Oh boy, 2017. You sure were a bastard. We aren't here to talk about how much of a trash fire the year of our lord 2017 was though. We are here to discuss the distraction of purchasing and playing video games, which is good because there were some certifiable bangers this year. The pile of shame is HUGE which is great, and terrible. So, without much more fanfare, let's get to ranking stuff.
Pile of Shame:
For Honor - I really liked what I played of this and am excited to play more of it next year. The addition of dedicated servers next year for online play will have me back. Pair that with a story mode that gets comparisons to Glen Cook's The Black Company, you have my attention.
Nioh - I wanna play samurai souls.
20XX - I spent some time with this run-based megaman clone, and enjoyed it.
Dream Daddy - Your character used to be in a ska band called Skamunist Manifesto. HELL YEAH I'M THERE. There is a minigame where you find your date at a show for the band PUP. It is literally like they made this directly for me.
Wolfenstein II - Do more than punch Nazis. I finished the first game this year and thought it was pretty good.
Steamworld Dig 2 - I honestly didn't play too many games like steamworld dig or the Mummy this year. I am hopeful to rectify some of that in 2018.
Best Old Games:
Pinball - This year I have played more pinball than I have played most games this year combined. While I'm not at a point yet that I would consider myself very good (see my matchplay and IFPA ranking, yikes) but I am getting better in little tiny improvements. I have finished fourth in my division in league play twice this year. Just this month, I finished second to last but played pretty good in most games including the best and most intense game of Doctor Who in my life. Pinball is cool and I am happy that there is a group where I live that I can run up against some of the best.
Pillars of Eternity - Finally finished PoE. I love it. Very much.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - I'm not always crazy about Mario Kart but having this on the switch is an excellent way to play this game. Good, way to figure that out Nintendo, I'm proud of you.
DOOM - Shit, Doom is good. I played some while streaming for Extra Life. That arcade mode is gooooooooooood.
Best Non-Electronic Games:
Arkham Horror LCG - This is a very good card game that I wish I had more time for. The campaign structure and choices between games make this a card game unlike much else out there.
Microscope - Man, Microscope is great. My group is using it as prep for a traditional RPG and the shared world building is something else. Kaiju defense in Attack on Titan with magic is kinda where we ended up, oh and horses are magical? The game truly delivers something else.
What Didn't Make the List aka numbers 11-15 in no order:
With there being so many great games this year, I decided to cheat and list some other games as well that just didn't make the top 10. Mobile Fire Emblem, a mobile version of a card game I love, some golf, good-looking contra bosses, and Final Fight but weird. This isn't even the top 10 and cutting games from the cheat list was still tough (splatoon...).