25 video games we can't wait to play in 2017

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No question, 2017 is already shaping up to be a great year for video games, especially as more developers begin to harness the power of current-generation consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. And with the pending launch of the Nintendo Switch, gamers are about to get a taste of all-new ways to interact with their favorite series. Here are 25 games we're particularly looking forward to playing this year.

Spider-Man

Release date: TBA 2017 Platform: PlayStation 4 Almost
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Release date: TBA 2017

Platform: PlayStation 4

Almost nothing is known about this game aside from the gorgeous trailer that was released at last year's Electronics Entertainment Expo, but from the looks of it, this game promises to bring the fast-paced swinging action that fans of the character love to current-gen consoles. With the impending release of the movie, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" this summer, it's a good guess that this game will hit store shelves sometime close to the movie's debut.

Sonic Mania

Release date: Spring 2017 Platform: Windows, Nintendo Switch,
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Release date: Spring 2017

Platform: Windows, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Gamers have been waiting years for a true follow-up to the classic Sonic the Hedgehog games from the Sega Genesis era, and if early footage is to be believed, Sonic Mania could be the answer to their pleas. With a decidedly old-school look and feel, this could very well be one of the best adventures The Blue Blur has ever had.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Release date: March 21, 2017 Platform: Windows, Xbox
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Release date: March 21, 2017

Platform: Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

The follow-up to the stunning trilogy of Mass Effect games is almost here, and tons of speculation is swirling about the game's setting and protagonists. While details are scarce, we do know that players will assume the role of a new captain named Ryder, and the game takes place sometime in the future from the previous trilogy. More details are likely to trickle out ahead of this game's March 21 release.

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Yooka-Laylee

Release date: April 11, 2017 Platform: Windows, OS
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Release date: April 11, 2017

Platform: Windows, OS X, Linux, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Yooka-Laylee is a kid-friendly action-platformer that looks to follow in the footsteps of classic games like Banjo-Kazooie and Super Mario 64. Aside from gorgeous visuals, players can expect a host of excellent characters, intense action and a brand-new pair of heroes to cheer for.

Guardians of the Galaxy: The TellTale Series

Release date: TBA 2017 Platform: Windows, Xbox One,
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Release date: TBA 2017

Platform: Windows, Xbox One, Playstation 4, mobile devices

What happens when you take a brilliant developer like Telltale Games and give them one of Marvel's coolest (and funniest) superhero teams? A whole lot of classic rock, great jokes and plenty of action, for starters. The episodic series should also allow players to shape characters in their own image based on Telltale's iconic decision-making system when this space epic launches later this year.

Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy

Release date: TBA 2017 Platform: PlayStation 4 PlayStation
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Release date: TBA 2017

Platform: PlayStation 4

PlayStation fans surely remember the wacky adventures of everyone's favorite wombat, but many new players will get to discover the fun of collecting fruits and bouncing on crates for the first time thanks to this gorgeous-looking remaster of the original three games. And as a bonus, fans of great puns will surely get a kick out of this game's wild sense of humor.

Injustice 2

Release date: TBA 2017 Platform: Xbox One, Playstation
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Release date: TBA 2017

Platform: Xbox One, Playstation 4, mobile devices

Gamers will have the chance to deliver heroic beatdowns with their favorite DC characters yet again this spring when Injustice 2 arrives, but this time there's a twist -- characters can armor up with unlockable loot to keep the smackdowns fresh and get the leg up on their opponents.

Cuphead

Release date: TBA 2017 Platform: Windows, Xbox One
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Release date: TBA 2017

Platform: Windows, Xbox One

Originally shown during E3 2015, Cuphead is an old-school action shooter with graphics straight out of a classic Mickey Mouse cartoon. While it may look cute on the outside, early videos of the game show that this downloadable title will be aimed at hardcore players looking for a challenge straight out of the Super NES era of gaming.

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Friday the 13th: The Game

Release date: TBA 2017 Platform: Expected on Windows,
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Release date: TBA 2017

Platform: Expected on Windows, OS X, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Several developers have tried to cash in on the super-popular Friday the 13th movie franchise with a video game tie-in, but so far none have been even remotely successful. However, that may change with the release of the latest Friday the 13th game, which puts players inside the hockey mask of series baddie Jason Voorhees as he terrorizes the campers at Camp Crystal Lake.

Star Wars Battlefront 2

Release date: TBA 2017 Platform: Unknown We're still
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Release date: TBA 2017

Platform: Unknown

We're still happily playing 2015's Battlefront game (shown here), but the promise of an even bigger and better multiplayer experience from EA Games has us ready to blast stormtroopers in our X-Wings all over again. The new version is also expected to have a single-player campaign, the lack of which was one of the main criticisms with the previous title.

The Last of Us: Part II

Release date: TBA 2017 Platform: PlayStation 4 Fans
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Release date: TBA 2017

Platform: PlayStation 4

Fans of the original game have been waiting eagerly for an announcement on this title, and they were finally rewarded for their patience last year during PlayStation Experience, when Naughty Dog released a surprise trailer for the game. The only thing we know about the game is that it appears to feature the original game's protagonists several years in the future.

