Guide to the games of 2017

Browse our massive list of the PC games coming out this year.

Adventure games

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Tacoma

Release date: Spring 2017
Developer: Fullbright
Link: Official site

By now we know that whenever you find yourself alone on an abandoned space station, you’re not really alone. In Tacoma, the first-person adventure from Gone Home developer Fullbright, you may not meet actual people but you’ll be able to interact with their AR holograms, which replay what they were doing before their disappearance from the station. And naturally, there will be an omnipresent AI to keep you company as you explore, snoop through personal belongings, read messages, and piece together the story.

After receiving feedback from fellow developers, Fullbright decided to bump the release into 2017. This sounds like a good thing: our hands-on with its first hour was promising but also felt like there was plenty of room for improvement.

Thimbleweed Park

Release date: Early 2017
Developer: Terrible Toybox
Link: Official site

Maniac Mansion's creators team back up to write a new 2D point-and-click adventure with Mulder & Scully copycats as protagonists. Where Maniac Mansion took us to the spooky mansion, Thimbleweed Park expands that out to a spooky town but brings back the classic verb-driven interface. Also in the vein of Maniac Mansion, there are five playable characters. One of them is a ghost. Weird, right?

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

Release date: 2017
Developer: Telltale Games
Link: Official Site

“Groot will remember that.” We don’t know a heck of a lot about Telltale’s five-part episodic adventure series, other than that we’ll be able to take on “multiple roles” within the notorious gang of space outlaws, and that the first episode will arrive before the end of the year (though perhaps not the following four).

Full Throttle Remastered

Release date: 2017
Developer: DoubleFine
Link: Official Site

Joining Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango, Full Throttle is the latest LucasArts adventure game to be blessed with the remastered treatment. Featuring brand new 2D and 3D art, as well as remastered audio and soundtrack, you’ll be able to relive the adventures of Ben, leader of the Polecats motorcycle gang, as he battles other bikers and an evil corporate minivan tycoon. You’ll be able to toggle between the remastered and 1995 versions as you play, and it will also include audio commentary from the creators. Even 20 years later, you just can’t beat a Corley.

Night in the Woods

Release Date: January 10, 2017
Developer: Infinite Fall
Link: Official site

In this gothic rustbelt adventure, Mae, a young adult college dropout (and cat-person) moves back home and discovers she has paranormal abilities. From there, you’ll wander your old haunts, chat with friends, and bounce around on telephone wires. Despite the familiar 2D platformer presentation, this is a narrative-focused game dealing with heavy themes of faith, depression, the dissolution of rural America, and what it means to be a young (cat) adult in the world today.

Syberia 3

Release date: Q1 2017
Developer: Microïds
Link: Steam page

The better part of a decade in the making at this point, Syberia 3 looks like a classic adventure game in full 3D. Series fans will be happy to know writer Benoit Sokal is still writing Kate Walker's adventures. Expect puzzles, conversation trees, and a new storyline set after the events of Syberia 1 and 2. Probably a good idea for a sequel coming nearly 13 years later.

Jenny LeClue

Release date: 2017
Developer: Mografi
Link: Official Site

Jenny LeClue is an attractively-illustrated adventure game about a kid detective—and also the meta-story of the author penning her story—that instantly charmed us. There’s no solid release date, but we should be hunting down clues (including head lice, based on the trailer), sometime this year.

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

Release Date: Q1 2017
Developer: Spike Chunsoft Co.
Link: Steam page

Japanese visual novels aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but the Zero Escape series is a remarkably savage story of survival as nine strangers must sacrifice one another to escape the machinations of a sadistic mastermind. Coming to PC for the first time, The Nonary Games is a bundle of the first two games in the series, 999 and Virtue’s Last Reward, with the former receiving a complete makeover with update high resolution visuals. Don’t be misled by its flamboyant anime aesthetic, Zero Escape is gut-wrenching and merciless.

What Remains of Edith Finch 

Release date: 2017
Developer: Giant Sparrow
Link: Official site

Finally, a game for the family—sort of. It’s about family at least. A cursed family in Washington state, and you play through a series of short stories from from the perspective of uncles, sisters, brothers, cousins, and more dating back to the 1900s all the way to the present day. Each vignette also features its own specific style of play. The only constant is that it’s all first-person and each ends with the death of that family member. So yeah, one for the family, if your family is haunted by an ancient curse.

Burrito Galaxy

Release date: 2017?
Developer: See Twitter bio
Link: Official site

This seems to have to do with burritos. Features include “cool talking,” “neat moving,” and “slap everything!! Ow!!”

Return of Obra Dinn

Release date: 2017
Developer: Lucas Pope
Link: Official site

We were in love with Return of Obra Dinn pretty much instantly, but we think it’s easy to see why. Lucas Pope, the creator of Papers, Please, is back with a mysterious ghost-ship exploration adventure—and all of it is rendered in the stark black-and-whites of an old 1-bit Mac game. It gets weird fast.

Scorn

Release date: January 5, 2017
Developer: Ebb Software
Link: Official site

Scorn is horror of the finest vintage: you can’t even describe the world, except to say that it’s horrible. Can you picture a creature with seven faces that explodes into slugs like a bloody pinata? You’re on the right track, but that’s not weird enough. This first-person horror adventure is at the top of our horror list. Actually, the list is just the word “Scorn” written in blood over and over, then underlined.

Dujanah

Release date: 2017
Developer: Jack King-Spooner
Link: Kickstarter page

Jack King-Spooner’s games, from Beeswing to Sluggish Morss: Ad Infinitum, are always a bit weird. Interactive narratives that play with your definitions of game and software, they are if nothing else, always extremely interesting. Dujanah casts you as a woman in a majority-Muslim country, and the world is made up of clay sculptures, real-world objects, and King-Spooner’s eclectic musical tastes.

Detective Gallo

Release date: 2017
Developer: Footprints Games
Link: Official site

Is it right to call a game hard-boiled if the main character is a duck? Anyway, Detective Gallo is a quirky detective noir point-and-click adventure game starring a grumpy private eye with a cactus for an assistant. Five exotic plants have been murdered, and it's up to the titular detective to unravel the hand-drawn, hand-animated mystery.

Pillars of the Earth

Release date: 2017
Developer: Daedalic Entertainment
Link: Official site

Well here’s an interesting experiment. Daedalic is adapting Ken Follet’s ridiculously good (ridiculously complex) historic novel into an interactive format. This isn’t the first book-to-game adaptation, of course—TellTale has done great work with The Walking Dead, for example—but it’s certainly the most ambitious.

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