s with a child. While the trailer doesn’t give us any indication of whether or not it’s Kratos’ son. We do know that he is teaching the young boy everything there is to know about survival and how to fight. So, we know right away there’s gonna be blood and guts. The $64,000 question is, “Who is Kratos going to be fighting against?” After all, Kratos killed off all of the gods of Olympus. Who’s left to fight? Will it be Norse Gods, Roman Gods? Who? How does his training of the young boy tie into those battles? That’s what remains to be seen with the story and also what makes God of War as exciting as a game in 2017. There isn’t a release date as of yet but it’s safe to assume that it will be 3rd or 4th quarter just in time for the holidays and you can also expect a bundle package with special controller. You WANT to play this game.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Nintendo put itself back in the console picture with the upcoming Nintendo Switch that they formally announced last year. One of the first games that we’ve been seeing all over the web is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It’s only right that we get a great Zelda game right away considering that Nintendo has a lot riding on the success of the Switch. Based on the gameplay videos and screenshots that we’ve seen this looks like it’s going to be one of the year’s best games and if what I saw from one the trailers is true, we will get a playable version of a warrior Zelda at least in some capacity. Even if it’s for a small portion of a task or side quest, I’m good with that. I hope it comes to fruition. If that isn’t reason enough to play this game then I don’t know what is.

Destiny 2

Even though we know absolutely nothing about the sequel to Destiny. We do know that Bungie has confirmed that we will get that sequel sometime in late 2017. It’s just about time for a refresh of Destiny too. The Dawning is the most recent event which has just come to a close so it begs the question what’s next? Are we going to get another Crimson Days event? Probably. Are they going to revamp the old raids to meet Rise of Iron storylines with year 3 gear? Possibly, but not likely. So, Destiny 2 it is. Like I said, we know nothing about this highly anticipated sequel at this point. It won’t be until E3 most likely that we’ll get some indication of what the game will be about and when it will be released and I don’t think we’ll get out of 2017 without Destiny 2. If Bungie lets that happen they can expect that hardly anyone will play the sequel in 2018 so look out for Destiny 2 this year.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands

This year at E3 we got a sneak peek and some actual play time with the latest iteration into the Tom Clancy gaming world with Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Their last game The Division was an incredible game with tons of potential but no real replay value, because of slow DLC and no real replay value once you reached the end game. Will Ghost Recon struggle with similar issues? Hopefully not. Aside from the factors that plagued The Division, Ghost Recon looks incredible and focuses on teamwork in a completely different fashion than the Division does. Where the Division relies on strength in weapons and numbers Ghost Recon is about having the right man for the job. Depending on the mission, you’re either going to be sniping, doing demolition, driving or flying a drone. While this is by no means a new spin on a military operations based game it’s still a lot of fun to play if you have the right team. The look of the game is just as beautiful as it is with The Division with the gunplay and story being first rate and the need to communicate with your team being paramount more so than the Division. It will be an immersive experience for sure. This game will be available on March 7, 2017 and it’s a MUST play.

Other Notables

I know this about the 5 games you’ll be dying to play but there are going to be some other great games expected to release this year. Make sure that you keep your eyes open for these games. Just because they aren’t as big in my opinion that doesn’t make them any less important or as big. These are just a few of the other games you can expect to make a big impact this year

Red Dead Redemption 2
Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite
Fractured But Whole
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Persona 5
Gran Turismo Sport
Last of Us 2