2017 is well under way, but there are so many big name games ahead of us. One wonders what our list at the end of the year will look like compared to our best games of 2016, 2017 looks to be a jam-packed year of triple-A titles, with new games, franchises, and even consoles launching. But what are the most anticipated AAA games 2017 has to offer? Fandom pulled together the most promising, hype-worthy games announced so far for 2017. Take a look, starting with a return to The Lord of the Rings…

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

It's time to travel back to Middle-earth, but away from halflings and singing dwarves. This sequel to Shadow of Mordor looks to get back to what fans really like: violent, bloody combat with thousands of orcs. Shadow of War continues the stories of Talion and Celebrimbor as they construct a new ring of power to battle Sauron. Set in the many years between the end of The Hobbit and Fellowship of the Ring, Shadow of War looks to make Tolkien's universe even more grisly and action-packed. The most attractive feature of this game? The developers expanding on the Nemesis System that made the first so popular. [Henry Gilbert]

Super Mario Odyssey

Book travel to New Donk City this fall, because Mario is about to take you there. The Nintendo Switch is now out in stores, and by the holidays this year the console/portable hybrid will have a new Mario game. Super Mario Odyssey features Mario exploring massive, oddly realistic world with a special hat. And he'll be fighting a group of weird bunnies. So, you know, a normal day at the office for Mario and his crew. We especially can't wait to see how Super Mario Odyssey will take advantage of the Switch's unique tech. [Henry Gilbert]

Splatoon 2

Nintendo found a whole new audience with its first online shooter hit, Splatoon. The squid/kid third-person shooter was a big hit on Wii U, and fans are more than ready for another shot at the fun in this Nintendo Switch game. Planned for the summer, Splatoon 2 looks to add new weapons and functionality to the already popular franchise. Will it find a whole new audience on the Switch? Guess we'll find out when we take it online. [Henry Gilbert]

Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite

Capcom and Marvel are about to battle it out in a whole new crossover for the excitement of all fighting game lovers. There's not much known about it yet, including little info on the Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite roster, but the promise of Mega Man X battling Captain Marvel is more than enough to get our attention. But the real question is how much the Infinity Stones will change up the gameplay, which seems slightly slowed down compared to the very chaotic Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. [Henry Gilbert]

Persona 5

If anything, Persona fans are patient. The last entry in the series, Persona 4, launched all the way back in 2008—and for the PlayStation 2, no less. Developer Atlus might have missed an entire console generation working on this big, bold sequel, but import reviews (the game launched in Japan months ago) are implying Persona 5 was definitely worth the wait. Essentially, this Persona sequel contains the distilled essence of everything that makes Japanese RPG great, dipped in an incredibly stylish pop aesthetic. In the nearly ten years since we first played Persona 4, Atlus has given us plenty of fighting, dancing, and dungeon-crawling spinoffs, but nothing beats the real thing. [Bob Mackey]

God of War

After a brief time in Valhalla, it looks like Kratos is back in a new setting as the series is ready to reboot on the PlayStation 4. The murderously angry god has left behind the Greek pantheon for something a little more Norse. Sony hasn't shown much of this God of War reboot yet, though we do know that he's become a father in the time since Kratos' last adventure. How will fatherhood change this famously brutal protagonist? And how will his son work both in the story and in gameplay? Here's hoping we find out more soon. [Henry Gilbert]

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End was a lovely, fitting finale to Nathan Drake's adventures, but it wasn't the end of the series. 2017 will see the release of a dedicated, single player DLC chapter titled The Lost Legacy. Set after the main plot of Uncharted 4, you'll play as Chloe, the Australian roughneck who'd previously just been in a supporting role. She's hunting for treasure through a war-torn India, and it looks to be as action-packed as any of Drake's quests. If this is anywhere near as good as The Last of Us: Left Behind, this will be one of the best PSN downloads all year. [Henry Gilbert]

