All of the video games you forgot about in 2017
Cling on, that truly got here out this 12 months?
2017 has been a banner 12 months for video games. It was packed finish to finish with large blockbuster releases, sport of the 12 months contenders, and a powerful indie presence.
2017 additionally introduced us recent new concepts within the fledgling Battle Royale style, and made gamers enthusiastic about new tech like HDR, and 4K. Nearly each style was catered to this 12 months, with even one thing for the usually uncared for RTS followers. It doesn’t matter what your price range or tastes, there was rather a lot to play and sit up for all year long.
Consequently, 2017 was even more durable for lots of those less-than-stellar video games, leaving lots of them forgotten regardless of some being current releases.
Yearly, we do a round-up of video games that had been utterly absent from end-of-year conversations. The kind of video games you must look as much as verify whether or not they truly got here out this 12 months. This record doesn’t say something in regards to the high quality of the video games a method or one other, simply that everybody has forgotten about them.
You’ll be aware that some had been even critically acclaimed on launch, however had been nonetheless overshadowed by different, extra essential video games. In no explicit order, these are the video games that undoubtedly got here out in 2017, however that nobody appears to speak about anymore.
The revival of Prey was one of the crucial anticipated occasions in video games this 12 months. The sequence at all times had a little bit of thriller surrounding its each iteration. It modified fingers and visions a number of occasions over the previous few years, however it appeared like 2017 is lastly when Prey was about to make a triumphant return.
Developed by the immersive sim masters at Arkane, the brand new Prey was purported to be a return to the times of System Shock, and BioShock – two sequence that, although profitable and well-regarded, didn’t spawn tens of copycats. That’s as a result of video games that worth participant company over all the things else are troublesome to make, and onerous to market.
This was purported to be an enormous reboot for the sequence, one thing Bethesda struggled to do for years. Issues appeared promising in pre-release protection, and Bethesda managed to promote an fascinating premise of an alternate historical past future. It was an honest pitch, however technical issues on consoles damage it fairly a bit at launch.
Although critics appreciated it, many didn’t consider it was fairly pretty much as good because the classics that impressed it. The sport simply wasn’t thrilling, however solely true immersive sim followers appreciated its depth.
Finally, Prey light away with out anybody actually batting an eyelid. What many believed could be a GOTY contender at launch was omitted of the dialogue shortly after.
Knack 2 is a sequel no one requested for, to a sport no one actually appreciated. Positive, it was enjoyable if you wished one thing lighthearted to play together with your children, however the normal gaming populace didn’t suppose a lot of it. So it was a bit surprising to see Sony announce a sequel a 12 months in the past at PSX 2016.
Until you helped perpetuate the faux anticipation craze for Knack 2 on the Nintendo Miiverse, and in Spaltoon 2’s hub space, there was actually nothing to sit up for past having enjoyable with the meme. Actually, I’d say that the protection round this ironic, made-up pleasure – and its relation to Nintendo video games – garnered extra protection than Knack 2 itself.
Knack 2 solely got here out in September, by the way in which, as a result of I’m assuming you forgot. In some circles someplace, Knack 2 is an enormous deal, however for the remainder of us it got here and went with out anybody giving a rattling.
Gravity Rush 2
Let’s face it, Gravity Rush was at all times a distinct segment sequence, so the sequel wasn’t actually ever going to set the world on hearth. Its launch in January additionally ensured that solely hardcore followers will dare bear in mind it got here out this 12 months, however even amongst these gamers, there’s infrequently a point out of it.
The sport wasn’t horrible, no less than judging by the crucial response, however it was extra of a launch for the followers than something most PS4 homeowners would care about. A mix of the 30fps frame-rate, extreme movement blur, and the character of its gravity-defying gameplay additionally made it onerous to play for some.
At launch it was widespread to see complaints from gamers about getting a headache after enjoying for a couple of minutes. Whether or not to procure Gravity Rush 2 at launch, meant to select it up sooner or later, or utterly forgot it even existed, you’ll be able to’t deny that it didn’t depart a mark.
