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In 2016, we were treated to a fair share of quality adventure games, from Firewatch to Batman: A Telltale Series. As we head into 2017, it's clear that the adventure genre is still going strong. Double Fine is continuing its resurgence of '90s LucasArts remasters, with Full Throttle being the newest addition. We're also seeing the continuation Kate Walker's story in Syberia III, a much anticipated sequel to the previous entry that released more than 12 years ago.
Many of us at Game Informer are looking forward to exciting adventure games coming this year. Here are our top picks for most anticipated adventure games of 2017.
10. Jenny LeCluePlatform: PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, Linux, MobileRelease: 2017We've been excited for Jenny LeClue for a couple years now, and it looks like it's finally inching towards release. Playing as young detective Jenny LeClue, you attempt to prove your mother's innocence in a murder case. It features quirky characters and mature themes, balancing lighthearted and dark tones as the story progresses. This coming-of-age story is narrated from the perspective of a quirky author, who taps away at a typewriter while you choose what happens in the story. With handcrafted visuals and an intriguing premise, we hope that Jenny LeClue will be an entertaining adventure.
9. Knights and BikesPlatform: PlayStation 4, PC, MacRelease: Spring 2017Announced last year through its Kickstarter, Knights and Bikes is a colorful co-op adventure game from the makers of Tearaway and LittleBigPlanet. It takes major inspiration from The Goonies and games like Earthbound, and it's meant to evoke a sense of childhood and freedom. Taking place on an island in the 1980s, you play as two young girls, Nessa and Demelza, who use childlike schemes to better their enemies. "This is a game for anyone that ever wore their coat like a superhero cape, wondered if there was any treasure buried in the back-garden, and faced danger by peddling their bike at top speed into it," explains developer Foam Sword on its website.
8. Full Throttle RemasteredPlatform: PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, VitaRelease: 2017The original Full Throttle released in 1995, and its story surrounding deception and intrigue is one of LucasArts' best narratives. Set in the year 2040, you play as biker gang leader Ben, who finds himself framed for murder. It's a short but well-told story, filled with memorable characters, and Double Fine is remastering the adventure this year for a modern audience. Full Throttle is full of challenging puzzles that are at times obtuse, so we're curious to see how the remaster holds up.
7. Syberia IIIPlatform: Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, MobileRelease Date: Spring
Fans have been waiting for the continuation of Kate Walker's story for more than a decade, and she's finally making a return in 2017. While Syberia III continues where Syberia II left off, this new entry is meant to also be a comprehensive starting point for those who have never played the series. Notably, choice and consequence have been added to the mix, with dialogue options reminiscent of Telltale games. Syberia III will also have a modern look with full 3D rendered graphics, moving away from the pre-rendered environments of the last two entries.
6. Danganronpa V3: Killing HarmonyPlatform: PlayStation 4, VitaRelease Date: 2017
Danganronpa is a twisted visual novel series that mixes murder mystery themes with court trials. Danganronpa V3 will feature an entirely new cast of high school characters, and will take place in a new setting called the Gifted Inmates Academy, which is described as a "prison school." We see the return of the cute but psychotic Monokuma, who once again is at the head of this morbid game of murder and deceit. Much of the gameplay will be similar to past titles with some notable improvements, such as being able to use your lies against opponents during trials.
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