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2017 may be nearing its end but, as Katie Lalwani explains, there are plenty more great games to come.

 

So far 2017 has brought us such gems as Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and Breath of the Wild. However, if you thought that was all this year had to offer, you’d be sorely mistaken. Here are some of the stand-out games to look forward to during the remainder of the year.

The end of September will see us return to Dunwall in Dishonoured: Death of the Outsider. The stand-alone DLC stars assassin Billie Lurk on a quest to kill the mysterious black-eyed entity known as The Outsider. Equipped with some new weapons and abilities, once again it’s up to the player to choose how they want to play.

October will see the release of lots of big titles, including Middle Earth: Shadow of War. Based on the Lord of the Rings series, you return as Talion and Celebrimbor to fight overlords and siege fortresses. The game further expands the nemesis system which allows enemies to remember you. This time around the player has the ability to recruit orcs and trolls to their army, while your newfound allies can suddenly turn sides and fight against you.

While the plot is nothing ground-breaking, what is new is Mario’s bizarre new power, the ability to ‘capture’ people, enemies and inanimate objects, allowing Mario to control them.

Super Mario Odyssey comes to the Switch on October 27th. SMO bears all the hallmarks of a Mario game, including traveling through pipes, jumping on goombas and collecting mushrooms, all in order to, once again, rescue Princess Peach from the evil Bowser. While the plot is nothing ground-breaking, what is new is Mario’s bizarre new power, the ability to ‘capture’ people, enemies and inanimate objects, allowing Mario to control them. This interesting new power is sure to add a new twist to an already successful formula.

Also coming our way on October 27th is Assassin’s Creed Origins. Marking a much-needed shake-up to the franchise, Origins sees you take on the role of Bayek as you roam Ancient Egypt, riding camels, exploring pyramids, and bumping into famous historical figures. The game sees some major changes, including a fresh new combat system, while eagle vision comes in the form of an eagle companion.

Wrapping up the year comes the highly anticipated Star Wars Battlefront II. Based on Star Wars films, SWBII expands on its 2015 predecessor with a new setting, offering a better single-player campaign. Fan-favourite space battles will now become part of the main game. Multiplayer, on the other hand, becomes a sandbox, allowing heroes and villains from all three sagas, such as Rey, Darth Maul and Luke Skywalker, to come together in one place. The game will keep Star Wars fans pleased while remaining accessible enough for new players to jump on board.

2017 has yet to reach Game Over, with plenty of new, exciting releases heading our way.

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