More DLC/ Chapters for my favorite games of 2016
The first video game item that I’m looking forward to in 2017 is more substantial DLC for Final Fantasy XV. Fans noticed the lack of story and exploration in the streamlined second half of the game, which led to a lot of disappointment. In January, some free DLC was offered in the form of a Chocobo festival, and while that kind of content is fun, it’s not necessarily catered to what the fans want. There are still so many questions: How did Ignis get injured? What is Promto’s connection to Niflheim? WHY CAN’T WE SEE MORE ARANEA? I could write an entire post about what’s missing in this awesome game, but the creators have promised that 2017 will be “a year of giving.” Let’s hope they keep up with their promise.
Another great game that came at the end of 2016 was The Walking Dead: A New Frontier. It was a necessary revamp of the Telltale series, with a fresh, new animation style, and interesting, diverse characters. The gameplay was fluid and action-packed and had a nice balance with the struggle between humans and the struggle with the walkers, something that has been lacking with the TV series as of late. It was also nice to see the fan-favorite character, Clementine, more battle-hardened than the previous seasons. With such a strong installment in the series, I’m excited to see the rest of the episodes that will come out this year. Also, I saw a preview with Negan, and everyone who watches the TV show the Walking Dead knows what a crazy ride that will be.
Final Fantasy 12: Zodiac Age
Unpopular opinion: Final Fantasy XII is one of the best in the franchise, and one of my personal favorites. I was ecstatic when I heard that Square Enix finally planned a remaster. The “Zodiac Age” version of the game will include features like an updated battle system, more customizable job roles, and true HD graphics and music, giving players a fresh new look at Ivalice. The “Zodiac Job” system allows players to assign roles to characters, making the growth a little less open than it was in the 2006 version and more Final Fantasy style. I’m hoping that this game will also include some other of the features from the “international” and Japanese 2006 version that weren’t in the American game, including some tweaks with the enemies and explorations systems. Hopefully, this will renew people’s interest in one of the most underrated Final Fantasies.
Release date: July 11th, 2017
Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn is definitely one of the more unique games on this list. Little is known about the story, but the main character is Aloy, a red-haired female protagonist who resembles Ygritte from Game of Thrones, in a 3rd person RPG style game. What makes this game interesting is the mixture of futuristic animal-like robot creatures, in a setting full of nature with only a few human nomadic tribes. What caused this weird mixture? The story suggests that there was some kind of calamity that caused the downfall of mankind, but the full premise has not been revealed yet. In the demos of the games, we see that there is some kind of virus infecting the otherwise harmless creatures, and Aloy fights them off with her multipurpose bow. There is also a versatile crafting feature. From the demos, it shows Aloy making a wide range of traps and weapons to take down the robot creatures, and it shows the benefits of stealth and strategic gameplay to survive. I’m looking forward to exploring this open world and unlocking its secrets.
Release Date: February 28th, 2017
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
It’s been four years since the last Zelda installment, and Breath of the Wild will bring a lot of welcome change into the series. One of the most notable changes is the involvement of physics, like Link jumping, climbing, and even paragliding. There are also hints of a more involved story plot, with some previews that include voice acting, something that never happens in Legend of Zelda games. Luckily, Link still does not talk, keeping one of the most essential features of the franchise. It’s hinted that Breath of the Wild will have the largest map of any of the games, and will allow for a lot of open-world exploration by walking, horseback, or teleporting. Looks like it is time for me to invest in the Nintendo Switch! The game is also available on the Wii U. Check out the gameplay preview.
Release Date: March 3rd, 2017
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Overall, this is the most anticipated game of the year. It’s been five years since the end of Commander Shepard’s story, and we join new main characters, siblings Sarah and Scott Ryder. The story starts with the characters waking up after hundreds of years in cryo-stasis, on a mission to find another habitable planet outside of the Milky Way system. Of course, something goes wrong during their journey and they wake up in the wrong location and marooned. Other than those few details, the story is a mystery. Several of the Mass Effect races are making a return, including the Asari, Krogans, Turians, and Salarians. From the cinematic trailers, we see some new alien races, including the introduction of the game’s villain, Archon. Another thing that fans are looking forward to are the more realistic romances. From what’s been discovered so far, the romances will be more diverse, less rigid, and will include a lot more options than in any of the previous games. One last thing that is expected to be great in this series is the gameplay. Mass Effect 2 and 3 were known for the smooth combat systems, and with Bioware’s use of the Frostbite 3 engine (the same engine used for Dragon Age: Inquisition), the fighting style should be even more advanced and intricate than any of the previous games.
Release Date: March 28th, 2017
As I went through this list, I realized that many of these games come out within a few weeks of each other. I hope that I’ll have the funds and the energy to enjoy these magnificent releases.
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