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Our top game picks for 2017

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If you enjoy video games, start getting excited – 2017 will see a plethora of new titles released, not to mention a brand new console with the much-anticipated Nintendo Switch hitting shelves in March. With a number of great games in the lineup, you might not know where to start when it comes to planning out your pre-orders or tactical secondhand purchases.

We’ve had a whip round the office to find out which games we’re most excited about to help you get hyped up for a great year in gaming. It was hard to narrow it down but after some heated debates we’ve managed to come out with our top five. Whether you’re on Nintendo, XBox, Playstation, PC or all four, there’s something for everyone to look forward to!

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch, Wii U)

Hands down, this is the most exciting release title for the upcoming Nintendo Switch which launches in March. We’re sure Super Bomberman R will also be a great dose of nostalgia but having grown up with Zelda titles such as A Link to the Past on SNES and Ocarina of Time on Nintendo 64, we’re probably biased. After all, have you seen the trailer for this game?! It’s a giant world with over 100 shrines to explore! With a range of combat strategies, resources to gather and different equipment required to navigate different terrains, we don’t even care about the intricacies of the plot – we’ll happily lose ourselves surviving in the wilderness and hunting down every shrine.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (Playstation 4, XBox One)

March will be packed full of Nintendo hype but there’s another title coming out in the same month that we just can’t miss – Mass Effect: Andromeda. It’s the fourth instalment in the space epic series that fans have been eagerly awaiting for over five years! We’re hoping this new title will be the perfect mix of old and new – both character classes and the Paragon/Renegade system from the original trilogy have been removed to allow you to build a character’s skills and respond to different scenarios in the way that you want. This kind of freedom is important to a role-playing game and best of all, your skill points can be constantly re-allocated so you can experiment with different strategies without having to start over from scratch.

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Yooka-Laylee (PC, Linux, Mac, Playstation 4, Xbox One)

If the naming convention of Yooka-Laylee seems familiar, that’s because it’s the eagerly Kickstarted spiritual successor of Banjo Kazooie, a hugely popular title on the Nintendo 64. Although Yooka-Laylee won’t be released on any Nintendo consoles, we’ll still see the same kind of amazing platforming gameplay (with plenty of collectibles) that made us fall in love with Banjo Kazooie in the first place. This time around, the buddy-duo will be Yooka the chameleon and Laylee the bat, and they’re packing some moves that may surprise you. With a soundtrack composed by industry greats David Wise and Grant Kirkhope, it won’t just be a treat for your eyes but your ears, as well!

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (PC, Playstation 4)

If you like your games to have some grit, you’ll want to keep an eye on the release of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (launch date is yet to be confirmed). The gameplay is expected to be a mix of Dark Souls-style combat and puzzles that you’ll actually have to stop and think about but that’s not the only reason we’re keen to see how this one turned out! Although it’s set to be a slightly smaller game than previous Hellblade titles, the story follows the celtic warrior, Senua’s journey into hell, which is a manifestation of her mental health issues. Combining beautiful artwork with intelligent use of psychosis and hallucinations in a protagonist (that is, one where mental health professionals were consulted instead of a crude interpretation) Senua’s Sacrifice could be one of those games you remember for a long time after you’ve finished it.

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Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game (PC, Playstation 4)

Last but not least, we should see Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game released at the end of the year. What makes this title particularly interesting is that it’s actually adapted from a pen-and-paper role-playing game which in turn was adapted from a H.P. Lovecraft short story by the same name. We’re curious to see how the horror and investigation elements of the gameplay will be executed in a video medium. Judging by the trailer, we’re definitely in for a spooky ride with all the delightfully eerie monsters, madness and mysteries that make up the Cthulu mythos. If only Lovecraft could see it now!

Which title are you the most excited about this year? Tell us in the comments.

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