Kat could also be cute, however even she shouldn’t be sufficient to put it aside.
Daybreak of Struggle three and Halo Wars 2
I’m combining these two collectively as a result of they’re form of the identical factor however with totally different issues. I’m a sucker for the kind of easy RTS video games we don’t get anymore, and Halo Wars 2 appeared prefer it was following in the fitting footsteps.
Daybreak of Struggle three was the sequel to one in every of my favorite RTS sequence of a unique variety, and rather a lot was using on it in our MOBA-dominated current. For a minute there, it was onerous to consider we had been truly getting two big-budget RTS video games from two main builders and publishers.
Halo Wars 2’s failures had been born from its controller-focused gameplay. Inventive Meeting didn’t embrace core RTS options within the sport, and ended up making issues only a bit too easy. It was enjoyable in brief bursts, and I undoubtedly loved Blitz, however even that was a sport mode constructed on accumulating and levelling up playing cards and it shortly turned irritating if you acquired matched in opposition to gamers whose decks had been far superior than yours.
The marketing campaign wasn’t something to write down residence about, however probably the most irritating factor about Halo Wars 2 was that you might see faint echoes of the C&C imaginative and prescient in it, but the sport was both too afraid or uninterested to pursue these inspirations right through.
Daybreak of Struggle three was a letdown for various causes. It was made to attraction to MOBA gamers with its single, MOBA-inspired multiplayer mode at launch. From the get-go, Relic appeared nice with alienating its core followers who come to Daybreak of Struggle for a really particular expertise, whereas failing to impress the MOBA hardcore who sometimes don’t have time for clones of the video games they play most.
All multiplayer sources had been pumped right into a Frankenstein mode that attempted to please all people, an enormous wager that made it look like the developer was out of concepts. Relic didn’t even embrace fan-favourite Final Stand mode, and I used to be solely left with the marketing campaign as the one factor to care about.
In that regard, Daybreak of Struggle three delivered, however it’d be mendacity if I stated it wasn’t disillusioned with how the remainder of the package deal turned out. Earlier than launch, some anticipated Daybreak of Struggle three to return to the roots and produce again pre-Daybreak of Struggle 2 mechanics and sport modes. Others wished Relic to proceed with the tactical-based fight of the second sport.
What all of us ended up with was one thing no one requested for, and the sport was lifeless shortly afterwards. You’d suppose Daybreak of Struggle sequel would have had a longer-lasting buzz than this, however the sport has sadly been forgotten.
Sniper Elite four and Sniper Ghost Warrior three
Sniper Elite four got here out in February and simply didn’t generate sufficient curiosity. It’s a disgrace, too, as a result of by most accounts, that is the perfect one. The co-op mode is fleshed out, there’s a correct rating system, and the open world of Italy usually made for some good planning and payoff – all issues earlier instalments lacked or did poorly.
By some means, although, you don’t hear rather a lot about it from shooter followers. Sniper Elite was by no means a blockbuster sequence in fact, however it had an amazing following on PC for all these years. Maybe it’s an indication that Sniper Elite followers are getting their kicks elsewhere. Perhaps it’s time Rise up began creating one thing recent.
Sniper Ghost Warrior three was a unique beast going through totally different challenges. The sport was delayed quite a few occasions, and when it lastly got here out, it was a buggy mess on all platforms. A state of affairs that lasted months, with some bugs nonetheless unfixed to today on PC.
The sport itself wasn’t something particular. A normal army white dude who goes to a international nation to do army stuff. What it was, although, was formidable. Ghost Warrior three basically tried to copy the Far Cry mannequin in a sniper sport, solely with a fraction of the price range.
Ghost Warrior three incorporates a respectable open-world with not a lot to do, however a number of other ways to method issues. It has a powerful array of weapons and devices, and the partaking sniping mechanics carry it greater than any of its different elements.
