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I never thought I’d get to write one of these, it has been super surreal working for Giant Bomb. Everyone in the office has been absolutely great to work with, Jason has been an amazing teacher with all the ins and outs of the studio. I feel so lucky and fortunate to be in the position that I am in. Also a special thank you to the the community for the warmest of welcomes when I came aboard.

To be honest games kind of took a backseat for the first half of the year for me. I almost thought I wouldn’t have played enough this year to compile a list of the top ten games but I managed to cram a bunch of random stuff in before the year was over.

I cannot wait for all the #content we'll put out from this point on!

(Thanks to @ruugard on Twitter for the beautiful photoshop from some Extralife shenanigans!)

10. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

I’m a tactics type of guy. I’m the Jan with the master plan. This game totally has its flaws and the puzzles aren’t the best, but this definitely has been scratching that turn-based itch that i’ve been having. I used to get annoyed by the Rabbids, but they were surprisingly tolerable paired up with Mario characters. Oh, AND MARIO HAS A FREAKING GUN!

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9. Doki Doki Literature Club

I will preface this by saying that this is not my normal type of genre, and that I didn’t get the chance to play Dream Daddy.

HOLY MOLY. WOW. I was not expecting to get invested in this game, and maybe I can convince the team to take another look at it, but this went places I did not expect it to. If you’re like me and dating sim/visual novel games aren’t your cup of tea, take a sip of that anyway! However, this game does come with a warning about the topics that it tackles, so carefully drink that tea.

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8. Horizon Zero Dawn

I used to shoot video for a company building a giant robot, so I’ve seen how complicated building one is. I appreciated all the different details in the machine animals, like the hoses, different components sticking out, and sounds of the metal scraping against each other. I don’t normally like stealth, but I loved preparing traps for the different confrontations you’d come across. The combat felt very satisfying once you leveled up your skills enough that you weren’t getting killed by one hit from enemies. And damn, that first time you climb one of those giraffes and hack into it was amazing.

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7. SteamWorld Dig 2

I dig this a lot. I have always enjoyed the art style behind SteamWorld and this was every bit as charming as the first game. I was initially turned off by having to go back and forth to the town to deposit my loot and refill my lantern, but once I leveled up enough and opened up enough fast travel tubes I was loving digging around the caves. I love how you’re able to mindlessly dig around for treasure, but you’re also paired with funny writing that helps you go along.

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6. NieR:Automata


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5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I hate the rain. I hate the cooking. I hate that everything breaks. I hate the motion controls.

But you know what, Zelda: Breath of the Wild? YOU JUST MADE THE LIST!

Shadow of the Colossus is one of my all-time favorite games, but I always wished there was more to do in that world. BotW fulfills that for me. Despite all the frustrating bits of this game, I really liked exploring and running into all the random things the game would throw my way.

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4. Xenoblade Chronicles 2

After watching Brad and Ben do a Quick Look of this game I was intrigued. I did not expect to get into it because of the voice acting and some of the character designs, but I wound up diving into it pretty deep. Once you get your party going and you get the hang of the very complicated combat system it gets super rewarding, but that doesn’t really kick in until a couple hours into the game.

I don’t know man, maybe I like anime?

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3. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

I’m not all that great at first-person shooters--I like playing them, but I’m kind of garbage. Admittedly, I wasn’t having the most fun trudging along playing Wolfenstein II. Shoddy shooting aside, this game is packed with moments that pushed me to continue playing, despite dying a lot. I don’t remember the last time I yelled “NOOOOOO!” at a game and was shaking from what I had just witnessed. But the messed up thing is that it kept happening. There were odd parts that affected me personally and others that lit a fire in me. I can't wait to see how the series wraps up.

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2. Sonic Mania

I mentioned on a Bombcast episode that I grew up a Sonic guy and I got some weird looks around the room. That’s fine, I can live with that. Fellow Sonic fans can attest that on top of getting shit from other people, we also just get shit releases. I don’t think that I’ve actually enjoyed a Sonic release since Sonic Advance 2 on the GBA. But as soon as I hit the start screen on Sonic Mania, I was smiling ear to ear. This was a great callback to what made me a fan when I was a kid.

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1. Super Mario Odyssey

This game is so tight. Tight controls and well designed worlds. But it’s also tiiiiiiiiight. As soon as I got the hang of the jumping around and the added mobility with Cappy I was having so much fun. I loved going for jumps that I didn’t think were possible, only to barely manage to make it. Yeah, some of the moons were too easy to get, but it was a breadcrumb trail for me to keep playing and exploring. All that said, it's weird for me to rank a Mario game above Sonic. Oh well, Mario does a spin dash in this game so IT IS FINE.

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#1 Edited by Mento (4245 posts) -

Of all the 2017 staff lists, from the ones I've seen to the ones I can only mostly sorta predict, I'm certain this one's the closest to my own. Happy to have you here, Jan.

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#2 Posted by octocoq (142 posts) -

You’ve been a great addition to the crew, Jan, you fit right in. Looking forward to the next year of #content

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#3 Posted by hassun (9946 posts) -

Can't wait to see what the future holds for you on Giant Bomb. Even got a wrestling reference in there!

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#4 Posted by bassman2112 (1201 posts) -

Thank you, Jan =D

Looking forward to seeing more and more of you around the site. Also, yaay, this is the first of the official GB lists seen to have DDLC!

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#5 Posted by Gyoru (218 posts) -

i am shocked at seeing DDLC even mentioned on GB

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#6 Edited by JonathanL123 (26 posts) -

Awesome list Jan!

Glory to Mankind!

