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Phil Fish's 2017 Game of the Year

Polytron's man in charge believes very passionately that these games are the best games of the year. Who are we to argue?

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Phil Fish is Président À Vie at POLYTRON.

Reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated.

2017 has been an absolute fucking nightmare of a year!

Here are some videogames I liked!

In no particular order, except for Zelda. Zelda is the best game ever, maybe?

Yakuza 0

It’s a game! It’s a movie! It’s a real estate management sim! It’s a dancing game! It’s got classic Sega arcade games, phone sex, sexy wrestling, slot car racing, karaoke, fishing, baseball, fighting, drinking, like 4 different types of cutscenes and WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE, it’s 200 hours long and I'm nowhere near finishing it.

Goro Majima’s introduction is probably the greatest introduction to a character anywhere, ever.

When you punch people, money flies out of them. 10/10.

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Opus Magnum

Buy this game for your dad, sit back, and just watch the GIFs roll in.

Look at this fucking thing:

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Hours of fun.

HQ

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HQ is tied with animojis for this year’s "Most Black Mirror shit ever" award. A complete clusterfuck of a live show that almost never works anymore. It’s like TV, but early access! And it’s amazing! It goes something like this: host Scott Rogowsky is trapped in a dimension of PURE TRIVIA and needs you to answer a bunch of questions for the chance to win ONE WHOLE DOLLAR, while idiots yell DILLY DILLY over and over in the super useful and necessary chat.

I think Paul Verhoeven might secretly be behind this one.

Wolfenstein 2

What a cathartic fucking game to be playing in 2017. And what a GIFT. I can’t believe we got a second one of those. My only want in life now is for this trilogy to be completed. I love these characters. I'm extremely attached at this point. I love Terror-Billy, Anya, Set, Grace, MAX HASS!, Bombate and Fergus. And I love pig most of all. I LOVE THESE NAZI KILLING DOOFUSES AND THEIR DUMB TOILET HUMOR. Goddamn, this game has HEART!

Tonally, it’s all over the place, and I couldn't care less. It works. It’s touching, it’s disturbing, it’s SCREAMING HOLY SHIT DID THAT JUST HAPPEN AT THE TV, it’s funny, too (that birthday scene!). What a joy it is to see max grow as an artist, or William and Anya spend a quiet moment together. Or fuck. Lots of fucking in this game.

The pacing is equally all over the place and good. Going from batshit crazy action sequences, to quiet and surprisingly touching character development moments. the game has a Gone Home level, for fuck’s sake! The short tableaus that play out all around you aboard the Evas Hammer are almost like Tacoma’s AR recordings.

I think Steve Gaynor might secretly be behind this one.

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Echo

Echo has THE longest, slowest and greatest tutorial i’ve ever seen. It sets a mood and builds a world like nothing i’ve ever seen. The game is aesthetically PHENOMENAL. Painfully cool production designs all over the place. It’s like if Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick got together and decided to make a Metal Gear but not stupid.

I started playing it and thought “this feels like a weird sci-fi Hitman kind of?” turns out developer ULTRA ULTRA (cool name) is made up of ex-Hitman devs! (see below for my feelings on Hitman)

You should go into this one blind. To be honest, I'm still not 100% sure what kind of game it is.

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Prey

It’s been a great year for games about reading email on abandoned space stations.

Prey is the one with guns. It’s very good.

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Tacoma

It’s been a great year for games about reading email on abandoned space stations.

Tacoma is the one without guns. It’s very good.

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Injustice 2

Injustice 2 was so good that I like DC comics now.

I think Ed Boon might be my favorite videogame auteur.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

If i ever make another video game it’s because Breath of the Wild made me love again.

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2016’s game of 2017: HITMAN

Hitman came out almost 2 years ago and it’s still getting new stuff.

It’s one of my favorite video games ever. The absolute best in exotic murder tourism. There’s never been a more beautiful and intricately designed puzzle killbox. A master class in level design. Levels that feel like real places that I know intimately. Real places I’ve been to. Places where I’ve killed men with toilets in more ways than one. IO if you’re reading this, I have a really good idea for a level in season 2. Call me.

