Most Anticipated Open World Video Games Coming In 2017
Open-world gaming has become an increasingly popular subgenre within the industry. With the help of series like Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, gamers have experienced some of most expansive and beautiful worlds that the entertainment industry has ever seen. While movies and books can show and describe whatever lands and universes that they want, video games are able to literally immerse players inside those same places.
Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
Nineteen instalments. Yes, nineteen games in the main series of Legend of Zelda. That is a lot of Link. But clearly, it is not nearly enough. Shigeru Miyamoto’s creation from 1986 is back again, and it looks more gorgeous and monumental than ever before.
Breath of the Wild was announced back in 2013, and has been relatively quiet since then. The game takes place in Hyrule, as expected, when Link is awoken from a 100-year slumber by a voice that eventually guides him to defeat Ganon (who’s surprised?). The game world is about 12 times larger than the map in Twilight Princess, and comes out to an estimated 360 square kilometers (140 square miles). For reference, The Witcher 3 is about 136 square kilometers.
Gameplay is similar to the original, where players are essentially dropped into the map with little instruction or guidance and left to explore and discover on their own. Voice acting is present, but limited to specific characters like Zelda and the Great Deku Tree. It’s also been announced by producer Eiji Aonuma that an alternate ending is possible if players accomplish certain tasks and fulfill certain requirements.
Based solely on the success of almost every other instalment in the Zelda series, Breath of the Wild is bound to live up to expectations and fulfill every hope and dream that fans of the series have.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Let’s not beat around the bush anymore. Red Dead Redemption was hailed as one of the greatest and most successful video-games in the last decade. Released in 2010, Rockstar gave us one of the most beautifully-designed open worlds, some of their most successful characters (and hands down their most likeable protagonist ever), and a story that gave everyone the feels no matter how apathetic a human they might be.
Without a doubt, a sequel was anticipated from day one. John Marston left a tremendous impact on the history of video games, challenging everything gamers thought about Rockstar’s main characters. A man of loyalty, respect, dedication, and class, Marston will always have a special place in the hearts of gamers the world over.
So when RDR 2 was announced toward the end of 2016, the hype was very, very real. Virtually nothing is known about the plot or concept of the game – as usual with Rockstar games, we just have rumours and theories. But the excitement and anticipation is off the charts. The game not only looks gorgeous, but Rockstar is one of the few AAA developers that never falls short of its promises.
When it comes to the open-world genre of games, Red Dead Redemption 2 is perhaps the most anticipated release of 2017. And chances are, it will be the most successful, too.
Horizon Zero Dawn
The whole post-apocalyptic semi-future is not exactly uncommon in regards to RPGs and open-world games. Look at the Fallout, Bioshock, or Metro series, for example. Something about a world torn asunder by some viral outbreak, technological overtake, or natural disaster makes gamers feel a bizarre sense of purpose – giving them something to actually fight for.
Horizon Zero Dawn utilizes this post-apocalyptic concept in what already appears to be a phenomenal manner. The player takes on the character Aloy, an archer, as she moves throughout a not-so-barren wasteland controlled by The Machines. The Machines are a seemingly sentient race of technological creatures that appear to have wiped out a huge chunk of humanity. The game boasts a vast expanse of playable area ranging from mountaintops to valleys and even cityscapes.
To be honest, Horizon Zero Dawn seems very much like Monster Hunter but with electronic enemies instead of, well, monsters. Developer Guerilla Games has been very hush-hush with the information they’ve released about the game. Even with the trailers they have released, not a lot is known about the plot. Right now the most debated topic is whether or not Lance Reddick will be in it.
Source – Whatculture
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