Super Mario Odyssey

Release date: Holiday 2017 Platform: Nintendo Switch Nintendo
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Release date: Holiday 2017

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Nintendo finally revealed a trailer for the new Mario game it originally teased back when it first announced the Nintendo Switch last year. The new game, called Super Mario Odyssey, will allow players to adventure through an open world and will see the famed character leave the mushroom kingdom to enter the real world.

Quake Champions

Release date: TBA 2017 Platform: Windows The Quake
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Release date: TBA 2017

Platform: Windows

The Quake series is known for ultra-violent arena combat, and this long-awaited sequel looks to continue the series' tradition of bloody sci-fi action for modern gamers. Look out, Call of Duty, the grandfather of modern online shooters is back with a vengeance.

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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite

Release date: TBA 2017 Platform: Windows, Xbox One,
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Release date: TBA 2017

Platform: Windows, Xbox One, Playstation 4

The best crossover fighting series ever is back for another round with Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, giving fans a new reason to practice their combos and master the game's lightning-fast combat once again. Details on the updated roster of characters are slim, but fans can expect to see old favorites like Ryu, Mega Man and Iron Man face off with series newcomers like Captain Marvel when the game hits shelves later this year.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Release date: TBA 2017 Platform: Nintendo Switch Xenoblade
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Release date: TBA 2017

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a follow-up to the sci-fi role-playing game that originally launched on the Wii in 2010, and told the story of a war between two titanic creatures and the individuals who lived on them. While a spinoff, Xenoblade Chronicles X, was released for the Wii U in late 2015, developer Monolith Soft promises Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be a true sequel to the first game.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Release date: March 3, 2017 Platform: Nintendo Switch,
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Release date: March 3, 2017

Platform: Nintendo Switch, Wii U

Arguably one of the hottest Nintendo titles to be announced this year, the latest iteration of The Legend of Zelda will allow players to roam an open-world version of Hyrule, with the ability to hunt and cook food to strengthen Link on his journey. The game will debut alongside the new Nintendo Switch console.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Release date: Fall 2017 Platform: Xbox One, Playstation
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Release date: Fall 2017

Platform: Xbox One, Playstation 4

Red Dead Redemption 2 has players assuming the role of an unknown protagonist as he blazes a trail through a vast open-world version of the American West. If this title is anything like its predecessor, we can almost guarantee there'll be dozens of hours of fun to be had becoming an old-fashioned gunslinger.

ARMS

Release date: Spring 2017 Platform: Nintendo Switch Gamers
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Release date: Spring 2017

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Gamers will have the opportunity to spar with their friends with the launch of ARMS, a boxing game that allows players to use the motion sensors on the Nintendo Switch's new Joy-Con controllers to punch their way to victory.

Halo Wars 2

Release date: Feb. 21, 2017 Platform: Windows, Xbox
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Release date: Feb. 21, 2017

Platform: Windows, Xbox One

This top-down real-time strategy game is sure to tide Halo fans over until the next numbered entry in Microsoft's legendary sci-fi series, while also giving armchair generals a chance to prove their worth in epic battles between the forces of Earth and the alien Covenant. The first Halo Wars proved that there was still lots of fun to be had with strategy games, and this sequel looks to build on everything that made the original fun, while adding new heroes, villains and settings.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Release date: Jan. 24, 2017 Platform: Windows, Xbox
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Release date: Jan. 24, 2017

Platform: Windows, Xbox One, Playstation 4

Horror fans are in for a treat this year with the release of the latest Resident Evil game, which looks to return to the series' original horror roots after several games that focused on action over scares. From the looks of the demo released last year, RE7 is likely to skew closely to the original games' intimate scares and gore to keep players on the edge of their seats.

1-2 Switch

Release date: March 3, 2017 Platform: Nintendo Switch
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Release date: March 3, 2017

Platform: Nintendo Switch

1-2 Switch is a minigame compilation reminiscent of Wii Sports, giving gamers a chance to try out the new Joy-Con controllers in unique ways. Nintendo has already shown off the game's dueling showdown mode, and plenty more details will likely be revealed before the console releases in March.

Prey

Release date: TBA 2017 Platform: Windows, Xbox One,
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Release date: TBA 2017

Platform: Windows, Xbox One, Playstation 4

While the original Prey launched on consoles nearly 10 years ago, the sequel looks to make the long wait worthwhile by giving players an entirely new setting and a swath of new weapons and gameplay mechanics to help them fight a mysterious alien menace.

God of War

Release date: TBA 2017 Platform: PlayStation 4 After
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Release date: TBA 2017

Platform: PlayStation 4

After teasing the latest entry in the ultra-violent God of War series last year, this new title is already shaping up to be one of the most gorgeous and fully realized games of 2017. Players once again assume the role of Kratos, several years after the conclusion of the previous game, as he takes on mythical baddies in an entirely new setting.

Tekken 7

Release date: TBA 2017 Platform: Windows, Xbox One,
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Release date: TBA 2017

Platform: Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

The long-standing Tekken series is back in the ring with a version that promises to bring classic characters and strategy-focused combat back to the forefront of the fighting genre.

Dead Island 2

Release date: TBA 2017 Platform: Windows, Xbox One,
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Release date: TBA 2017

Platform: Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

The follow-up to Deep Silver's wildly fun zombie slasher was originally teased back in 2014, and gamers are still waiting to find out when they can finally fight the undead on next-generation consoles. Could 2017 be the year when this game finally surfaces? We'll just have to wait and see.

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