As 2017 comes to a close, DualShockers and our staff are reflecting on this year’s batch of games for our official Game of the Year awards.
2017 is arguably one of the best years not just in gaming, but for the eighth generation consoles. Although I felt that the very first and fourth quarters were much stronger than the third and second quarters, nevertheless, during the year we’ve obtained hit titles from several programmers across all gaming systems, together with all the Nintendo Switch being one of my very favorite pieces of hardware published this year, right behind Elgato’s 4K60 Guru card. That being said, now is the time that I personally reflect on my ten games which have earned my respect this past year.
When compiling this record, I found it really challenging to work out with games deserved the compliments from myself. So when narrowing down my top choices, I felt it was reasonable to remove games that were ports, so games like L.A. Noire and Worms W.M.D. on the Switch and also Okami HD (despite you all understanding how I feel about this game) I believed were a tiny copout to me to place on this listing, especially when there had been a wealth of games introduced this year that have earned my undivided attention. Without further ado, here are my top 10 games of 2017.
10. The Evil Within 2
A sequel to a few of my favourite games of 2014, The Evil Within 2 is a wonderful sequel. While I would not consider this to be as terrifying as its disposition, I will honestly say I believed that the sequel to become a fulfilling in more ways than one. While two other Bethesda games were rated higher than that one, there is no denying that this game still deserved a spot on this list.
The very first game in the series had gamers either loving it or hating it, with some of its main criticism being the hard-to-follow narrative along with the aspect ratio, just to name a few. But while some individuals nonetheless criticized the narrative and its personalities, I can wholeheartedly say that I got exactly what I wanted with The Evil Within 2 – a compelling story as Sebastian hunts for his daughter, and also much more refined gameplay. Though this game has many flaws, which holds it back from becoming one of the best games of this season, The Evil Within 2 hits a lot of the appropriate spots to deserve a place in my list.
Check out DualShockers’ The Evil Within 2 review.
9. Hover: Revolt of Gamers
Back in late 2001, my mother bought an original Xbox for my household and with it came a replica of Jet Set Radio Future, and I immediately fell in love with the game. With lots of Sega’s IP not seeing the light of day, with the Jet Set Radio series being among them, before this year indie developers Midgar Studio and Fusty Game created a spiritual successor to the franchise branded Hover: Revolt of Gamers and it grabbed my interest.
Before I joined this site, I had the chance to get an early copy of this game and I wasn’t disappointed. Hover: Revolt of Gamers provides a huge open-world that motivates you to explore, in addition to rapid parkour gameplay – basically it’s Jet Set Radio matches Mirror’s Edge. In a time where spiritual successors start to appear more and more, Hover: Revolt of Gamers is just one spiritual successor that’s worth your time and money.
8. L.A. Noire: The VR Case Documents
Alright, so I know I said that I would not be adding vents to this listing. But, L.A. Noire: The VR Case Documents is not a only a VR port of L.A. Noire. The VR Case Files offers seven of the original, self-contained instances from the initial game. But, contrary to other video game interfaces published this year, Rockstar Games has reconstructed these instances from the bottom up.
L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files is much more than only a remake of L.A. Noire, instead of a port in many ways. L.A. Noire wasn’t made out of virtual reality in your mind, however, the developers have put a great deal of time to make sure that this game felt like a made-for-VR game.
Check out DualShockers’ L.A. Noire: Your VR Case Documents Inspection.
7. Forza Motorsport 7
While I favor the Forza Horizon series over the Motorsport series, 2015’s Forza Motorsport 6 proved to be a wonderful racing game. So entering 2017, I knew that Turn 10 Studios had large shoes to fill, and the development team has been able to tweak a near-perfect racing series and has supplied among the most effective sim-racing experiences this season.
Forza Motorsport 7 introduced 700 automobiles, including a number that have been brought over from the critically-acclaimed Forza Horizon 3. In addition to that, the amount of personalization, from lively weather to modifying the physical look of your racer, left me speechless.
Check out DualShockers’ Forza Motorsport 7 review.
Sonic the Hedgehog series has seen more lows than highs entering 2017, so last year once I learned about Sonic Mania and also how the game will become a 2D side-scrolling platformer (courtesy of some bunch of supporters turned programmers), I was excited. Sonic Mania was arguably among the very best Sonic games I’ve played this creation and can be in my list of favourite Sonic games of all time.
Sonic Mania is a brilliant and lively platformer that takes me back into the Genesis days. Though I started out enjoying Sonic if he made his leap into 3D with Sonic Adventure about the Dreamcast, over the years I have grown to love the 2D Sonic titles and (a collection of) 3D installments. Sonic Mania is a fantastic name that has helped reignite 2D Sonic entrances and I hope to see more games like this from those talented group of individuals.
Check out DualShockers’ Sonic Mania review.
