With 2016 well and truly behind us, it’s time to get on board the hype train and start to get giddy about all of the wonderful games which are coming out this year. 2017 is set to be an awesome year for gamers, with a mix of exciting new IP and hugely anticipated sequels and remasters in the works.

With an ever growing backlog of games, Hitbox Gaming has to be more disciplined with its purchases this year (sorry Doom, I promise to play you one day!) With that in mind, we have narrowed down our list of the top 5 games to look out for in 2017.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

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With the amount of reboots we’ve had in recent years, it was only a matter of time before everybody’s favourite mask wearing, fruit collecting marsupial made its comeback. In E3 last year, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was announced among great fanfare by fans of the series.

As the name suggest, the N. Sane Trilogy will be a reboot of the first three titles in the series, Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back and Warped. Developed by Vicarious Visions, the Crash reboot will feature updated audio and graphics, displaying at a native 4k resolution.

Just like in the original games, Crash will need to spin, jump and slide his way past enemies to progress through levels, collecting Wumpa fruit and Aka masks along the way. The trilogy will also introduce a range of new quality of life updates across all three games, including unified checkpoints, pause menus, and save systems.

For Crash fans, the N. Sane Trilogy is long overdue and if it manages to replicate the magic of the first three games, it could be a huge success.

Platform: PS4

Release Date: TBC

Pre-order: Amazon £50

Destiny 2

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With no new content update planned until April, veteran players have all but run out of things to do in Destiny. There’s only so many times you can complete the same activities and after more than two years, a full sequel will be welcome by all guardians.

While there hasn’t yet been a firm confirmation that Destiny 2 will be coming this year, the smart money is on a late-2017 release for Bungie’s MMO space shooter.

Whether Guardians will be able to keep their characters, inventory and vanity items, remains to be seen so all eyes will be on this year’s E3, where we may get some more concrete details about Destiny 2.

Platform: PS4 and Xbox One

Release Date: Late 2017 (TBC)

Pre-order: N/A

For Honor

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Now for a bit of brand spanking new IP from Ubisoft. Set in a medievil fantasy world, For Honor is a hack and slash action game with a sophisticated hand-to-hand combat system. Players can choose to represent one of three factions; knights, samurais and vikings, with a separate single player campaign for each one.

Each faction has four different classes to choose from, ranging from speedy Assassins to hard hitting Heavies. Players fight against each other with class specific melee weapons, including katana, swords and axes, all of which have their own strengths, perks and special attacks.

As well as the single player campaign, For Honor will feature a range of multiplayer modes and arenas. From footage of the game, the multiplayer feels very much like a fantasy film battle scene, with heroes chopping down no-mark enemies (AI troops) with ease before coming face to face with high ranking enemies (other real players).

With a Valentines day release date, what could be more romantic than buying your significant other a violent hack and slash action game ❤

Platform: PS4, Xbox One and PC

Release Date: 14th February

Pre-order: PS4, XB1 and PC – £40

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

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Let’s be honest. Being alive during medieval times was probably a bit shit. There was no real medicine, sanitation was terrible, food could easily go off and if your king fancied it, off to war you went.

Unlike many other fantasy medieval games, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is attempting to bring this realism to life. Developed by Czech outfit, Warhorse Studios, the game will feature a “needs” system whereby your character has to eat, sleep and stay healthy to ensure you don’t die. Food and other perishable goods will spoil over time and many everyday crafting tasks, like weapon and armour repairs will require players to complete a skill-based mini-game.

The game is set in the Kingdom of Bohemia, located in modern day Czech Republic, and the story will put you on the path to avenge your family’s death by an invading army. Adding to the game’s realism, a number of real historic figures are mentioned in the game, including Charles IV, Wenceslaus IV and Sigismund.

There’s been no official word on the release yet, but it is set to arrive at some point this year.

Platform: PS4, Xbox One and PC

Release Date: TBC

Pre-order: N/A

Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Mass Effect 3 had one of the most memorable, controversial and seemingly final endings of any game series in recent memory. In just a couple of months; however, Mass Effect: Andromeda will be hitting our screens with new characters, features and enemies.

Like its predecessors, Mass Effect: Andromeda is a sci-fi, action RPG game set in the future. Unlike most other space shooters, the combat in the Mass Effect series is third person, making movement and battle strategy vital to progressing through the game.

Andromeda will retain the RPG-style character building of the previous games, however the class system has been replaced with a skill tree. These kind of systems are great for allowing players to develop their own play-style, making multiplayer and co-op modes more interesting for everyone.

As the title suggests, the game will be centred around the Andromeda galaxy, meaning there will be plenty of new and exotic aliens and planets to explore. Developer Bioware has already confirmed that the game will be open world, so partnered with a new cast, enemies and levelling system, Mass Effect: Andromeda could be a great direction for the series.

Platform: PS4, Xbox One and PC

Release Date: 23rd March

Pre-order: PS4, XB1 and PC – £40 to £50

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