You know, 2017 was another great year for games. At the same time, I don’t rank it among the best ever like many seem to, at least not for me personally. Don’t get me wrong; some fantastic games came out this year, including a few that will undoubtedly join my all-time favorites. That’s true of every year though, and I think a lot of other years have simply had more games that clicked with me. This was, strangely enough, a rare year where I struggled to come up with 10 games I felt strongly about for this list. While I got there in the end, and all 10 of these games are wonderful, that struggle surprised me.
Still, I did get there, and I noticed a few themes among this year’s games along the way. First, video games are long in 2017. I might even say they became too long, with many wearing out their welcome before I finished them. Second, games were very story-focused this year, in all sorts of ways. This was fascinating to see, even if I didn’t always love the act of playing them. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, 2017 had me really thinking about what video games mean to me. Games have become so varied in what they seek to achieve, that I found myself constantly re-evaluating throughout the entire year what I look for in them, and why they affect me in the ways they do. And maybe, just maybe, that’s what has made 2017 strike a chord with so many people. No matter who you are, and what you look for in this hobby of ours, 2017 had you covered. And that diversity is certainly worth celebrating; I’m all for expanding the medium in as many ways as possible.
With all of that said, here are the 10 games I enjoyed playing the most in 2017. Thanks for reading, and I hope you’re having a kick-ass day!