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.
This season was among the most challenging years for me as a gamer since there was a lot to play with, and not nearly enough time. I’d get in an ungodly quantity of hours — some which I prefer not disclose to family or friends ones — however a large reason I was able to get so many hours it had been because of this new device called the Nintendo Switch.
Looking back, I recognize that Nintendo dominated a lot of my playtime, however there were a few other memorable titles that stuck out to me personally too. Though it’s hard to narrow down a list of 10 of my favorite games to 2017, it’s especially important to look back at just how these games have become pillars in the market, since they have a few of the most significant lessons that the industry can learn from entering the new calendar year. I hope you enjoy my top 10 list, and I hope you got to spend too much time with these games this year since I did, plus more.
10. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
If you inquire around DualShockers, everyone will tell you that I’ve been the biggest competitor for this adventure being considered as a game, and especially as a Game of the Year contender. There’s been a frightening shift in recent years towards the Historical Access model, also I’m afraid that it puts developers’ wages before gameplay and articles. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, by way of example, could have remained in early-access ad infinitum and people would still have paid their $30 entrance fee for a game that did not pretend for a final product.
That Game Preview version is nothing more than a half-baked try at getting a console exclusive in the holiday season. Now, millions of players have passed over their cash and are met with a variant of a game that is so unreliable in its demonstration that you cannot reasonably expect a game to go off without a hitch.
As somebody who played the original DayZ mod for ARMA II, I’m happy the identical heart-racing, adrenaline-pacing activity was compacted to manageable 40-minute-or-so sessions. Now that the PC version has left Historical Access, I could, in good conscience, listing it among my top ten games of the year.
As soon as I began the game, I was worried that much of this assassin-ing would be completed in desert cities and camps, however when I stumbled in to Alexandria, many more of this game’s battle systems came into play and I found myself enjoying with an almost entirely different game. As it was developed by precisely the identical team that created Black Flag, the game does well to reward your travels and exploration. Similarly, by looking at new and interesting skills in the game’s development system, I was able to make a gameplay mode that felt quite distinctive.
Sure, I had been originally drawn to the slow bow and arrow approach, but when Skyrim taught me anything, it’s that the stealthiest gameplay can occasionally be the most boring. Having the option to invest talents to a warrior with usefulness darts felt like a real change of pace for this series, one which I believe has revived it. I quarreled with the game’s often boring narrative, however, the spectacle and gameplay which Ancient Egypt needed to provide won me in the finish and allowed this game to wind up on my listing.
Check out DualShockers’ Assassin’s Creed: Origins review.
8. Enter the Gungeon
For me personally, Input the Gungeon represents a ridiculously addictive gameplay loop and an even more ridiculous plot. When I noticed that the primary goal of the game was to receive a gun which would kill the past, I was in. And, like with another game on my top ten list, this game has been one I exclusively played with friends. Even though one of us was needed to play with as the “sidekick” the whole time, the game known it and this became a source of comedy during our many lives.
Every gun was either very badass, or very funny, and dodging the bullet-hell that was being fired at me was never too serious because of this game’s unique and intentionally reflective characters: a handsome pilot using shopping reductions, a hunter with a crossbow, and a corgi. Moments like when I understood that the “sidekick’s” major weapon was a Nerf gun, or when I shot you too many occasions while I was in the store, are what makes this game so memorable and one that I will continue to play on the couch with friends to the new calendar year.
7. Moon Hunters
It’s true that you may not ever know of Moon Hunters, however as far as sofa co-op goes, you’de be hard-pressed to get a much better experience to the Switch. The game combines RPG elements using a pick-your-own-adventure kind of storytelling and shrouds the whole thing in a beautiful puzzle that eggs you forward together with three friends from the side. It’s’s the equal to Dungeons & Dragons pictured as a console roguelike. I played with it on Switch, and also the quick 40-or-so-minute efforts were enough to fit in the palm of my hands on a sail, or to be performed in a cellar with the boys and a cold one.
I still don’t believe I’ve pieced together the whole lore, and I haven’t unlocked the final working character, but with three buddies roast you for having blended ice and rice for food when you stop to camp for the night might have single-handedly propelled this game in my top ten, however, the depth and intrigue of the game’s story and gameplay maintain it all there.
