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10 Most Anticipated RPGs for 2017

2017 is shaping up to be a great year for video games, and RPG’s are going to be topping the list of 2017’s best games for sure. Most of you can probably see a good number of these coming, a few are truly some long awaited RPG titles for sure, but expected returns or newcomer, there’s a lot of save up for by the end of 2017. Let’s just try not to blow all our money on the one genre, there’s plenty more to come.  Here are our most anticipated RPG games for 2017.

10. Sea of Thieves

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Sea of Thieves intrigued me on its reveal, mainly because someone at Microsoft evidently let Rare makes games again instead of the Kinect titles they’ve been chained too. It seems to have an element of the AC Black Flag spirit to it with the pirates, player controlled ships and open seas to explore. Probably with a little less brutal murder but still, you can’t have everything. This action-adventure RPG does look like a lot of fun though, especially with a group of friends working and sailing together.

If Sea of Thieves contains even a touch of the teamwork that Guns of Icarus had, but manages to do so in a large open world with piracy and the wide open seas to explore, then count me in for sure.

9. Divinity: Original Sin 2

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Divinity is one of those love letters to the old school hardcore RPG’s like Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale. The games I remember wanting to play because my dad was playing them, that kind of old. I have fond memories of that forgotten style though, and so did the makers of Divinity apparently. I would be hard pressed to call this part of a resurgence, but we are seeing the old style make a return here and there these days with titles like Pillars of Eternity making it big.

If you have hundreds of hours on hand and a hankering for some classic RPG goodness though, look no further this some more of Original Sin when it hits release in 2017. It hits a special niche some of us are still hunting for, and few will do it better.

8. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

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Ni no Kuni is a JRPG I hear everyone say the same two things about, it looks like a JRPG game set in a Studio Ghibli film, and that it’s one of the best JRPGs out there . Well that and it gets as hard as balls halfway through. It’s one of the JRPG’s in recent years that I haven’t picked up though, and to my knowledge you don’t need to play the first one to grasp the second. If you do though, that’s at least encouragement to start this highly rated JRPG series if nothing else.

Perhaps the prettiest and most colourful JRPG of 2017 already, Ni no Kuni really does carry across that pure adventure aesthetic with that Ghibli spirit. It’s going to be a long ride with a huge beautiful world to see and explore, with a story that will probably tug your heart strings at some point for sure. Definitely look into getting this one if you’re a fan of anything JRPG.

7. South Park: The Fractured But Whole

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I’m still yet to play the first South Park game, but I’ve wanted to since hearing nothing but good things since release, and the sequel looks even better still. Full of the crass and unfiltered humour from the show itself, the South Park games have been both surprisingly good video games and love letters to the universe it sprang from. Moving from riffing on RPG’s to superhero movies, The Fractured But Whole largely makes fun of the growly popular Marvel and DC franchises as the characters dress up and play as superheros, changing up the combat elements and adding an entire fresh coat of paint to the old formula.

All this said though, this is a true homage to both the South Park series and Superhero, and if you don’t like either of these things, especially the former, then most of the games charm might go over your head. Even so, both the new and old titles of the South Park series are some of funniest games you’ll find out there, and it’s truly rare to find an actual comedy style video game. There’s more than enough reason to look forward to this one, as long as it stops being delayed eventually.

6. Vampyr

I’ve been keeping this in my peripheral vision for what feels like ages now, not really sure as to how it would turn out. Vampire games come and go, and few truly hit the good mark, or become something more memorable. It’s been long enough since we’re had a good one though it feels like, and I’d be up for some open world vampire action in vaguely Victorian London.

While we still haven’t seen a ton of footage yet, we’ve been given enough to look forward to something in the vein of moral choices, supernatural powers and some atmosphere rich story to dig into. Vampyr shows a lot of promise and I truly want this vampire game to be best vampire game ever released, and I think it will be something to look for at the end of 2017 for sure. It’s also been said you can play the entire story as you desire, even finishing it without killing to preserve your humanity. Yeah that’s not happening in my run.

