Fall 2017 Preview – The Geekiverse’s Most Anticipated Games

Get your wallets and controllers ready.

The tail end of the year always guarantees two things–that there will be the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and that there will be a whole slew of great video games capitalizing on all of the shopping. Following a longstanding tradition that we have here at the Geekiverse, the crew is getting together to name our most anticipated games for the busiest and biggest time of the year.

No matter what platform you game on, there’s plenty to be excited about. Microsoft fans have the release of the Xbox One X to look forward to. The Nintendo Switch is poised to continue a monumental opening year, and the Playstation 4 is set to finish yet another strong year of its own. Even the Nintendo 3DS has a bunch of surprises in store!

The crew members’ top 5 picks can be found below. Let us know in the comments what you’re most excited for!

 

Jeff Pawlak

5. Monster Hunter Stories (Nintendo 3DS)
Release Date: Available Now

At the moment, it appears that this will, sadly, be the last Monster Hunter title that we in the West receive on the 3DS. But, even though this is a spinoff, Monster Hunter Stories promises an in-game world that is far more gorgeous and far more detailed than a handheld title has any right to. After all these years of duking it out with the franchise’s creatures, I can’t wait to finally team up with many of them!

4. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Nintendo Switch)
Release Date: December 1

I’m usually incapable of finding time for a massive JRPG nowadays, but I’m just going to have to rework my schedule to ensure that I enjoy this one. When you look back at just how stunning and how enormous the worlds were in Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) and Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U), it’s so exciting to think about what Monolith Soft must have come up with using the power of the Switch. Going back to a more anime-inspired art direction and streamlining the admittedly-complex game mechanics may just be what this series needs to reach toward perfection.

3. Metroid: Samus Returns (Nintendo 3DS)
Release Date: Available Now

It’s been far too long since fans were graced with a true Metroid game, particularly in the 2D sphere. While this may not be a brand new game, it appears to be a solid upgrade from the original Metroid II, which is now almost 26 years old. Reliving the battles with all of the different Metroid phases in 3D visuals and using new abilities is a fine way to hold us over until Metroid Prime 4 drops.

Article: Welcome Back, Samus Aran

2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC Pack 2 – The Champions’ Ballad (Nintendo Switch)

Breath of the Wild wasn’t missing much, but a detailed narrative was one of the few omissions from the biggest Legend of Zelda game ever. Depending on just how in-depth The Champions’ Ballad’s story goes, it may go a long way toward making Breath of the Wild the ultimate, definitive Zelda. We already know that we’ll be getting a deeper look into Mipha, Revali, Daruk, and Urbosa, which is exciting, enough, but what other developments will this new story bring to Hyrule following our victory over Calamity Ganon?

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

1. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)
Release Date: October 27

The line of 3D Mario platformers has arguably been the highest-quality set of games that Nintendo has ever made, and Super Mario Odyssey seems poised to continue that trend by pushing the envelop on what a 3D platformer can entail. The levels in this game are already proving to be sprawling and detailed in a way that the genre has never explored. By taking the robust platforming as found in more linear stages of Mario games past, and placing in in expansive worlds where you’re free to explore to your heart’s content, Nintendo has a game that should wow every Mario fan who dives into it.

 

Seth Zielinski

5. Sonic Forces (PS4, XBOX One, Nintendo Switch, PC)
Release Date: November 7

The Sonic Team at Sega has made great progress with 3D Sonic games over the past several years. Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations moved the property away from the pit of despair it fell into with 2006’s Sonic the Hedgehog. Now with the triumph of Sonic Mania bringing old-school blast processing back to its former glory, a renaissance period for the classic Sega franchise may be upon us. With Sonic Forces bringing refined 3D Sonic gameplay, a rebel punk vibe resembling the 1993 cartoon and a new character creator mechanic, Forces may continue the upward trajectory of the blue blur himself.

4. L.A. Noire (PS4, XBOX One, Nintendo Switch)
Release Date: November 14

A standout open world game from the previous console generation, L.A. Noire brought us an open world steeped in crime noir, motivated by hard-boiled detective work, and heavily inspired by the classic James Ellroy work L.A. Confidential (which was later adapted into an Oscar-winning 1997 film). The original game’s successful release was followed up by stories of a troublesome work environment and developer Team Bondi was eventually disbanded, so it’s surprising to see Rockstar bring back L.A. Noire in this way several years later. But with any luck, a renewed interest in the brand could revive the long-lost successor to this game, Team Bondi’s Whore of the Orient.

