What’s Got Me Excited: January to June

We made it. 2016 is a thing of the past, and the good news? 2017 is looking (at least in terms of games), like it might be even better than 2016.

Here’s the games I’m looking forward to most…January through June edition.

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Old Time Hockey – PC/PS4/XBOXONE

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This. So much this.

An odd choice to begin with, but hey, I’m a massive Ice Hockey fan and as a fan of a such a  sport, I’m duty bound to share its greatness with the world.

Old Time Hockey is your Dads hockey game, with retro graphics, couch only multiplayer; a focus on fighting, head shots and mullets. It’s a Hockey game I can play with friends and family, and I can’t wait to do just that.

As someone who is constantly on the hunt for a game that both me and my partner can play together and Old Time Hockey fits the bill perfectly. Hockey is a pastime we both enjoy, and it looks to be a little more approachable than the EA Sports NHL games that have dominated the market for 10 years.

Mass Effect Andromeda – PC/PS4/XBOXONE

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I love Mass Effect. Give me more Mass Effect.

I don’t think people give Mass Effect 3 enough credit. Sure, the ending was a bit of a let down, but the rest of the game? Another solid entry into a series that’s never dipped below good. It didn’t have the finale that Mass Effect 2 had, but there was still much to love with the Shepherds final entry in the series. Which is why I’m super excited that Mass Effect is back.

However with less than 2 months until release, we still know little about the game’s plot, its characters or even its game play. I think it’s fairly safe to assume however, that it’s more Mass Effect. More aliens, more sexy time and more MAKO.

Horizon Zero Dawn – PS4

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Zelda with Robots?

You’ve got to feel sorry for the poor people at Guerrilla Games. Not only are they launching their much-anticipated new game days before a new hardware launch, but that launch includes a frick’n brand new Legend of Zelda game. Talk about bad luck huh? Horizon will likely do fine, but I’m sure when picking a launch period, they figured Q1 would be relatively empty.

Business aside, Horizon is shaping up to be many people’s potential game of the year. Only time will tell if its capable of such high praise, but one thing is for certain; it’s looking mighty, mighty good.

Not unlike a few others on this list, aside from the few pre-release trailers, I know little about what Horizon offers. However, I’m all in on dinosaur robots, bows and arrows and body paint. Sign me up.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch

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Actual Zelda

I don’t own a Wii U anymore, and I’ve got no plans to buy a Switch, and yet Breath of the Wild still makes this list. Why? Because like GTA, when a new Legend of Zelda game is release, everyone in Video Games pays attention.

So whilst I may not be able to play it, I’m very interested to see how they’ve handled the transition to a new sort of Zelda, with its ‘open world’, it’s voiced dialogue and of course, its new console.

When I get a Switch (and I’m very much hoping Nintendo gives me a reason to own one), Breath of the Wild is a game I’ll be playing. Until then, I’ll get comfy and watch the gaming world experience a game that I hope brings one of gaming’s best franchises to the 21st century.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – PC/PS4/XBOXONE

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The Mark Wahlberg of Video Games

I’ve tried my best to avoid any and all pre release media for this one. Aside from the games original E3 trailer back in 2015, I know nothing aside from what I’ve stumbled upon on Twitter.

In my head, I’m hoping for a sort of The Division meets Smugglers Run with a little bit of Hitman thrown in for added flavour. Whether or not we’ll get that however, remains to be seen.

I wanted to love The Division, but I found its New York so utterly tired and devoid of fun that I soon lost interest. Fingers crossed they don’t make the same mistakes here.

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Holy shit did the first few months of the year get busy. We’ve got 3 humongous releases from Nintendo, Bioware and Ubisoft. A massively anticipated new IP in Horizon. And that’s just the stuff that made the list.

Resident Evil is back, we’ve got a new console launching and I’m absolutely certain there’s going to be a raft of games that rock that we don’t even know about yet. 2017 is looking set to be another bumper year for Video Games.

What are you looking forward to most?

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