What to look forward to in 2017?

Well, don’t let me tell you what you should be looking forward to – I’m fairly certain your tastes and my tastes are somewhat different; however, I’ve outlined some of the things I’M interested about below. 2017 promises to be a great year for entertainment, at least in my opinion.

Movies

Alien: Covenant

I’m a big fan of horror, and a huge fan of the Alien franchise (my other big favourite is Hellraiser, although let’s face it, only 1-4 were really worth watching). While others were displeased with Prometheus, I felt it was a fresh new take on the story, although it did swing a little wide of the mark. I’m hoping Alien: Covenant manages to refocus.

Star Wars: Episode VIII

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Not much to say here except I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT LUKE SKYWALKER HAS BEEN DOING ALL THIS TIME!!! *ahem* Sorry bout that. But seriously, that ‘serious face’ that he pulled at the end of Episode VII – while HILARIOUS at the time – turned out to be a serious cliffhanger.

… and the rest!

There’s no room to fit everything I’m looking forward to (well, there is, but time is of the essence, people!), so I’ve outlined a few other films I expect will be right up my alley, with links to trailers of course. You’re welcome.

The live-action remake of Ghost in the Shell should be amazing, as should the awesome-looking Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. On the horror front, I’m intrigued by Split, which looks to be psychologically terrifying,  as well as The Girl with all the Gifts, which promises to be a new look at the zombie genre.

TV Shows

Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events

I never read the books as a child, but I love these kind of Dark Fantasy stories for kids – always have, always will. And with the talent that is attached to this one, it looks like it almost can’t go wrong.

American Gods

Neil Gaiman’s fantasy is also the kind I like – esoteric, and bordering on dreamlike horror at times, he and Clive Barker are among my favourite authors. American Gods is probably the most well-know of Gaiman’s books, and is definitely one of my favourites. Watch the trailer – you might not understand quite what’s going on, but you should be able to understand why it’s so intriguing.

Twin Peaks

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Loved Twin Peaks in the ’90s, and I’m sure I’ll love it again when the follow up is released this year. David Lynch may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he certainly has an eye for the strange, and I like that.

… and the rest!

And of course I’m also looking forward to The Expanse: Season 2, Game of Thrones: Season 7, and Rick and Morty: Season 3, among others, who I’m just not excited enough about to even mention. Which means maybe I’m not excited for them?

Music

Nine Inch Nails

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With the late 2016 release of the “Not the Actual Events” EP, which turned out to be a solid musical experience (and a happy return to form), I’m very much looking forward to a full-blown release from the new Nine Inch Nails, expected sometime this year.

Tool

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Tool is one of those bands I hate to love, because I don’t want people to think I’m one of “those” fans (you know the ones). But love them I do, and I am totally pumped for a new album. Hopefully soon. Please.

Marilyn Manson, “Say10”

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The quality of Marilyn Manson music has been on a significant downward slope for some time now. The last album, “The Pale Emperor” had some great tracks on it, and many called it a comeback, but I still found it a little tame for my liking (bring back the hate, Marilyn). That said, Mr Manson is once again talking up his forthcoming album (as I suppose one should, prior to its release), saying it’s “pretty violent” and that “people tell [him] it reminds them of ‘Antichrist Superstar’ and ‘Mechanical Animals’ – but with a new, different approach”. If you’ve not listened to those albums, let me tell you that this is a good thing. They’re possibly his best two releases. Fingers crossed.

… and the rest!

I hear the we should expect a new album from both Beck and Gorillaz this year, and I do hope that’s the case, because both of them make my face smile (well… they HAVE made my face smile – they’ve also made it yawn, so we’ll see how it turns out). Plus, there are rumours that we might see an album from System of a DownSoundgardenA Perfect Circle, and Queens of the Stone Age this year too… If we see something from everyone, I’ll be a very happy young lad/old man.

Videogames

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If you know me, you know I’m a bit of a nerd for Japan (having lived there and being married to a Japanese native, this would be expected, I guess). As a result, the Yakuza games are some of my favourites. Not only do they simulate Japanese cities to a tee, but the storylines are (mostly) interesting and complex. This will be the first Yakuza title released for PS4 in Western countries – coming Jan 24, 2017.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

The Mass Effect trilogy were some of the best games of the last generation, so there was no way that Andromeda wasn’t going to make this list. Watch the latest “trailer” above (really just a gameplay vid) and try not to be excited. Coming Mar 23, 2017.

“Destiny 2”

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No news. No announcements. No trailers. Nothing – not even a real title (hence the quotation marks). But it’s still on my must play list, and will probably be my Game of the Year, unless something goes drastically wrong – thus is the extent of my love for Destiny. It better not be delayed, or I’ll cry. Expected Sep 2017, but again, nothing has been announced.

Nintendo Switch

A new console? Sign me up. Oh, and did I mention it’s both a home console AND a handheld? Colour me impressed – or more accurately – cautiously optimistic. Expected March 2017, but more news (including actual release date, etc.) is to be released at the end of next week, so keep an eye out for that.

Nier: Automata

If you haven’t played the PS4 demo, go do it now – it’s what sold me. I’d heard of Nier, and I knew it was a cult favourite, but I knew little about it. Now I know a little more, I want it badly – and I don’t want to know anything else. What impressed me most about this was the fact it switched genres so smoothly – from 3D-action to side-scrolling platformer to overhead shoot-’em-up (kinda) – and remained fun. You need to try it to understand.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park: The Stick of Truth was the most unexpected and surprisingly good RPG of 2014. Fun to play and easily as hilarious and irreverent as the show, what made this truly great was that it looked like you were playing within an actual episode. The Fractured But Whole (fnarfnar) looks like more of the same, but better.

Yakuza: Kiwami

What – you thought one Yakuza game was enough for this year? Hell no! In fact, Sega has you covered, with not only two titles due this year, but a localised version of Yakuza 6 early in 2018! Released on PS4 in Japan in January 2016, Kiwami is a remake of the very first Yakuza game, brought up to date in terms of the game engine, but also adds some new features to fix what was apparently a confusing storyline originally.

… and the rest!

There’s a lot to look forward to this year. Persona 5, because… Persona is awesome (if a little complex). Yooka Laylee, because I absolutely LOVED Banjo & Kazooie as a kid. Shenmue 3, because … well… the Internet says so. Cuphead, because just watch the video. Injustice 2, because I’m a huge fan of the Netherrealm fighting games. Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, because I love fighting games in general, and the Marvel vs Capcom titles are always the most fun to play. Ni no Kuni 2, because Ni-no Kuni was so charming. Red Dead Redemption 2, because I can’t wait to be beaten repeatedly by my wife. Thimbleweed Park, because I LOVED point-and-click adventures as a kid, and … just watch the video. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, because Uncharted almost never fails to please. Final Fantasy XII: International Zodiac Job System, because I never played it and I hear it was one of the best in the series. And lastly, although it might not be coming out this year (although I really hope it is), Final Fantasy VII Remake, because it’s a real remake of Final Fantasy VII and looks amazing.

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