I'm starting this article a bit earlier this year, mainly because I'm not going to have any time to complete it come mid-December; that's right, it's time to go through our 10 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2017 here at Choicest Games! Just like last year, I've managed to get the help of Choicest Games regulars Choona, Luke and Lanna to help me with the voting. Unlike last year, I've also managed to perform a litmus test on the Whirlpool Forums to get an idea of what the public are generally looking forward to next year when it came to PC games. I used some of their comments to help guide me in ordering the final list (more on that later).
Mark founded the blog Choicest Games in 2008 and has been playing PC games since the 1980s. He has an eclectic taste in games but his favourite genres include point 'n' click adventures, First Person Shooters and almost anything to do with sci-fi. He is also leader of the social guild/clan Gamers of Choice.
Lanna is Mark G's wife and being the supportive wife that she is has contributed reviews and her input on the running of the blog. Lanna enjoys puzzle games, the Battlefield series and Civilization. She was also at one stage world champion at Everyday Genius Squarelogic.
Choona is a contributor for Choicest Games and has been playing PC games since the late 1980s. Choona enjoys playing basketball games, First Person Shooters and MMORPGs.
Luke is another contributor for Choicest Games and has been playing PC games since the 1990s. Luke mainly enjoys Real-Time Strategy games, First Person Shooters and RPGs.
How the list was made
An arbitrary list of 63 games was compiled through a combination of me scouring the Internet for exciting PC titles coming out next year as well as any the contributors could find as well. I used the same scoring system as last year where the contributors were given a choice of three potential scores:
0 = Not interested in the game at all
1 = Slightly interested. Keeping my eyes on it and/or will buy it if there's nothing better to get
2 = Must-buy. I will buy it on release or I've already pre-ordered it.
Contributors were asked to assign a 0, 1 or 2 to each of the games on the list. I would then count up the total score and then sort the list by score in descending order. Like last year, the number one spot was an easy one since it was a clear favourite amongst all the judges. Also like last year, there were games that received the same score and some had to be cut from the top 10 list. In the cases of tied scores (which happened most of the time), I placed games higher up the list if they (a) were selected by a higher number of judges and (b) had interest from members of the Whirlpool forums.
A whopping 4 games on this list appeared last year (so they're ones that are obviously delayed) and five of the games on the list started off as Kickstarter projects. As you can see, in terms of AAA releases, 2016 was probably a more exciting year with the release of XCOM 2, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Mafia III and Tom Clancy's The Division. Also, Sid Meier's Civilization VI and Battlefield 1 are just around the corner too. This is probably why there are more games this year that are simply delayed projects from last year and also why there are more Kickstarter projects (since other titles just aren't interesting enough). It could also be the publishers deciding to not hype about games until the last minute - this is why Civilization VI or Battlefield 1 didn't make the list last year.
Anyway, let's get back to 2017. Over the next coming days, more titles will be added to this list as we run through the 10 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2017 as voted by Choicest Games!
- Mass Effect: Andromeda
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
- Kingdom Come: Deliverance
- For Honor
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III
- Torment: Tides of Numenera
- Battalion 1944
- Full Throttle Remastered
- The Mandate
Other games we're keeping our eyes on: