Valei’s Video Game Play List – 2017

It’s the start of a new year and that means new exciting game releases.  Here are the games I plan on playing in 2017!

Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami!:

“Just take my money already Sega please!”

In December 2016 during the PlayStation Experience conference, it was announced that Yakuza Kiwami! and Yakuza 6, in addition to the previously announced Yakuza 0, would all be localized for the US. For a few years, it was uncertain as to whether or not we would be receiving any more Yakuza sequels. However, due to a strong fan outcry Sega will finally be gracing us with the remaining main series games. Yakuza 0 is an open world Action RPG set in late 1980’s Japan. This installment is actually a prequel to the first game in the series.  If you have never played a Yakuza game before, 2017 is the perfect time to start.  Yakuza Kiwami! is a remake of the first game, originally released on the PS2, and will continue Kazuma’s story after the events of Yakuza 0.  I am very pleased to see that these games are making it to the west and I cannot wait to play them!

Yakuza 0 releases on January 24th, 2017 while and Yakuza Kiwami! is TBD but slated for a Summer 2017 release!


Resident Evil 7

“Where do ya think your goin son!”

“Welcome to the family son!” These are the last words you hear upon your first completion of the Resident Evil 7 demo. When RE7 was initially announced to be a single player, first-person, hillbilly haunted house adventure, I was kinda let down. The concept seemed like it was a carbon copy of Hideo Kojima’s P.T.. However, after playing the final updated demo (while jumping out of my seat and yelling at that nearly-impossible-to-kill basement monster) I realized this is the same way I felt playing the original Resident Evil games back on PS1. Ammo is scarce, jump scares are everywhere, the villains are cheesy, and monsters will kill you in just a few hits. Don’t be fooled by the first person perspective; this is classic Resident Evil right down to the clunky controls. I have a feeling this entry may not please all the fans. However, I for one am still very excited to play it.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will be released on January 24th 2017! The demo is also available and free to play now!


Berserk and the Band of the Hawk


After many years, we are finally getting a new Berserk game in America! Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is a hack and slash game created by Dynasty Warrior creators Tecmo Koei.  I personally never cared for the Dynasty Warriors style hack and slash games; I found them repetitive and grindy.  However, combine DW’s hack and slash mechanics with Berserk and I’m all in!  Based on the trailers I’ve seen, it looks like Tecmo Koei really went the extra mile to please Berserk fans.  You can play as Guts, multiple members of the Band of the Hawk, and even Zodd the Immortal!  How flippin’ cool is that?  I’m a huge fan of the Berserk manga and anime and I can’t wait to slash through hordes of enemies as Guts and company!

Berserk and the Band of the Hawk  releases in the US on February 21st, 2017.


Tekken 7


I’ve actually played Tekken 7 and its updated version Fated Retribution multiple times at events and in Japanese arcades. Nearly 2 years after Tekken 7’s initial release in Japanese arcades, we will finally see a console release in 2017. Tekken 7 plays awesome and looks phenomenal.  You can read more about my thoughts on the game here. I’ve already been convinced that the game will be great. What I’m really excited for is all the console-exclusive content such as story mode, practice mode, online tournaments, new characters, etc. I’ve waited so long to have this game at home. We just have to wait a little bit longer…

Tekken 7 is (still) TBD but has been promised as an “Early 2017” release.   The official release date will be revealed sometime next week!  Let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later!


Sonic Mania

“Gotta go fast!”

What’s that? A new 16-bit Sonic game that is faithful to the original games in every conceivable way?  Are you serious? Is this really happening? Yes! Yes it is and I am pumped! Sonic Mania is looking like the Sonic game I’ve dreamed about since I was kid. Sega gave us Sonic Generations and the Sonic 4 series but those, while fun, did not go full 16-bit. With each new trailer I am becoming more and more convinced that Sonic Mania will be first game to really bring back that nostalgic old-school Sonic feeling.

Sonic Mania‘s release date is currently TBD but has been confirmed for 2017.

These are the games on my radar for 2017.  It’s not a terribly daunting list.  I should be able to finish all of these games within the year.  Will you guys be playing any of these?  What games are you guys looking forward to in 2017? I really want to know!  Post in the comments below or on my Facebook and Twitter pages.  2017 is looking a like a pretty decent year for gamers.  I hope to see even more exciting announcements throughout the year.  Anyway that’s all I have for today.   I’ll be talkin’ to you guys soon!  Later!

Juan Valei

Buffalo-based gamer, artist, and adventurer. Blogging about life, games, art, entertainment, health, and everything else in the universe.

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