Fextralife’s Top 20 RPGs of 2017

2017 promises to be a year full of innovative and heavy hitting RPGs for fans. From luminary studio and publisher pairings to indie startups and DIY darlings, the RPG genre is positioned to be one of the most diverse genres in gaming for the coming year. What follows is a list of our Top 20 Most Anticipated Games of the year and you’ll see that while they all share a common genre, their perspectives, scopes and gameplay are all incredibly unique. Watch the video above for a visual tour de force of the 20 or hop in and let’s take a journey through all of the games that are invading our thoughts and dreams the most.

20. Destiny 2

Release Date: TBA
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Rumored)
Developer: Bungie
Publisher: Activision

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While not officially announced, we do know that Destiny 2 is in the plans for Bungie and Activision. It’s possible we will hear a surprise reveal for a 2017 release for consoles and possibly even a release on PC. What we can anticipate however is a further development of the shared world shooter that has made a huge splash in this current gen of gaming. Never one to rest, we can expect Bungie to amplify what the game is for players, increasing its multiplayer offerings, itemization and story experiences as well as even more events and expansions.

19. Shattered: Tale of the Forgotten King

Release Date: End 2017
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Redlock Studio
Publisher: Redlock Studio

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Shattered: Tale of the Forgotten King is an action/platformer with RPG elements, set in a dark universe from creator Redlock Studio for consoles and PC. The way you play will affect the ending you get and how your character progresses naturally. In Shattered, you will play as the Wanderer seeking lost memories and knowledge from a missing King. The game features a unique blend of 2D platforming and 3D boss battles. The art style alone has us already captivated.

18. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Release Date: Late 2017
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Vita, Wii U
Developer: Inti Creates
Publisher: 505 Games

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Bloodstained is an exploration-focused, side-scrolling platformer RPG for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. with intriguing crafting elements that is seen as a successor to the Castlvania, being produced by Koji Igarashi of series fame with Inti Games developing and 505 Games publishing . You play as an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes your skin. You must battle your way through a demon-filled castle summoned by your old friend whose body has become more crystal than flesh. The throwback art style and metroidvania exploration has us feeling nostalgic for old school gaming.

17. Eitr

Release Date: 2017
Platform: PS4, PC
Developer: Eneme
Publisher: Devolver Digital

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Coming to PS4 and PC, Eitr, an isometric endeavor in the Soulslike genre from developer Eneme and publisher Devolver Digital combines the top down perspective of Diablo with the crushing station to station combat of Dark Souls and wraps it all in some retro pixel art design. Inspired by Nordic myths, the heroine, known to this point as the Shield Maiden must unravel the mystery of what afflicts the tree of life and her people. She will make use of weapons and equipment to defeat her foes while using the game’s bonfire mechanic to rest and improve. Souls fans of games like Salt and Sanctuary will find a lot to love here.

16. Elex

Release Date: 2017
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Piranha Bytes
Publisher: THQ Nordic

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We got our first look at Piranha Bytes and THQ Nordic’s Sci-fi/Fantasy hybrid game Elex during last E3 and were impressed with the game’s open world third person gameplay. The upcoming RPG for consoles and PC features a unique blend of futuristic technology and magic and promises a vast open world with dynamic questing that reacts to player choices, including the killing of quest giving NPCs. The various factions of the world are struggling for control of a world devastated by a meteor that also brought with it a powerful substance desired by many for its life altering properties.

15. Dauntless

Release Date: 2017
Platform: PC
Developer: Phoenix Labs
Publisher: Phoenix Labs

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Part Monster Hunter, part Souls series, Dauntless is an upcoming free to play RPG on PC that takes place on a series of floating islands called the Shattered Isles. Players will work together to take down powerful enemies called behemoths, and harvest these fallen beasts to improved their weapons and armor in crafting. The game’s developer Phoenix Labs is comprised of former Blizzard and Riot members and the game has us all excited to get a chance at some challenging cooperative beast hunting.

14. Camelot Unchained

Release Date: 2017
Platform: PC
Developer: City State Entertainment
Publisher: City State Entertainment

MMOs are great at letting players skip around doing a million things that developers give. Camelot Unchained from City State Entertainment takes this further and lets players build the world they play in, and then defend it from destruction at the hands of other player factions. The empowerment doesn’t stop there, with dedicated crafter classes determining the breadth of the economy, and ability customization options that allow players to fine tune their setups like never before. Topping it all off, the PvP focused faction MMO will allow for massive battles involving hundreds of combatants at once. We pay attention anytime a game hints at tweaking convention, and this game is firmly on our radar.