5. Nioh

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Technically yes, Nioh is out, but I haven’t played it and this is my list of 2017’s most anticipated RPG games, so it counts as an anticipated for me. Comparisons to Dark Souls have, fairly, been made about the title, but Nioh does enough to take the formula made popular by the dark medieval franchise and give it a good twist. Now wearing a more feudal japan armoured skin over its setting, Nioh promises the same brutal difficultly and hard learning experiences that fans of similar titles have loved in the past, but does enough to stand out as its own game apart from the crowd.

From the many subtle differences in play styles to weapon stances and skills, multiple ways to approach combat and the many demons and boss to conquer, Nioh gives us a new way to play an old friend. The one that kills us repeatedly and doesn’t stop kicking us when we’re down.

4. Persona 5

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I’m honestly waiting for Persona 5 to release NOW just so I can stop writing about wanting to play it. Persona fans have been waiting for a new main title in the cult classic franchise for many a year now, and despite push backs and those painful international release waits, Persona 5 is finally so close to being ours.

Exploring and living in modern Tokyo, our protagonist and the rest of the Phantom Thieves will let us dive right back into the world of persona with a new group of teenage students living the high school life of making friends, studying for exams and occasionally pulling heists while fighting off people’s inner demons with their personas. The normal stuff. With a slick new theme that is dripping style in everything from the combat to the interfaces, Persona 5 looks to be one of the best games releasing in 2017 in my books, and I can’t wait for its release. It’s only lower on this list because I know what to expect, and a little longer wait after all this time won’t kill me.

3. Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Well it’s finally happening, after years and years of complaining, we’re finally getting a remake to one of the most popular Final Fantasy games to date. Of course what we want is not always what we get though, and it didn’t take long for people to complain that we were now getting the remake they asked for. To be fair Final Fantasy VII is truly confirmed for 2017, but it’s possible we could be seeing this late Q4, especially with the Final Fantasy momentum we’ve had recently.

I for one, never did play the original game in all of its blocky glory back in the day, so I’m keen to see what all the fuss is about if nothing else. For a new player like myself I’m looking forward to experiencing this classic Final Fantasy tale re-imagined with its shiny new graphics and a poly count higher than the title number. I personally don’t mind the faster pace action the series has recently been leaning more towards either, so I’m game, it’s long overdue for me to get on this hype train. Love it or hate it though, this is definitely one people want to see come out, if only to see our reward for years of patience.

2. Nier: Automata

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Platinum’s new action RPG returns to the Nier franchise, sort of, in one of the best looking sci-fi post-apocalyptic worlds in recent years. I’ve never played the Nier games before it, but since this is set in a completely alternate reality or something of that sort, you can go in blind no worries. I’ll admit I took very little interest in this one at first, but Platinum definitely know how to make a great action title, and Nier: Automata looks to be one of their best games.

Set in a world abandoned by humans, you get to run through a lifeless empty world with the android duo 2B and 9S. With the human race long gone, earth belongs to the left behind robots and androids now, and frankly I don’t know much more than that, I don’t want to yet. Nier: Automata has slick action, an immersive atmosphere and a world I can’t wait to dive into myself, and the little I have seen is enough to make me want to wait to experience the rest myself. If you need something to experience it first hand, the demo can give a taste of exactly what to expect, otherwise I think this a case of seeing less is best.

1. Mass Effect Andromeda

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Good old Mass Effect, I sort of missed you. I loved the original trilogy of Mass Effect, I still think they are some of the best sci-fi games to date in video games, but I think we all know where I’m going with this. Like most, the ending really left a bitter taste in my mouth. I know deep down I should get past it, but it soured the Mass Effect games more than I thought possible, my memories forever corrupted. So maybe it is a good thing the Ryder family apparently felt the same way so much, that they left the entire galaxy.

With a fresh start, a new galaxy to explore and another cast of romance options to meet, I’m looking forward to Mass Effect Andromeda the most in 2017, because I really want it to rekindle the love for the first Mass Effect games. As the Ryder siblings both step into the spotlight as pathfinders for this new adventure, the games plot is practically trying to find the Mass Effect series a new beginning. I can go with that. I just want to like the franchise once again more than anything. Looking amazing with large open worlds and more fluid combat systems than before doesn’t hurt its chances either.

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