At the start of 2017, all three of us got together in a podcast to discuss our PC game predictions of 2017 but how well did we manage to predict what would happen?
We split this into multiple categories and it appears we were well off the mark with a few of them and some turned out to be almost correct. If anything, it shows how unpredictable this industry can be and how things change as games get closer to release.
Who won out of the three of us? Who was this year’s Nostradamus? This is what we picked back in January 2017.
January 2017 PC Game Prediction Categories
Most disastrous PC technical shit-show of 2017 PC Port
- Peter: Berserk and band of the Hawk
- Tim: Still Dishonored 2 (It hadn’t been fully fixed for the PC when we recorded the podcast)
- Paul: Prey (This actually turned out great)
Greatest PC Technical Triumph
- Peter: Resident Evil 7 (Closest out of our choices)
- Tim: Ghost Recon Wildlands
- Paul: Quake Champions
Most Innovative Pre-order Scheme of 2017
- Peter: Outlast – Exclusive twitch emote with a tie-in streamer
- Paul: Sniper Elite 4 – Travel back in time and kill Hitler.
- Tim: Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 – Actual murder.
The mind-blowing PC port reveal of 2017
- Peter: The Yakuza Series. (The second choice was Vanquish so well done there)
- Tim: Final Fantasy XV. (Spot-on)
- Paul: A VR version of the Horace series from the Spectrum era. (OK! That was never going to happen)
PC Flop of 2017
- Peter: Agents of Mayhem. The second pick was Mass Effect Andromeda. (Excellent work)
- Tim: Dawn of War 3 (Didn’t turn out as bad as we thought it might)
- Paul: Call of Duty (We didn’t know at this point it would be WWII).
Best PC Game 2017
- Tim: Gwent (Still not complete)
- Peter: Torment Tides of Numenera. (This turned out OK. The seconds choice was Barkley 2 which is nowhere in sight).
- Paul: Mass Effect Andromeda if they don’t screw it up. (Whoops! Paul did also go for Paragon which isn’t actually out until 2018 now).
As you can see there were some mad choices and none of us really nailed it. Although, Peter came pretty damn close with a few of these. Some games never made it to final release, some turned out better than expected and others such as Mass Effect Andromeda didn’t.
One thing none of us saw coming was the Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot box debacle and that would have definitely made it into a category somewhere. It will also likely change how games are presented next year depending on what happens with regulation. If anything happens at all.
What will 2018 hold for gamers? We’ll have another crack at this at the start of 2018 and attempt to predict next year’s winners and losers.
You can listen to the original podcast where we attempted to apply some reasoning behind our choices above in January 2017 and the results are also discussed on this week’s Podcast with Peter and Tim.