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Top 10 Most Wanted: 2017 Midterm Edition

Top 10 Most Wanted: 2017 Midterm Edition - Article

by Evan Norris , posted on 01 July 2017 / 7,751 Views

In the words of Crow T. Robot, "there's no tradition like a new tradition."

So, welcome to this newest of traditions: the top 10 most wanted, midterm edition. I started this series last year, and decided to bring it back in 2017. Although this E3 was an underwhelming affair, it did shine a spotlight on a handful of interesting games due out this year and the next. 

Please enjoy my personal list of most wanted games, with titles plucked from E3 and from other 2017 announcements.


A Way Out (PC, PS4, XOne)

A Way Out

A Way Out is the rare game designed specifically for split-screen co-op play. In the game, two players will control Leo and Vincent, a pair of convicts attempting to break out of prison. Situations in the game can be approached from a variety of angles, and each convict can tackle different responsibilities. A Way Out is developed by the Swedish Studio Hazelight, some members of which worked on Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.


Darksiders 3 (PC, PS4, XOne)

Darksiders III

Thought buried for a long time, the Darksiders franchise roared back to life this May, when publisher THQ Nordic announced Darksiders III. Taking place parallel to the events of the previous Darksiders games, Darksiders III features Fury, one of the series' Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who uses whips and magic in combat. Gunfire Games, a development team that includes many former Vigil Games employees, will develop the game.


Star Fox 2 (SNES Classic)

Star Fox 2

Don't laugh. Technically Star Fox 2 is a brand-new game. It never received an official launch, after all. Those lucky enough to snag a SNES Classic this September will get the opportunity to play one of the industry's more legendary unreleased games (it was cancelled by Nintendo shortly before its planned 1995 release). Star Fox 2 is more open-ended and free-roaming than its predecessor and includes transforming Arwings.


Splatoon 2 (Switch)

Splatoon 2

The original Splatoon shattered expectations when it launched on Wii U in 2015. Its inevitable sequel arrives shortly, complete with online 4-versus-4 multiplayer matches, a new single player campaign, and a Horde-esque mode called Salmon Run, where up to four players team up to fend off waves of enemies. Splatoon 2 will also include new standard, sub, and special weapons.


Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (PC, PS4, XOne)

Shadow of War

Shadow of Mordor was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2014, and its sequel looks to build on a very strong foundation. Players will control both the human ranger Talion and the disembodied spirit of the elf lord Celebrimbor as they wage war against the armies of Sauron. The Nemesis system, which helped Shadow of Mordor stand apart from its peers, returns, this time with more options, more recruitable races, and more complex strategies.


Far Cry 5 (PC, PS4, XOne)

Far Cry 5

Like earlier games in the Far Cry series, Far Cry 5 will give players control over an open world environment. They'll be able to cover ground on foot or in vehicles, and can fight with projectile weapons and with melee weapons like sledgehammers and baseball bats. Far Cry 5 will include a "Guns for Hire" system in which players can recruit locals to fight alongside them.


Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS)

Metroid: Samus Returns

A reimagining of the 1991 game Metroid II, Samus Returns will introduce new features previously unseen in 2D Metroid titles. "We wanted to create a new 2D Metroid with elements no one has seen before," said producer Yoshio Sakamoto. In Samus Returns, the heroine Samus can perform a powerful melee counter attack against enemies, aim freely in 360 degrees, and expend an energy gauge to activate Aeion abilities. 


Metro Exodus (PC, PS4, XOne)

Metro Exodus

This third installment of the Metro series looks like it could be the best. Developer 4A games promises all the elements typical of the franchise, including survival-horror and stealth, plus dynamic weather, a day/night cycle, and a large open world to explore. 4A Games co-founder Andriy Prokhorov said, "Metro Exodus has been in development for three years between our Malta and Kyiv studios, and represents our most ambitious project yet."


Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Although Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles, it stars a new cast of heroes and a new world to investigate. Planned for holiday 2017, the game will allow players to explore giant beasts called Titans and forge powerful bonds with Blades, weapon modifiers that support many different combat styles. The battle system in Chronicles 2 will borrow from both Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X.


Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)

Super Mario Odyssey

Nintendo advertises Super Mario Odyssey as a successor to the more open-ended Super Mario games Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, which is great news for fans who've been waiting 15 years for a non-linear, exploration-based Mario title. In the game, Mario will travel across many worlds in an adorable hat-shaped ship. The main gameplay hook is Cappy, a possessed hat that allows Mario control over objects, enemies, and NPCs.


That's my list! Please share your own in the comments section below. And thanks for reading!

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SecondWar (on 01 July 2017)

Its is rather funny to see a SNES game appear in a list of most wanted list of 2017 alongside 8th Gen consoles.

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Bristow9091 (on 03 July 2017)

Of this list I can definitely agree with Super Mario Odyssey and Shadow of War, really looking forward to those two, the first because we finally have another open Mario game, and the second because Shadow of Mordor was such a huge surprise for me, I enjoyed it a whole lot more than I was expecting, so definitely looking forward to the sequel!

Two more games I'm REALLY looking forward to are Ni no Kuni 2 (Can't believe this isn't on the list... HATERS! :P), and Assassin's Creed; Origins.

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DirtyP2002 (on 05 July 2017)

State of Decay 2 needs more love.
You need to play the first game and it will get you hyped.

It is not a typical AAA game with outstanding visuals, but it is MAD fun. Such a fresh gameplay and a great experience.

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hush404 (on 02 July 2017)

StarCraft remaster? ;) That's honestly above these titles in my books :P

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Liquid_faction (on 01 July 2017)

Hyped for Metro Exodus, I just got done finishing the Metro 2033 Remaster, and I had a hell of a good time playing it. Now onto Last Light, and I'll be ready for Exodus.

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Same here! Just finished 2033 Redux. Next up: Last Light :)

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Bristow9091 Liquid_faction (on 03 July 2017)

I've tried to play through 2033 Redux and can't bring myself to finish it, there's something about the gameplay that feels weird, and I was told it was a slow burner story, but wasn't expecting it to be THIS slow lol... although I'll admit Exodus has made me want to go back and try to finish it again lol... and then Last Light eventually. I'll find a way to get through them! :P

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Nem (on 01 July 2017)

Sonic mania and The evil within 2 for me.

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peterdavid12345 (on 08 July 2017)

Meh, i get tired of people keep pandering on nintendo already, i'm keepin it real and stop being PC to please y'all agenda. I don't care about nintendo or any nintendo game, they're not appeal to me, not because i'm a sony fan, far from it, even if tomorrow i become an xbox fan, or a PC fan (which i am already) i would still don't like nintendo games cuz they just not appeal to me, that's it.
My personal most wanted is Metro: Exodus and Shadows of War.

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Ka-pi96 (on 01 July 2017)

T Robot Crow? Who's that?

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psychicscubadiver Ka-pi96 (on 01 July 2017)

Crow T Robot is a character from the classic movie-riffing comedy show: Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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Azzanation (on 01 July 2017)

Sea of Thieves and Ori are my top 2 this year aside from Mario Odyssey.

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axumblade Azzanation (on 01 July 2017)

Is Ori 2017?!

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Azzanation Azzanation (on 02 July 2017)

I thought its 2017... is it not?

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PEEPer0nni Azzanation (on 02 July 2017)

Ori and Sea of Thieves is 2018

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Azzanation Azzanation (on 02 July 2017)

Thanks PEEPerOnni.
My year just felt pain. Oh well Mario Odyssey it is than haha

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busbfran (on 02 July 2017)

sea of thieves???

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Bandorr busbfran (on 02 July 2017)

Comes out in 2018?

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Nuvendil (on 01 July 2017)

I approve of those top 2. Also looking forward to Pokken DX, Splatoon 2, and Star Wars Battlefront 2 (if reviews show it a true step forward).

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Nuvendil Nuvendil (on 01 July 2017)

Oh and Sonic Forces, Sonic Mania, and Redout if it makes it to consoles this year (and preferably Switch). And Samus Returns is a must buy for me.

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DaveTheMinion13 (on 02 July 2017)

Guessing you are a Nintendo fan

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With games like those, who wouldn't be?

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I agree totally. I have no interest or whatsoever about these games except Metro: Exodus and Shadows of War, garbage list imho. That's my opinion so don't be defensive about it, if a girl can piss on an american flag and be proud about it and people love to defend her for her rights then i have the right to express my own opinion.

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axumblade Miguel_Zorro (on 01 July 2017)

Where is Knack 2? This is an outrage!

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Meret Miguel_Zorro (on 02 July 2017)

Fuck you, Sony whore. Playstation is S H I T

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Ka-pi96 Miguel_Zorro (on 02 July 2017)

The Axman is right! Needs more Knack 2!

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