Following up on my Listmas post from last week, it’s time to get to the rundown of what games I hope to add to my backlog…err, games library in 2017. And it’s not just brand new games that I’ve got my eye on, but a number of older titles that have skipped my purview or that I once had but sold or traded. Whether or not I’ll actually play any of them next years remains to be seen, but who knows! Granted, I already have and will put plenty on my gaming plate for the new year, but it’s still fun to take a look into the video games crystal ball to see what could be. So let’s get to the list!
As I did last time, I have to give a special shoutout to a few games that I recently added to my library: Killer7, Dragon Age: Origins, and Dragon Age II. I’ve already played the Dragon Age titles, and they came with their own sets of mixed emotions (Origins was excellent and the sequel was less than that). But as I’ve had trouble coming to terms with Mass Effect: Andromeda, I’m thinking that I might need to distance myself from the Mass Effect universe. By immersing myself in another of Bioware’s grand offerings, like the Dragon Age series, maybe it’ll help me better accept whatever Andromeda might be. And as for Killer7, well, that’s simply a title I’ve been longing after for awhile. And when I found a copy as a reasonable price, it was too good to turn down! Plus, it’ll give me a good reason to fire up the GameCube a little more frequently.
So, what of those games to add? My list looks like this:
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
I needn’t say much more than this sequel to The Stick of Truth is high on my list. The original game was so much silly, over-the-top fun, and I’ve no doubt that this sequel will be just as ridiculous. The game was schedule to come out this year, but a delay put it off until the early Spring of 2017, and I will be ready for it!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
While this title should seem like a no-brainer, I’ve been on the fence about getting it. But I’m now strongly leaning towards it mainly because it’ll give my WiiU something to do other than collect dust. Also, it’s becomingly increasingly clear that it’ll be a fine entry, perhaps among the finest entries, into the Zelda series.
The Kingdom Hearts games
Ages ago, I played Kingdom Hearts, and I had a really wonderful time with it. The mix of characters and gameplay just hit all the right beats, and I enjoyed the story of Sora and his friends. But for some reason, a fandom never developed personally. I missed the sequel and tried to pick up things with Chain of Memories. That didn’t go so well, and then Kingdom Hearts fell off my map. But since the release of various ReMixes (both for the PS3 and upcoming ones for the PS4), I think it’s high time that I get back into the series for good. Especially since it seems that Kingdom Hearts III is actually going to become a reality!
Final Fantasy XV
Alright Final Fantasy, you got me. I was highly interested in FFXV before I saw its initial videos. Then I fell off the wagon — and I have to admit that I judged a book, or a game, by it’s cover. I just didn’t get what I was seeing in its initial release videos, and the guy-heavy story just didn’t set well. But, with good folks saying really good things about this game and releasing some really good videos of its gameplay, I think it’s a game for me, after all.
Shadow of Colossus
If there’s one game that more folks have recommended to me than any other, it’s Shadow of Colossus. And now, with the release of The Last Guardian, which I would like to play but likely won’t buy any time soon, it seems that picking up Shadow of Colossus is a necessary venture. I’ve avoided everything I can about the game, and my abilty to do is running out!
We Happy Few
Want to take an oddball, potentially psychedelic trip into a strange world? Sign me up! I wasn’t quite on board when word of We Happy Few was first released earlier in the year (as an Early Access title on Steam), and I have to admit that I’m still not sure that I want to jump into it yet (“Survival” and “horror” are in its description; those words aren’t me favorite when it comes to games.) But funky graphics and left-field story have keep the game in my sights, which is hopefully where it’ll stay once the game is fully released.
I could keep going, surely, as there are dozens of other titles from the past that I’d love to add to my library, such as Jax and Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, and a Metal Gear collection for the PS3 that looks mighty interesting. Plus, there are plenty of new titles that may (or may not) come out next year, such as Agents of Mayhem, Cuphead, and Red Dead Redemption 2, that promise to keep things interesting as the year progresses. Bring it on 2017! I’m ready!
What games, old or new, would you like to add to your own backlog…err, game library?