Jstar’s Chronicles #22 – This Year’s Successes, Opinionated

In my 22nd issue of Jstar’s Chronicles, as we approach E3 even more-so, I bring in my opinion for what’s really going to make this year great in terms of video games, and only video games.

MY TAKE: 2017 WILL BE (OR HAS ALREADY BEEN) AMAZING FOR GAMING

We’re only in May and it seems like we’ve already had multiple system sellers and potential GOTYs be released. Horizon: Zero Dawn, Persona 5, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and even Mario Kart 8 Deluxe recently. We did have a few hit-or-misses along with underrated, overrated, and just-plain bad games. However, as we approach what could be our biggest E3 in years, it’s time to take a look at what could (or has been announced) to release this year.

Keep in mind that I’ll only be talking about games that have been announced before, but they didn’t exactly have to say that they’ll be releasing this year, just that they can’t have announced for something beyond this year. For example, something like DarkSiders 3 is far early into development to be listed here, at least for now.

  • God of War (PS4)
    • I know that it wasn’t confirmed, but a Late 2017 release for this game is something I’m expecting. It was first shown off almost a year ago back at E3 2016, and it really looks like something that could end up taking the gaming world by storm, potentially to the level that Zelda did this year.
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4)
    • I will admit that I haven’t played Uncharted 4 just yet, but I already know that pretty much all the Uncharted games released on official Sony platforms so far have been extremely well-received. It doesn’t seem like this will be as big as the earlier ones, but it’s still a new Uncharted with the same great graphics from A Thief’s End. I’ll try to check out Uncharted 4 before this releases after the summer, and hopefully it has a spotlight at E3 this year.
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)
    • My first very short look of this back when the Nintendo Switch was officially revealed had me hooked. When it came time for Nintendo’s event in January, I was devastated that it would release in the Holiday season. Whatever the case, it’s been confirmed to be shown off at E3 this year, and even though I’ve seen not much footage (all that’s available to see at the moment), it looks like it’ll be a great game with plenty of development time left to go.
  • Splatoon 2 (Switch)
    • I’m a little biased at this point, but I absolutely loved the original Splatoon back on the Nintendo Wii U, and I’m glad they’re going for an updated approach on a system that’s also portable. I’ve played the most that I could out of the Global Testfires back in March, and from the limited content and the few hours I had with it, it’s sure to be a blast when it releases in just under 2.5 months.
  • ARMS (Switch)
    • I might as well add this one in. ARMS looks like it could potentially surprise everyone with more content then we expected. While it originally seemed like a standard boxing-like game, it really seems to also push different configurations with different strategies. Plus, it’ll be in a smooth 60 FPS, something that I really care about for console/handheld games. Considering it releases almost right after E3 this year, it’s chances of having a big spot at whatever Digital Event Nintendo does may be small, but it looks to be a game that could be a secret hit, especially in the competitive scene.
  • Kingdom Hearts 3 (Multi-Platform)
    • I’ll honestly be surprised if this isn’t shown off. Minimal footage of this game has been shown for the past few years that we’ve known it’s existence officially, but man is it something that we’ve really wanted. I didn’t really play Kingdom Hearts as a younger guy, but I will say that this, if released this year, could really be a home-run for Square-Enix and Disney. It’s Kingdom Hearts.
  • Destiny 2 (Multi-Platform)
    • While the original wasn’t well-received at launch, it really seems like this could change a few things for Bungie. With the DLC released for the first Destiny, the game more-and-more became better received with critics and users alike. If they start the sequel out with more content out of the gate, Destiny 2 is almost-surely going to succeed.
  • Star Wars: Battlefront 2 EA (Multi-Platform)
    • While the first one from EA was kind-of over-hyped, this looks like it could end up being even better at launch. While EA’s first one is kind of in the same situation as the original Destiny was in (only faster-paced), this one looks like it could also be even better out of the box as well. With it releasing later this year, I’m being hopeful, even if I’m being a little biased considering I now enjoy this on PS4. I hope it has native PS4 Pro support, as well.
  • Call of Duty: WWII (Multi-Platform)
    • I did say what I think will be successful, and whether that means critically or financially, Call of Duty is almost always a guarantee. Extreme marketing can sell almost anything. WWII looks to be pretty decent, but as long as it’s at least all-right, Call of Duty will sell extremely nicely when it launches on November 3rd.

Have any other suggestions for what could really succeed this year? Let us know by sending out a response or by messaging us!

I’VE GOT SOME NEW GAMEPLAY TO SHARE

I recently decided to just take a day and focus on games that I’ve recently received and/or bought. The developers of de Blog (THQ Nordic) and Brawlout (Angry Mob Games) sent me a key for their games, and I knew that I had to check them out!

As for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I simply couldn’t miss out on this game for the Nintendo Switch. I had to get it as soon as I could, knowing how often I’ll be on this game. This does mean that Breath of the Wild will be on a slight hiatus until I get bored of Mario Kart, which hopefully happens soon for the people that cared about that play through. To make up for it, be on the lookout for commentated and un-commentated gameplay videos of the game.

I have even more games ready to go for YouTube, so be on the lookout for those as well. They might even be streamed… you should literally “stay tuned” for when those events happen.

GAMING IN THE NEWS

Next week, be on the lookout for another one of my famous takes, along with even more gaming news and the chance of a surprise or two. Until then, see you next week!

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