The Biggest Game Releases of 2017: Part 1
July 10, 2017 (No Comments) by Felipe Wasserstein

The first six months of the year have been glorious for console gamers as they were treated to some huge game releases across a wide variety of genres. RPG fans, in particular, had an excellent first half of 2017 with the likes of Horizon Zero Dawn, Nier: Automata, Nioh and Persona 5. May and June saw the release of two fighting games from two hugely popular franchises – Injustice 2 (sequel of Injustice Gods Among us, a title which inspired a very successful series of comic books from DC comics) and Tekken 7. And fans of the seemingly timeless survival horror series, Resident Evil, enjoyed the release of Resident Evil 7 (and a return to form from the franchise).

And let’s not forget about this year’s E3. Although there were no real surprises, this year’s show gave gamers a lot to look forward to for the remainder of 2017.

So with all that being said, we at The Sharpe, have put together a list of games that games that we think button bashers, the world over, will be drooling over for the next 6 months.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

crash_bandicoot

Everyone’s favourite marsupial is back in one of the most anticipated releases of the year and easily the biggest remastering that’s ever been.

After a series of teasers, the final one being in Uncharted 4: A Thief`s End, Sony confirmed at last year`s E3 that the original three titles (Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back, Warped) would be remastered for the PS4.

This franchise created the very first Sony mascot for the original PlayStation and essentially gave the Playstation its start in life. It was also the first big IP created by developer Naughty Dog before they became renowned all over the world for the likes of Uncharted and The Last of Us franchises.

Fans of the original game will be glad to know that the gameplay on the PS4 version is identical to that of the Playstation version, however the developers have also added a couple of improvements. As well as the amazing 4k visuals, gamers also get to play as Crash’s sister, Coco Bandicoot.

It retails at about €40 which is such great value for money considering most new PS4 releases can cost upward of €70, plus you’re getting three games in one.

Release date: out now, platform: PS4 exclusive.

 

Splatoon 2

splatoon

The sequel to the unexpected 2015 smash hit, Splatoon 2, is a team-based third-person shooter with support for up to eight players which means, in true Nintendo fashion, this one’s the perfect game to play with your friends.

Like in the first game, you control characters called Inklings, which use weapons filled with ink. The game also includes new types of weapons, such as dual-wield pistols. Aside from the well known Turf War Mode, in which two teams of four players compete against each other, Splatoon 2 is adding new modes, such as the Salmon Run. In this new mode, two teams of four players are out to collect power eggs and golden eggs, which are obtained by getting rid of hordes of salmonids and bosses. Golden eggs are the most valuable, and need to be returned to a containment centre before time runs out… sounds fun right?!

The game also features a single-player mode, in which you must defeat Octarians through several levels. However, the game best feature is the multiplayer portion.

Release date: July 21st, platform: Nintendo Switch exclusive.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

uncharted

A stand-alone expansion of Uncharted 4: A Thief`s End once again developed by Naughty Dog is set some months after the end of Uncharted 4, with Chloe Frazer as the protagonist this time round. Nadine Ross (one of the villains of Uncharted 4) is the other major character in The Lost Legacy.

The Lost Legacy was the first game to be shown at Sony’s E3 press conference. The trailer (which you can check out below) contained all the elements which made the Uncharted series famous : big set-pieces, cinematic action, a compelling story-line and great voice-acting (with both Claudia Black and Laura Bailey reprising their roles as Chloe and Nadine respectively).

From a gameplay standpoint, The Lost Legacy appears to offer similar content to a Thief`s End, but in a different setting. Also, expect the same larger environments with multiple paths and some conversations with dialog trees.

If rumours are to be believed, The Lost Legacy might be a very long expansion, with some 10 hours of adventure; basically a whole new game which makes the €40 price-tag more than worth it.

Release date: August 22th, platform: PS4 exclusive.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

mario_plus_rabbid

Ubisoft had the best showing at E3 2017. They were capable of actually delivering some surprises, and were also the only big third-party publisher to support the Nintendo Switch.

The result of this support was the confirmation of a, long-time in development, crossover between the worlds and characters of Mario and Rabbids.

It plays like a turn-based tactical RPG, with players controlling a total of eight characters: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Princess Peach and four Rabbids dressed as Mario and his friends.

The game is playable in both solo or co-op, and features a total of four worlds. The game makes use of the Switch format as both a console and handheld, by creating a title that can be played in short sessions.

Release date: August 29th, platform: Nintendo Switch exclusive.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 1

life_is_strange

Shown during Microsoft’s presentation during this year’s E3, this is a prequel to 2015’s Life is Strange. Like the original title, this is a heavily story-driven adventure game that is released in an episodic format (three in total).

In the prequel, players control teenager Chloe Price. Though the gameplay remains similar, there won’t be any time-travel or supernatural abilities involved in the story. The plot focuses on the relationship between Chloe and Rachel Amber and like in the original title, your choices will have both short and long-term consequences to the story.

The deluxe edition of the game features an extra chapter, “Farewell”, which marks the return of Life is Strange original protagonist Max Caufield.

Release date: August 31st, platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

So there you have it, some of the most anticipated and hyped games of 2017, but we’ve only scratched the surface. Be sure to watch this space to see what other game releases are making gamers froth at the mouth. Now, if you don’t mind, I’ve a particular ginger marsupial that needs my help rescuing a damsel in distress.

Felipe Wasserstein
Writes about sports and lifestyle. Enjoys anything related to movies, video games and football. Also a massive Juventus supporter.

