Game of the Year 2017
2017 has been a great year for video games. Whether or not your personal life, or the world at large, had a good year is obviously a bit harder for me to judge. What I do know is: If you needed to escape from reality, 2017 gave you plenty of options to do so.
It's been hard for me to select just 10 games so as usual I would like to name some honorable mentions. WipEout Omega Collection, Everybody's Golf, Crash Bandicoot: The N'sane Trilogy, NieR: Automata, Cities Skyline: PlayStation 4 Edition, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Cuphead, Metroid: Samus Returns, Assassin's Creed: Origins, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Windjammers, Pyre, Sonic Mania, Yakuza 0 and Tour de France 2017.
Of course there was also a few disappointments. Yooka-Laylee didn't quite do it for me, Mass Effect: Andromeda was a train wreck, and then there was the whole Star Wars Battlefront II debacle. To me, the biggest disappointment must be Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. The sequel to my game of the year 2014 and I barely played it. It didn't grab me at all, and it felt very plain and just....meh.
When we closed the book on 2016, we were also looking at 2017 to be the year VR had to prove itself worthy of out attention. I think we saw some great VR games, but we're still far away from fully realising the potential of that technology. Resident Evil VII is amazing to play in VR, but besides that it was still mostly smaller games and "experiences" we could enjoy with the different VR headsets. I still haven't given up on VR, but I don't think we'll see another big jump in the quality of games until the next generation of headsets and hardware.
I also want to specifically mention Horizon: Zero Dawn and Persona 5. Those two were the closest to reach the top 10, but in the end I never really felt the need to go back and finish these games. Persona 5 is a game I will eventually go back to. It is a very good JRPG, but it isn't Persona 4. The characters in 5 isn't nearly as interesting, but the story isn't bad and it's still a fantastic game. Horizon just sort of lost me along the way. It's beatiful and has a lot of good things going for it. Ultimately though, Zelda came out at the same time and I was enjoying that game a lot more.
With that out of the way, here are my ten favorite games of 2017!