The CNG Staff’s Most Anticipated Games of 2017 (so far!)

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We’re less than three months into the new year and already we’ve seen the launch of big titles like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Horizon Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While the Nintendo Switch and games like Mass Effect: Andromeda and Red Dead Redemption 2 may have captured the spotlight for 2017, here are some other upcoming releases we don’t think you’ll want to miss.

Persona 5

April 4, 2017
PS3, PS4

There’s nothing in the world that gets me revved up more than a good JRPG and there’s no better JRPG franchise than Persona. For the franchise’s fifth entry, Atlus is combining the best elements of Persona 3 and 4 with a little bit of Shin Megami Tensei for good measure. Everything from combat to dating has been turned up to eleven. The famed procedurally generated dungeon system has finally been done away with in favor of longer, more explorable, interesting dungeons. Persona 5 is on track to be one of 2017’s best RPGs and possibly its best game. – Just Lunning


April 11, 2017
PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows, Macintosh, Linux

It’s an Ex-Rare team take over as Yooka-Laylee hits the store shelves very very soon. Yooka-Laylee follows the adventures of Yooka and his wacky bat friend Laylee as they team up to stop a corporate foe called Capital B. It’s a collect-em-up type of game where everywhere you explore has something new to do, but what really sets this game apart from other games of this genre is the comedic vibe and a story that sets the tone for the rest of the game. I absolutely adore the ability to upgrade your character, expanding Yooka and Laylees already interesting movesets. The content stands out the most to myself as the game promises to expand on land, with more freedom to venture throughout and something to do at every corner of the map.  – Marc Gonzalez

Outlast 2

PS4, Xbox One, Windows, Macintosh
April 25, 2017

Playing the first Outlast game was an absolutely bone chilling experience and I expect nothing less from its upcoming sequel. The gameplay style is very unique in the sense that you can’t punch, kick or shoot – all you can is run and hide. And that’s the whole point right? To feel scared and pretty much helpless? Developer, Red Barrels does a great job with the first-person found footage point of view – think Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity. Nothing is more frightening than running out of battery life for your night vision. Unlike the first game’s insane asylum setting, Outlast 2 takes place in the middle of the Arizona desert where we play as a cameraman who is investigating the death of a young pregnant woman. Running away from psychopaths and murderers has never been this fun but be sure to wear your brown pants when you play this one.  – Christin Velazquez 

The Surge

May 2017
PS4, Xbox One, Windows

A dystopian future, exo-suits, and brutal melee finishes? Count me in. While I’m normally more of a shooter fan than a melee fighter, I was intrigued enough by The Surge’s premise to give Deck 13’s fast-paced action-RPG a closer look. The story centers around our protagonist, Warren, as he begins his first day of work with the definitely sketchy CREO corporation. I hope The Surge at least attempts to send a message for us all with its near future setting, environmental issues (global warming screws us here, not a zombie apocalypse), and ethically-dubious mega-corporation. I’ve seen quite a few comparisons to Dark Souls, which admittedly makes me nervous as someone with a notably short temper, but I’m looking forward to it nonetheless. – Gabby Sullivan

Chroma Squad

May 2017
PS4, Xbox One, Available Now On Steam

If you’ve ever wanted a Power Rangers game, but the 3D Fighters/beat-em-ups weren’t quite up to snuff for you then Chroma Squad is for you. Chroma Squad pairs the addictive gameplay of Tactical RPGs with the campiness of Power Rangers to create an experience filled with nostalgia and humor. You control five actors who both run and act for their very own Power Rangers show. The game allows you to enjoy every aspect of working on the show. You’ll get to battle with Megazords, obtain power-ups, craft weapons, and even team up with other rangers. You’ll also get to enjoy your show from behind the scenes by upgrading your studio, casting new actors, and managing your season budget. If you enjoy tactics or cheesy jokes, you’ll surely love Chroma Squad. – Just Lunning

Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy

June 30, 2017

I am an absolute sucker for nostalgia you so can only imagine my excitement when a remaster of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped was announced at last year’s E3. If you’ve never played a Crash game, I suggest you give this one a go as its characters and backstory are both memorable and entertaining. The gameplay is also very satisfying – spinning to break boxes and collecting wompa fruit can get addicting very fast. I am usually not the biggest fan of remasters but in a generation where backward compatibility has taken a backseat, this may be the closest we can get to those classic PlayStation 1 titles. Growing up in the early 2000’s, my entire gaming life revolved around Mario, Zelda, Sonic, and Crash so I’m looking forward to reliving some of those priceless childhood moments. – Christin Velazquez 

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Nintendo 3DS
Fire Emblem
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, one of the six titles exclusively released in Japan.  It will follow the adventures of childhood friends Alm and Celica as they attempt to liberate the continent of Valentia from a massive, all-consuming war. With fully voice acted dialogue, 3D models, and illustrated anime cutscenes, the game will have a level of artistic detail unseen by any entry in the series yet. Since Gaiden was previously only available to Westerners through an emulator or translated copies, this will essentially be a brand new Fire Emblem game for me! I’ve tried to keep myself spoiler free regarding characters and story plot points, but there are several gameplay aspects that already have me excited. In fact, many of these features actually originated in Gaiden. Default and special weapons are essentially unbreakable like the weapons from Fire Emblem Fates. Spells are learned through leveling up magic characters and instead of having limited uses innately, the drain their caster’s life force, a most interesting tactical setback. Lastly, there’s an overworld map similar to Fire Emblem Awakening where various towns and territories can be explored. I can’t wait to immerse myself in a world of beauty, liberty, and mass destruction! – Otter Lee

A Hat in Time

Windows, Macintosh

A Hat in Time is harkening back to the days of open-world 3D platforming games, bringing along all of the quirky, thrilling fun that made classic platforming adventures great. The game features Hat Kid, a young girl who’s in search of some hourglass shaped fuel to power her spaceship and return home. While on her quest, she is chased by a local mafia and Mustache Girl, an evil villain who’s trying to get in the way of her plans. I love the colorful art direction within the game and I’m looking forward to the exploration aspect and being able to find fresh content in every corner of Hat Kid’s world. I’m interested to see what the co-op mechanic will have in store. A Hat in Time is a game that builds on everything that made a platforming game unique and doubles the dosage. I’m hoping it delivers well on its promises.  – Marc Gonzalez

Sea of Thieves

Xbox One, Windows

Ahoy mateys, prepare yourselves for Rare’s upcoming high seas pirate adventure, Sea of Thieves. Everything about this game looks like an absolute blast from exploring the game’s diverse and completely handcrafted regions to sinking enemy ships with cannon balls to just getting virtually (or literally) drunk and starting a pirate band with your friends. There will be more to do though than simply wandering the world and collecting loot. Mike Chapman, the game’s lead designer, hinted at “legends” that can be triggered and completed like story quests, which seem more appropriate for such a multiplayer-focused game than a single epic saga. Sea of Thieves, while it can be played alone, looks exponentially more fun with friends, so best start recruiting your crew now. – Gabby Sullivan

Last modified: March 14, 2017