3. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Xenoblade Chronicles is my favourite game ever made so there’s no surprise that I’m particularly excited for this one. Granted, there’s little info to go on (noticing a trend here) but it’s mere existence is enough to get my personal hype train rolling.
While I have many questions about this title, the most prominent one is “Why Xenoblade Chronicles 2?” My guess is, since Xenoblade Chronicles X was more of a spiritual successor (similar gameplay and other elements), this one might act as a somewhat more direct sequel. Our main hero wields a sword that bares more than a passing resemblance to the first game’s Monado, we can see Nopon making a return and one character is clearly an android of some kind.
While the world itself looks remarkably different, could we possibly be seeing the long-term aftermath of the first game’s ending? Possibly unlikely given the nature of the entire Xeno
series, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be getting a potentially awesome RPG regardless.
I personally found X hard to get into due to its size and MMO feel, complete with a blank-slate protagonist. If Xenoblade 2 bares more of a resemblance to the first game in terms of layout and presentation, it just might be the sequel I’ve been waiting for all these years.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
What a shocker. Bet you didn’t expect this. Oh who am I kidding; of course you did. Nearly everyone and their grandma wants this game. It doesn’t matter how many times Nintendo delayed it, it doesn’t matter that it was meant to be a Wii U exclusive but is now coming to the Switch too because even Nintendo knows the Wii U is barely on life support; this game just looks amazing.
The massive world to explore, the freedom to do whatever you want in it, the little efforts gone into character animation; practically every facet of this game makes me want to inject it straight into my veins, and the newest trailer only accentuated that feeling, with first looks at the Goron and Zora races, official confirmation of fully-fledged voice acting and a proper introduction to Zelda herself, who many fans have already sworn to protect because of how precious she is.
What else is there even left to say? This has the potential to be the best Zelda game yet and could also serve as the perfect way of getting newcomers into the series. It’s similar to the latest Pokémon games in a way – in many respects, it’s wildly different to previous entries but has enough familiarity where we’ll still feel comfortable jumping in. March can not come sooner.