Here are my top picks for the hottest Video Games this Year 2017. There are plenty of new and updated versions of your favorite videos games. These video games make a perfect Birthday or Christmas gift.
- Titanfall 2 for Playstation 4
- The Last of Us
- The Last Guardian
- Battlefield 1
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
- Super Mario 3D
- Minecraft XBox 1
- Rocket League Collector’s Edition
- Pokemon Sun and Moon
- Overwatch Origins Edition
- Maddon NFL 17
- Call of Duty Infinite Warfare
- Forza Horizon 3
- NBA 2K 17
- Just Dance 2017
- Gears of War 4
- Final Fantasy XV
- FIFA 17 for PlayStaion 4 and XBox 1
- Dishourned 2 Limited Edition
- Watch Dogs 2
Titanfall 2 for Playstation 4
While primarily a multiplayer game, this new Titanfall game also comes with a new single player campaign. Titanfall 2 has six brand new classes of Titans – including Northstar, Ronin, Scorch, Ion, Legion, and Tone.
All play differently and have their own unique abilities and set loadouts. Northstar is essentially the sniper Titan. Northstar can hover, fly, trap other Titans with its tether mines, and is very lightweight.
The Last of Us
The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic third person action-adventure game set in the United States after a terrible outbreak. When the fungal Cordyceps virus breaks out, humanity and society fell apart completely. The game begins in Austin, Texas. You take control of Joel, a man trying to escape this outbreak by fleeing with his brother. Twenty years later, Joel finds himself in a quarantine zone in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Last Guardian
Like many of the other games designed by Fumito Ueda, The Last Guardian is a fantasy action adventure game involving a mysterious world and a young boy embarking on an adventure. The graphics and physics in The Last Guardian are revolutionary, and extremely detailed. In fact, each feather of your sidekick animal is rendered individually, each one reacting to wind and physics uniquely.
Battlefield is a big name franchise in the FPS industry, being Call of Duty’s main competition. This time, Battlefield decided to try something different. Instead of having another futuristic shooter, they decided to go way back to the First World War with Battlefield 1.
This was a risky move, but Battlefield 1 has been very well received. This iteration of Battlefield is full of new weapons, features, and is a must-have for any FPS fans. As Battlefield is famous for, this game also has destructible terrain.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
Available on Xbox One and PS4, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition brings back the same great gameplay and story from the original Skyrim, but with major enhancements to graphics, optimization, and framerate.
Another new edition for the Special Edition is the addition of mods, which add new weapons, characters, and quests, which is something that the console versions in the past did not have.
Super Mario 3D
Mario is one of the most well-known characters in popular culture, period. Mario games are the flagship product of Nintendo, and have been for over three decades now. While it’s a simple concept, Nintendo continues to reinvent the game with every new release of a console.
Now, Nintendo has topped themselves once again with Super Mario Maker. This title is available on Wii U and 3DS, both digitally and physically. Super Mario Maker lets you take Mario a step further by being the designer instead of just the player.
Minecraft XBox 1
Despite its simplicity, Minecraft blew up big time, and became popular with everyone in various age groups. That being said, it’s no surprise that Minecraft began to make the switch from PC and Mac exclusive to the console market, and one of the most recent ports has been the Xbox One release.
There is no real major goal in Minecraft like there is in most games, but there is plenty to do. The name comes from the two main mechanics in the game: mining, and crafting. Players will have to dig down into the planet to find stone, iron, coal, and eventually diamonds to make armor, tools, weapons, and materials for building.
Rocket League Collector’s Edition
Rocket League is a game that combines the best aspects of racing games with sports games. By using your rocket boosted car, you and your team go head to head with the opponents in a soccer style game with elements of a demolition derby.
By maneuvering just right, players have to use their cars to fight off other cars and try to get the ball in the opponent’s goal. Rocket League has become extremely popular, gaining over 18 million unique players in one year after it was released and becoming a competitive eSport.
Pokemon Sun and Moon
In this latest iteration of Pokémon, you find yourself in a new region – Alola. Based on Hawaii, this tropical region is unlike any of the regions seen so far, and as always, is inhabited with new Pokémon to catch and battle.
In fact, there are now 81 new Pokémon – including new forms of existing ones. The new forms of pre-existing Pokémon are known as Alola forms, having adapted to the new environments of these regions with different types, moves, and appearances to their previous generation counterparts.
Overwatch Origins Edition
Overwatch is the latest craze in hit multiplayer FPS on the market. In a similar fashion to the wildly popular League of Legends and DOTA 2, Overwatch lets you take control of a number of heroes, each with their own playstyles, special attacks, and purposes.
The heroes are broken down into four basic categories: Offensive, Defensive, Support, and Tank. The offensive characters include McCree, Genji, Reaper, Pharah, Soldier: 76, Tracer, and Sombra.
Maddon NFL 17
Today, Madden NFL Football has evolved into an incredible realistic football simulator. The graphics are detailed, the rosters are up to date, and the plays are very accurate and real.
Madden NFL 17 has improved many aspects of the game. First, they’ve improved the commentary. After hiring two new commentators, they’ve made the commentary much more deep and detailed to more accurately reflect what’s going on in the game.
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare
Today, Call of Duty is back with Infinite Warfare. In contrast with Battlefield 1’s return to WW1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a futuristic game, where there’s fighting against the Settlement Defense Front, a group of insurgents that separated from the United Nations Space Alliance.
These radicals try to attack and take over your outer space settlements, which the people on Earth rely on for resources. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has three distinct game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies. Campaign is the main story mode, which is a single player experience.
Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon 3 has received amazing scores from critics, with the lowest score being a 9/10. Forza Horizon 3 has realistic cars, amazing graphics, new locations, and more customization.
One of the best parts about Forza is that all of the cars that you can drive in Forza are real cars. From Ford to Toyota, you’ll find the latest models of the cars you would dream of, something that’s a major enticing factor for car enthusiasts.
NBA 2K 17
Players can put themselves in the game by playing MyCareer mode. In MyCareer mode, you can make a character designed after you in extreme detail. You can even use the 2K app to scan your face and upload it.
Once you’ve created your character, you can go to the Prelude mode where you follow your character through college and see them grow before moving on to the professional level.
Just Dance 2017
Every Just Dance game has the same premise – you try to dance like the on screen silhouette, and if you follow the moves correctly, the motion sensing device will pick it up and score you based on how accurately you followed the moves.
The more accurately you can dance, the better your score. This makes Just Dance a fun party or solo game for anyone, young to old. Just Dance is also a great way to burn calories and get a fun workout in.
Gears of War 4
Gears of War rivals Halo as Microsoft’s flagship series. Gears of War 4 is a third-person action adventure shooter that follows JD Fenix, son of Marcus Fenix, who was the protagonist of Gears of War 1, 2, and 3.
JD must face new challenges and enemies as he fills the role his father left in the fight for humanity. Gears of War 4 has received favorable reviews from critics, receiving 9/10 scores from Polygon, IGN, EGM, and others.
Final Fantasy XV
Arguably the most popular game in the series, Final Fantasy VII, is considered by many to be one of the greatest games of all time, so it’s no surprise that the latest iteration, Final Fantasy XV, is a best seller on Amazon.
The player takes control of the Crown Prince Noctis, and as you set out with your three friends to get to your wedding, the neighboring Nilfheim Empire invades. Noctis has to fight back against the imperial invasion and reclaim his home.
FIFA 17 for PlayStaion 4 and XBox 1
FIFA 17 is a game based on the sport that features real teams and players and lets you get in the game. In FIFA 17’s story mode you take control of Alex Hunter, a young prodigy looking to make it big in the Premier League.
You must make the right decisions both on and off of the field. Your success depends not only on your performance in the games, but also on what you do when you’re not playing.
Dishourned 2 Limited Edition
Dishonored 2 is a stealth based action adventure game, taking place in a fictional city based on Southern Europe called Karnaca. Taking place entirely from a first-person perspective, Dishonored 2 is much like Dishonored in that the moral choices you make change the world around you dramatically.
Dishonored 2 features two protagonists, Corvo Attano from the first game, and Emily Kaldwin, the girl you had to save in the first game, both now about 20 years older. With the two protagonists you can now switch between them for different playstyles.
Watch Dogs 2
Watch Dogs 2 is the sequel to the hit game Watch Dogs, which was originally released in 2014. Watch Dogs 2 is an open world free roaming game, similar to Grand Theft Auto, but it’s more focused on hacking and technology.
You play as an expert hacker, Marcus Holloway, who was wrongly accused of committing a crime that he did not do. Marcus must go on to take down the system that wronged him and many others by teaming up with DedSec, a hacker group.