2016 is finally over and whether it was a great or terrible year for you, there were plenty of great TV series, movies and video games to look back on. Have no fear! 2017 will be no different, so we have put together the most anticipated TV shows, movies and video games to look forward to this year.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild WiiU, Nintendo Switch
Our most anticipated game of 2017 is a classic, and if you’ve never played it, where have you been for the last 20 years? It is an action-adventure game that everyone should play at least once. Like the previous games, the story is set in Hyrule and follows Link, who awakens from a 100-year slumber to a mysterious voice that guides him to defeat Calamity Ganon. What makes this game different? There are a couple of departures from previous game models, most notably that this will be an open world environment so that players can do dungeons in any order. This one will be massive.
Persona 5 Playstation 3, Playstation 4
The Persona series has been going since 1999, but really only reached a large audience with Perona 3 and 4, especially in European markets. The series follows a group of teenagers at a high school as they discover powerful supernatural manifestations of their psyches, or ‘personas’’. They use these supernatural powers to fight against the criminal intents of adults. The game incorporates standard role-playing game-play and exploration alongside social simulation elements. This game has a huge cult following and is our second most anticipated game of 2017.
Horizon Zero Dawn Playstation 4
This is the first RPG released by Guerilla Games, who previously released the Killzone series. The game follows Aloy, a hunter and archer who lives in a world overrun by robots. It is an open world divided into tribes, each of which has side quests for Aloy to take. The game has already received nominations and accolades, and we look forward to playing what hopefully will be the first in a long series.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Playstation 4, Xbox One
This Rockstar offering was always going to be hotly anticipated. After the success of the previous Redemption games and GTA 5 and GTA online, expectations are sky-high. This series – for those of you that don’t know – is an open world RPG based in the old West, fairly similar in game-play to Grand Theft Auto. The last game was released in 2010, so we’ll be looking for a vast improvements on that great game. Online multiplayer looks like it will play a big part too.
Mass Effect Andromeda Xbox One, Playstation 4
This latest incarnation in Bioware’s Mass Effect series is, like its predecessors, an action role-playing third-person shooter set in space. Andromeda takes place 600 years after the Mass Effect 3 and the other games, and in the Andromeda galaxy. This is set to have an expanded open world system and follows Sara and Scott Ryder (you may choose who you play as). They are tasked with finding and exploring new planets. Hopefully this new offering will offer even more freedom than the previous games. It’s sure to be a success.
Yooka-Laylee Linux, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, OS X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
This one is a bit of a blast from the past. Yooka Laylee is sort of like a modern version of Banjo-Kazooie from 1998. In fact it was worked on and designed by some of the same designers. For those of you too young to have been playing video games in the 90s, this is a 3D platform-adventure video game. There will also be a cooperative multiplayer mode. If this is anything like as fun as Banjo-Kazooie was, it will be well worth a play.
Taboo January, BBC One in the UK and on 10 January, FX in the US.
Taboo is a British miniseries that was created by Tom Hardy, his father Chips Hardy, and Steven Knight. The series will run through eight episodes and follows an adventurer who returns from Africa with stolen diamonds and seeks revenge for the death of his father.
A Series of Unfortunate Events January 13, 2017. Netflix
This series, based on the children’s books of the same name by Lemony Snicket is the latest Netflix original to be released. The series follows the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents’ death in a fire. If you were a fan of the film or the books then thiswill be a must see.
Legion February 8, 2017, FX
This show is follows the Marvel Comics character of the same name, and his alter ego David Haller. It is connected to the X-Men film series, and is the first television series to do so. David Haller is a mutant that suffers from a form of dissociate identity disorder, and is also the son of Charles Xavier.
American Gods April, Starz
American Gods is a series from the mind of Neil Gaiman,who wrote the original book this TV series is based on. He is known for his mixing tales of fantasy with the real world, such as in Stardust and Neverwhere. This series follows Shadow Moon, a man serving three years in prison for assault. On completing his sentence, he finds himself hired by the mysterious Mr Wednesday, who seems to be a shady gangster – but is there more to him?
Star Trek Discovery May 2017, CBS
This is the first Star Trek series since the return of the franchise in film (that changed the timeline) since Star Trek: Enterprise ended in 2005. This is exciting as the way that the series is structured will change considerably. Rather than each episode containing a self-contained story line, viewers can expect to see a more modern narrative arc surrounding one event, giving the series a much needed face-lift. Let’s hope it lives up to the most recent films.
Wonder Woman June 2, 2017
This is the fourth film in the DC extended universe and the first comic book movie to focus on a female protagonist. In the movie Steve Trevor, an American pilot, crashes on the island of Themyscira and meets Diana Prince, who he tells about a world war that is happening – The First World War. Diana decides to leaves her home to try to stop the war and becomes Wonder Woman. This should be the first female superhero movie of many.
Beauty and the Beast March 17, 2017
Starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the title role, this is a live action remake of the 1991 animated Disney original. The story follows the same tale, with Belle agreeing to be the prisoner of the Beast in exchange for her father’s release, and their story of falling in love.
Baywatch May 26, 2017
This film remake of the famous 1990s series features Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. This comedy will see the team attempting to resurrect their previous glory and there will be cameos of the original cast, including Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff.
Dunkirk 21 July 2017
This movie directed by Christopher Nolan is set in the Second World War around the events of the Dunkirk evacuations. It features the evacuation of Allied soldiers from mainland Europe to Britain with ordinary Brits using every type of boat available to help save as many Allied soldiers escape.
Blade Runner 2049 October 6, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 is a sequel to the original 1982 film Blade Runner, in which Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Ryan Gosling will also star in a supporting role. Not much is known yet about the plot of the film, but we’re hopeful this cult classic will be as good as the original.
Justice League November 17, 2017
This is expected to be the fifth installment in the DC universe and will feature Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and the Flash working together to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons.
Star Wars: Episode VIII December 15, 2017
This movie will be the second installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy after the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, and Rogue One: a Star Wars Story in 2016. As usual with Star Wars projects the plot and other elements of the film are kept secret, and will also feature the last film role for Carrie Fisher before her death.
What are you most looking forward to in 2017? Have we missed something?