New year, new games

Horizon Zero Dawn
As the year comes to an end, gamers worldwide wait with bated breath for the videogames announced at the E3, earlier in June. Open-world games ruled the roost and familiar franchises unveiled their newest ventures. Kakoli Chakraborty looks at some of the most anticipated ones slated to release next year.

 

Horizon Zero Dawn

Release date: March 2017

Platform: PS4 exclusive

 

Revolving around a hunter Aloy, Horizon Zero Dawn is set in a world overrun by robots. Much like other open-world games, Horizon Zero Dawn will feature side quests apart from the main story. Developed by Guerilla Games, the game will let players use a range of weapons and stealth tactics to combat the robots.

 

MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Release date: Early 2017

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

 

Developed by Bioware and published by Electronic Arts, Mass Effect: Andromeda is the most anticipated game ever since its announcement at E3 2015. A third-person action role-playing game, Andromeda will be different from the previous instalments in the series by being an open-world one.

 

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD

The Legend of Zelda:

Breath of the Wild

Release date: Unconfirmed

Platform: Wii U, Nintendo Switch

 

The 19th instalment in the Zelda franchise, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, will be similar to the original but will feature an open-world environment. It will revolve around Link, awakened by a mysterious voice that would aid him to defeat.

 

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost

Recon Wildlands

Release date: March 2017

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

 

A tactical open-world shooter game, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is the 10th game in the series. Ubisoft claims the game will feature one of the biggest open-world environments it has ever published. The game will be set in Bolivia and focus on the special ops unit “Ghosts” to destroy the Santa Blanca drug cartel.

 

DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN

Detroit: Become Human

Release date: Unconfirmed

Platform: PS4 exclusive

 

Detroit: Become Human, a neo-noir thriller game developed by Quantic Dream, is a PS4 exclusive. It will revolve around androids who want to experience their newfound sentience. It will also follow a non-linear gameplay and the story would progress according to the choices the player makes.

RESIDENT EVIL 7: BIOHAZARD

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Release date: January 2017

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

 

Though games aimed at killing zombies are not new, the Resident Evil franchise has always been loved by gamers. Capcom’s Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, 11th instalment of the main series, follows in the footsteps of its predecessors but is the first to offer a first-person perspective. The game will also support the PlayStation VR headset.


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