Prey

Forget everything you know about the old Prey, assuming you even remembered it. Bethesda is rebooting it as a science fiction FPS with lots of horror and puzzle-solving. There are unknown enemies, inventing weapons, and even the ability to possess other items. Seriously, in Prey, you can shoot the character's mind into a coffee cup. What other game in 2017 is going to offer that? [Henry Gilbert]

Injustice 2

The Mortal Kombat developers are returning to the Justice League for a new dose of superheroic fighting games. The first entry was a huge hit with gamers and comic fans alike, and Injustice 2 looks to continue that. It sounds like all the folks from the first Injustice are back, alongside newcomers like Supergirl, Atrocitus, and Blue Beetle added to the Injustice 2 roster. Who else could be included? Will we finally get to play as Ambush Bug in a fighting game? That possibility plus the game's unique armor system will ratchet up the interest of any fighting game fan or lover of the DC Universe. [Henry Gilbert]

Mass Effect: Andromeda

It's been awhile since the original Mass Effect trilogy concluded. In 2017, BioWare is ready to return to the series with a new ship, new stars, and new team members to befriend, romance, or many other things -- depending on how your choices go. Mass Effect: Andromeda looks to ditch the galactic war of the last games and replace it with a team of explorers. You'll play as one of a set of twins, journeying to the outer reaches of the galaxy, finding danger and intrigue in equal measure. How has BioWare adjusted the shooter/RPG hybrid for this new console generation? We'll find out this March. [Henry Gilbert]

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Who would've thought that combining South Park with classic role-playing action would be such a recipe for success? Apparently Matt Stone and Trey Parker did, because they're making a follow-up to South Park: Stick of TruthThis time around, South Park: The Fractured But Whole skewers the glut of comic book movies and TV shows in pop culture today, with the boys taking sides in a civil war over their profitable universes. The game looks as crudely funny as you'd expect, with a ton of clever references to both comic books and fecal matter. [Henry Gilbert]

Spider-Man (Temporary Title?)

Spider-Man is hotter than ever right now, with a brand new movie hitting theaters in July. Not only that, but the Webhead is also getting a brand new, currently unnamed game in 2017 as well! Spider-Man is starring in a PS4-exclusive action game developed by Insomniac, the team behind Ratchet and Clank. After a several lackluster Spider-Man games in the last five years, comic nerds everywhere (including myself) are hoping this takes Spidey back to his gaming glory days. [Henry Gilbert]

The Last of Us Part 2

The Last of Us was a lovely, critically acclaimed game that many figured was a one-off tale of post-apocalyptic exploration. But developer Naughty Dog is ready for another journey with Ellie and Joel. This time Ellie is 19 years old, and on a path of deadly revenge against some unnamed enemies. Looks like this one is going to get bloody, though don't expect to play it all that soon. This PS4 release is Naughty Dog's second big project of 2017, so plan to play it during the fall if at all. [Henry Gilbert]

Cuphead

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If you've been keeping up with game coverage, Cuphead has seemingly been in the works forever. But since it's going for something no game has ever really done, we've been willing to put up with what's felt like years of delays. In case you've never seen it in action, Cuphead aims to look just like ancient cartoons—specifically, the surrealist 1930s ones created by the Fleischer Brothers and other animation legends. And developer Studio MDHR definitely nailed the look of these old rubber-limbed characters with its amazing art, animations, and backgrounds that look ripped straight out of The Great Depression. Hopefully, by the time it launches this year, Cuphead will play just as good as it looks. [Bob Mackey]

Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar Games is slow to announce projects, but late last year they finally confirmed the long overdue sequel to Red Dead Redemption. We know very little about the plot of Red Dead Redemption 2. What we do know is that it's gorgeous, it's still in the old west, and it appears to have a focus on multiplayer. That's enough to sell me on it, though hopefully, we'll see more in the weeks and months to come. [Henry Gilbert]

Henry Gilbert
Henry Gilbert is Senior Games Editor at Fandom. He's worked in the gaming press since 2008, writing for sites as diverse as GamesRadar, IGN, and Paste Magazine. He's also been known to record a podcast or two with Laser Time. Follow him on Twitter @henereyg.