Ultimately up into this New Year’s Day seriesthat each member of the staff will give their personal top 10 games they played this year.
2017 is arguably among the best years not only in gaming, but also for the eighth generation consoles. Although I personally believed that the first and fourth quarters were much stronger than the third and second quarters, yet, during the year we have always received hit names from various developers across all gambling systems, together with all the Nintendo Switch being among my most favorite pieces of hardware published this year, right from Elgato’s 4K60 Pro capture card. That being said, now’s the time that I personally reflect in my ten games which have earned my admiration this past year.
When compiling this listing, I found it incredibly challenging to work out with games deserved the utmost praise from myself. So when narrowing down my best choices, I believed it was reasonable to remove games which were vents, so games such as L.A. Noire and Worms W.M.D. on the Switch and Okami HD (even though you knowing how I feel about this game) I felt were a bit of a copout for me to place on this listing, especially when there had been a wealth of games introduced this year that have earned my undivided attention.
10. The Evil Within 2
A sequel to one of my favorite games of 2014, The Evil Within 2 is a great sequel. While I wouldn’t believe this to be as terrifying as its disposition, I can honestly say that I believed that the sequel to become a fulfilling in more ways than you. While two additional Bethesda games were ranked higher than that one, there’s not any denying that this game still deserved a spot on this list.
The first game in the series had gamers either loving it or hating it, with some of its biggest criticism becoming the hard-to-follow narrative along with the aspect ratio, simply to name a couple. However, although some people still criticized the story and its characters, I could confidently say that I have precisely what I wanted with The Evil Within 2 – a persuasive narrative as Sebastian hunts for his daughter, and much more refined gameplay. Though this game has many blemishes, which holds it back from being among the greatest games of this season, The Evil Within 2 hits a lot of the perfect spots to deserve a spot in my list.
Check out DualShockers’ The Evil Within 2 inspection.
Back in late 2001, my mother bought an original Xbox for my family and it came a copy 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 all the Jet Set Radio series being one of these, before this season indie developers Midgar Studio and Fusty Game made a spiritual successor to the franchise titled Hover: Revolt of Gamers and it grabbed my interest.
Before I joined this site, I had the chance to receive an early copy of this game and I wasn’t disappointed. Hover: Revolt of Gamers offers a huge open-world that invites you to research, in addition to rapid parkour gameplay – basically it’s Jet Set Radio matches Mirror’s Edge. At a time in which spiritual successors start to seem more and more, Hover: Revolt of Gamers is just one spiritual successor that is worth your time and cash.
8. L.A. Noire: The VR Case Documents
Okay, so I know I mentioned that I would not be adding ports for this list. However, L.A. Noire: The VR Case Documents is not a only a VR interface of L.A. Noire. The VR Case Files offers seven of the first, self-contained instances from the initial game. But, contrary to other video game ports published this season, Rockstar Games has rebuilt these instances from the bottom up.
L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files is much more than just a remake of L.A. Noire, rather than a port in lots of ways. L.A. Noire wasn’t made out of virtual reality in mind, however, the developers have put a great deal of time to make sure this game felt like a made-for-VR game.
Check out DualShockers’ L.A. Noire: The VR Case Documents review.
While I favor the Forza Horizon series within the Motorsport series, 2015’s Forza Motorsport 6 was a great racing game. So entering 2017, I understood that Turn 10 Studios had big shoes to match, along with the development team has managed to tweak an near-perfect racing series and has supplied among the greatest sim-racing adventures this season.
Forza Motorsport 7 introduced over 700 automobiles, including some which were brought over in the critically-acclaimed Forza Horizon 3. On top of that, the amount of personalization, from lively weather to changing the physical look of your racer, left me speechless.
6. Sonic Mania
Sonic the Hedgehog series has seen more lows than highs entering 2017, so last year once I heard about Sonic Mania and the way the game was going to become a 2D side-scrolling platformer (courtesy of a group of fans turned developers), I was excited. Sonic Mania was arguably one of the best Sonic games I’ve played this creation and is on my list of favorite Sonic games of all time.
