Alright!? After a (not so) brief hiatus, Low Fat Gaming is back! Marvel at your regular dose of gaming goodness as we triumphantly return all over your interwebs. With that in mind, why not (we hear you cry!) share with you some examples as to why 2017 is shaping up to be a damn fine year in gaming…
As is our regular style, we’re going to limit our selection here – but there’s just so much good stuff to choose from! So we’re going to take this opportunity to give the following games our inaugural “Nice one for trying, mate” award (it is a very prestigious award): Horizon Zero Dawn (it’s out next week, and reviews are everywhere. So I won’t write more about it here), Yooka-Laylee, Crackdown 3, Detroit: Become Human, Outlast 2 and much, much more. For now, there’s only one place we can start.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Unlike some of you (maybe), we’ve purposely avoided the plethora of publicity for Mass Effect: Andromeda. Not because we’re not excited, we are, but because we want to be surprised by what Bioware have cooked up for us. ME:A sees us traveling to our neighbouring galaxy and, in that spirit, we want to discover what Andromeda has in store for us at the same time as our intrepid team. It’s out March 21st, so there’s not much longer to wait until we bloody well dive right into it. Let’s all agree to not endlessly cry on the internet if we don’t like the ending this time, yeah?
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nintendo’s great hope for its quickly upcoming console, the Switch. While not all of the LFG team share this writers love of Zelda, they can, well, go fuck themselves. Zelda is great, and the entire planet (possibly) are holding their collective breath in anticipation of this latest installment. Why is Link dressed in blue? Will the Zelda formula suit an open-world environment? Will that annoying and bizarre Tingle fella turn up? Will the Switch crash and burn? Uncover some of these tantalising questions on March 3rd.
Arkane Studios are hot shit, there’s no doubt about that. No doubt about that at all, mate. Fresh of the ferocious one-two whammy of Dishonored 1 and 2, the team (largely) behind the original Dishonored are back with the long-awaited Prey reboot. We’ve written (and spoken on our lovely podcasts) about the background of this version of Prey before on this very site, so allow us to give us a taste of what this is shaping up to be. Take your Dishonored, smash it up with the revered System Shock and add a healthy sprinkle of Bioshock. Sounds good, right? It’s out May 5th and expect this to be fantastic.
Call of Cthulhu
Bare with us on this one, as it might not end up being great – but we have high hopes. We’re big fans of H.P. Lovecraft here at LFG towers and we’re always saddened by the lack of decent adaptations of his mythos in gaming, films and what have you. Developers Cyanide, understanding our frustrations, are bringing us this open-world RPG Call of Cthulhu, blending psychological horror with good old-fashioned Victorian investigation. Look, thus far Cyanide have been the masters of the “decent game despite its many, glaring flaws” genre of video gaming. However, this is their passion project and have been working on this for 3 bloody years. It’s out towards the end of this year, and we’re crossing all of our fingers and tentacles that this will be worthy of the Great One itself.
Red Dead Redemption 2
We know very little about this, except its due out sometime this autumn. We have to include it here though, seeing as Redemption was our game of the last generation. Rumours are everywhere, as that is what the internet does best. Here’s one: it’s a prequel! Here’s another for you, mate: it’s a sequel. Minefield, right? If someone was to put a gun to our heads and make us put our hard-earned money on just when RDR2 will be set (not sure why anyone would do that, but crazies be everywhere), we’d say its a prequel. The image above suggests the return of John Marston and his old gang, and the originally was set during the death of the Old West – there’s not much more to explore after that. Who knows when Rockstar will show us more, but it’ll definitely (probably) be before its release date. Maybe.
Sea of Thieves
While we have some serious reservations about Microsoft’s recent focus on multiplayer experiences at the expense of single-player, story driven gaming, it has to be said that we’re hot for Sea of Thieves. An open-world, co-operative pirate game, seemingly ripped from the world of Guybrush Threepworld and Monkey Island, with the focus firmly on fun. Developed by our old favourites Rare, Sea of Thieves is currently in alpha testing with a beta test to come, landing probably around E3. Microsoft, and particularly Phil Spencer, seem very excited about what Rare are doing, and we hope this turns out better than the doomed Fable Legends and Scalebound. Microsoft are in need of a win though, so expect good things from this.
That’s your lot for now. Nice, yeah? We fully expect many more fantastic sounding games to be revealed as the year goes on (Shadow of Mordor 2) and, if we knew exactly when God of War was coming out, that’d be on here too. We’d make the space for Kratos. Don’t you worry about that.
- Dave Green @davidpgreen83