13. Scalebound

Release Date: 2017
Platform: Xbox One, PC
Developer: Platinum Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios

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A boy and his dragon. What else is there to say? In actuality the upcoming Xbox One and PC game Scalebound is looking to take the partner AI feature to a new level with a fully interactive dragon companion that can be issued commands, ridden and even taken direct control of. The bond between both is severe, if you die the dragon dies and vice versa. Beyond this, the game is a full RPG experience from Nier: Automata developer Platinum Games. Players will have a diverse arsenal of weapons and skills to choose from and the game will feature 4 player coop so your friends can bring their dragons along for the ride which is a big reason why we’re looking forward to the game.

12. Nier: Automata

Release Date: March 7th, 2017
Platform: PS4, PC
Developer: Platinum Games
Publisher: Square Enix

High speed action RPG Nier: Automata is the sequel to the cult hit Nier and is coming to the PS4 and PC. Square Enix and Bayonetta developer Platinum Games are looking to take the game to a new level, ramping up the velocity and style of this game that is a spin-off of the Drakengard series. The game is set in the middle of a proxy war between machines created by otherworldly invaders and what remains of humanity. The stories main playable characters are machines themselves, named 2B, 9S, and the obsolete prototype A2. The game will feature the popular weapon stories from the first game which give narrative background to the weapons players will be wielding. Supportive machines called PODs will accompany the players and allow them to perform various actions in combat and traversal. We’re attracted to the game’s speed and beautiful world design and are looking forward to reading every weapon story we can get our hands on.

11. Deep Down

Release Date: TBA
Platform: PS4
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom

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Oh where, oh where have you gone Deep Down. Originally revealed during the last gen, this Dragon’s Dogma meets Dark Souls free to play from Capcom has descended into development hell. It’s been 2 years since we’ve seen any new footage or communication on its development. With the trademark expiring in February, we’ll soon learn one way or another whether this promising RPG will ever see the light of day. Initial looks at this console game promised deep dungeon diving, with beefy combat and itemization. If this game does see the light of day, expect it to shoot up towards the top of our list.

10. The Surge

Release Date: 2017
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Deck 13
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

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Mecha Souls anyone? Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 has taken their formula and graphical prowess to the sci-fi genre in The Surge, coming to consoles and PC. In a futuristic world devastated by the effects of climate change, it’s up to you to make sense of what went wrong at the preeminent technology corporation in the world. The game features an industrial heft as you will square off against armored foes, severing their limbs and using them for your own ends and augmenting your armor and abilities. We loved our hands on time with the game, finding combat gratifying and responsive and the game to be visually stunning.

9. Divinity Original Sin 2

Release Date: 2017
Platform: PC
Developer: Larian Studios
Publisher: Larian Studios

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Divinity Original Sin 2 is the PC sequel to the sleeper hit Divinity Original Sin from Larian Studios. Not content to simply deliver a safe sequel, the developer has gone back to the drawing board, redesigning stats and attributes as well as adding tons of brand new features such as multiplayer, dungeon master mode, and dynamic backgrounds and origin stories. What remains are the classic CRPG mechanics and brilliant storytelling that made the first game such a hit. The game is in early access right now on PC with Act I available for testing and feedback. We couldn’t get enough of the first one, and expect nothing different from this second installment.

8. Vampyr

Release Date: 2017
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

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Vampyr is a new Action RPG from Dontnod Entertainment of Life is Strange fame for the current gen consoles and PC. Set in the Spanish Flue ravaged London of 1918, you take on the role of, Dr. Jonathan Reid, a recently turned Vampire, who wrestles with his desire to kill and his commitment as a doctor to heal. You will make use of vampiric abilities and weapons as you stalk your victims and those who hunt you. Your decisions will affect the quality of life for the neighborhoods of London as well as your own. The more you feed the more powerful you become, but the city will devolve further. If you do no harm, the city will begin to heal, but you will be significantly weaker. The game is just dripping with mood and weighty emotions, and its detective type feel has us keeping an eye on this as a sleeper hit of the year.

7. Absolver

Release Date: 2017
Platform: PS4, PC
Developer: SloClap
Publisher: Devolver Digital

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Absolver, an online combat RPG on PS4 and PC from developer SloClap and publisher Devolver Digital takes hand to hand combat to a new level, with a customizable combat deck that allows players to personalize their martial arts style. Further augmenting this are items, skills and a limited arsenal of weapons. Players can take on the role of mentor and teach acolytes new moves. Their Playstation Experience trailer nearly stole the show as the game’s distinctive art style and disciplined approach give it a unique hipness and attitude. Our hands on time with the game during E3 left us impressed. It’s very likely the hours will without notice as we spar with friends, refining our styles and learning the subtleties of the game’s fighting mechanics.

6. Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Release Date: 2017
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Warhorse Studios
Publisher: Deep Silver, Warhorse Studios

Kingdom Come Deliverance from Warhorse Studios is taking the mantra of realism and meaningful choice to a whole new level as everything in the game is being designed to have the weight of reality behind every decision. You will be playing through a seminal point in Bohemian history, a smaller part in a larger stale. Your weapons do damage in real ways, must be maintained and repaired and the same goes for armor. NPCs will all have daily routines and can be dramatically impacted based on how you choose to interact with them. Quests can be tackled in a diverse amount of ways, limited to your imagination. All of this takes place in a historically accurate reproduction of this period of history, including the landscape and buildings all the way down to the paintings and books that are presented. Just the concept alone of playing history has us thrilled to experience it, and we haven’t even touched on the great gameplay. Console and PC players have a truly unique experience to look forward to this year.

5. Horizon Zero Dawn

Release Date: February 28th, 2017
Platform: PS4
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

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Sony’s upcoming Horizon Zero Dawn from Killzone Developer Guerrilla Games is shaping up to be the next big banner franchise from Sony’s first party lineup. The game is Guerrilla’s first foray into the RPG genre and what it lacks in deep RPG mechanics, it will make up for in fast paced hunting of some massive machine enemies. Set in primitive a world that has mysteriously moved on from its technologically advanced past, the story follows main character Aloy’s journey to understand her past and the mysteries of the dinosaur like machines that roam the beautiful landscapes. It will feature plenty of questing, exploration opportunities as well as big game hunts and mounts. We’ve yet to leave a demonstration of the game with our jaws closed and are expecting this game to visually blow us away when it drops.

4. Cyberpunk 2077

Release Date: TBA
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Publisher: CD Projekt Red

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Power studio CD Projekt Red is moving on from the Witcher series, at least temporarily, to focus on creating the new and very different Cyberpunk 2077 for consoles and PC. Set in a dystopic world based on the tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, the game will transport players to Night City, a futuristic and gritty city between San Francisco and LA where cybernetic implants, virtual realities called braindances and mafia warfare rule the streets. The game will feature a new seamless multiplayer experience as well as character classes, both departures from the Witcher games. This game would be higher on the list if we knew for sure it was coming in 2017. As is, judging by the strength of the Witcher 3, we can expect this game to wind up on many game of the year lists.

3. Torment: Tides of Numenera

Release Date: February 28th, 2017
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: inXile Entertainment
Publisher: Techland

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Torment: Tides of Numenera from inXile Entertainment builds off of the celebrated tabletop setting of Numenera and original Planescape Torment and sends players to the Ninth World, an earth one billion years into the future. In that time, civilizations have risen and fallen, and all that has remained are remnants of technology called Numenera. You play as the Changing God, an immortal being who has survived the ages, who will answer the question, “What does one life matter?” The game is Wasteland series developer inXile’s further effort to revitalize the CRPG genre, bringing old school mechanics, deep worldbuilding, focused storytelling and meaningful choices back to players on consoles and PC. Their old school approach mixed with modern storytelling has us and their tremendous amount of backers enthused. Our interview with inXile during Gamescom further reinforced the quality we can expect from Torment.

2. Nioh

Release Date: February 7th, 2017
Platform: PS4
Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment, Koei Tecmo

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Playstation exclusive Nioh from Ninja Gaiden developer Team Ninja merges the conventions of Dark Souls with the Ninja Gaiden sensibilities that were the true hipster difficulty experiences, long before Souls was a thing. Set in a rich cultural period in Japan’s history the game fictionalizes the story of William Adams, the first Western samurai. Resurrected from development hell, this Onimusha inpsired game will pit William against otherworldly yokai across a diverse landscape of stages and missions. Players will master the moveset of their weapons and skills in combat, as they read and react to the game’s brutal challenge. A unique take on multiplayer will allow players to summon revenants, the specters of fallen players who can be challenged for some high end loot. We went nuts for this during the Alpha and Beta demos and found ourselves jonesing for it when they expired.

