5 of My Most Anticipated Video Games of 2017

I usually don’t mind playing games that came out a long time ago, but there’s something special about playing something as soon as it’s released. If the lists of upcoming releases are any indication, 2017 will be a fantastic year for video games. Although I’m not planning to play every single one of the titles below, these are some of the games I’d love to play this year. Of course, this is a personal list and I included games that will come out on platforms I own. Here’s the list in no particular order.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

Release date: January 24th, 2017

Everyone who’s been keeping up with the Resident Evil franchise for years has mixed feelings about it. Resident Evil 4 was a masterpiece and on the other end of the spectrum, Resident Evil 6 was debacle that everyone wants to forget about, especially Capcom. So as a way to erase that game from everyone’s memory, the Japanese developer is doing a completely 180 with Resident Evil 7. The upcoming horror game will play entirely on the first person and it’ll support virtual reality and while it’s hard to determine of this new direction will pan out or not, I can appreciate that Capcom is at least trying something different with one of its most important series.

Cuphead (PC, Xbox One)

Release date: 2017

A lot has been said about Cuphead and its unique aesthetics that resemble the animation of 1930s cartoons, but it definitely convinced me to give it a try as soon as it comes out. I have no idea how it plays and I don’t know anything about the story, characters or structure, but taking into account that I’ve played multiple platforming games over the last couple of years and few of them have surprised me, Cuphead has at least something that’s rubbing me the right way.

Thimbleweed Park (Linux, PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Xbox One)

Release date: 2017

I’ve played several games that started as Kickstarters, but few of them have left an impression. Nevertheless, Thimbleweed Park seems different enough (and, at the same time, similar enough) that I want to play it. Maybe this is one of those cases when the developers are trying to satisfy fans of the genre and little else, but from what I’ve seen Thimbleweed Park looks and sounds great.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Release date: Spring 2017

Not only is Shovel Knight is one of my favorite platformers of the past few years, but also one of my favorite games period. I loved that game and that comes from somebody that doesn’t have any nostalgia for Ducktales for the NES. I know this sequel won’t have as much impact as the original Shovel Knight, but if it plays, looks and sounds similar to it, I definitely want to dive into Specter of Torment.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)

Release date: 2017

I haven’t had a chance to play the first Red Dead Redemption yet and that’s something I’ll try to change sometime this year. Still, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a title that I don’t want to miss. Rockstar Games is a company that has pretty much mastered the art of making open-world games and another Red Dead Redemption sounds like a step in the right direction. Now, I think it’s time for another Bully…