Best of 2017
Unlike lists from previous years, when I would type out my thoughts of each game moments after completing them, I’ve decided to save my thoughts for the end of the year instead this time, memory be damned.
The reason behind this somewhat drastic change is my desire to clean up my backlog, which, in previous years, would be set aside for newer releases. Unfortunately, but fortunately for my wallet, that means my list is rather bare of heavy hitters this year. And not only that, I didn’t exactly keep an open mind to including “older” games since it is called “Best of 2017” after all.
Should this trend continue, I may include the more standout “older” games, like Lost Odyssey, mixed in for future lists to at least hit a limit of ten best games “of (current year)” along with an explanation and a rating, of course. For now, however, enjoy my indifference to some free-to-play games.
Relevant platforms I have access to:
- Android phone
- Apple tablet
- Nintendo 3DS XL
- Nintendo Wii U
- PlayStation 4 Slim
- PlayStation Vita
- Xbox One
Notable new old games I played:
- Assassin’s Creed Rogue - 360 (2014)
- Blue Dragon - 360 (2007)
- The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - PC (2009)
- Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - VITA (2014)
- Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls - PS4 (2017)
- Destiny - PS4 (2014)
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - PC (2016)
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - PC (2013)
- Forza Horizon 3 (2016)
- HuniePop - PC (2014)
- Knack - PS4 (2013)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - 3DS (2011)
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - WIIU (2013)
- Lost Odyssey - 360 (2008)
- Mafia II - 360 (2010)*
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - PC (2014)
- Mirror’s Edge Catalyst - PC (2016)
- Mortal Kombat X - PC (2015)
- NieR - 360 (2010)
- Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors - NDS (2010)*
- Ratchet & Clank - PS4 (2016)
- Resident Evil 6 - PC (2012)
- Shadowrun: Dragonfall - PC (2014)
- Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut - WIIU (2016)
- Star Wars: Battlefront - PC (2015)
- SteamWorld Dig - PC (2013)
- Steins;Gate - VITA (2015)
- Street Fighter V - PC (2016)
- Super Mario Galaxy - WII (2007)
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 - WII (2010)*
- Tales from the Borderlands - PS4 (2014)
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - PC (2015)
- Warframe - PC (2013)
- The Wonderful 101 - WIIU (2013)
*Games that I watched a playthrough of instead of playing through myself due to frustration partway through (Mafia II) or realizing I have an unideal version (999).
Notable pre-released games and add-ons of 2017 I played this year:
- Forza Horizon 3’s “Hot Wheels Expansion”
Games that didn’t make the cut:
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp - I didn’t care enough.
Games I meant to get to but couldn’t:
Yakuza Kiwami - It’s surprising to feel like we’re being swamped with Yakuza games but it is nice to know that there’ll be more of these going into the near future. Unfortunately, I think only one Yakuza game is enough for me per year.
- (Great Switch Game) - I don’t have a Nintendo Switch.
- Assassin’s Creed: Origins - Alex mentioning that this game has elements of “Witcher” had me intrigued, but his mention of “Destiny” made me wary.
- Cuphead - While its artstyle and animation are sights to behold, I’ve never found myself interested in actually playing it.
- Destiny 2 - I abandoned my playthrough of the first Destiny very quickly and decided to return to their last non-Destiny-related game, Halo: Reach, and promptly missed Bungie working on Halo.
- Injustice 2 - Like all fighting games, I never really spend enough time with them to make their prices at release worth it. From what I’ve seen of the story mode and cosmetics business, it looks really good for people like me.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Instead of getting the Wii U version, I might as well wait until I get a Switch and get that version instead.
- Mass Effect: Andromeda - Despite being a fan of the trilogy, I’m disappointed to hear that this is a mess through and through. I will likely get it in the future when issues are ironed out to sate my curiosity.
- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds - While fun to watch, I’d rather play it with a group, which I don’t have.
- Prey - I’ll get it down the line.
- Resident Evil VII - I don’t consider myself a big fan of this series or genre even, but I wouldn’t mind playing it in VR when that becomes more advanced and available on a more open VR-capable platform.
- Wolfenstein: The New Colossus - My platform of choice is unfortunately not up to snuff currently, so, hopefully, any issues people are having now are ironed out by the time I upgrade.
Links of interest:
- Video series explaining the Drakengard series and NieR: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLI1L9JVl6TFdwfvKUuebNp_zOAL5XXDT5
- Various hi-jinx that occurred during my playthrough of Horizon Zero Dawn: https://files.catbox.moe/exvcwv.mp4