1. Mass Effect Andromeda

Release Date: Q1 2017
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: BioWare
Publisher: EA

The events of the BioWare’s and EA’s original Mass Effect trilogy explored humanity’s struggle for recognition in a Milky Way Galaxy full of diverse alien races. Mass Effect Andromeda will now jettison console and PC players 600 years into the future, all the way to the distant Andromeda Galaxy as Humans, Turians, Asari and Salarians unite to search for a new home for the species of the Milky Way. The game will feature brand new worlds and races to encounter in a new ship, the Tempest. Jetpacks, a landroving vehicle called the Nomad and new combat designs will add fresh dynamics to gameplay and traversal. New weapons and powers and the removal of classes will give the game a brand new feel. We’ll also meet a brand new cast of characters to grow attached to, revile and develop romances with. We can’t wait to see what new directions the series will go in, as we get another go in a series we’ve been invested in for a decade.

Looking Ahead

2017 is set up well for fans of great gaming, and we’ve only just scratched the surface. Keep hanging with us as the year unfurls, and we’ll keep bringing the quality content you’ve come to expect from us on all of these games. Thanks for taking the journey with us through our most anticipated games of the year and be sure to let us know what you’re most looking forward to!


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26 comments on “Fextralife’s Top 20 RPGs of 2017”

  1. Avatar Tarshana says:

    Really? ME:A? From the writers of EA who have consistently failed in delivering the "RPG" aspect of the RPG franchise? I am going to sit here in awe (and woe) as people defend the the game in the same vein as they did with DA:I and the cognitive dissonance as they point out "Whoah graphics are great!" whereas the entire story will be wrought with utter nonsense. RIP Bioware… ye sold yer soul.

  2. Avatar Fexelea says:

    It’s just different approaches. I really liked inquisition, although not as much as origins, and I think it was a great game. Similarly of the things promised for next year and given the little info we have, we are being hopeful that it will deliver and we’ll get a great game. This is simply a "games we r hyped for" so not a conclusive decision Ofc

  3. Avatar Emergence says:

    I know DA:I was not everyone’s cup of tea, but I I just don’t have the same reservations about Mass Effect. I’m so invested in the series and have loved carrying my saves through each game. Despite the criticisms for ME3, which for every valid one there was one overblown, I found the game a satisfying finish. I just can’t think of another universe as immersive in in game lore and hiatory as this one, barring maybe the Witcher and Elder Scrolls games. I get the doubts over EA and at times BioWare, understanding that core fans have had their feathers ruffled, but those creator/fanbase relationships always have their tumult. Look no further than the Dark Souls community’s at times frustration with BN and From. Despite this, it’s hard to admit that the games are inherently bad even if they don’t necessarily evolve through the years the way we want them to. All faults and missteps considered, none of these games on this list, save maybe Cyberpunk can challenge a ME game for its scope and production.

  4. Avatar skarekrow13 says:

    Definitely a few of those on my radar.

    Might need a second job…

  5. Avatar Fexelea says:

    I’ll try and get review codes for some of them, always looking for help reviewing! 🙂

  6. Avatar Forum_Pirate says:

    [BBvideo 560,340:iej5kml0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aunFHtmZaeI[/BBvideo:iej5kml0]

  7. Avatar AEMIII says:

    Really cannot wait for the Launch lineup for the Nintendo Switch.

  8. Avatar Elhanan says:

    ME:A is likely it for me, as Action RPG’s are not my thing as a rule. Will pre-order again once the launch date is narrowed some more.

  9. Avatar Lich180 says:
    I’ll try and get review codes for some of them, always looking for help reviewing! 🙂

    Well that’d be pretty cool. I’ll volunteer. 🙂

  10. Avatar ElvesRule says:

    Against my better instincts I clicked on that read the full..button and I saw the beginning of a long, involved and illustrated list of favorite RPGs. Can’t you just type a succinct list in your thread opener for people like me with attention problems?

    So, I don’t know what’s on your list so I’ll just say: Mass Effect? No way, I’m more likely to buy another Assassin’s Creed than ME and I am so done with AC.

