Let’s be honest with each other. While everyone else whines about wind chills and snowfall, you’re quietly reveling in the fact that winter is awful. And good old Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this Groundhog Day so that we can expect another six weeks of it. Thanks to him you won’t have to think of an excuse to skip that party. Nobody wants to leave their house to brave Mother Nature. So you get to stay in all day and all night playing your Xbox One. It’s a good thing, too.
There are a lot of exciting updates coming your way at the beginning of the year and rest of 2017. So sit back, let the snowfall, and take a look at what you could be playing shortly.
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Hardware Hesitation: Scorpio Sees a Delayed Release
The longest wait you’ll have to endure is for hardware. Despite debuting at last year’s E3, Xbox Scorpio’s release has been put on hold by Microsoft Xbox’s head honcho, Phil Spencer. Some are expecting we’ll see its official release to coincide with E3 201. But others are predicting Microsoft will hold off until the holidays.
Nearly 12 whole months is a long time to wait. So a lot of gamers have searched out the best Xbox One skins as a way to update their systems in the meantime. These skins (or decals as they’re also known) are vinyl coverings that wrap around the existing Xbox and allow you to totally transform its style for a fraction of the cost of a new system. Xbox One skins can take on décor appropriate textures like mahogany, zebra wood, and leather or you can customize a skin to take on the look of your favorite character.
The wait for Scorpio may be worth it if the rumors surrounding the upcoming console are to be believed. It’s already been called the future of gaming, and many people expect it to be the true 4K gaming experience that the PS4 Pro should have been. It’s slated to be a beefy update outfitted with a six teraflop graphics card and an eight-core CPU.
Software Overdrive: 2017 Games Set to Impress
Luckily, regarding games, you won’t have to wait as long to start seeing some new titles you can play. We had planned on including the highly anticipated Scalebound with our list, but we had to bid a final adieu to the game earlier this year. Fans of the eagerly awaited third-person role-playing game found out about its cancellation roughly a week into the New Year. The game was supposed to be set in a mystical world wherein dragons and coexist. By all leaked accounts, we would have played as a human who had bonded with a dragon, and together you would have explored the land.
But there’s a silver lining to this announcement. We still have a huge list of games set to hit the shelves this year. It’s so long that it’s just not feasible to list them all in great detail. To keep this guide quick and concise, let’s go through the top 6 games slated for a 2017 issue that we’re most excited about.
1. Halo Wars 2
Gamers will return to the Halo Wars universe as one of the original crew members that you played in the first installment. The crew of the Spirit of Fire has spent the last 30 years of the game in cryosleep. During which the war between humanity and the alien race featured in the first game managed to come to an armistice. Of course, after three decades, humanity assumed Spirit of Fire was a lost cause, so they didn’t make any attempts to alert the crew of this new development. You can see where this is leading you. The crew, none the wise to the truce, thinks it’s open season for aliens.
2. Mass Effect: Andromeda
The third installment of BioWare’s action role-playing third-person shooter, Andromeda builds on the world already established in the first two of the series. Andromeda will be the first of the series to operate within an open world environment. So players will be able to pursue different storylines and characters according to whim. There’s even a rumor that you’ll be able to romance Peebee, the goofy and notoriously ugly Asari.
3. Sea of Thieves
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum — Sea of Thieves is an upcoming first-person, action-adventure MMO that lets its players customize its gameplay in surprising ways. You’ll set sail on the seven seas playing as a pirate that can leave and join crews. In this way, Sea of Thieves is expected to join a growing of a number of games, like Overwatch, that emphasize cooperative teamwork in its storytelling and gameplay mechanics.
Vampyr follows a doctor who, you guessed it, is also a vampire. Being a man of the medical community, his undead condition was difficult to digest. His need to drink blood, on the other hand, is much easier to stomach — perhaps too easily if he hopes to abide by the Hippocratic Oath. Gameplay follows this doctor struggling with his demons during the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918 London.
5. Outlast 2
It seems like 2017 is the year that horror games will be making a comeback. And with the 2nd installment of the beloved franchise, you can expect genuine scares.The first-person shooter survival game is back in all of its grainy, found-footage glory. You return as the Blake Langermann, the journalist who investigated a missing woman’s murder in the first game. This time around you’re on the lookout for your wife after a helicopter crash in the previous installment separated the two of you.
The long-awaited reboot to the original of the same name, Prey is another game we’ll think twice about playing alone in the dark. Set in an alternate universe wherein our space program was advanced enough to grab the attention of an alien race intent on attacking Earth. Prey explores the fall-out of the war that humans won. Years after the interstellar conflict, gameplay finds you on the board of a research lab orbiting the Earth. It turns out it was once used as a prison for the alien race. And you’ve stuck aboard at a time when the station is overtaken by their forces. To make it worse, you learn you might be the subject of human experimentation
So how did we do? Admittedly, with a year like 2017, a list like this is bound to miss a game. So let us know which one you’re more excited to play.
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If none of these have piqued your interest and you still don’t know what you’ll play this winter, there’s a long list of games set to debut this year that you can explore. Take a look at them and see which ones stand out from the rest of them.
Until then, thank Old Man Winter for the excuse to stay inside and catch up on all those games from 2016.