My 10 most anticipated 2017 releases

2016 is about to come to an end, it was a good year for TV shows and movies, an okay year for games, the following is the list of upcoming releases that I am exited for. note that I didn’t include new seasons for my favorite shows like Game of Thrones and Curb your Enthusiasm in the list.

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10- T2 : Trainspotting
I am a massive massive Danny Boyle fan, I love his work on films like Sunshine, Steve Jobs, 127 Hours and of course his massive cult hit Trainspotting, what makes the series so special to me is the book that is based on which I consider one of my top 10 favorite books ever, Loosely based on the sequel novel Porno T2 is set to hit the theaters February next year.

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9 – Norse Mythology
Neil Gaiman is one of the best writers working today and this is his passion project, it is a novelazation of Norse Mythology and I am expecting it to be really amazing, while the story is mostly known and has been adapted to many books and movies this will be a true to form version of the Norse Mythology, and it is coming to the book shelves February  2017.

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8 – Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love
Yamato  was one of my favorite animes growing up, I loved Sci-Fi and following the epic journey through space as a kid was indeed the reason I rushed home from school, well I was 8 years old back then and 22 years later not much changed, I still love Sci-Fi and the 2014 reboot/remake was a fantastic way to bring the series to new audience, Warriors of Love is an upcoming sequel that is set to come out February 2017.

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7 – Ghost Recon Wildlands
Open world (Check), Stalth Action Game (Check), a setting that I am really excited about (Check) what is not to love about Wildlands? I really like UbiSoft games but I am not as excited and thrilled about every title, Ghost Recon Wildlands is very exciting and it looks like a huge game that takes ideas from fantastic games like Far Cry and MGS V: The Phantom Pain, it is coming to PS4, XBONE and PC March 2017.

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6 – Red Dead Redemption 2
RockStar’s Red Dead Redemption is one of the finest gaming titles ever came out, it is really massive and impressive, I played it a bit late and really liked it but that is not why I am so excited for RDR2, GTA Online is really one of the best online experiences I have had and it evolved over the last decade from one RockStar game to  another and I expect it to be really good with Red Dead Online, coming to PS4 and XBone Fall 2017.

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5 – Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
I have to admit one thing, I really hated Resident Evil’s action oriented titles, I never finished RE4, didn’t like RE5 at all and didn’t even try RE6, so I was happy that game failed and it was like a slap in the face to Capcom’s executives who wanted to compete against Call of Duty with it, RE7 seems like a return to form and a new reboot to the series, despite what most fans say about the first person view of the game I think it is going to be a scary and chilling game that will hit PS4,XBONE and PC on January 25th, 2017.

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4 – Persona 5
Persona games are amazing, they are insanely addictive and very fun to get into, my first Persona game was P3 and I played P2 and P4 ever since and I love them both, Persona 5 is going to be the game that I will spend a 100 hours in during April.

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3- Legend of Zelda : Breath of the Wild
The next evolution of Zelda is about to come, Link between worlds started something which was tackling which took out the liner style of the game and gave you more freedom, in Breath of the Wild it looks like Nintendo is taking this concept a notch by making it a complete open world and adding crafting and surviving mechanics to it, the combat looks like Dark Souls inspired, it is still unknown when it will come out  but it is coming to both Nintendo WiiU and Switch in 2017.

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2- Dunkirk
Christopher Nolan’s next title is going to be a grand epic World War 2 film, while I avoided the teaser and I am planning to avoid every trailer about the film it seems to be a massive film and the director is my favorite so here you go.

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1- Nintendo Switch
Nintendo’s next console is a console/handheld hybrid hitting the stores this March, there is not much known about the device so far but we will get a full on presentation this January 12th, I have a huge love for handhelds and the hybrid looks like the future that I was waiting for!

 

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Monster Hunter Generations (Review)

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This year I decided to get into the Hunting games genre, starting off with titles like Freedom Wars, God Eater and Toukiden on PSvita but my ultimate goal was to play a Monster Hunter game mainly to understand what makes these games so great. some people really do swear by these titles and they spend hundreds of hours playing each installment of it. within 20 days I played 90 hours of Monster Hunter Generations and I am here to tell you that I get the appeal and it is glorious!

My experience with Monster Hunter goes back to the original title on PS2 which immediately turned me off with the awful analog control and then to Monster Hunter Freedom 2 on PSP that turned me off with the awful camera control, I think controls was a pleasure to the series and it was a turn off to most players including me, with the New Nintendo 3DS’s introduction to C-Stick that issue is largely solved and that is my current set up and preferred way to play the game even though some players seems to prefer the Pro Stick with the original 3DS which I didn’t try.

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At its core Monster Hunter is an action game with MMORPG like elements to it, the game has a number of large monsters that you hunt for resources and from those resources you will make better weapons and armor from that makes you stronger and lets you hunt larger monsters, most of the time to make a certain weapon or armor set you will need to hunt the same monster over and over which sounds awful in theory but in reality it isn’t and that is because the gameplay of Monster Hunter is amazing, it is challenging and engaging and makes you think off your feel and react to various situations and scenarios. while you might be fighting the same monster twice the fights themselves are very different and the challenge factor makes them really rewarding.

The game has 14 weapon types and each one is completely different from the other, sticking to one of the weapon types determines your fighting style and how you approach a Hunt, a dual blade user need to charge the monster head on and hit it with multiple attacks while a greatsword user hits and runs from the same monster and waits for an opportunity to strike again, understanding how these weapons work and how you can use them to their potential is crucial to your success, this is what makes the game so great you can switch from one weapon to another and you will have very different experience in result, and I know the first question on everyone’s mind is “well which one is the best weapon?” and there is no answer to that question, Capcom did a great job balancing the weapons in a way that makes every weapon type viable and great on their own. the game also introduced Styles for the first time which is like Classes, each one has a vast number of Hunter Arts that can be unleashed during the fights and the best part is you can switch from one Style to another whenever you want so you can pair a Style and Art that you think works best for you with the weapon of your choice making your hunter truley yours.

The game also has a solid build from graphics, sound design and performance that immerses you into the fight and keeps the action going, I do believe a solid frame rate is important for games like this and Capcom did a really good job with Monster Hunter, the game’s Multiplayer is what drives everyone to it and it owes its success to that, the Online Multiplayer is seamless and very easy to get into and find games but I really wish it had a better management and easier way to find people for particular hunts so far it doesn’t, also my biggest issue with the game is the quest system some quests requires you to gather a number of resources like Ores and Mushrooms or whatnot, the problem is you can’t take on two or more of those quests at ones which is really weird and going back to the village and taking on another quest means going through a bunch of menus and loading screens that could have been avoided if the game gave you the option of take more quests at the same time.

Verdict : it has been a long time coming but I am finally into the Monster Hunter series, it is a glorious game that I will keep playing for years to come.