Excluding the porkers we still had a tough time choosing our game of the year nominees for 2017. This year featured so many great titles from so many amazing publishers/ developers that it was quite a task for us to narrow down our lists to just one each, so we’ve taken the liberty of picking a bit more of the best of the best from 2017 for you. Each editor has chosen their individual top 5 games, and at the end we have the overall game of the year winner.
*Please note every nominee can and should be considered a Game of The Year for 2017, as these were the games that made our gaming year worth it.
A Hat in Time REVIEW
Children of Zodiarcs REVIEW
Yakuza Kiwami REVIEW
Mr Shifty REVIEW
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana REVIEW
RIME: A fantastic and thought-provoking journey through a mysterious island void of any narrative, this game is all about the experience. The visuals are nice, the platforming is enjoyable, and the soundtrack is fantastic. Right now, I’d recommend picking it up on any platform but the Nintendo Switch, though, as that version has some major performance issues that need to be addressed.
SPLATOON 2: The sequel to the hit Wii U third-person shooter, SPLATOON 2 is indeed a worthy, fun successor that is a blast to play on the Switch. Even if you’ve never played SPLATOON before, the game is easy to get into and has a lot of fun gameplay options to enjoy, including wireless and online multiplayer. The only downside, though, is that there aren’t any split screen multiplayer options at present.
XING: THE LAND BEYOND: This is another amazing puzzling adventure game, this time focused on a world that exists somewhere between life and death. You get to explore a variety of lush locations while learning about those that came before, gaining wisdom about life in general, and solving a variety of puzzles. All this while learning to master time, the elements, and putting your own wits to the test.
WONDER BOY: THE DRAGON’S TRAP: This one is a fantastic remake of a Sega Master System classic, redone with beautiful modern visuals and a great soundtrack. For those wanting a trip down memory lane, the developers also put in an option to enjoy the game with the original 8-bit graphics and/or original music.
MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST: This pixelated 8/16-bit hybrid platformer is essentially what Mighty No. 9 should have been all along. The game ramps up the action with some intense levels and boss fights while adding in a ton of goodies to collect along the way to not only add to a collection but to customize your character however you want!
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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Gravity Rush 2
Aaero: One of the best rhythm action games I’ve played. Controlling a spaceship flying through futuristic landscapes, you fill out dubstep tracks by flying in the right direction/sequence.
Hand of Fate 2: The closest thing to a single player dungeons and dragons game, you play this RPG by flipping over cards that reveacard drops, al encounters, and then choose your course of action. You equip weapons and armor earned by card drops, and battle in real time with Arkham style combat. REVIEW
Hob: Hob is the delightful answer to the question, What if an indie company made a Zelda game set in a crumbling future? As you explore the richly colored world, you unlock ancient devices that spring to life and shift the environment around you. Hob manages to convey the mystery of a world that fell to ruin with exploration and brilliant non verbal storytelling
Golf Story: This delightful 16 bit era RPG replaces monster combat with golf rounds and armor with clubs, and the result is shockingly charming and fun, even for a non-sports game player as myself.
VA11 Hall-A: what if there was a hole in the wall bar that all the typical anime characters you could think of went to relax? What if you played as the bartender and listened to their stories as you swiped on the Vita screen to make their drinks? That’s right, you’d have a pretty awesome game.
Outlast 2: Could easily have been on my top 5 list, but I choosed Res Evil 7, when it comes to horror games, although Outlast 2 delivered a very scary gaming experience, filled with blood and gore.
Lone Echo (VR): After a year of multiple VR titles under my belt(!), I have to mention Lone Echo, that in my book delivered one of the best VR experiences during 2017. You play as a robot from the 22nd century in a first-person narrative-driven adventure.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Wow…how good can a game be? Fun with friends or alone, doesn’t matter.
Nioh: I haven’t played yet, but I know it’s good, it just has to get a honorable mention. REVIEW
Super Mario Odyssey
The Town of Light
Second Runner-ups: Nioh, Mr Shifty, Resident Evil 7, Horizon Zero Dawn, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands (2 Nominees)
Runner-ups: Super Mario Odyssey, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Hob (3 nominees)
The Legend of Zelda series has been a staple of gaming much long than most, yet it’s still managed to remain relevant in this age of tripe-A, multi-platform, 4k games. Nintendo have had the formula for adventure mixed with a healthy amount of fun, and they’ve implemented in this beautiful gem of a game. It’s even more impressive when you factor in that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a launch game for the Nintendo Switch. Usually launch games tend to be bare bone experiences that hold the players attention long enough till something truly good is released. Nintendo broke that mold with Breath of the Wild, and they continued to do so with titles like Super Mario Odyssey, and lets face it, possibly Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (We’ve yet to cover this one).
This is our Game Of The Year for 2017, let us know what yours are in the comment section.
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