3. Star Wars Battlefront II (PS4, XBOX One, PC)
Release Date: November 17

EA and Dice’s 2015 revival of the Battlefront brand was a fun and well-crafted return to the shooter-based antics of the original series, but it lacked much of the content that filled out the experience from the original games. Star Wars Battlefront II seeks to rectify those inequities though, bringing in an elaborate single player story, customizable character classes, as well as settings and characters from the prequel and sequel eras of Star Wars lore. With one new entry under their belt and more time in development than its predecessor, Star Wars Battlefront II could very well be the game we all wanted the 2015 installment to be.

2. Resident Evil VII: Biohazard – “Not A Hero” & “End of Zoe” DLCs

Resident Evil VII: Biohazard is a contender for 2017 Game of the Year for me so far. As a Resident Evil fan from back in the PS1 days, seeing the franchise return to tense atmosphere and sheer horror is immensely exciting. The story of VII was simpler and teased developments to come, and we’ll be getting more insight into the current state of the Resident Evil universe in these two story DLC installments. *SPOILERS* – The story DLC titled “Not A Hero” (which will release for free) will follow series veteran Chris Redfield following the events of VII and be more action-oriented. Meanwhile “End of Zoe”, featuring new enemies and areas, will reveal what happened to side character Zoe after the game’s story, and seems to be slower and more horror-driven than its DLC counterpart.

Resident Evil VII: Biohazard Review

1. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)
Release Date: October 27

A new mainline Super Mario console game. It’s a special thing, coming only once or twice in a console generation. The short-lived Wii U had the splendid Super Mario 3D World, but not since Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii in 2007 have we seen a major forward step made for the franchise. Not only does Super Mario Odyssey feature new gameplay mechanics like Cappy and the titular Odyssey hat ship, but also sees Mario in photo-realistic environments, unlike any he’s been in before (unless you’re counting Mario Is Missing). That fat little *former* plumber is venturing into strange new worlds, using unique new abilities, all in a fresh, exploration-driven adventure. This new generation is ready for you, Mario.

 

Andrew Garvey

5. South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, XBOX One, PC)
Release Date: October 17

South Park: The Stick of Truth was a great surprise game for me. I picked it up thinking it would be funny, but I found it to be really fun to play as well. All of the juvenile humor comes back with a vengeance in The Fractured But Whole, which is infinitely fun to say. This time around, the kids from South Park, CO will be lampooning super hero movies as they suit up as their Coon and Friends alter egos. This game has been delayed for almost an entire year, so I’m very excited to finally get my hands on it!

4. The Evil Within 2 (PS4, XBOX One, PC)
Release Date: October 13

Scary games are kind of my bag (have you watched our Grisly Geek series?), so whenever a new one comes out, I just have to scoop it up. I reviewed the first game when it came out, and I found it fun, and insanely atmospheric, but not incredible. I’m hoping for the sequel that the developers, Tango Gameworks, have fixed some of the rough areas. The original game was a hodgepodge of many survival horror games, and that came with it’s own pros and cons. Here’s hoping The Evil Within 2 will see the series come into its own.

The Evil Within Review

3. Star Wars Battlefront II (PS4, XBOX One)
Release Date: November 17

I got burnt with Star Wars Battlefront. Sure, I had fun for a couple days, but with no single player campaign and little depth, I found myself moving further and further away from it. Star Wars Battlefront II looks to change that when it releases this October. With a single-player experience, large-scale space battles, and a free DLC structure similar to Overwatch, EA DICE is hoping this game blows up like Alderaan instead of fizzling like a paper bag of Bantha poodoo.

2. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PS4, XBOX One, PC, Nintendo Switch)
Release Date: October 27

Something about alternate history universes really get me going, especially when they’re well done. Wolfenstein II: The New Colussus lets us see what life might have been like had the Germans won WWII…and had towering mechs and sci-fi weapons. Wolfenstein: The New Order did for B.J. Blazkowicz what Duke Nukem Forever should have done for Duke: brought an old-school character blasting into the current generation with a good mix of old and new. Developer MachineGames is bringing the heat in The New Colossus with some new mechanics and an interesting storyline while retaining the series’s brutality.

Wolfenstein: The New Order Review

1. Call of Duty WWII (PS4, XBOX One, PC)

Last year’s Call of Duty entry felt tired. The futuristic setting has been done to death, and it seems like many people (developers included) were getting fatigued. The solution? Back to their roots! With a stunning next-gen look at World War II, Call of Duty WWII looks to be an epic return to form. I can’t wait to play the single player campaign–which is something I don’t think I’ve ever said about a COD game–and I’m excited to see how the multiplayer pans out without high-tech killstreak rewards to call in. The removal of Perks and the addition of Divisions will give many players a fresh new experience to work through as well. Going back to WWII gives Sledgehammer Games and Activision a huge theatre of warfare and material to explore, so hopefully they do it justice.

