The new year is upon us. After much eating, drinking and overall buffoonery, I think it’s time we asked which were the greatest games of 2017. As much as we agree (more or less) on which games were an absolute dumpster fire in the previous year, which were the best are totally based on taste and preferences. If you’re a Nintendo fan, Legend of Zelda or Mario might be your picks. If you are a PC master racer, PUBG is probably your top game of the year.
For me, I always take a wide approach to games. Just because it was a fun experience for me doesn’t mean it was the same for others, and visa versa. Of course, the best games are always based opinion, so today I’ll be giving you my opinion of the best games of 2017. These games are based on my preference, and how much I enjoyed them, or how much they caught me off guard (in a good way). Sales and overall success of these games won’t play a huge part in my decision. So without further ado, here are my picks for the best games of 2017. Let’s get started.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was a welcome surprise from developer Ninja Theory. Not only is the game visually stunning, but it plays like nothing else on the newest or previous generation. The game is not horror, more so thriller, and you can tell that a lot of time and effort was put into it to get it just right. In this indie game, you grapple with reality itself, and more often than not you’ll find yourself on the losing end.
This game is a mindf*** to put it bluntly. Half the time I was panicking, and the other half I was breathing sighs of relief. Every detail of the game, every moment, every monster you fight or puzzle you solve; it all leaves a sense of satisfaction. Not only that, but over coming obstacles creates a sort of euphoria, connecting one to Senua and making us feel what she would feel after a close death experience. Did I mention the game will delete your save file if you die too many times?
The else-world story of Injustice was incredibly entertaining. Both the games and the subsequent comics have breathed incredible life into a completely new and original world. Taking ques from the Mortal Kombat games, Injustice took the fighting genre and added DC heroes (the right way). An acclaimed hit, it was only right the game get a sequel.
Injustice 2 is a prime example of what a second installment in a series should be. It is faithful to the original game, yet improves in every aspect of it. Upgrades and customization are added and deepened. The graphics are so much better than the previous game, and the fighting mechanics have been tweaked for a phenomenal fighting experience. Injustice 2 delivers as expected and then some with it’s incredibly entertaining story. Overall, this is one game I will be playing well into 2018. Thank God they didn’t f*** it up with it’s microtransactions. Here’s hoping the next game wont go the way of Battlefront II.
Another surprise of 2017, Nier Automata was a well crafted, meticulously detailed game. It plays smoothly, and although the story could be hit or miss, I still enjoyed it. To be honest, I didn’t have much faith in the game to begin with, but after the first few hour, I grew to love it. The mechanics in the game are like well oiled gears, working in unison to deliver exceptional gameplay.
Not only is Nier Automata a well developed piece of work gaming wise, but artistically, it has to be one of the most beautiful and ominous looking games to date. The bleak and depressing world adds to the oddity of the story. Graphics are crisp and the character models are well drawn. The soundtrack is also very good, and adds that much more to the final experience. In the end, Nier Automata was well welcomed surprise, one that is a must play for every gamer.
Resident Evil 7
What better way to enjoy the PS VR than with a horror game? Resident Evil 7 is terrifying and stomach churning game made even more grotesque in VR. Capcom really outdid themselves this time, and the game redeems the previous blunders of the series. Gameplay wise, Resident Evil 7 delivers a clean and mechanically sound experience. Granted there were a few hiccups here and there, and playing in VR can make you sick at times, both from motion and from what ever your seeing in the game.
The story is what you would expect from a horror game, and the many characters add terrifying life to it. Well paced and well acted, the story keeps even the weakest of stomachs coming back just to try and find the light at the end of the tunnel. In VR, the terror of the story is magnified, and I can’t recommend playing the game in any other mode. A definitive hit, Resident Evil 7 does more than enough to warrant a spot on this list.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
They say a console is only as great as the games it has. PlayStation has Uncharted and The Last of Us, XBox has… apps? And, Nintendo has Super Mario Odyssey and Legend of Zelda. In my opinion, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the best game on the Nintendo Switch. A new evolution of the series, Link returns in a beautifully created open world to once again save the day.
Mechanically, the game plays cleanly and without bugs. While the graphics on the Switch aren’t comparable to console or PC, Breath of the Wild looks visually stunning. The colors and art style give this game fresh charm and character, something a new game for a new generation could benefit from. Added to the fact that it’s been years since a good Zelda game, Breath of the Wild has to be the best game on the Nintendo platform, managing to win Game of the Year for 2017. There is no doubt why this game find’s itself on my list.
Horizon Zero Dawn
The final game, and my personal favorite, Horizon Zero Dawn manages capture the aesthetic and danger of an open world game. It creates a universe out of deep and rich lore. The main character is one of the best I’ve seen an open word game to date. Everything about the game is flawless, and I can’t find anything to complain about. Aside from stuttering and occasional drops in frame rate on the PS4 Pro, Horizon Zero Dawn is a near perfect game.
I think the reason why I liked this game so much is because it reminds me of the old Turok games. I loved dinosaurs as a kid, and Turok was on the greatest games of my child hood. Horizon Zero Dawn manages to capture that essence with giant mechanical dinosaurs in a beautiful open world. On the PS4 Pro, this world is breathtaking. The character models are drawn perfectly, and environment looks real. The soundtrack is incredible, and adds another layer to the combat as well as to the more serious scenes.
Horizon Zero Dawn is an incredible experience, one that I recommend to any lover of open world adventure games. Entering the scene with a bang, this game is my pick for best game of 2017.
This has been my own personal list of best games. Obviously, your opinions will be different from mine. In reality there were many more games I thought were great; Super Mario Odyssey and Uncharted: Lost Legacy, just to name a few. Unfortunately, I only had time to complete very few games this year, and not all the games I played were good (you can see with my list of worst games of 2017).
For those of you who did get to play other games that I didn’t, what were your opinions? Is there a game that should by on my lists? Let me know in the comment section below. If you would like to see my picks for worst games of 2017, click here. If you would like to read more about video games in general, follow us on Facebook or click here. As always, thank you for reading and have an extraordinary day, and year!!!