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6 Upcoming Games To Look Out For

In a previous article I talked about a few games from the last console generation that still hold up great today. Now it’s time for the future. It’s an exciting time, for we are currently 3 years into this generation and are entering that sweet zone for a consoles life span. Here are a few games that show tons of promise and have me excited for what’s to come.

No.1 – Sea Of Thieves

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Developer: Rare

Release Date: 2017

Sea of Thieves is Rare’s first all-new original IP in several years and will hopefully be a welcome return to what makes them great. In this new adventure, the player takes on the role of a pirate who can seemingly do pretty much whatever he/she wants. Previous footage shows the player working together with their crew to sail ships, battle other scallywags at sea, and even playing instruments together to put their shanty skills to the test. Even if I wasn’t aware that it was a Rare title, I probably would have guessed as it is absolutely brimming with a charm that only they can provide. If you and your friends have been looking for a great adventure that you can all experience together, Sea of Thieves might be the vessel to take you there.

No.2 – Injustice 2

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Developer: NetherRealm

Release Date: 2017

Injustice: Gods Among us was the fighting game that all DC fans have been waiting for. Developed by the team behind Mortal Kombat, it was filled with entertainingly over-the-top sequences that sent players through buildings, had them nearly devoured by Great White Sharks, and even blasted you to the moon and back from a super-powered punch. Behind all its bombastic set-pieces lied a surprisingly deep, layered and responsive fighter. Everything shown for the sequel looks to be a strong evolution built from the winning formula already established. Nothing has been revealed about the story just yet, but we have seen that some RPG elements are being added into the mix. Players will now be able to collect gear for all of their fighters, which will have the additional benefit of adding buffs to character traits. I can’t wait to see how it turns out, and it’s set to release sometime in early 2017.

No.3 – Dishonored 2

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Developer: Arcane Studios

Release Date: November 11th, 2016

Ok, so this one is a bit of a cheat since it’s already been released, but I still wanted to make mention of it. I was pleasantly surprised by Dishonored when I got hold of it back in 2013 with its excellent stealth and action mechanics. You played as Corvo Attano, the Empresses royal guard, who was betrayed and framed for her murder. Corvo then sets out to rescue her kidnapped daughter and clear his name. With a combination of special powers and assassin skills, the creativity in which you take out your opponents is only limited by your imagination. In the sequel, the player decides between 1 of 2 characters to play, each with their own set of skills and strengths. The first is the returning Corvo, but the second choice is the one most interesting to me. You can decide to play as Emily Kaldwin, the Empresses daughter who was rescued the first time around. How you play and who you choose will ultimately have a noticeable effect on the world around you, and will provide multiple endings. I’ve already put in a little time with it and I’m happy to say it more than lives up to the original.

No.4 – Prey

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Developer: Arcane Studios

Release Date: 2017

I was a little bummed when I learned that the upcoming Prey was in no way related to the last installment released in 2006. I genuinely loved the story, art design, and gameplay of that more-than-a-decade-old first person shooter. However, the new direction being taken in this 2017 release is intriguing and definitely has an air of mystery to it. With this all new main character, we’ve learned that he (or she as the player can decide whether to be man or woman) has somehow obtained abilities taken from a hostile alien race and uses it against them. The gameplay looks like a blast, and playing around with special abilities is always a lot of fun. Fighting aliens is something I’ve been doing in the virtual world for as long as I can remember and I can’t wait to take on this new extraterrestrial enemy.

No.5 – Scalebound

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Developer: Platinum Games

Release Date: 2017

Platinum Games is well known for their fluid and visually stunning combat mechanics – the best example of this would probably be Bayonetta, a third person action adventure game about a modern day witch who vanquishes both angels and demons in glorious displays of gun-kate and magical powers. Scalebound is an all-new original IP RPG, and somewhat of a passion project for Creator Hideki Kamiya. The player takes on the role of Drew and his dragon Thuban. That’s right, his DRAGON! This will be the first time Platinum Games have strayed away from their tried and true linear game design, and it’s an ambitious undertaking. Although the stylish combat will still be present, that is not the sole focus this time around as they intend to build an immersive world with photo-realistic visuals. There is also a social element built into the game as we saw at E3. Players can join up with others from around the world to take on huge, larger than life bosses. We also saw that quite a bit of customization, both for Drew and Thuban. If Platinum Games’ great reputation for action-oriented experiences aren’t enough to get you excited for Scalebound, then the simple fact that you’ll have control over a Dragon should do the trick.

No.6 – Cuphead

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Developer: Studio MDHR

Release Date: 2017

Ah Cuphead, how you’ve teased me with your numerous delays. This is one I’ve been eagerly awaiting since it was revealed a few years ago. Cuphead is a run-and-gun/side-scrolling platformer that has the aesthetic of a 1930’s cartoon. Every single visual and animation have been hand drawn before being put into the game, and the result is breathtaking. The music itself was recorded in the same fashion as it would have been back in the 30’s, which shows a crazy amount of love and attention to detail for this project. When viewing the game in action, I’m immediately reminded of the early Mickey Mouse cartoons, which hits a huge nostalgia button for me. Putting the visuals aside, the gameplay itself appears to be extremely intuitive, responsive, challenging, and not to mention just plain fun. For all platforming fans out there, you’re not going to want to miss this one.

These are just a few of the many great titles coming out to look forward too. Are you excited about any of the titles on this list? What would you personally add? Let us know in the comments below.



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