2017 Will Probably Suck, But It Looks Like It Will Be Awesome For Gamers
Regardless of if you think that the passing of a larger number of celebrities then typical in a year makes a year better or worse, 2016 was a complicated year for many people. Lots of not so great stuff happened, which because Something Wicked Studios is a GAMING news outlet thing we have chosen not to talk about it. For better or worse, being what resembles our editor in chief or whatever gives me the authority to decide that we are going to focus on being a source of entertainment and hopefully resulting happiness rather than something else that darkens up a day. But yeah, let’s talk about video games.
2016 despite it’s shortcomings was an AMAZING year for gamers. Pokemon Go brought the world together and then got us all to go outside and actually meet each other, Final Fantasy XV actually came out and was what people seemed to want, Uncharted 4 gave the saga of Nathan Drake the ending it deserved, VR gaming became a real thing you could actually do, Overwatch swept the world, Hitman murdered it’s way back into relevance, The Witness delighted and confused all that played it alike, we were all unprepared for Titanfall 2, and on top of all that Doom came out and was nothing short of amazing (excluding the multiplayer, but SERIOUSLY that campaign…). 2016 was not free of it’s gaming disappointments, it was also the year of Recore, The Division, Destiny: The Rise Of Iron, No Man’s Sky, and the long awaited Mighty Number 9 to just name a few, but even some of it’s biggest missteps might be decent when compared to other year’s middle of the pack. 2016 was full of surprises like Devil Daggers, Fire Watch, and Stardew Valley that while not being the the biggest mainstream hits were adored and loved by gamers. All in all, 2016 may have sucked for most people, but for gamers it was one of the best years we have had in a long time.
This all brings us to 2017, a year that in a broader perspective, has not had a great start. If you were not a fan of 2016, I suspect you are already very unhappy with 2017 and are spending an inordinate amount of time looking into short term cryogenic freezing solutions. As of time of writing, 2017 is already going better for gamers then I expected it to, and we are not even a full month in. The first major release of the year, Resident Evil 7, is good, according to many really really good, like up there with the best in the franchise good. To be blunt and honest, we at SWS were very pessimistic when it came to Resident Evil 7. Little of what we had seen impressed us and after the trainwrecks that were Resident Evil 6 and Umbrella Corps I suspected that Capcom might not understand what Resident Evil was anymore and were destined for yet another failure. When it comes to games at least, I really do enjoy being wrong.
Enough about the first major release through, 2017 has barely stated. In the upcoming year we have Horizon: Zero Dawn, Nioh, For Honor, Nier: Automata, Mass Effect Andromeda, Persona 5, Tekken 7, Cuphead, Nidhogg 2, Splatoon 2, and Zelda: Breathe Of The Wild to look forward to, and that’s just a quick list of the games I care about, there are so many others that look cool but do not immediately jump up in my mind. Games aside, 2017 will also be the year of the Nintendo Switch, which despite my pessimistic predictions, will change the world of gaming. E3 2017 has not even happened yet and there is already enough potential awesome to last through the entire year.
Do not misinterpret my enthusiasm as self inflicted ignorance as to what the rest of 2017 outside of gaming will be like. It’s gonna suck, hell, in a lot of ways it already fucking sucks, but in a rare vacation from acting as Something Wicked Studio’s aggressive cynic in resident, I am choosing to focus on what good I can find when I look forward in 2017. So yeah, 2017, looking it will be a pretty awesome year for gamers.