The Burning Question: What was your best game of 2017?

So, 2017 has been a pretty decent year where we’ve been spoiled rotten with so many great titles that released and some beefy hardware to boot. I’m sure many of your wallets are still recovering from the abuse of it all and it can’t wait to take a break and refill in 2018 (HAHAHA!, that’s not gonna happen). We in the game journalism industry sure had our hands full with all the aforementioned games, with our favourites taking a back seat for a while as we tackled each new offering enthusiastically.

This year is also to blame for your increase in game backlog that towers over you like a shadowy figure constantly reminding you of all those titles you’ve promised to finish. We saw Marko compile a very cool way of managing said backlog which could assist you in mowing down that jungle. We all know that there were titles you just HAD to play at launch because the hype was real! The anticipation! You were pacing even, waiting for your package to arrive or download to complete so you could make that couch or gaming chair mould to the shape of your butt while you indulge in those titles you’ve been salivating over. And then, you play it. And play it! And, play, it!… OK, getting a bit carried away here, so, let’s get to what I really wanted to know from you guys.

You had your favourites for the year and so do I. I’m going to list some of mine here so we can start a nice discussion while we wait for this year to ring out. I am a victim of said backlog and haven’t played all the great titles that came out this year, but the ones that I have played will be mentioned here along with some honourable mentions at the end.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Come on, who doesn’t like destroying some Nazis? Wolfenstein II delivered an action-packed first-person shooter experience that we’ve come to know and love from MachineGames and Bethesda. BJ Blazkowicz made his return and doled out revenge on the Nazi-controlled world and I loved every minute of it. Although not the easiest game to try and complete in a stealthy manner, but who the hell does that in a Wolfenstein game anyway?

Splatoon 2

Probably the most fun you could have without raining bullets, covered in blood and surreal sprinkles of gore, Splatoon 2 is without a doubt one of the most played titles in the Nintendo Switch multiplayer arena this year. Everything from the short campaign to the Salmon Run game modes can keep you in that world for hours on end, and it never gets old. Multiplayer is where it’s at though, where you get to test out your new ink arsenal with friends and randoms.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Seems a pattern is forming here. The latest addition to the Legend of Zelda series saw us taking Link on yet another adventure into what could arguably be on of the best open world games for the year. No side quest feels cumbersome or in any way disconnected from the rest of the game. Every minute spent in Breath of the Wild is time well spent and with all that there is to explore in the game makes it impossible to see an end to it all.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018

Konami does one thing right and that’s PES 2018. Some might say that the gameplay slow down was unnecessary, but it made the game just that more enjoyable to play for me. The ultimate in control for a football game coupled with seamless online play and no microtransaction nonsense thrown in your face, PES 2018 takes to the podium of best sports game published this year. Yes, there will always be licencing issues with the title seeing as FIFA basically own the football world, but merely owning it doesn’t make for a better football game.

Destiny 2

I have not played the full game, but I tried it over the weekend and can see the appeal it has. The little time I spent in the lacklustre campaign made me aware of just how fun it could be to traverse the universe with friends, shooting and looting your way through hordes of enemies and unlocking weapons. The gunplay is good. No, it’s great. It’s some of the best gunplay mechanics out there today and it will definitely get me coming back for more. With the imminent launch of Course of Osiris, I’m definitely getting into Destiny 2 again this coming holiday.

Dirt 4

I know what you’re thinking. “Why Dirt 4 and not GT Sport or Forza 7?” you utter. Well, simply because the guys at Codemasters decided to make a rally racing sim as authentic and realistic as possible with the inclusion of never having to do the same rally course twice. Each course is randomly generated forcing you to pay attention to the twisting turns, rolling hills and chaotic jumps laid out for you. The sound in the game is top notch, with every bolt, piston and window wiper giving you feedback while you dig up the gravel to better your times. Racing at it’s best. No frills. No fuss. Just good old motor racing madness.

Super Mario Odyssey

I dare you to give me a name of a platformer that can go toe-to-toe with this masterpiece. Super Mario Odyssey is like taking a star, grinding it down to a powder and putting it into a needle and injecting it straight into your veins. All this while high on mushrooms. It’s pure bliss. Responsive controls with platforming concepts we never thought were possible, but we should expect from the creators of the Super Mario games. With a child like whimsicality and magical worlds you’d possibly only dream up while on some groovy psychedelic drugs, this game takes your imagination and says “you think that was cool? Hold my beer…”

I just realised I could go on for like 27 hours mentioning all the games I’ve played, but I’ll stick to those ones because they really stood out for me this year.

Here’s a list of honourable mentions and let’s get this discussion going:

Resident Evil VII Biohazard
Yakuza 0
Horizon Zero Dawn
Nier: Automata
Persona 5
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Prey
Divinity: Original Sin 2
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
NBA 2K18
Cuphead
FIFA 18
Total War: Warhammer 2
Forza Motorsport 7
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
The Evil Within 2
GT Sport
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Assassin’s Creed Origins

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  • Small Charlie

    Nier Automata… Nuff said

    • AndriyP

      Agree 100%

    • eVolVee

      You’re getting paid to say that, aren’t you?
      Why you make me want this game? Why?

      • Small Charlie

        Because it is damn good!

        • TechniKyle

          You’ve not played Horizon Zero Dawn yet, have you?

          • Small Charlie

            I did, got the Platinum Trophy for it as well. It is an awesome game. But it did not have such a profound impact on me as Nier Automata had.

