Game of the Year 2017

What a fucking year. From natural disasters to politics things were distinctly not so great. Video games though? Video games were fantastic. Let's talk about those.

Sega Saturn is fun

Elevator Action Returns:

Turn the violence up to hard for a good time.

Asuka 120% Burning Fest Limit Over

120% of a good time.

Astal

Still my favorite Saturn platformer.

Dragon Force

A great srpg with a real Working Designs localization. I miss those guys... sort of.

Sega Rally Championship

Game over yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

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  • Cuphead combines smoking sick style with precise run and gun gameplay. The difficulty is high but pleasant. Despite 100s of deaths Cuphead rewards effort with mastery and that feels good. Well for me at least.

  • We've had plenty of great Mario games since Super Mario 64 brought the series into 3D in 1996. This year's might be the best one yet. The free-form exploration of levels evokes Mario 64 and the constant trickle of moons as a reward just feels right. Throw in the crazy possession mechanic and this is another Mario classic for the ages.

  • It finally happened. After years of Persona 4 spin-off games and anime an actual sequel has arrived. With the slickest UI known to man, great music, and refined gameplay P5 is a worthy sequel to the game that brought so much of the giant bomb community together. With that said I don't think the story holds together quite as well as P4's which is a shame, but certainly not a deal breaker.

  • It's been 23 years since Sonic and Knuckles ushered the Genesis era to a close. Sonic Mania loudly declares that Sonic's 90s gameplay never went out of style. I can only wonder why it took this long for a game like this to happen. Sure Dimps made some games that were in the same gameplay ballpark (the Sonic Advance series and Sonic 4), but they lacked the distinct feel that Sonic Mania brings back to the table. Looks great, sounds great, plays great... Crushes great. https://twitter.com/gravitypenguin/status/897423760935931905

  • I actually haven't played much of this one yet, but it's already won me over with its Platinum gameplay. Looking forward to playing more as the year draws to a close.

  • Splatoon 2 refines and enhances the formula of Splatoon 1, an already terrific game. From your inkling's looks, to maps, to weapons everything has been updated. The real star of the show though is the game's new cooperative mode Salmon Run. A brilliant combination of enemy wave survival and score maximization Salmon Run is what kept me coming back to Splatoon 2 after I had burned out on ranked matches.

  • In a normal year uniel[st] would be near the top of my list. ST takes my favorite fighting game refines its gameplay elements and adds four new characters. Plus it's available on Vita. What's not to like?

  • This game embodies the phrase "short but sweet". An overhead pixely action/adventure that put the icing on the switch cake for the year.

  • What would you pay for a SMT themed metroidvania? $60? $40? $20? Well Synchronicity Prologue is yours today for the low low price of free! Short and satisfying Synchronicity Prologue is another great entry in a year surprisingly loaded with the genre.

  • Remember AM2R that great Metroid 2 remake from last year? Nintendo would rather you didn't and offers this 3DS gem in its stead. You wouldn't think MercurySteam would be the developer to bring Metroid back to glory after the sub-par Other M and Federation Force, but here we are. Good job guys.