    My most anticipated is Persona 5. I was lucky to pre-order the CE. Next in line would be Tales of Berseria. CE pre-order, ditto. Additionally, I’m looking forward to Horizon Zero Dawn and Nioh, and if it shows up next year, Ni No Kuni 2. I would love to play Kingdom Hearts but the gummy ship part makes me want to set my hair on fire.

  11. Avatar Fexelea says:

    You can click play on the YouTube video and listen to it or read the video description if has a list of mentioned games. Seems mass effect is quite the polarising one recently hehe

  12. Avatar Elhanan says:
    You can click play on the YouTube video and listen to it or read the video description if has a list of mentioned games. Seems mass effect is quite the polarising one recently hehe

    Half expect folks to complain about the ending…. 😉

  13. skyandcosmos says:

    Horizon and Nioh look to be my pick of the bunch. The visuals on the former already look to set a new standard for sci-fi artistic vision, where as the latter will hopefully fill a souls-shaped hole whilst delving into a rich Japanese history / folklore.

  14. Veroskan says:

    My pick for this year is Mount&Blade2 Bannerlord my all time favourite series for some classic medieval combat. I simply love its bit clunky but completly skill rewarding gameplay in pvp and mindless clusterfucks of armies in pve.

  15. Avatar Nodos says:

    Seriously? Deep Down? Not to be a buzzkill or anything. But i remember it to be the first teaser, before PS4 was even released.
    The teaser for "next gen" and the sort. So here we are 3 years later….

    Is anyone anticipating it? To be honest, forgot it existed.

    As for ME:A, again i won’t lie, i am expecting it. But the problem with gaming (and more) these days, is the "overhype" effect.
    The former trilogy built a great universe, putting aside game-styles, game-genres etc.
    A universe, a storyline, so solid that actually makes you want more and more of it. BioWare announcing a fourth game is only logical for people to go crazy, including me. But enough of me, getting side-tracked (again), the game is highly anticipated.

  16. Avatar Daos_Strange says:

    Absolver is my top pick of 2017 so far with Eitr a close second. But if Capcom would get off their butts and get Deep Down out the door, it might take the number 1 spot!

  17. Aiddon says:

    The only two on here for me are Torment and Nioh, though a couple entries like Shattered and Elex look neat and I also can’t count Bloodstained as that’s aiming for a 2018 release. My personal anticipated titles are:

    • Yakuza 0/Kiwami
    • Nioh
    • Berserk and the Band of the Hawk
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    • Persona 5
    • Agents of Mayhem
    • Valkyrie: Azure Revolution
    • Torment: Tides of Numenera

    Looks to be a decent year so far, though probably my most anticipated is Nioh as I’m a complete rekijou and don’t see enough of youkai in games.

  18. Avatar ElvesRule says:

    Omigosh, how did I miss Zelda, a new Zelda. I guess because I only follow Playstation news since 99.99% of what I want to play is there. Releasing in March! I will pre-order now.

    So, I’m going to say P5 is my top, followed by Zelda, then Berseria. Ni No Kuni 2 is still a long way off.

  19. Avatar skarekrow13 says:
    I’ll try and get review codes for some of them, always looking for help reviewing! 🙂

    Assuming some advance notice, you know I love writing (and video games naturally)

  20. Avatar Serious_Much says:

    In the nioh section you misspelled "Inspired".

    I am personally looking forward very much to Cyberpunk. I do hope CDPR deliver on the hype that comes from their incredible witcher series. Could be the first worthwhile PvE shooter released in a long, long time.

  21. Avatar bumpynuks says:

    I am sitting here twiddling my thumbs for P5.

  22. Avatar theotherMittens says:

    I’m looking forward to:

    – DS3 DLC
    – A new FromSoft game? They haven’t announced one yet but I can’t imagine they’ll just skip the year…
    – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    – Horizon: Zero Dawn
    – Gravity Rush 2
    – Rime
    – Nier Autonama
    – Nioh

    I can’t say for sure that I’ll actually buy all of those game, but I’ve got my eyes on them.

  23. Tsarius says:

    This list seems like it’s only looks at a very specific subset of rpgs. The action rpgs and wrpg style games.

    Where is Persona 5? Where is the new South Park game? Where is Tales of Berseria? I’d say where is KH2.8, but I don’t think anyone’s actually hyped for that.

  24. Avatar abraksil says:

    Wouldn’t count on Cyberpunk 2077 to come out in 2017 🙂

  25. TheNeoReaper says:

    Scalebound has been cancelled.