  • So many great games this year. I actually don’t want to list just one. Sigh

  • all of mine were released in the beforetimes. i don’t play modern games. the modern industry is mostly not really great. for me, the best game of 2017 was arguably “a mind forever voyaging” which was a fantastic, fantastic idea-as-game. the runners up were:

    primordia [which i’ve played before and loved, dearly]
    thomas was alone – particularly “benjamin’s flight” [which was INCREDIBLY sad.]
    child of light
    fredrick pohl’s gateway

    [so it was a pretty good gaming year for me.]

    a mind forever voyaging is an “idea” game where you’re an ai and you’re trying to validate a plan that’s being put into place by a government. to do this, you go and visit different eras of a simulation that shows the repercussions of the plan. it’s a FANTASTIC thought piece on what might have happened as a result of a bad apple having terrible ideas for mankind. [plus, it’s arguably the very first walking simulator – it came out in 1985 and was written by an infocom author.] – absolutely worth the price of admission if you can find it.

    • eVolVee

      Dream Daddy, GotY from now ’til eternity. Hunie Pop a close second. How did I not add these to the list? #n00b

      • i’m not likely to ever play huniepop – it just strikes me as…i dunno? pandering for the sake of pandering? but dream daddy was fantastic and i think a lot of developers can learn a great deal from the writing in that game. [bar the joseph ending. having a “developer high horse” for no good reason other than to make your fans feel awful isn’t something you should put in your game.]

  • Soda Pop Curtis

    Knack 2…. THERE I SAID IT KNACK 2 WAS THE BEST
    GAME OF THE CENTURY
    NO LOOTBOXES, NO BS DLC, NO MICRO TRANSACTIONS, STORY WAS BS BUT IT WAS STILL FUN
    69/10
    Ice is nice…nuff said

  • Raidz19

    Sadly enough I didn’t play any of the big titles (yet) So all I have to go with is Injustice 2. Was super addicted to it for a large part of the year

    • That is one game I’m yet to play and really want to play.

      • Raidz19

        I think I put in about 35hours in a very short period. The multiverse just keeps coming and keeps challenging you and I just want to upgrade everyone to level 20! Will try to play online when we are in Amsterdam, it’s a bit laggy here.

        • When are you and Dian heading off to Amsterdam?

          • Raidz19

            Landing there 2nd of Jan

          • Wow, that’s just over 3 weeks to go. Best of luck with your big move. Hope all works out for you two 🙂

          • Raidz19

            Thanks! Keep your fingers crossed that I can get an accounting job at Activision or some other awrsome gaming conpany (^^,)

          • good luck and be safe.

    • TechniKyle

      *whispers really loudly*
      Play Horizon Zero Dawn.

      • Raidz19

        Ugh I could have been playing it allready but CNA is being stupid. Ordered a PS4 bundle on black Friday for my niece, but planning to take HZD for myself! Neeeeed to play it. But now the assholes are “out of stock” and it’s only arriving in another werk.

  • DemonGamer

    So it begins …

    For me personally it has to be horizon. It just hit all the checks and it was one of those games I couldn’t wait to play. And the added death stranding easter eggs was just icing on top . My game of the year.

  • K.

    Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire. One of the most underrated MMO’s. Their take on mounts was extremely unique and very impressive.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Destiny 2 for me.

  • Nier: Automata.

    If I could, I’d erase ever playing it from memory, just to experience it again.

    I’d go ‘Eternal Sunshine…’ up in here.

  • Easy question.

    NieR Automata

    • eVolVee

      You mean, Mario Kart 8 with tilt controls.

      • Looking forward to the SOMA review

        • eVolVee

          Shurrup in your face.

  • Fortnite. Addictive AF and even now has a BR mode so no one even plays PUBG anymore.

    Still prefer the pve bit though.

  • Valshen

    Best game of 2017 is that 2017 is nearly over. 😛

    • Ah yes. The game of life. I don’t really recommend it past level 18

      • eVolVee

        Ja. Coz then you get the taxes DLC for free and stuff. Let’s not forget microtransactions….

  • Stevorkz

    Horizon Zero Dawn an “honorable mention”???

    Best and most innovative game of the year hands down in my opinion.

    • TechniKyle

      YAAAAAAAAAAAAS! It better get Nintendo’s GOTY as well. It’s so good all platforms should give their GOTY to that Sony exclusive. Ass kicking ginger huntress slaying robot dinosaurs with a bow and arrow. Fu** yeah!

  • Wesley

    Horizon Zero Dawn
    Person 5
    Nier Automata

    Saddest part about my list? I only have Horizon Zero Dawn, still need the other 2.

    • TechniKyle

      HZD is all you need. That game is frikkin’ ace. I will advocate the shite out of that game.

  • Chris Muller

    Cant narrow down to one. For me, Horizon Zero Dawn, South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Assassin’s Creed Origins are the top 3 for sure.
    Nier Automata still sits in my TODO list but it sounds like it belongs up there.

  • Bionic

    Persona 5

    Gameplay. Story. Music – Best RPG i’ve played in a long time

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Super Mario Odyssey followed by Horizon Zero Dawn.

    • eVolVee

      I give you an upvote

  • TechniKyle

    HORIZON ZERO DAWN. I don’t care what you say, that game is THE GOTY of 2017. It is so GOTY that it should win Microsoft’s GOTY award and it’s a Sony exclusive. Drops Mic, peace out.

  • eVolVee

    Yisslike, Kyle. OK, fine, we’ll note HZD as a contender.

    • TechniKyle

      Damn right, Skippy.

  • Umar Ellemdeen

    DESTINY 2

  • Jason

    Evil Within 2
    Cuphead
    Resident Evil 7

    We should seriously have a talk about your Taste in Games 😛

    • eVolVee

      😀 you so funny

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