Sonic Mania is a brilliant and vibrant platformer that carries me straight back to the Genesis days. Although 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 both the 2D Sonic titles and (a selection of) 3D installments. Sonic Mania is a fantastic title that’s helped reignite 2D Sonic entries and I expect to see more games like this from those gifted group of individuals.
Check out DualShockers’ Sonic Mania review.
For almost 25 decades, 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 looking for.
The New Colossus also provides gamers with more insight on Mr. Blazkowicz as well as a compelling narrative, frenzied and adrenaline-induced gunplay, the capability to choose your playthrough, and more. In a universe in which first-person shooter games are becoming more concentrated on internet multiplayer, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus stands out from the rest and is now the living proof that single-player games in that genre are not dying.
4. Super Mario Odyssey
The Nintendo Switch needed a bit of a slow start at the start of this year, but as the year progressed, it turned into a solid contender in the console wars. While I had been interested in putting The Legend of Zelda: all this Wild on my Top 10 list, everything came down to which game which I played with the most, and to be honest, I liked Super Mario Odyssey more than Breath of this Wild.
Super Mario 64 was one of the very first Mario games I played I have been itching for Nintendo to create the next game with that kind of playstyle, along with Super Mario Odyssey has satisfied my fantasies in every way imaginable. Thanks to its amazing images, interesting level design, the ability to select how your adventure progresses, and the new possession pro, Super Mario Odyssey is just one of the most unique games out there and can be a system-selling exclusive which each Nintendo Switch proprietor 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 due to the aesthetic taking inspiration from cartoons from the 1930s and following three years of waiting this gorgeous little game has arrived.
There is no denying that this game is challenging, but I would not go so far as stating that it is the 2D equivalent of Dark Souls, since it isn’t. That having been said, the game is much more of a trial-and-error form adventure and while I’ve had my fair share of furious at the game, it was always rewarding to finally beat that boss who was giving you such a hard moment. As someone who loves run ‘n army games and sidescrollers such as the Mega Man along with Metal Slug, Cuphead deserves all of the praise its getting and it is an Xbox One exclusive which PlayStation 4 owners should be exceedingly envious of.
2. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
South Park: The Fractured But Entire is just one of the most populous games of this year, 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’ve played this year. Although I adored The Stick of Truth, I didn’t believe any sequel to this game can top it, but I am happy I was wrong.
The new features such as Coonstagram and even doing little sidequests such as collecting Yaoi photos helped immerse me into one of my favorite fictional worlds. Sure, those things could possibly be deemed insignificant and small to some, however it’s just the small things in The Fractured But Whole which I discovered the most rewarding. Fans of the long-running TV show should pick up this title; you aren’t going to be disappointed.
Bethesda was around on their A-game this year. From porting over The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim onto the Nintendo Switch, into making VR ports of three of their most well-known games, as well as sequels to The Evil Inside along with Wolfenstein, that Maryland-based firm has delivered so many terrific names this year, along with the 2017 reboot of Prey is just one of these.
Prey takes much of its inspiration from popular sci-fi terror films such as the Alien franchise as well as popular first and third-person shooters like BioShock, Dead Space, along with the System Shock series, plus it works excellent. Though it requires inspiration from a number of films and games, Prey has more than enough substance to stand on its own two feet.
The survival-horror genre has become oversaturated, with most of the games from the genre focusing more on action as opposed to the principle of a “true” survival-horror game. Instead of continuous activity, Prey provides an awareness of suspense: you’re lonely on a huge space station, that can be infested with an alien race, ammo is far and few between, and risk may lurk behind every corner.
If people think about a wonderful horror game this year, they believe of Resident Evil VII: biohazard. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a good game. However, something that Prey did this Resident Evil VII could not do was supply a feeling of fear when I played and at times, I felt like I had been in a horror movie when playing the game. Prey is a distinctive name that provides an ominous atmosphere, great audio design, and solid gameplay.
Check out DualShockers’ Prey review.
Check out another DualShockers’ staff Best 10s and also 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