For almost 25 years, William “B.J.” Blazkowicz has been slaying Nazis left and right, but ever since MachineGames rebooted the series back together with 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, this series has launched a new calling. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is precisely what I was searching for.
The New Colossus additionally provides gamers with more insight on Mr. Blazkowicz as well as a persuasive story, hectic and adrenaline-induced gunplay, the capacity to pick your playthrough, and much more. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is really a work of art. In a world where first-person shooter games are becoming more concentrated on internet multiplayer, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus stands out from the remainder and is now the living evidence that single-player games from that genre are not dying.
4. Super Mario Odyssey
The Nintendo Switch needed a small slow start at the beginning of this year, but as the year progressed, it became a good contender in the console wars. While I was interested in putting The Legend of Zelda: all the Wild on my Top 10 list, it all came back to which game which I played with the most, and also to tell the truth, I enjoyed Super Mario Odyssey more than Breath of the Wild.
Super Mario 64 was one of the very first Mario games I played and I have been itching for Nintendo to make the next game with that type of playstyle, and Super Mario Odyssey has satisfied my fantasies in every manner imaginable. As a result of its amazing images, interesting level design, the capacity to choose the way your adventure advances, as well as the new possession mechanic, Super Mario Odyssey is just one of the most unique games out there and will be a system-selling exclusive that every Nintendo Switch owner needs to own.
Check out DualShockers’ Super Mario Odyssey review.
When Cuphead had been revealed at Microsoft’s E3 press conference in 2014, it stuck out from the rest of the games revealed E3 that year. I was instantly attracted into the game because of the aesthetic taking inspiration out of animations in the 1930s and after three decades of waiting, this gorgeous little game has finally arrived.
There is no denying that this game is difficult, but I would not go as far as saying that it’s the 2D equivalent of Dark Souls, since it isn’t. That said, the game is more of a trial-and-error form experience and while I have had my fair share of raging in the game, it was always rewarding to ultimately beat that boss that was offering you such a tough moment. As someone who loves run ‘n army games and also sidescrollers like the Mega Man along with Metal Slug, Cuphead deserves all of the compliments its receiving and it is an Xbox One exclusive which PlayStation 4 owners should be exceedingly envious of.
2. South Park: The Fractured But Entire
South Park: The Fractured But Entire is one of the most populous games of the season, and I love it. A sequel to 2014’s South Park: The Stick of Truth, The Fractured But Whole is one of the most addicting games I have played this year. Though I loved The Stick of all Truth, I did not believe any sequel to this game could top it, but I am glad that I was wrong.
The new features such as Coonstagram as well as doing small sidequests such as collecting Yaoi pictures helped immerse me in to one of my favourite fictional worlds. Sure, these things might be deemed small and insignificant to some, but it’s just the little things in The Fractured But Whole that I found the most rewarding. Fans of this long-running TV show should pick this title up; you will not be let down.
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Bethesda has been on their A-game this season. From porting over The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim onto the Nintendo Switch, to making VR interfaces of three of their most popular games, in addition to sequels to The Evil Inside along with Wolfenstein, this Maryland-based firm has delivered numerous amazing titles this year, and the 2017 release of Prey is one of these.
Prey takes a lot of its inspiration from the popular sci-fi horror films such the Alien franchise in addition to popular first and third-person shooters such as BioShock, Dead Space, and the System Shock series, plus it works excellent. Even though it requires inspiration from several films and games, Prey includes more than enough substance to stand on its own two feet.
The survival-horror genre has become oversaturated, with a lot of the games in the genre focusing more on activity rather than the principle of a “authentic” survival-horror game. Instead of constant activity, Prey offers an awareness of suspense: you’re alone on a big space station, which is infested with an alien race, so ammo is far and few between, and danger may lurk behind every corner.
Whenever people think about a wonderful horror game this season, they believe about Resident Evil VII: biohazard. Do not get me wrong, that is a good game. However, something that Prey did that Resident Evil VII couldn’t do was supply a sense of fear when I played sometimes, I felt as though I was in a horror movie when playing the game. Prey is a unique title that delivers an ominous atmosphere, excellent audio style, and solid gameplay.
Check out the other DualShockers’ staff Top 10s and our official Game of the Year Awards:
- December 21: Lou Contaldi, Editor in Chief
- December 22: Ryan Meitzler, Features Editor
- December 23: Giuseppe Nelva, Executive News Editor
- December 24: Michael Ruiz, Staff Writer
- December 25: Tomas Franzese, Staff Writer
- December 26: Tanner Pierce, Staff Writer
- December 27: Azario Lopez, Staff Writer
- December 28: Jordan Boyd, Staff Writer
- December 29: Logan Moore, Staff Writer
- December 30: Noah Buttner, Staff Writer
- December 31: Taylor Lyles, Staff Writer
- January 1: DualShockers Game of the Year 2017 Awards