 

Adam Herr

5. Wolfenstein: The New Colossus (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Release Date: October 27

Full disclosure, I have not played any of the Wolfenstein games. I am hoping that Wolfenstein: The New Colossus will draw me into the series and make me a huge fan of the series. From what I have seen so far and what we saw at E3, I really think that this game has the ability to be one of the top 10 games this year. It’s only ranked low on my list because I am new to the franchise and am not sure what it needs to do to be a success. All I can say is for me, it needs to have a solid story that makes me not want to put the controller down.

4. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Release Date: October 10

The original Middle-Earth in my opinion was not very good. It just wasn’t holding my attention enough for me to get too deep into the game. It seemed too close to Assassin’s Creed and the Batman Arkham series. In order for this game to move up the ladder and become a game that I can get into, it needs to get its own identity. If I want to play Assassin’s Creed or Arkham, I will. This game, from what I have seen so far, has the potential to be one of the top games of 2017, but not if it is just a copy of other games with a Lord Of the Rings skin.

3. Call of Duty WWII (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Release Date: November 7

The Call of Duty franchise has grown stale. In my opinion, the series has not been good since Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The more futuristic we get, the worse the games seem to get. Infinite Warfare took a step in the right direction with their implementation of a decent story, where the others have seriously lacked. After playing the beta, I can certainly say that WWII will definitely call back to the original Call of Duty games that we all loved and brought us into the franchise to begin with.

2. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Xbox One)

Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds took the internet by storm with the early access release for PC. I’m hungry for a chicken dinner and I can’t wait to get my very own on Xbox. The minute this game comes out, it will be downloading on my system. I love the idea of the game, the play style, and the emotional rollercoaster it takes you on. This is a great game to play with your friends or to play some of the other modes for solo play. All this game has to do is run smoothly and not have any major launch issues and I will consider it a success.

1. Star Wars Battlefront II (PS4, Xbox One, PC).
Release Date: November 17

This has made almost everyone’s list here at The Geekiverse and across the internet. The first Star Wars: Battlefront was a good stepping stone but has some real problems that certainly need to be addressed in the new installment of the franchise. The first game looked absolutely stunning; it looked like it came right out of one of the movies. The lack of a story and objective based space battles left many fans feeling like this wasn’t the Battlefront experience we all loved with the original 2. It looks like from all we have seen that they have addressed many of the issues fans had with the the previous installment. I would love to tell you how amazing the game demo was, however my E3 demo crashed, so I got to watch Josiah’s screen. And it did look fantastic, so this is my most anticipated game.

 

Josiah LeRoy

5. Assassin’s Creed: Origins (PS4, Xbox One)
Release Date: October 27

As if October 27 wasn’t already the biggest day of the Geeky gaming season, add Assassin’s Creed’s return to a list that already includes Super Mario: Odyssey, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, and Stranger Things season 2 on Netflix. Origins has me intrigued and just squeaked into my list, edging a handful of other exciting games. The game is in a lot of ways a reboot of the franchise after a year off, and the long rumored setting of Egypt looks exhilarating.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Review

4. Super Mario: Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)
Release Date: October 27

Need I say more? I have exactly one game for my Switch, and it’s time to start filling up that bookshelf. Enter Odyssey, a potential system seller for Nintendo.

3. NHL 18 (PS4, Xbox One)
Release Date: Available Now

Yes, I am The Geekiverse’s hockey fanatic and list this title every year in our most anticipated article. However, EA Sports has managed to improve the game every year since it debuted to a lackluster reception in NHL 15. NHL 18’s slight additions are highlighted by the new game mode, Threes.

2. Middle Earth: Shadow of War (PS4, Xbox One)
Release Date: October 10

Much to the chagrin of Mr. Andrew Garvey, I am dying to get my hands on Shadow of War. We didn’t have a chance to get our hands on the game at E3, but saw a ton of gameplay. I adored the original game’s gameplay and revolutionary Nemesis System. Though the story was sub-par at best, it should say a lot that Shadow of Mordor was my favorite game of 2014.

1. Star Wars: Battlefront II (PS4, Xbox One)
Release Date: November 17

If you know me at all, you knew this would be tops on the list. I was already through-the-roof excited for this game, but somehow found a new level after playing the game at E3. The game will feature three eras of gameplay, and loads of new characters and planets. After the original’s lack of content, this sequel is primed to make some noise. Oh, and it comes out just ahead of Episode VIII. In addition, a single player campaign that is previewed by a prequel novel sounds wonderful to me. May the Force be with my patience.

 

What does your most anticipated games list look like? Let us know in the comments below.

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