2017 has been a complete shitshow for a number of reasons, but there’s no denying that it’s been a pretty incredible twelve months for video games. We’ve seen big release after big release, a brand new Nintendo console, a late-generation upgrade from Xbox, an Early Access game destroy records, a free visual novel develope a cult following, and a plethora of titles from smaller teams that continue to provide unique experiences not found in the AAA space.
We’re mere mortals, of course, and there were plenty of games I didn’t have the time (or money) to check out. Night in the Woods and Tacoma are both narrative adventures that seem right up my alley, while Prey and >OBSERVER_ are likely to scratch that sci-fi/horror itch. I never got around to Tales of Berseria, The Evil Within 2, or Yakuza Kiwami, which are staring at me in disappointment from atop my game shelf. I’ve barely touched Stardew Valley, Wulverblade, Morphite, Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds, and Golf Story on my Switch, and I haven’t really scratched the surface of Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Then there’s Uncharted: Lost Legacy, Horizon: Zero Dawn’s Frozen Wilds DLC, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s new DLC that just released on December 7th, Splatoon 2, and the 3DS remaster of Dragon Quest VIII that are still on my to-buy list. It never ends! But, I did manage to play a large chunk of 2017’s notable releases.
I’ve narrowed my ultimate list down to 10 games. Comprising this year’s list was tougher than any other before it. Enjoy!