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(Originally posted on The Ranting SBox blog on January 1, 2017).

It is with great pleasure that I welcome each and every one of you to the fresh new year of 2017! I hope you all had an excellent New Year’s celebration last night and that you’re starting your year off right. I wouldn’t know. See, I figured I’d be spending my New Year’s Day sleeping in past noon and in a constant state of sloth (as is tradition). That’s why this post is coming to you live from the year 2016. Let’s ring in the New Year the right way by going over all of the things we have to look forward to in 2017, starting with gaming.

I’ll admit that despite my long list of anticipated games that I had last year, I didn’t really play that much in 2016. Of the 7 games from my list (out of 12) that weren’t delayed into this year and beyond, I only got to play 2 of them: Uncharted 4 and Pokken Tournament. The only other off-list game I played from 2016 was World of Final Fantasy. Clearly last year wasn’t that big of a gaming year for me. I plan to change that in 2017 with the help of the following games that I’m praying aren’t either delayed or disappointing (*cough* No Man’s Sky *cough*).

This list isn’t in any particular order as I’m only going off the top of my head for this list.

Crash Bandicoot: The N. Sane Trilogy

Part of me finds it ironic how my most anticipated game of the year is a series of games I’ve been playing since I was a toddler. However, the other part of me doesn’t care at all. is back, baby! I’m looking forward to this new take on the game series that made me a gamer in the first place. Everything in the trailers so far looks fantastic. The graphics are beautiful. The few changes made here and there seem to be merely refining the games I know and love. And Crash’s design, which I mentioned in a past post is something to get used to, has actually grown on me.

I’ll be incredibly disappointed if this game is delayed. As long as the controls are solid and there are zero bugs, you can’t go wrong.

Tekken 7

This is the third and hopefully last time I’ll be mentioning this game in my anticipation posts, because I simply can’t wait until this game is in my life. Not gonna lie, I’m really tempted to just swim to Japan with a pocket full of change and a dream.

is my favorite fighting game series of all time. (Yes, even more than Smash Bros.). Ever since playing the Tekken 2 arcade cabinet during a summer vacation and getting Tekken 5 on the PS2, I’ve been in love with that style of fighting game. So, naturally I’m dying to play the game’s next installment, and witness the end to the Mishima-Zaibotsu storyline for myself. Pokken Tournament was a fine enough appetizer, but I’m ready for the main course.

Cuphead

Another game that just missed the deadline of 2016, I’m really looking forward to finally playing . As I probably said a couple times in the past, the game’s artstyle and design is pure genius, and it’s promise of brutal challenge is a challenge I’m ready to accept. If this game is as advertised and more, I predict this’ll be an addictively fun couple of hours, just as frustrating as it is rewarding.

Uncharted: Lost Legacy

Some of you who have seen my Uncharted 4 review may be curious as to why I’ve been so quiet about this game after it’s announcement. Truth be told, I really didn’t know what to make of this announcement, particularly whether it’s just Uncharted 4 DLC or a whole new game. I still don’t know honestly, but it really doesn’t matter. Either way, I’m playing… whatever this is when it comes out, and I’ll play it gladly. It’s really good to see Chloe again, and Nadine’s presence is just icing on the cake. That trailer back at PSX was everything I want out of an game and more. I look forward to seeing how this game plays out. Hopefully this game can be the beginning of a new perspective for this series — not just story-wise but also gameplay-wise.

Scalebound

I’ve been keeping my eye on since I first saw it at E3 2014. I find the setting and atmosphere of this game fascinating, and I still do almost 3 years later. If anything, seeing the authentic gameplay battle at E3 last year was enough to solidify my curiosity for this game. I like action-RPG’s and games that allow me to do melee/shooting combat on the ground while also letting me ride freaking dragons. My hope is that the final game lives up to what I’m hoping it will be.

Project Sonic 2017

I’m also fairly excited to play Mania, but as someone who really loved Sonic Generations, I’m keeping my eyes on the prize. I’m looking forward to seeing how Project Sonic 2017 fares in the conversation of 3D Sonic titles. Will this game end up being the hit following the miss that was Sonic Boom? I’m also looking forward to seeing exactly what this game is. Since Classic Sonic is here, is this a sequel to Generations? Since it’s called Project Sonic 2017, is it a remake of Sonic ’06 (aka Project Sonic)? Or does the combination of factors make this an entirely separate game? Whatever it is, I can’t wait to find out.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

This may be a new IP, but I can already tell this will be my kind of game. Action-adventure games are my jam, and this game’s unique style and concept is enough to have me invested in what this new series will have to offer. Definitely looking forward to .

Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite

Honestly, I’m surprised how excited I became when this game was announced at PSX. Maybe it’s the fact Mega Man X was seen in the trailer or how awesome Captain Marvel looks in the game. Whatever the case, I’m ready for some . I have so many fond memories of my older brother bringing Marvel vs. Capcom 3 home and me playing the crap out of it with my family. It’s been a while, but I’ll be more than willing to relearn and conquer.

By the way, my most wanted new characters for this game are Groot, Daredevil and Black Panther. Just saying.

Sea of Thieves

Another game I’m interested in seeing how it goes. As Rare’s first major project in years, a lot is riding on being a huge success. Rare’s been enjoying a mini-renaissance as of late following Rare Replay on Xbox One, and if they want to keep that momentum going Sea of Thieves needs to be at least decent. I’m not doubting them that much, though. The game looks pretty good thus far, and I anticipate with the right features it can be an excellent online multiplayer distraction. Here’s hoping it proves to be more GTA Online than No Man’s Sky.

Yooka-Laylee

Finally, we have another delayed game from last year’s list, . I’ve gone on and on about how much I love old-school, collectathon, 3D platformers — much like Banjo-Kazooie was and what Yooka-Laylee is striving to be. You can imagine how a game like this would easily make my Most Anticipated list two years in a row. I’m really hoping this game turns out to be as fun as I expect. After Mighty No. 9 kinda left everyone wanting, I don’t want to see this game go down the same path as other crowd-funded games. But hey! Only time will tell.

Honorable Mentions

  • launch line-up: It feels empty not mentioning Nintendo games on my Most Anticipated list, but I like everyone else am waiting to see what Nintendo has up there sleeve for their new console and the unannounced games I’ll no doubt enjoy.
  • : We’ve been talking about and waiting for this game ever since it was first announced in 2013. That’s right, it’s about to be 5 years come June. I don’t think this game will be coming out this year either, but I’m sure hoping I’m wrong. And hey, I was wrong last year about Final Fantasy XV. Maybe I’m wrong here, too.
  • Part 2: If I were absolutely certain that this game was coming out this year, this would’ve been my most anticipated game of 2017. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. With Uncharted: Lost Legacy also coming this year, I’m willing to bet this will be a 2018 release at best. I’ll be the happiest guy alive if I’m wrong, though.
  • (PS4): Last but not least is the upcoming Spider-Man game that blew my mind at E3 last year. We live in a great time in gaming indeed. To have spent years playing the best Batman games ever made and now move on to this? If this game proves to be anywhere near Batman Arkham’s level of quality, I’m in for a real treat.

Those are a couple of my most anticipated games of this new year. This is just my personal list, though, so let me know in the comments what games you’re looking forward to in 2017. There’s a ton to be excited for, so don’t be shy and name as much as you want in the comments below.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

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