The first quarter of 2017 saw the release of stellar titles from marquee series. Halfway through the year, we’re still getting a ton of great games. These releases may not all be from familiar franchises, but they still provide quality entertainment. Here are the ten best video games of Q2 2017 ordered by release date.
Resist and revolt in this year’s biggest JRPG. Lead a ragtag group of rebellious teens to steal the hearts of oppressive authority figures, affect positive social change, forge unbreakable friendships, and maybe even fall in love. Persona 5 is a supremely stylish and epic high school simulator/dungeon crawler filled with twists and turns over a hundred hours. Some translation issues and poor representation aside, it’s a must-play for any JRPG fan. Check out our review for a more in-depth assessment!
Available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 (April 4)
The Sexy Brutale
You are Lafcadio Boone, a man of God, gifted with a special mask, and one of the many attendees of an annual masquerade ball in a mystical mansion. The other party-goers are stuck in a 12-hour time loop, and forced to endure grisly deaths again and again. It is up to you to unshackle them from these cyclical slaughter chains with foresight, deduction, and ingenuity. Solve the scintillating murder mystery of The Sexy Brutale.
Available on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (April 12)
Be a swashbuckling pirate Robin Hood of outer space in Flinthook. As Captain Flinthook, you’ll be looting randomly generated enemy pirate ships filled with glinting goodies and belligerent baddies. A grappling hook is your main means of movement, allowing you to swing across rooms, juke and jive through danger, and rain down a hail of bullets on your foes. We mentioned this on our list of pick-up and play games for its charming visuals, intuitive controls, and replayability.
Available on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (April 14)
What Remains of Edith Finch
Come back home to discover what happened to the family you left a lifetime ago, and maybe learn how much they mean to you in the story-focused adventure game What Remains of Edith Finch. Experience fantastical vignettes that feature each member of the Finch family in surprisingly different and truly memorable ways no other medium can portray. It’s another testament to the power of video games as art.
Available on Windows and PlayStation 4 (April 25)
Unravel the secrets of the Talos I, a Moon-orbiting space station where all sorts of experiments are done on hostile alien lifeforms and radical neuro-technologies. Of course, everything goes haywire on your very first day on the job as Morgan Yu. Trust becomes as important a resource as the weapons and crafting materials you’ll need to survive in the claustrophobic, paranoia-inducing first-person action RPG Prey, especially when you’re not even sure what you’re seeing is real.
Available on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (May 5)
We’ve seen Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman go at it in full combat in the movies and comics. But to actually fight as them and other iconic DC characters with hyper-realistic graphics and earth-shattering impact? Now that’s an intoxicating power fantasy. Indulge in Injustice 2, a fast-paced fighting game from the makers of Mortal Kombat, and another game we featured on our great quick play titles.
Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, and Android (May 16)
Following the footsteps of Nioh (which we featured on our Q1 list), The Surge is another mechanically satisfying take on the unforgiving Dark Souls action RPG formula. Instead of a dark fantasy set in the past, The Surge has you slicing and dicing power-armored berserkers in a desolate, tech-dependent future. Upgrade and customize your own exo-suit with the loot from your fallen foes to improve your chances against mounting odds in brutal and deliberate combat.
Available on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (May 16)
Explore a vast, beautiful island brimming with secrets locked behind puzzles in Rime. Jump across platforms, scale walls, ride odd beasts, and yell at magical, glowing statues to solve abstract, environmental riddles. And maybe just for a moment, take in the picturesque views of this bright, watercolor world. Find your zen in this interactive meditative journey.
Available on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (May 26)
There’s no slowing down for the most popular 3D fighting game franchise with Tekken 7 releasing on PC and home consoles as an undeniable hit. The combo-fueled core that fans know and love largely remains the same with a few gameplay changes for riskier, more rewarding play. Tekken has never looked better though, thanks to the power of current hardware, and it has made the over-the-top conflict of the Mishima bloodline all the more spectacular. Did we mention Akuma of Street Fighter is also in this game?!
Available on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (June 2)
A challenger appears! From the makers of storied series such as Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon comes a… wacky arena fighting game? Where you box with springy limbs that stretch and curve across outlandish stages? And you can play as a mega popular movie diva, a mummy, or a green humanoid glob of DNA among other crazy characters? ARMS is totally weird, totally original, and totally fun. Read our review for a more comprehensive take on this excellent multiplayer Switch exclusive.
Available on the Nintendo Switch (June 16)