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SUPERHYPERCUBE

Nobody knows who’s behind this amazing spatial reasoning puzzle game for VR that just launched for VIVE.

Who did the art direction and UI? It’s so good and sophisticated! GOTY!

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Woah this is a pleasant surprise. Hope things are going well for Mr. Fish.

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Phil Fish Was Right

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I bet whoever worked on that SUPERHYPERCUBE game could make a pretty good GOTY list!

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If i ever make another video game

So you're telling me there's a chance?

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It’s like if Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick got together and decided to make a Metal Gear but not stupid.

That's the kind of description that hooks me.

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Hell yea Phil Fish.

Really need to check out ECHO.

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Your description of HQ, and ESPECIALLY the thumbnail picture, are perfect.

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I was hoping that Fez II was on this list.

Also, perfect photo for HQ.

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I really need to check out Opus Magnum. Spacechem was great.

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Please make another game Phil (that isn't VR, cause I ain't got money for that shit).

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Phil Fish has good taste!

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Thanks Phil!

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@mbdoeden said:

Hell yea Phil Fish.

Really need to check out ECHO.

agree

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We miss you Mr. Fish, come back!

But like...stay away from Twitter this time. If you thought it was bad before HOO-BOY.

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Perfect encapsulation of HQ, dilly dilly.

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If Phil Fish made a game inspired in any way by Breath of the Wild I might actually die from excitement.

Please do that, Mr. Fish.

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I think about this moment often, it warms my heart! <3

Also great list Phil!

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Phil Fish Did some of the ui and boot intro for the Super NT!

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Fez confirmed as Season 2 Elusive Target

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Ah, excellent.

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@joeblank: If you dig Zachtronics stuff at all, Opus Magnum is incredible. Infinifactory also very good.

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Never seen this image before and it's fan-fucking-tastic

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Phil has great taste. Hitman is truly one of the best games of the last few years. I cannot wait until season 2. It will be worth the wait whenever it comes out.

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Phil Fish Did some of the ui and boot intro for the Super NT!

Ya it's pretty rad.

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Good stuff Phil!

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This guy is fun! I don't know why anyone would be against him.

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HQ for best horror game.

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This is...definitely a list. Shout out to HQ & Scott!

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Awesome and unexpected to see this list from Phil!

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But - what if there were a Zelda game on an abandoned space station.

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Yeah yakuza 0!!

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This is a Very Good List

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Aww, I hope BotW continues to have that effect on you Phil!

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Hell Yeah Phil Fish! Favorite list so far, glad Video Games are still part of your life

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I don’t know why but this article got me hype for Phil Fish

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Cool list and fun to read, I personally dig Phil and more importantly, I love his games. Shame the internet is such a cesspit, I'd love a new game from this guy.

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Yakuza 0 AND Hitman love best list ever.

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Nice to see something from you again Phil, and thanks a whole shit ton for Opus Magnum, slid under my radar but I frigging love Zachtronics games. If you ever feel like making another game I for one would look forward to playing it.

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Glad to see Phil is still kicking in some form. I like this list a lot.

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@cooljammer00 AHHH, GREAT PHOTO. MISS RYAN, : PHIL PLEASE MAKE ANOTHER GAME, GREAT LIST TOO, GONNA CHECK ECHO OUT.

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I like that breath of the wild quote. That game is something else, I still keep going back into it and discovering new things

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Yes! Goro Majima's introduction is easily one of (if not the) greatest character introductions I've seen.

Totally forgot about Echo. Definitely gotta check that out sometime (preferably when I'm good and ready to endure that tutorial; I remember watching Vinny go through it and hooooo boy it's a doozy).

Great list all around, which is a weird notion when you think about it.

Love that picture of Ryan as well. Great stream that was.

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Love Phil, he really is a cool dude and this list proves it! I'm sure we'll see something from him again. Just hope he finds a way to not let shitty internet trolls get the better of him (harder than it seems, I know). Hope 2018 has great things in store for him.

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*Bill Nye intro voice*

PHIL PHIL PHIL PHIL PHIL PHIL PHIL!