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The Biggest Game Releases of 2017: Part 1
July 10, 2017 (No Comments) by Felipe Wasserstein

The first six months of the year have been glorious for console gamers as they were treated to some huge game releases across a wide variety of genres. RPG fans, in particular, had an excellent first half of 2017 with the likes of Horizon Zero Dawn, Nier: Automata, Nioh and Persona 5. May and June saw the release of two fighting games from two hugely popular franchises – Injustice 2 (sequel of Injustice Gods Among us, a title which inspired a very successful series of comic books from DC comics) and Tekken 7. And fans of the seemingly timeless survival horror series, Resident Evil, enjoyed the release of Resident Evil 7 (and a return to form from the franchise).

And let’s not forget about this year’s E3. Although there were no real surprises, this year’s show gave gamers a lot to look forward to for the remainder of 2017.

So with all that being said, we at The Sharpe, have put together a list of games that games that we think button bashers, the world over, will be drooling over for the next 6 months.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

crash_bandicoot

Everyone’s favourite marsupial is back in one of the most anticipated releases of the year and easily the biggest remastering that’s ever been.

After a series of teasers, the final one being in Uncharted 4: A Thief`s End, Sony confirmed at last year`s E3 that the original three titles (Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back, Warped) would be remastered for the PS4.

This franchise created the very first Sony mascot for the original PlayStation and essentially gave the Playstation its start in life. It was also the first big IP created by developer Naughty Dog before they became renowned all over the world for the likes of Uncharted and The Last of Us franchises.

Fans of the original game will be glad to know that the gameplay on the PS4 version is identical to that of the Playstation version, however the developers have also added a couple of improvements. As well as the amazing 4k visuals, gamers also get to play as Crash’s sister, Coco Bandicoot.

It retails at about €40 which is such great value for money considering most new PS4 releases can cost upward of €70, plus you’re getting three games in one.

Release date: out now, platform: PS4 exclusive.

 

Splatoon 2

splatoon

The sequel to the unexpected 2015 smash hit, Splatoon 2, is a team-based third-person shooter with support for up to eight players which means, in true Nintendo fashion, this one’s the perfect game to play with your friends.

Like in the first game, you control characters called Inklings, which use weapons filled with ink. The game also includes new types of weapons, such as dual-wield pistols. Aside from the well known Turf War Mode, in which two teams of four players compete against each other, Splatoon 2 is adding new modes, such as the Salmon Run. In this new mode, two teams of four players are out to collect power eggs and golden eggs, which are obtained by getting rid of hordes of salmonids and bosses. Golden eggs are the most valuable, and need to be returned to a containment centre before time runs out… sounds fun right?!

The game also features a single-player mode, in which you must defeat Octarians through several levels. However, the game best feature is the multiplayer portion.

Release date: July 21st, platform: Nintendo Switch exclusive.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

uncharted

A stand-alone expansion of Uncharted 4: A Thief`s End once again developed by Naughty Dog is set some months after the end of Uncharted 4, with Chloe Frazer as the protagonist this time round. Nadine Ross (one of the villains of Uncharted 4) is the other major character in The Lost Legacy.

The Lost Legacy was the first game to be shown at Sony’s E3 press conference. The trailer (which you can check out below) contained all the elements which made the Uncharted series famous : big set-pieces, cinematic action, a compelling story-line and great voice-acting (with both Claudia Black and Laura Bailey reprising their roles as Chloe and Nadine respectively).

From a gameplay standpoint, The Lost Legacy appears to offer similar content to a Thief`s End, but in a different setting. Also, expect the same larger environments with multiple paths and some conversations with dialog trees.

If rumours are to be believed, The Lost Legacy might be a very long expansion, with some 10 hours of adventure; basically a whole new game which makes the €40 price-tag more than worth it.

Release date: August 22th, platform: PS4 exclusive.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

mario_plus_rabbid

Ubisoft had the best showing at E3 2017. They were capable of actually delivering some surprises, and were also the only big third-party publisher to support the Nintendo Switch.

The result of this support was the confirmation of a, long-time in development, crossover between the worlds and characters of Mario and Rabbids.

It plays like a turn-based tactical RPG, with players controlling a total of eight characters: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Princess Peach and four Rabbids dressed as Mario and his friends.

The game is playable in both solo or co-op, and features a total of four worlds. The game makes use of the Switch format as both a console and handheld, by creating a title that can be played in short sessions.

Release date: August 29th, platform: Nintendo Switch exclusive.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 1

life_is_strange

Shown during Microsoft’s presentation during this year’s E3, this is a prequel to 2015’s Life is Strange. Like the original title, this is a heavily story-driven adventure game that is released in an episodic format (three in total).

In the prequel, players control teenager Chloe Price. Though the gameplay remains similar, there won’t be any time-travel or supernatural abilities involved in the story. The plot focuses on the relationship between Chloe and Rachel Amber and like in the original title, your choices will have both short and long-term consequences to the story.

The deluxe edition of the game features an extra chapter, “Farewell”, which marks the return of Life is Strange original protagonist Max Caufield.

Release date: August 31st, platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

So there you have it, some of the most anticipated and hyped games of 2017, but we’ve only scratched the surface. Be sure to watch this space to see what other game releases are making gamers froth at the mouth. Now, if you don’t mind, I’ve a particular ginger marsupial that needs my help rescuing a damsel in distress.

Felipe Wasserstein
Writes about sports and lifestyle. Enjoys anything related to movies, video games and football. Also a massive Juventus supporter.

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