FIFA 17 Box Art

FIFA 17 is the latest soccer title from the experienced sports game developer EA Canada. It features significant changes and improvements over its predecessor, first and foremost being the switch from Ignite to the more advanced Frostbite graphics engine. Another big addition is The Journey mode, in which the player assumes the role of Premier League’s next rising star, Alex Hunter. While it plays just like the Be A Pro mode on the field, there also are scripted events with multiple dialogue options.

As a result of a fan vote, FIFA 17 now features Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund on its cover. The other potential candidates were Anthony Martial (Manchester United), James Rodríguez (Real Madrid), and Eden Hazard (Chelsea); these football ambassadors participated in motion capture and helped make the game more realistic.

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NHL 17

NHL 17 Box Art

According to EA Canada, their latest NHL installment brings three new game modes (Draft Champions, World Cup of Hockey, and Franchise Mode) and adds a plethora of improvements to existing ones. Fan-favorite EASHL gets a Player Rank progression system for earning customization items, a Team Editor, and an Arena Creator which is also usable in the Franchise Mode. There also are changes to gameplay mechanics such as Net Battles for offensive and defensive zone play, or the new Reactionary Save Intelligence aimed at making goaltending more realistic.

NHL 17 features Vladimir Tarasenko as its cover athlete. The St. Louis Blues forward was chosen after a fan vote on and Twitter, where more than six million votes were cast in total.

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WWE 2K17

WWE 2K17 Box Art

WWE 2K17 is a wrestling game developed Yuke’s and Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports for current- and last-gen consoles. The upcoming title offers more responsive gameplay, introduces a new secondary submission system, features updated Ladders and Taunts, and adds thousands of new animations (source). WWE 2K17 also brings back playable backstage and crowd areas, something the fans have been asking for quite a while.

Four-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, former UFC Heavyweight Champion, and decorated NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Brock Lesnar is featured on the game’s cover.

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NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 Box Art

NBA 2K17 is a basketball simulator developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports for current- and last-gen consoles as well as Windows. The cover art for the game features Paul George of Indiana Pacers, who is said to be an avid NBA 2K player himself. Meanwhile, the cover star for the aptly-named Legend Edition is the now-retired Kobe Bryant. The upcoming installment is said to feature new signature animations for most of the top NBA players in order to deliver a more authentic experience.

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Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Ghost Recon: Wildlands Box Art

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is an open-world, third-person shooter developed by Ubisoft Paris. Set in Bolivia, the game puts the player in the shoes of an elite special forces operative tasked with destroying Santa Blanca, a massive drug cartel that is plunging the country into chaos. It is said to be one of the largest open world games from the company yet, featuring diverse South American landscapes ranging from mountains and deserts to rainforests.

The game has 100 missions which can be completed in any order and using different approaches such as stealthy infiltration, long-range sniping, or frontal assault. The player can tackle them with the assistance of an AI squad or alongside their friends; Wildlands supports up to four-player co-op with seamless drop-in, drop-out play. There is a large variety of vehicles (motorcycles, quad bikes, helicopters, etc.) used during missions as well as free roam.

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For Honor

For Honor Box Art

For Honor is a hack-and-slash title developed by Ubisoft Montreal for Windows and current-gen consoles. The game has three factions – the Knights, the Samurai, and the Vikings – with four classes each, wielding authentic weapons and possessing distinct combat abilities.

There is a story campaign as well as different multiplayer modes including PvP, which appears to be the focus of the game. In particular, the developers laud the “Art of Battle” system which gives the players finer control over their character during duels, allowing them to react to the moves of their opponent by parrying and counterattacking.

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Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn Box Art

Horizon Zero Dawn is a PlayStation-exclusive action RPG developed by Guerrilla Games, the makers of Killzone. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by dinosaur-like machines which have evolved to become a part of the planet’s ecosystem. The remnants of humanity now live in primitive tribal settlements, hunting the robotic wildlife for their components.

The main character of the game is Aloy, a young woman who seeks to uncover the truth behind the fall of the ancient civilization. The game features a vast open world with no loading screens, and plenty of side-quests in addition to the main story.

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