Ghost Warrior three existed so that you can fulfil a selected fantasy: climb as much as someplace excessive, tag a bunch of enemies in a camp, and proceed to snipe all of them from a distance with out anybody noticing. That’s just about the one factor Ghost Warrior three was good at, and it did it pretty nicely, however it was by no means going to win any awards.
Drawn to Demise
David Jaffe’s long-awaited subsequent sport, the mission we heard little about through the years, lastly got here out in April. Drawn to Demise was pitched as an enviornment shooter with a really particular artwork model. The sport takes place in a scholar’s pocket book, with a hand-drawn pencil aesthetic right through.
The look was undoubtedly distinctive, like somebody’s scribbles had come to life. However the sport’s “perspective” acquired me to uninstall it lower than an hour after beginning. I sometimes depart video games on the onerous drive till I would like area, however I wished nothing to do with this one as quickly as I used to be achieved with my first match. It appeared very very like a sport out of time, as if the world hadn’t moved previous the edgy days of the 90s, the period that gave start to Twisted Metallic.
It’s unlucky for Jaffe – who’s a long-time PlayStation creator – and for followers of his earlier work searching for his subsequent large factor. Finally, Drawn to Demise was talked about extra for all of the cussing than the way it truly performed or whether or not it was even enjoyable.
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Version
The remaster of one of the crucial fondly-remembered shooters of the final era appeared like an ideal match for 2017. Doom and Wolfenstein have reignited the love for over-the-top enviornment shooters, and Bulletstorm appeared prefer it might have a greater probability at being appreciated in 2017 than it ever had earlier than.
This all dissipated when Full Clip Version launched, because of a group of issues that had been principally exterior of developer Individuals Can Fly’s management. The sport was printed by Gearbox, which, in case you missed it, are on the naughty record of many gamers after the catastrophe that was Battleborn.
This, coupled with Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford’s antics, made the remaster much less interesting. It was additionally Gearbox that determined to insert Duke Nukem into the sport, one thing many felt was pointless. Regardless, when Full Clip got here out, followers realised that even that bonus was solely a pre-order one which went on sale individually the identical day.
From the technical finish the remaster is fairly good, modernising the sport’s look with out messing with what made it enjoyable. Nevertheless it’s Duke’s implementation that was notably poor. The developer simply swapped the primary character mannequin for Duke, and requested actor John St. John to document a number of traces for all the cut-scenes. It felt like a rapidly thrown collectively addition, like one thing a fan-made mod would do.
I had hoped Full Clip Version would lastly give Bulletstorm the right publicity it deserved. Sadly, you’d be onerous pressed to recollect the remaster even got here out this 12 months.
As a longtime Souls fan, I used to be routinely enthusiastic about The Surge. The sport is made by Deck 13, builders of Lords of the Fallen, a sport that though deeply flawed, was pleasant up to a degree.
The Surge was purported to be the studio’s declare to fame, an opportunity for the workforce to maneuver away from copying Souls mechanics and into creating their very own tackle them. The Surge is a greater sport than Lords, and it efficiently introduces fascinating new mechanics to the Souls mould.
That stated, it didn’t deal with all of its new additions with the tact and finesse wanted for them to unleash their true potential. It fell into most of the similar traps Lords had, creating irritating moments the place there needs to be problem.
It’s nonetheless value enjoying, however I anticipated extra from it than what we ended up getting. Souls-alikes are sometimes talked about lengthy after launch week, however you gained’t discover anybody going to bat for The Surge this 12 months.
It’s been a fairly packed 12 months for driving sport followers. In 2017, we noticed the discharge of a brand new Forza, and a brand new Gran Turismo. There was additionally Want for Pace: Payback, and let’s not overlook Challenge Automobiles 2.
However Grime four additionally got here out this 12 months. Regardless of providing a very totally different expertise from all of those different video games, Grime four didn’t depart a mark. The sport is fairly good, however having been introduced shortly after Grime: Rally left Early Entry meant that followers by no means had anytime to anticipate it, or surprise what’s subsequent for the studio.