It’s certainly one of the strongest entries in the series and also you’re able to take off the Joy-Con, kick from the rack, and play along with your officemates: there’s really not much to say other than that. I understand that the game isn’t always a fresh entry in the series as far as it’s a polished version to get a console. And once more, the Switch is exactly what helps this game to glow so brightly.
It’s all the new figures, maps, karts, and also things that allow me to drift down a course with the utmost entropy. It’s everything I need at a Mario Kart game plus it’s one of the greatest games to bring to a party also, in my estimation, it’s just one of the very best racing games to ever come from the year.
Check out DualShockers’ Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review.
5. Splatoon 2
With its fast-paced gameplay, lovable art leadership, and astonishingly profound metagame, Splatoon 2 is a must-play shot in 2017. Whether using a Pro Controller on your TV or handheld with movement controls turned out, that game seems at home on Nintendo’s brand new console.
Each of this game’s weapons feels market and defined, and each map much more so. These things, coupled with the fact that the game has obtained regular content updates at no additional cost, also make it among my year’s best ten. While the campaign could be overlooked, Salmon Run was incredibly challenging at higher difficulty levels and there is nothing like a high-stakes game of Rainmaker to have the ink flowing.
Check out DualShockers’ Splatoon two review.
I received a PS4 Pro especially to find out what this game could do with improved hardware at 4K, and I was left handed. Speechless for the better part of an whole week which I binged the game. With a tutorial which introduced the gameplay mechanics as well as it strikes the narrative’s main mystery, and also an emotional and generation-defining 30-hour campaign, Horizon Zero Dawn never missed a beat.
Guerrilla Games went outside the funniest post-apocalyptic worlds I have come to know and adore, and made a universe which has achieved mass fandom both in terms of how the game plays along with the incredibly interesting creatures that live inside. They are just as entertaining to track and search as they are supposed to look at. I’ve started to tire of conventional fetch quests, which the game’s unwanted assignments had a whole lot of, but this can be excused to the stunning mystery that unfolds as you proceed through the game’s chapters.
Cuphead is, undoubtedly, one of the best artistic expeditions for video games from 2017. StudioMDHR was able to shoot solid platform-shooting gameplay, an orgiastic score, and some of the most original artwork design I’ve ever seen in a game. Sure, it’s heavily inspired by 1930s movies like A Trip to the Moon and exhibits like Tom and Jerry and Betty Boop, however the simple fact of the matter is that the artwork group painstakingly drew every frame in that game.
Equally important is that the soundtrack which has been composed by Kristofer Maddigan as well as company. The land and soundscape of this game invite you to play on, and when the bosses get tough, or you also’ve gotten tired of dying right until the finish point, you realize there are more fantastic sights and sounds to be seen outside it, and that’s what drives you ahead.
Check out DualShockers’ Cuphead review.
It’s’s been a long time since a Mario game has amused me this much and that frequently. Sure, Super Mario Galaxy could possibly be exceptional in certain ways but, as with The Legend of Zelda: all the Wild, once you look around and understand that you simply’re playing a video game you could not have believed would be handheld, which’s the second you understand what a masterpiece this game would be.
Again, I’m not saying it’s obtained the most powerful or most compelling narrative, but also the exuberance that arrived with finding each and every Moon at a world on lunch breaks or about planes is something special. There’s some sentimentalism to this one as well.
I can’t count the number of times my spouse would steal my Switch merely to attempt to find a couple Moons more than me. This juvenile contest combined with wholeheartedly fun mechanics and special destinations created Super Mario Odyssey my favorite game of this year.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Heard of this Wild
It’s been known as one of the most significant games in recent history and for good reason. The exceptional pairing of a visually enthralling planet and a sometimes freakishly realistic search engine make for a game that could be performed in some pretty outrageous ways. Hell, you can even charge straight to your game’s final boss in the moment you awaken from the slumber. BOTW is everything an RPG needs to be: unforgettable, fun, and complex. It doesn’t require a talent-based ability tree to modify the way you play.
This’s until you even realize this game is mobile. While it’s vast open-world is excellent for longer at-home sessions, I found leasing shrines for on-the-go gameplay to be rewarding and easily manageable on any railway, taxi, or airplane ride. Akin to this game’s weapon durability system, The Legend of Zelda: Much of this Wild enables you to throw things away that you understood about the series and the genre in order to make one of their most amazing gaming experiences thus far.
Have a look at the other DualShockers’ staff Best 10s and also our official Game of the Year Awards: