The 5 Videogames You Need To Play In 2017

The best thumb-bruisers of the year ahead

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Listen up: Your time is precious. Your money is precious. Damn it, you're precious. And for all those reasons and more, you shouldn't have to spend all of your hard-earned pennies on countless games in the hope that you land a banger.

Instead, you deserve a list - crafted together by our fine selves - pointing you towards the titles that are destined to change your life in 2K17...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Wii U/Switch

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Release date: 3 March

Originally designed as a Wii U exclusive, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now set to be appear on the Switch, too – presumably because Nintendo realised very late in the day that they hadn't actually made any games for their upcoming box of tricks (bar a Grand Theft Auto-esque Mario game and a Stretch Armstrong edition of Wii Boxing) and panicked.

It's Zelda, so you know what to expect gameplay and story-wise - but the real difference here lies in the graphics: it's the first in the series to be developed in a HD resolution and the results are electrically lush and picturesque, like those backlit neon waterfall paintings they had in Chinese takeaways ages back, but better.

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It won't be groundbreaking, but it will be pretty, ambitious and inevitably brilliant.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - PlayStation 4

Release date: Now

Available on: the PlayStation store.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard looks like it's going to be a massive improvement on the many sub-par titles that have blighted the series for years now.

Capcom has rung in the changes, ditching endless weaponry for more well rounded tactical play and the kind of spine-chilling scares that'll leave you stationed under your sofa with a blunt kitchen knife.

What's more, they're providing thriller fans with something they've harked over for decades: a virtual reality game mode. You play as a regular dude – not a beefcake special ops agent, like in previous titles - searching for his missing wife, who somehow finds himself in the clutches of a cannibal family known as The Bakers.

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As you do.

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series - All platforms

Release date: TBC

We love the work of Telltale over here at Esquire and, honestly, we'll take an elbow to anyone who disagrees.

They may be simple and barely register as interactive at times – the amount of long cut-scenes in the Batman editions tested even our patience – but the storylines are always compelling, funny and nerdishly devoted to the source material.

This time around they're giving the treatment to Guardians of the Galaxy. It'll be good to see Telltale flex their comedic muscles with a title that lacks the dark, thriller-esque moodiness of both the Walking Dead and Batman. If anyone can do the movie justice, it's these guys.

Red Dead Redemption 2 - PlayStation 4 & Xbox One

Release date: TBC

Red Dead Redemption left a mark on a whole generation of gamers, not just because it boasted one of the most emotionally exhausting finales in the history of the form.

There haven't been many details on the upcoming title, bar a rumoured October release date. If it follows on from its predecessor, then you can only expect it to be a Marsden family revenge story - which is something we've been waiting a long time for.

Knowing Rockstar's penchant for traveling between different decades and locations, it was a surprise to see them return to the 1900s American frontier - but they'll no doubt have plenty of innovations planned.

Nioh – PlayStation 4

Release date: 7 February

Available on: the PlayStation store.

Work originally began on Nioh back in the heady days of 2004 – twelve vintage months otherwise known as the 'International Year of Rice', as deemed by the United Nations.

And like rice, Nioh took way to long in the development stages. Around 2008 it seemed like the title would never see the light of day, when the dev team ditched their all of their material and started from scratch (see also: regrettably over-boiled rice that you throw in the bin.)

But we're glad they kept with it, because it now stands as one of the most hotly anticipated video games of 2017. It's a Japanese action RPG inspired by the notoriously throw-your-controller-against-the-wall-and-have-a-little-sob hard Dark Souls series. Nioh's story is based on the life of historic Western samurai William Adams, but with an Andre the Giant-sized pinch of supernatural elements too.