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  1. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Buy The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

It feels like it’s been far too long since I’ve bought any Nintendo game that wasn’t on a handheld device, because it has been too long. The last console I owned from the mascot giants was the Nintendo 64 for God’s sake. I plan to change this with the new Zelda game though, because while not the only reason, I can’t wait to play Link’s new adventure in the Elder Scrolls series, I mean, Breath of the Wild.

It may not be revolutionary compared to other open world games on the market, but it does look like it meets the exact criteria it needs to, which is to be fun, a new direction for the series and Nintendo’s own take on a much more open and free feeling exploration of Hyrule then they’ve done in the past. Add this to the promise of what the Switch might bring and Nintendo maybe creeping a toe slightly out of their comfort zone more and more lately, and it’s giving me a lot of hope for this and even more new Zelda titles in the franchise.

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2

Buy Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption is yet another game I never expected to see on this list, but one I have no hesitation with anticipating. Seemingly well removed from the events of the first game, be it before or after, we don’t have much to go on yet beyond the return to the wild west and the promising of gun slinging adventures in some kind of magnificent seven style story it would seem. Beyond that it’s hard to say what else to expect, but if the first title and Rockstar’s record is anything to go by, I can’t see this being anything but a great title to spend many, many hours in when it’s in our hands.

  1. Persona 5

Buy Persona 5

I’m not sure what I can say about Persona 5 that I haven’t already. Anyone that follows my work knows I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. Even despite the recent delays however, I’m happy to wait if it means more polish, English voices and a bigger and better release for when it does find its way west.

The well-loved cult hit series that is Persona will soon be returning with a new cast, new story and new a revamped approach to bringing back the best elements of the past titles. This time we’ll be placed in the shoes of the Phantom Thieves, a more anti-hero approach than the best games as the new main and the rest fight, steal and sneak right into people’s hearts, quite literally. This promises to be one of my favourites of 2017 and I expect good things upon its release.

  1. The Last of Us: Part II

I have no idea when this one will come out, but by God is everyone excited for it. Those who are waiting with baited breath will largely fall into two camps, the people dying for a sequel because if it’s good there should be more, and the people who thought it was a perfectly contained experience and continuing that threatens to ruin the original ending and story. I am in the latter camp of the two fans.

While the idea of a new The Last of Us title in the franchise excites me greatly, The Last of Us was such a perfectly wrapped up story, with a truly ambiguous ending for the characters we knew and loved after all the struggles and trials they faced. Seeing the results of everything that happened is frightening because it could just be a lackluster follow up to a story that was told so well, and ended even better, because it ended on their terms and was completely unapologetic about following that vision. I trust in Naughty Dog though, one of few companies I do these days. Be it for business or creative love, I can’t see The Last of Us: Part 2 being anything but amazing, I just hope it doesn’t fall short.

  1. Death Stranding

Buy Death Stranding

Does anyone know what on earth Death Stranding is about? No, not really. Something involving metaphoric and symbolic attachments to the meaning of life and death, possible extra-terrestrial beings, something involving black tendrils. Is it the apocalypse? Cthulhu? Worse, it’s a Kojima plot. I do mean that in a good way of course, because Kojima makes some weird stuff, and I’m on board for something different from that man’s mind after so many years on the Metal Gear series. Even though we know very little about how it will play, the general story or even the basic mechanics we can expect, I’m sure it will at least be more interesting and different than most of that year’s competition, when it does finally release.

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