2017 promises to be a great year for games with the release of Horizon Zero Dawn, Prey and The Last of Us 2. Alas, these are all single player games of course, I will be buying them all but I find I really put the hours into games when they have a good multiplayer element. We here at Nerdhub take a look at some of the best multiplayer games you can get in 2017, with apologies to the PC gamers among us this was written with console gaming in mind. Never fear, a PC list will be with you shortly.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
After the success of The Division we here at Nerdhub have been looking forward to the next instalment in the Tom Clancy series. The open beta Ghost Recon Wildlands, there has been a lot of negative feedback given, but evident from our own experience this game was built for the multiplayer open world. The campaign will be a big part but we’re not alone in thinking that the way to get the most enjoyment out of this game is to jump online with some of your friends and save Bolivia.
State of Decay 2
The only console exclusive game on the list comes in the form of Xbox One’s State of Decay 2, a sequel to the 2013 State of Decay of which Nerd Hub was a big fan of. Ever since Left 4 Dead we have been waiting for a good multiplayer zombie game, if it was open world then that makes it even better, State of Decay 2 bring everything we want in a zombie survival game together. With the change to Unreal Engine 4 the graphics promise to be something to behold, we hope that they make full use of the multiplayer aspect much like the way The Division did, if it does we could be looking at the zombie game for years to come.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Finally! 7 years after the original, Rockstar Games answer the cries for a sequel, with only a teaser trailer released at the time of writing this Rockstar seem to be playing it very close to the chest with this one. If you not played previous games, imagine it as GTA but with cowboys! With the popularity of Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare they have a ready made DLC to tag on 6 months after the initial release.
Friday the 13th
This game has us split, half of us think it looks too cartoon like to be taken seriously and the other half think that just adds to the charm. The overall consensus though, is that we think it adds to the charm of the game, it also gives them the freedom to make it as gory as they possibly want. With the ability to interact with most things in the environment there truly are a number of ways you can kill sexy teens, play as Jason or a regular person the potential is there. For the Call of Duty fans who loved playing ‘Mike Myers’ this is the next step for that type of mode.
The only true fighting game on the list and one that has the potential to get another generation into Tekken. It’s the first Tekken to use the Unreal Engine and as mentioned previously we’re big fans of the Unreal Engine. The movement has undergone some changes so that should make the game flow a little easier during fights. There are a number of modes and this should be enough to keep the campaign players happy and have a competitive online mode to keep those players happy.
One for the racing fans among you, while some say Forza has set the standard for racing games there is something about the DiRT franchise that makes it incredibly enjoyable. DiRT 4 will see the return of the multiplayer mini game mode “Joyride” and that’s a real throwback to the arcade racing games we all loved growing up. We’ll be picking it up for the sheer nostalgic value.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Due to be released at the end of March we end the list with what will be a strong contender to become the Third-Person shooter of the year. It appears to have a lighter tone than the previous games and while that may annoy some of the hardcore fans it will entice a new audience. While other games on the list use Unreal Engine, Mass Effect has opted for the Frostbite game engine which has impressed us with it’s Physically Based Rendering (PBR) and new weathering systems. This seems like a match made in heaven…but will it be?
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