by Matthew Thompson
Hey everyone! With a slew of Fall and holiday gaming releases coming soon, I thought I’d take a quick look forward to what I would like to play in these final months of 2017. Here it goes!
Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS, 9/15): While I am more than ready to retire my aging 3DS, I will gladly play a new Metroid game before the time comes. Metroid II is one entry I have never gotten around to playing in this series, so this remake/reimagining of the old Game Boy title is right up my alley.
Cuphead (XBO/PC, 9/29): The classic side-scrolling shooter gameplay looks solid and the bosses should be tons of hectic fun, but it is Cuphead’s stellar art direction that makes it stand out to me. It’s like you’re playing an old-timey animated cartoon. It oozes personality and charm in every frame it’s on the screen.
A Hat in Time (PS4/XBO/PC, 10/5): Much like Cuphead, I have been waiting for this game for a long time. So long, I had stopped paying attention and didn’t realize it had a release date until I went to see what I was missing as I wrapped up this post! A Hat in Time looks like a fun collect-a-thon indie platformer with a cute aesthetic reminiscent of The Wind Waker. I hope it has come together well.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (3DS, 10/6): My aversion to the genre has kept me away from Mario’s role-playing games despite my love for his platforming adventures and kart excursions. After recently enjoying the Rabbids crossover, I decided it might be a good time to give the Mario & Luigi series a try and this remake comes at just the right time.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (PS4/XBO/PC, 10/10): This one falls purely into the rental category for me and one I’m not even concerned about trying to rent at launch. But I enjoyed the first one enough to give this a go when I get the chance. In particular, I think the first one had my favorite take on Arkham-style combat yet, so I’m looking forward to more of that from Shadow of War.
Hidden Agenda (PS4, 10/24): Two things really intrigue me about Hidden Agenda. One is that it feels like the spiritual successor to Until Dawn – a flawed game, but one that impressed me with how tense an experience it created. Two is the way they are embracing the group play idea that many used when playing Until Dawn. This has the potential to be a huge party hit and an innovative one at that.
Super Mario Odyssey (Switch, 10/27): This is definitely my most anticipated game of the Fall. While I have my reservations about Odyssey’s structure and art direction, it will likely deliver more quality 3D platforming – my favorite gaming genre – than the rest of the games I play this year combined. And the new hat possession mechanic looks absurdly fun. I can’t wait to see the imaginative ways in which they utilize it.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PS4/XBO/PC, 10/27): The New Order is one of my all-time favorite FPS campaigns. The way it combined new and old-school shooting and level design sensibilities was a revelation. And perhaps most surprising was the moving narrative and fantastic cast of characters it featured. This is the game I’m looking forward to the most outside of Odyssey. It’s a shame it is releasing the same day! It will likely have to wait until I’m through jumping around the world with Mario.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins (PS4/XBO/PC, 10/27): I used to love this series. I’d like to love it again. The setting alone has me intrigued for Origins – Egypt is a super cool place for a game – but I have to wait and see what the impressions are like before I decide to dive in. Given the release date, I won’t get to it right away anyway, but I am hoping for a great new entry in a series I was once passionate about. It has been a while.
Super Lucky’s Tale (XBO/PC, 11/7): I was impressed with the footage I saw of this under-the-radar platformer from Microsoft’s E3 showing earlier this year. The tightness of the level design was something I appreciated compared to similar games. As I mentioned earlier, I love 3D platformers and quality releases in the genre have become exceedingly rare, so I hope this is a winner.
Need for Speed Payback (PS4/XBO/PC, 11/10): This is another one I will rent if I have the chance like Shadow of War and possibly Assassin’s Creed. I enjoy the occasional racing game and Payback with its Fast & Furious-style stunts looks like a fun time.
Honorable Mention: Both The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn are among my leading Game of the Year candidates for 2017, so I’m excited to play both of their expansions coming this Fall too. More than almost all of these full game releases to be honest.
That will do it for the games I want to play this Fall. Who knows when I will get to them all, but there is undoubtedly a lot to look forward to in gaming for the rest of 2017. Which games are you most excited to play during the remainder of the year? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!