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#7 Posted by Catlicker (583 posts) -

Oh Jan,

you just made me a fan.


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#8 Posted by Propagandapanda (56 posts) -

Great list Jan!

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#9 Posted by KillerFly (461 posts) -

Even as someone who isn't a Xenoblade fan, I'm glad there's someone on the GB staff who really appreciates that game.

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#10 Posted by Phatmac (5941 posts) -

Surprised to see these niche games on this list. Great list, Jan!

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#11 Posted by MusiM (158 posts) -

I think you are my new Giantbomb spirit animal.

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#12 Edited by cooljammer00 (3089 posts) -

"You just made the list"

I see what you did there, @janman. Take this celebratory clipboard and scarf.

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#13 Posted by Kaivyre (26 posts) -

Probably the most surprising list. Doki Doki showing up at all? Xenoblade coming in at 4? And Sonic as the runner up? Mad Respect.

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#14 Posted by MarekkPie (125 posts) -

Thank you for the correct Odyssey > BOTW ranking

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#16 Posted by Hilfemaster (134 posts) -

good taste in video games confirmed

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#17 Posted by WesternWizard (604 posts) -

Glad to see someone on staff give Xenoblade props, at someone who already put over 100 hours into it.

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#18 Posted by meissnerd (221 posts) -

Jan you've taken to this like a fish to water, it's been great having you.

Now...when can we expect the new series, Final Jantasy Tactics???

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#19 Posted by Dotdissent (8 posts) -

Mania deserves that spot. This list speaks volumes to me of your gaming character and I am excited to see what you offer GB :)

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#20 Posted by WeFightForever (67 posts) -

The writing in this list has me very excited for Jan to have a bigger role in the future

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#21 Posted by ottoman673 (1269 posts) -

You know what happens when you write an awesome list? Huh? You know what happens Jan?

You know what happens when you become one of my favorite people at giant bomb? Huh? Huh?

You know what happens when you reference one of the best things in 2017 on said list? HUH?


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#22 Posted by Ravelle (3305 posts) -

Jan the man! Great list!

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#23 Posted by inevpatoria (7436 posts) -

Warms my heart to see Sonic Mania so high on a staff list.

We're still so incredibly pumped to have you, Jan!

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#24 Edited by Grondoth (529 posts) -

You're fuckin' all right Jan.

Of course this means some startup is going to steal you away now.

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#25 Edited by JohnyMyko (1869 posts) -

This is some quality list right here

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#26 Posted by JoeDangerous (578 posts) -

I like this guy. Hey man welcome aboard and great list.

I absolutely didn't expect Xeno2 to make anyone's list holy moley... yes if you liked Xeno2 then you could transition to almost any action-e show. It kinda hits all the main, tropey things a lot of shows hit nowadays.

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#27 Edited by JoeyRavn (5287 posts) -

Jan is a man of great taste :)

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#28 Posted by GRIMREEFZ (400 posts) -

great list.

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#29 Posted by OMGFather (1036 posts) -

You definitely like anime, Jan. Now how about some Persona 5? :)

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#30 Edited by GongZero (62 posts) -

Tactics and anime? I look forward to Jan's future interactions with Waypoint's Austin Walker.

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#31 Posted by Linne (12 posts) -

Jan is good confirmed

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#32 Posted by Delitist (63 posts) -

Fucking amazing list, thanks Jan

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#33 Posted by Smeat (128 posts) -

Great list overall.

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#34 Posted by wumbo3000 (1300 posts) -

"I don’t know man, maybe I like anime?"

Quote of the year.

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#35 Posted by oldenglishc (1545 posts) -

Great list. Good see Xeno 2 getting some much deserved love.

(And I just discovered that Jan has joined Brad in the "my brain reads their content in their voice" club.)

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#36 Posted by MetalFace (80 posts) -

Finally someone put the superior Visual Novel game on their list with Doki Doki Literature Club instead of Dream Daddy. Jan is GOAT!

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#37 Edited by MondoNO5 (8 posts) -

Your list is good and you should feel good!

I really need to finish Doki Doki Literature Club

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#38 Posted by shatteringlast (448 posts) -

Fuckin Jericho reference? Mario number 1? Dig puns?

You're alright with me, sir! Welcome!

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#39 Posted by kishinfoulux (3328 posts) -

Based Jan representing Xenoblade. Hell yeah.

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#40 Posted by Multisupermono (45 posts) -

Wonderful list! Hope to see you in more content in the future!

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#41 Posted by elmorales94 (370 posts) -

This is my favorite staff list so far. Probably the closest to my own. Great job, Jan! Keep up the good work!

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#42 Posted by ZmillA (2498 posts) -

yay finally someone at GB mentions Doki Doki Literature Club

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#43 Posted by Wikitoups (1441 posts) -

The Jan with the master plan.

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#44 Posted by trelution (245 posts) -

The more I learn of the Jan man, the more I like. However, claims to be a Sonic guy but has a Mario in his undies pinup ;)

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#45 Posted by Dr_Insane (756 posts) -

Doki Doki. Thumbs up.

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#46 Posted by metalsnakezero (2884 posts) -

Alright, got someone with Doki doki on their list.

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#47 Posted by Turambar (8251 posts) -

Jan is making a strong push for usurping the anime editor crown.

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#48 Posted by forteexe21 (2026 posts) -

Jan with the best staff list.

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#49 Posted by Chicken008 (1146 posts) -

Wow! Would have thought no one played DDLC!
Great list!

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#50 Posted by csl316 (14959 posts) -

Sonic Mania is gonna land somewhere between #2 and #6 for me. Ain't no shame in that, Sonic's great! Occasionally!