Landon Robinson's Top 6 Games of 2017

I'm a bit late to the party, but I had some games to finish. I also had a busy year, and didn't play as many games. Here goes.

2017's Best Old Game: DOOM

DOOM took me a long time to play. I purchased it Spring of this year, and played through the first two levels. Enjoyed the satirical gratuitous violence, but it didn't push me to stay with it. I came back to it in late Summer, playing one or more two levels, but again, same story. Then, this week, I had the urge to finish it, to give the game its fair shake and see it through. It did not disappoint. DOOM is challenging, adrenaline pumping, gory action that teeters the edge of gleefully violent and straight up demonic. The game plays like a treat, smooth as butter, and had a fun small-scale story to keep me interested. Rarely does a game control my emotions as well as DOOM did - with musical swells forcing me to bang my head, mentally beat my chest, and head into battle. DOOM rules.

Best Multiplayer: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

I haven't lost swaths of my life to PUBG like most folks have this year. But, I do have some of my favorite emergent gaming moments from this year to thank PUBG for. It's a little buggy, but for the most part, PUBG was my favorite way to play with friends this year.

Best Story: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

I won't spoil this game for you. But it's a heck of a ride from start to finish, and finds ways to merge Nazi-killing frenetic gunplay with emotional swings typically reserved for quieter games. Wolfenstein is full of memorable moments and characters, and continues to stack the deck throughout the story. There are so many memorable scenes from this game, that it rightfully warranted its own "best moment" category from the GB crew this year. One heck of a game.

Top 6 Games of 2017

  1. Super Mario Odyssey
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Wolfenstein II: The New Colussus
  4. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
  5. Star Trek: Bridge Crew VR
  6. Cuphead
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PAX East 2013: Brief Wrap-Up

This was my fifth PAX East, and my 8th PAX overall. It's always a blast to see all my friends, colleagues, co-workers, and chums from around the country (and sometimes world) in a fast-paced, frantic, tiring, and fun weekend. Emphasis on tiring. I was almost ready to leave after the first full day. Almost.

Finally got the chance to shake hands with Brad, Drew, Vinny and Rorie at the show, all, as expected, really pleasant chaps to talk to, even after days of entertaining fans and their conversations. You'd think with four years of me covering this odd industry, I'd have made their acquaintance, but somehow, no! Until this year.

I'm going to miss going to these. But we all move on at some point, and I'm focusing on other things that are important to me going forward. At least I'll have tales from GB and colleagues to keep me in the know.

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