The popularity of gaming in this day and age is at an all-time high. Hundreds of videogames are released every year across multiple platforms, each one vying for the attention of a consumer base that’s already quite spoiled for choice. But if it’s high definition graphics and top-notch performance that you seek, PC gaming still offers the best way of experiencing videogames at their finest.

When chosing a game, be sure to always check a game’s classification before you buy it, as some games will be inappropriate for children due to their graphic nature. What’s more, reading some reviews online will help you get an idea about the quality of the game itself, thus helping you make a more informed purchasing decision.

That being said, let’s take a closer look at some of the games that are bound to have a huge impact in 2017:

Mass Effect: Andromeda
As far as AAA games are concerned, there are few more hotly-awaited titles than this upcoming game from Bioware, which looks set to continue the franchise’s complex depiction of interplanetary travel. Since this is Mass Effect we’re talking about, you can expect an epic game filled with lots of interesting alien species and plenty of hard choices. Release date: March 23rd 2017.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Fans of J.R.R Tolkien’s books and Peter Jackson’s movies will undoubtedly rejoice knowing that the 2014 hit Shadow of Mordor game is now getting a sequel. Like the first game, Shadow of War’s timeline takes place between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will let you play the role of an infiltrator in Sauron’s army, with the ultimate goal of turning his own forces against him. Release date: August 25th 2017.

Metal Gear Survive
Konami’s acclaimed series continues in 2017 with the first Metal Gear game that isn’t helmed by original creator Hideo Kojima. While this has understandably caused some anxiety in long-time fans, the early hands-on reports of the game have been good, promising a more action-packed sequel than everything that came before it. Release date: Late 2017.
Star Citizen
Like many modern day indie games, Star Citizen got its start on Kickstarter, where it managed to garner an $100 million dollar investment from the site’s users, which should give you an idea on how anticipated this game is. Star Citizen aims to offer a complex gameplay with elements culled from third-person action adventures, first-person shooters and cooperative games. You’ll also have a vast open world that you can explore. The screenshots released so far have offered a tantalizing glimpse into the spectacular world that awaits gamers who’ll buy this title. Release date: Sometime in 2017.

Sea of Thieves
A spectacular open-world pirate game that’s sure to shiver your timbers, Microsoft Studio’s Sea of Thieves was first announced at E3 2016, where it wowed audiences and stirred up quite a buzz. The game features a strong focus on cooperative gameplay mechanics, while allowing you to take part in typical pirate activities such as treasure hunting and ship maneuvering. Sea of Thieves is currently in its alpha testing stage, which means that a release date cannot be too far off. Release date: Sometime in 2017.

Dawn of War III
People who love the speed and adrenaline of a good real-time strategy game will soon be in for a real treat. The third-standalone title in the Dawn of War series returns with a new epic tale from the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The game is expected to incorporate both single player and multiplayer capabilities and will allow players to choose between three playable civilizations: the Space Marines, the Eldar and the Orks. Release date: April 27th 2017.

Project Cars 2
The sequel to 2015’s sleeper hit, Project Cars 2 promises to be a bigger and better version of its predecessor. The game contains over 170 cars and 60 tracks, some of which are replicas of real-world courses. Players will get to enjoy the thrill of riding in the car of their dreams while they cruise down the track at breakneck speeds and compete with other players in online leagues. What’s more, Project Cars 2 will also come with VR support, for gaming aficionados who want to take their simulated driving experience to the next level. Release date: Autumn 2017.