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GOTY 2017

I know many people are considering this to be one of the best years in video game history. Unfortunately, I don't have much interest in a lot of this year's most renowned games. Thankfully, there were still a bunch of games I thoroughly enjoyed.

Runners Up:

  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • Subsurface Circular
  • Chicken Wiggle
  • Fragments of Euclid
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

List items

  • I had never played a Resident Evil game before this one. And to be honest, I'm probably not going to check out any of the previous games. I'm just a real sucker for first-person horror games, and to my surprise, this is among the best. The game does a fantastic job of atmosphere/sense-of-place, the characters are...interesting..., and there's a lot of "oh, shit!" moments.

  • A really cool opening, some very immersive immersive sim gameplay, but a garbage ending. Thankfully, 90+% of the game is excellent.

  • A puzzle-based roguelike featuring a dog who must rescue his elderly owner. This game is just a charming delight all around - from the gameplay to the pixel art to the catchy music.

  • I was initially put off by the dumb flipping land animal animations. Thankfully, it's the only real blight in an otherwise 'Zen' and thought-provoking game. Also, it's an absolute joy to fill cities/planets/galaxies with all manner of non sequitur objects and animals.

  • Even after playing through all of it, I still find it hard to believe that this thing is real. Everything about this game's existence seems surreal. I was expecting a throwaway game with a great presentation. but the game is great across the board.

  • Aside from an annoying glitch (now patched, I believe) that prevented me from progressing, Endless Space 2's a very engrossing 4X game with much more complexity than its predecessor. Also, I absolutely loved playing as the Unfallen race, one of the most creative alien species in any video game.

  • I got 100% completion with both main characters. I just couldn't stop playing it. The incredibly granular weapon upgrade mechanic really hooked me.

  • Another Inti Creates game. This time, a reimagining of the original Blaster Master from 1988. Blaster Master Zero takes the skeleton of the original game and builds something wonderful around it.

  • An adventure game split into four episodes - each playing with your expectations of interactive fiction in clever and surprising ways.

  • A quirky house filled with quirky story vignettes; the quality of each is pretty hit or miss. But the hits feel jawdropping - particularly the fish one and the water one.