2017 has been an interesting year for gaming as new titles took players to unforgettable worlds, the Switch reminded gamers not to under estimate Nintendo, and VR gaming has has accomplished so much in such a short time.
As the year comes to an end, its time to look back at the 10 best games of 2017.
Cuphead was one of the most highly anticipated indie titles of the year. The plot is simple; Cuphead and Mugman are in debt to the Devil and now must act as his debt collector. The visuals are among the best since South Park: The Stick of Truth while the gameplay mechanics is combination of platform adventure along with run and gun. And no, Cuphead is not the Dark Souls of platform side-scrollers.
9. Horizon Zero Dawn
2017 was a great year for the PlayStation 4 thanks to so many exclusive titles and non best demonstrated this like Horizon Zero Dawn. Set in a post apocalyptic world overrun by robotic creatures, players take on the role of Aloy as she tries to uncover the secrets of her existence. Horizon Zero Dawn was both an original IP and a different experience, something always welcomed by gamers who are tired of the norm.
8. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Following the events of The New Order, players will once again take on the role of William “B.J.” Blazkowicz as he returns to America in the hopes of joining up with the resistance and sparking an uprising against the Nazi occupation.While lacking innovative gameplay, The New Colossus is more of a story driven game with complex characters. The series may have established the shooter genre, the series has evolved into a story rich experience while Blazkowicz is no longer a generic action hero.
A reimagining of the 2006 shooter and a spiritual successor to System Shocks, this sci-fi horror adventure had gamers try to survive the darkness of space. Players take on the role of Morgan Yu who learns that for the last few years he has been living on the Talos I space station and it has been infected by the Typhon. While the 2006 game may have been a simple shooter, this game is an open world RPG that forces players to make difficult choices while being in a state of uncertainty.
6. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Take everything fans love about the show then add elements of a JRPG plus a superhero theme and the end result is a work of genius. The new kid is forced to pick a side when Coon and Friends split into a Civil War story after a disagreement over how their franchise should be handled. Trey Parker and Matt Stone have outdone themselves with another love letter to the gaming world.
5. Super Mario Odyssey
Nintendo can not launch a new console without including one new entry in the Super Mario series and this time they may have outdone themselves. Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach so Mario must team up with Cappy (a sentient hat) to save the day. The game is call back to Super Mario 64 while also bring new ideas to take player on another adventure.
4. Fallout 4 VR
Fallout 4 VR is the kind of experiences gamers have always wanted in a virtual reality title. Players embark on a quest to rescue their son only to be dragged into a conflict between the major powers of the Commonwealth. The locomotion functioned smoothly and that nauseating feeling that comes with most VR experiences was almost non-existent. The only glitches that were encountered are the basic ones that are in most VR games.
3. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Standard and PSVR version)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a return to the series roots while setting the foundation for a new era for the genre. This is the horror survival that fans have always wanted as it will take them to an unforgettable nightmare. Meanwhile the PlayStation VR version has pretty much set the bar for other AAA VR titles to follow. The gameplay was a mix of the classic horror survival formula incorporated into a first person perspective while the VR version intensified the horror factor.
2. Player Unknown: Battleground
The most surprising hit game of 2017 that nobody saw coming, Player Unknown: Battleground is a online battle royale experience. The game has become one of the fastest selling games and been featured in several major eSport tournaments, all before even leaving Steam Early Access. Player Unknown: Battleground was also released on Xbox One on December 12 and officially left Steam Early Access on December 20th.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
If there is ever a reason to own a Nintendo Switch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild should on the top of the list. The story follows Link awaking from a 100 year slumber and going on a quest to save the Kingdom of Hyrule. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild features one of the largest open worlds in the series along with several new gameplay features to enhance the experience. Overall this is another classic adventure that fans of the series will enjoy.
What do you think of our list? Did you play any of these games or was there one we should have included? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.