SA Gamer Awards 2017: Game of the Year

Never before has ‘Game of the Year’ been as hotly contested as it was this year. 2017 will easily go down as one of the best years this industry has ever seen and adding to the backlog woes of gamers around the world. Scroll down and you’ll find the Top 5 games of each SA Gamer member for the year to see just how diverse our tastes were this year. After numerous fist fights and name calling debates and votes the SA Gamer team agreed on one game that stood head and shoulders above the rest. That game is…

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

When Nintendo said that Link would be able to explore the world of Hyrule as far as the eye can see most pundits laughed them off. What does Nintendo know about open-world games? The Legend of Zelda series was about to undergo the biggest change since the inception of the series in the early 80s and the risk did not only work, it made the new game and their new console an instant classic of our times.

Breath of the Wild begs of you to explore and experiment with its world. Do you think it might work? Give it a try, you never know. The attention to detail will surprise you around each corner. Nothing is out of place, be it a stone, tree or hill. Everything in the world has a reason for being there, connecting it to a network of side quests and incredible Shrine puzzles. The old combat system received an upgrade for modern times whereby you can upgrade to improved weapons and gear. Forget chopping grass to obtain hearts – Link must hunt, cook and consume food to regain health. He can glide, climb and jump (yes, unbelievably he can now jump) his way through dungeons and many, many secrets for you to discover. The art style, though unique, paints a picture of a beautiful journey where you can just about smell the fresh air blowing through the animated blades of grass. This is the vast world of Hyrule we’ve been dreaming of for years. Nintendo just recently supported the game with fresh new DLC, adding to the already enormous game. Gamers are ultimately left with a magical adventure unlike any other.

Welcome back Link, welcome back Nintendo.

Runner-Up:  NieR: Automata
Honourable Mentions: Assassin’s Creed Origins, Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5, Super Mario Odyssey, Torment: Tides of Numenera, Yakuza 0

SA Gamer team top 5

Abigail Holden

1. Mass Effect: Andromeda
2. Horizon Zero Dawn
3. Divinity Original Sin 2
4. Lego Marvel 2
5. Final Fantasy XII HD

Ashwar Jacobs

1. Super Mario Odyssey
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
3. PES 18
4. Dirt 4
5. Resident Evil VII

Charles Small

1. Nier Automata
2. Horizon Zero Dawn
3. Destiny 2
4. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
5. Nioh

Daniel Viegas

1. Yakuza 0
2. Persona 5
3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
4. Nier Automata
5. Horizon Zero Dawn

David Kozlowski

1. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
2. Star Wars Battlefront II (Let them come at me)
3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
4. Call of Duty: World War II
5. South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Dawid Venter

1. Super Mario Odyssey
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
3. Wipeout Omega Collection
4. Resident Evil VII Biohazard
5. F1 2017

Garth Holden

1. Torment: Tides of Numenera
2. Horizon Zero Dawn
3. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
4. Divinity: Original Sin 2
5. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Marko Swanepoel

1. Persona 5
2. NieR: Automata
3. Horizon Zero Dawn
4. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
5. Destiny 2

Paul Roux

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2. Yakuza 0
3. Persona 5
4. Hollow Knight
5. Tekken 7

Zain Moosa

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2. Pokémon Ultra Moon
3. Fire Emblem Heroes
4. Tales of Berseria
5. Destiny 2

Married to a gamer and she kicks my ass at most shooters. If the game is enjoyable I’ll play it, no matter the format.

  • given that i play games from all over time, and given the list of games i played in 2017, my top five are going to be a little different:

    1: a mind forever voyaging – an excellent piece of interactive fiction about raeganism and how it could get out of control. [it’s relevant, again, today. thanks, trump.]
    2: abzu – a gentle, “journey-like” game set underwater as opposed to a desert. fantastic visual storytelling and great set pieces [plus an AMAZING soundtrack by austin wintory.]
    3: primordia – an adventure game in the old lucasarts/sierra mould about a far future where robots roam the landscape. science fiction at it’s bittersweet best.
    4: dream daddy – a great, understated visual novel about dads dating dads. lots of little stories. lots of very human interactions [something that i feel more games ought to do.]
    5: dream quest – a rogue-lite card game with FANTASTIC balance. the programmer art will turn you off. the gameplay will suck you right in.

    • eVolVee

      Abzu, definitely a different take on gaming. Interesting and refreshing.

      • yeah. it was great how they let you interpret the stuff you saw so that you could make up your own mind about the actual story they were trying to tell.

  • Dave

    Damn this has been a brilliant year for games. So many that delivered on what was promised, so many that were better than expected. Only a few duds. Definitely the best in recent years. Of course I’ll only be playing most of these next year, but look forward to it.

    • When do you plan to bag that Switch?

      • Dave

        Probably be mid-year, which is when my birthday comes around and I feel more justified to spend money on myself. Although usually my ‘gifts’ are enjoyed by the whole family so maybe if we get any extra before then I’ll play that card. (“Everyone will enjoy this!”)

        • I’m very keen to see your thoughts on the console when you eventually do get it. It’s still got that classic Ninty flavour to it.

  • DemonGamer

    Eh :
    1.Horizon zero dawn
    2.Nier
    3.NFS payback
    4.Ghost recon wildlands
    5.Wolfenstein 2

    • TechniKyle

      I’m liking that number 1 choice!😉

  • Michael M. Tolsma

    My game of the year is Witcher 3: Blood and Wine. Because it took me ages to finish the damn game THAT’S WHY!

    • I only finished the main game this year. Will get to the DLC when my XBX arrives 🙂

      • Michael M. Tolsma

        Do you use your Xbox purely for gaming? I just don’t see the point of having it for gaming when 95% of the games are on PS4 plus extra exclusives. I would not be surprised if the xbx is indeed more powerful than ps4 pro, but what’s the point if I can’t play games like Persona 5?

        • I own a Switch, PS4 Pro and about 26 other consoles. So, I think that should explain that then – I’m a collector 🙂

          • Michael M. Tolsma

            No further questions, Your Honour.

          • Video Game Hoarder?

  • Buffel

    So, it seems like my tastes mostly align with Daniel, Marko and Paul.

    I’m just glad to see Yakuza 0 get several mentions.

    • Marko Thabo Swanepoel

      Yakuza 0 would be on my list, but I’ve just got it and I’m yet to finish it. Love it so far though!

  • fred

    HZD for me , but I would easily change it with Z:BOW the next day . Now who is going to buy me a Switch for Xmas so I can play the new Mario?

  • TechniKyle

    1. Horizon Zero Dawn
    2. The Evil Within 2
    3. Wolfenstein 2
    4. Prey
    5. Dragon Quest Heroes 2

  • Treezle

    WHAT? Not one mentioned of COD:WW2????

    just kidding.

  • Daryl Naipal

    i agree with Charles Small

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