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
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
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
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
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.
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.