7 games released in 2017 you have probably not played

NieR Automata

We all know the feeling of having to deal with every single game that releases each month. Sometimes time it takes to play them, or worse the cost of them, keep us away from dedicating our lives to them. This means that we have to cut out some releases from our budget and focus on others.

2017 has seen some great games, of which you might have missed a few of them due to other titles overshadowing them or your finances pointing in other directions. Here some games released in 2017 that you might have missed out on.

NieR: Automata

NieR: Automata released during one of the busiest months of the year. The Nintendo Switch just released, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands. This meant that unless you were actually anticipating the release, you probably missed out on it.

NieR: Automata tells the story of androids 2B, 9S, and A2 and their battle to reclaim earth that has been lost to powerful machines hundreds of years ago. The war continues daily between the androids on the Moon who get sent to Earth fight them.

Things are not as they seem, however, as the threat becomes the help, and it is revealed that there is much more going on than meets the eye. The game has a fast-paced combat system with the creators of the Bayonetta series at the helm, as well as three playthroughs each different from the other.

Yooka Laylee

In an attempt to bring back the classic nineties platformer, developer Playtonic Games created a beautiful, yet captivating Banjo Kazooie clone that brought their vision of a classic platformer to life.

The game sees you take control of Yooka, a chameleon that sets off on a journey to find a collection of pages that have been stolen from his book. With the help of his bat friend Laylee, they travel to colourful lands in books to retrieve the stolen pages.

Each land manages to capture the classic feel of the old-school platforming games, with their soundtrack and playstyle. If you are feeling nostalgic and need something to take you back to “the days” then this is an experience you are looking for. It caters to all players who grew up playing games like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, and the Banjo-Kazooie entires.

Hitman: The Complete First Season

While the latest Hitman game was great, its episodic release schedule might have left people in the dark. Many people might have only purchased the first episode and then gave up waiting for more content. Well, in January Square Enix released the entire collection of episodes in one pack.

The pack contains all five episodes of the game in one experience including new contracts, features and more. It is the definitive collection of the game. While its episodic take was not for everyone, now that it is a complete title, it should be something everyone should try.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Nintendo Switch launched with one of the best games of the year. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a phenomenal experience from start to finish that takes the game in a new direction, while at the same time staying true to the game’s classic aesthetic.

Calamity Ganon has poisoned the land of Hyrule and it is up to Link to awaken the guardians in order to help save the land from its corruption. With new survival elements and a massive open world, bigger than anything Nintendo has ever created, it all makes for one of the best Zelda games you could sink your life into.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Ghost Recon: Wildlands manages to take the Tom Clancy series on a new casual path. It’s open world and four player co-op is something refreshing and gives the game a GTA Online type vibe.

You enter Bolivia, a country now overrun by the Santa Blanca Drug Cartel. Each province is now controlled by some dastardly member of the gang who has some say in the way the division is controlled. Your objective is to eliminate each one, one at a time by any means possible.

If you want to drop a helicopter on them from above by parachuting onto a roof to snipe them from a distance, you can. The best thing of all is that your friends will be by your side the whole time.

Halo Wars 2

Halo Wars 2 is one of the better RTS games of 2017. While we don’t have much choice when it comes to these things really, luckily the Halo Wars series has been fairly decent up to now.

The entire game is supported by a stunning CG back story that sheds some light on the happenings between Halo 3 and Halo 4. There are new game modes, factions, vehicles and enemies, and most of all Halo culture oozing from every aspect of the game. If you are hungry for an RTS, then this is the answer.

Outlast 2

Outlast in a way re-invented the survival horror game with its intense frights and out of this world approach to a mental asylum. Honestly, who looks at mental institutes the same after playing this game?

Outlast 2 has now kept this award winning scare factor and at the same time it moved into a darker, and even more intense setting. Instead of exploring a mad house, you are not exploring a mad village inhabited by cult members who think the world is ending. Oh, and all the want to do is kill.

Hiding away from them can be your only escape as you duck and dive for your life, and make sure that you make it out alive.

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