A few months ago I wrote about some of the games I was most looking forward to through the first 6 months of the year. Amazingly those 6 months have come and gone, and as such it’s time we delved deep into the recess of the video game release calendar to have a brief look at what’s getting me all hot and sweaty in the coming months. There’s no time to lose. Lets begin.
Splatoon 2 (Switch) – July 21
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about the prospect of another new game on the Switch. However Splatoon 2 looks incredibly fun in its own right. I’ve left Overwatch behind to some extent, and I think I’m ready to see what this game…is. I didn’t play Splatoon, but Splatoon 2 is primed to dominate my time through the end of the year.
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) – August 29
So I’ve been thinking about loading up XCOM 2 once again. I’ve got that deep strategic itch and I’ve got to scratch it. In my head, I want Mario + Rabbids to do just that. Wether it will or not remains to be seen, but if it’s anything like what I’ve got in my head, it’ll be a welcome break from the norm for Nintendo.
Destiny 2 (PS4, Xbox One) – September 6
I hate myself. I hate my family. And most of all, I hate my free time. Destiny 2, because who needs a social life.
NHL 18 (PS4, Xbox One ) – September 15
I skipped over NHL 17 for reasons….but with some new additions to Franchise Mode, I’m ready to spend even more of my life watching people skate around after a small black puck.
Cuphead (Xbox One, PC) – September 29
We’ve been talking about Cuphead for what feels like an eternity at this point, but finally the game’s launch is on the horizon. We’ve got a date and my wallet is primed and ready to throw money at this gorgeous looking game.
Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) – October 27
It’s a new Super Mario game. I’ll buy it. Obviously.
Star Wars Battlefront II (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – November 17
[space devoted to the Battlefront campaign we didn’t get]
Gran Turismo Sport (PS4) – TBA 2017
I’ve not played a GT game in almost 15 years. And you know what? After spending a 100 hours with F1 2017, I think I’m ready to welcome the driving genre back into my heart. And I don’t see a more fitting game to start back with than GT Sport.
Player Unknowns Battlegrounds (PC, XBOX One) – TBA 2017
I wasn’t sure about including this game on my list for one reason. It’s playable right this second, and even better than that? It’s good. Real good. Just think though, imagine how much more impressive it’ll be when it hits 1.0.
Animal Crossing Mobile (iOS, Android) – TBA 2017
We really don’t know all that much about Animal Crossing on mobile. Does that worry me? Not one bit. Nintendo’s previous efforts at the mobile market haven’t blown me away, but I think Animal Crossing is uniquely placed to blow the doors off. Don’t over think this Nintendo. Give me the Animal Crossing that I love, but on my phone.
Games are-a-coming. What are you looking forward to most in what remains of 2017?