As 2017 comes to a close I was looking back at some of my best gaming experiences from the year and there really have been some stellar games put out by dev shops this calendar year. I am going to list some of the best ones I played and the one that edged them all out.
Horizon Dawn (PS4/PS4 PRO) - Guerilla Games couldn't have made a more picturesque game with mechanics that kept me engaged from start to finish. I can't give this game enough praise and it easily makes the list. If you haven't played it yet its going cheap and I highly recommend it.
Nier Automata (PS4/PS4 PRO) - When I first played this game it reminded me of a PS3 classic (Bayonetta). Art direction, fast-paced action and enemies that will leave you button mashing just to get to the next level and it offers great variety in gameplay too.
NiOh (PS4/PS4 PRO) - If you've ever played Dark Souls this game will kind of give you the exact same feeling. It is terribly unforgiving and a worn button pushed will lead to instant death and a stage reset. The bosses are the best bosses I have played all year and if you like a truly challenging game that will leave you screaming and wanting to break your controller this one is it.
Battlechasers : Night War (PC) - My only gripe with this game is that its too short but THQ Nordic have done a good enough job here to keep audiences entertained and it has some serious turn-based depth as well with great strategy elements
Hollow Knight (PC) - I love platformers and this game ticked all the boxes for a fun and challenging game. Its only downfall is that it leaves the world too open-ended which then makes you have to remember too much of the map but a fun and easy game.
Cuphead (PC) - Railshooting platformer with a good element of difficulty.
Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) - The less said the better. I have been a moon-hungry zombie and I play this when I am at airports or killing time. The amount of game-play variety is astounding.
Legend of Zelda - Breath of the Wild (Switch) - This a GOTY contender imo and it will win it. What Nintendo did to this series as part of a move-forward approach sets it apart as not only the best Switch game of the year but probably the best game of the year too.
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (Switch) - This is a redone classic with some very well executed and drawn graphics. It's also tedious and extremely difficult but if you liked the classics then this is a must buy if you own a Switch.
Resident Evil 7 (PS4) - I was originally skeptical of playing this game because as a person that has played nearly all of them I was worried they'd have gone in the wrong direction from the original Biohazard. But, it exceeded expectations and I don't hope they do another one like this. The Chronicles are fun to play if you haven't played those yet.
Divinity : Original Sin II (PC) - If you like RPGs this one is really good. I've only clocked a few hours in it but its miles better than the first one and is a must-own if you like the series.
Wolfenstein: The New Collosus (PC) - I was in withdrawal from not having a Doom-styled action game this year but then they give us this masterpiece. If anything the story alone and the characters are worth the price you have to pay to play this. Superb from start to finish.
The Not So Best
Prey (PC) - Less said the better. But maybe updates have fixed a lot of what I thought ruined what could have been a great space adventure
Uncharted : The Lost Legacy (PS4) - Naughty Dog tried so hard and I appreciate the little things like a launch date in India on the very date a festival relevant to the game was on but sadly it didn't live up to anything and I'd say save your money and don't even bother playing it.
Destiny 2 (PS4) - Grinding mechanics, no noteworthy game mechanics improvement, upgraded graphics that still look out-dated. They could have made this an expansion pack for Destiny and it would have been better.
The Ones I can't place anywhere
Player Unknown Battle Grounds (PC) - I tried to get into this but I couldn't in the end.
Ruiner (PC) - Great game but I can't see it in a list I'd say were my favorites
Mario Kart 8 (Switch) - Would have made a top list except its a re-hash and its fun if you've never played it before
PES 2018 (PS4) - I love the franchise but imo they didn't do enough to warrant top honors.
King of the Hill
For me its been Nintendo's year. Great shiny console, two elite games in Super Mario and LoZ. Easy to get into games and a growing library with some noteworthy titles outside the top two. Legend of Zelda easily edges out at the top even though it may not be the most prettiest game in the world because the change in game mech and the environmental span (almost GTA-like) alone make me want to say this was the best game I played this year.
What did you play this year that made you go "Wow I really love this" or what made you think "This is fresh and really exciting"? I've omitted so many just because I can't think of where to put them.