Grime: Rally dominated the protection of the rally sub-genre of racing video games for a very long time, all through its time in Early Entry and as soon as once more when it got here to consoles. For Codemasters to shortly flip round and announce a brand new mainline Grime, it needed to have a extra fascinating gross sales pitch than simply being a extra accessible model of Grime: Rally.
Codemasters is aware of learn how to make satisfying and enjoyable racing video games, and Grime four is not any exception. It was only a competent racing sport popping out to an viewers anticipating an amazing one. There are sometimes main modifications in mainline Grime video games, so an enormous leap was anticipated.
In comparison with Grime 2 and three, Grime four appears like a price range sequel, good in all the fitting areas however missing the pop and flash earlier video games produced.
I used to be very a lot trying ahead to Absolver, however I shortly realised after enjoying that it was undoubtedly not made for me. Absolver is the primary martial arts-focused preventing sport the place you chain actual strikes collectively to create combos.
It had no scarcity of nice concepts, like the flexibility to study a brand new transfer by having somebody apply it to you a number of occasions, or the varsity system the place proficient gamers can custom-make their very own combos and train others learn how to execute them. The best way preventing kinds flowed collectively and the immense freedom it allowed gamers in relation to creating their very own methods was one other beauty of Absolver.
Sadly, aside from preventing sport followers, and the type that take pleasure in Darkish Souls PvP, Absolver simply didn’t ship. Its worlds had been small but straightforward to get misplaced in. The fight usually emphasised preventing a number of gamers on the similar time, one thing the sport’s techniques didn’t play fairly nicely with.
It was fairly onerous to get into for informal gamers seeking to throw some punches and kicks round and fake they’re kung fu masters. At present, the sport is just performed by probably the most hardcore within the preventing sport group. After an amazing efficiency out of the gate on Steam, and Twitch, inhabitants and curiosity shortly dwindled.
Absolver’s concepts and impact on the style might not be felt and appreciated for a while, however proper now, it’s principally an unique membership of technical gamers. For the remainder of us, there’s the offline mode or different video games with a extra forgiving studying curve.
Brokers of Mayhem
The writing was just about on the wall for Brokers of Mayhem. In the event you’ve been following video games in any respect this 12 months, you’ll have observed how little protection the sport acquired earlier than launch. There was simply no fanfare for it in any respect.
It’s an actual disgrace, as a result of Volition has at all times had a imaginative and prescient for open-world video games that stood aside. After the studio’s success with Saints Row three and four, many had been hoping this might be the sport to remind them why they fell in love with Volition’s worlds within the first place. Sadly, Brokers of Mayhem had greater issues than its poor advertising and marketing.
The sport didn’t function co-op, one thing many gamers assumed it could have. Brokers of Mayhem is a sport the place you turn between a number of distinct characters on the fly, and it could have made good sense so that you can be enjoying it with a pal.
Brokers of Mayhem additionally suffered from efficiency issues on all platforms, and although many had enjoyable with the gameplay, it simply wasn’t ok, resulting in below-average evaluations, and steep reductions shortly after launch.
Raiders of the Damaged Planet
This may occasionally fairly probably be the primary time you’re listening to about this sport, which might make sense. Raiders of the Damaged Planet is MercurySteam’s long-in-development subsequent large mission.
This co-op shooter featured some fairly fascinating concepts, corresponding to having one participant spawn in as an antagonist to select off 4 others alongside AI henchmen. This 1v4 setup is woven right into a story of buccaneers, thieves, and mercenaries.
The artwork design was particularly distinctive, notably in relation to characters and world designs. You’ll by no means suspect you’re some other sport when you see it in motion.
The hype for Raiders was virtually non-existent, although, and it continued all the way in which as much as launch. Regardless of a number of betas, and a really beneficiant prologue that’s utterly free (and nonetheless obtainable), there simply wasn’t any curiosity. Raiders tried to mix taking pictures with hand-to-hand fight, PvE with PvP, however it didn’t any of those particularly nicely.
MercurySteam had a multi-year plan for it, too, with common content material releases and updates, so it’s disappointing to see all of it unrealised.