Games Of The Year of our lord 2017

2017 will be likely be considered one of the best years in video games and it is a shame that I didn't get to play any of the likely GOTYs that appeared exclusively on consoles. This list will only be about games available on PC because I do not have money for a console. Just a #Millennial destroying the console business, out here.

Just because a game does not make the top 10 does not mean I thought it was lacking in quality. In fact many of the games in the honorable mentions would have been top 10 material in almost any other year. Fucking 2017, right.

Honorable Mentions

  • Ruiner
  • XCOM 2 : War of The Chosen
  • The Hand of Fate 2
  • The Evil Within 2
  • Absolver
  • Slime Rancher
  • Assassin's Creed Origins
  • Desync
  • Tacoma
  • Doki Doki Literature
  • Battle Chef Brigade
  • Resident Evil 7
  • Getting Over It
  • Kingsway
  • Butterfly Soup
  • Steamworld Dig 2
  • Nioh
  • Injustice 2

Do not @ me, my dudes.

List items

  • It is a game of existential dread, the feelings that cause one to question their very existence and how much importance their actions truly have. Also a game about scantily dressed androids that can use giant boars as a mount. Yes, it is very anime and also a game I will think about for years to come. A strong contender for Game of The Generation.

  • 2015's Life is Strange is a game that I hold dearly to my heart. so when Before the Storm was announced I was quite skeptic. Life is Strange doesn't need a prequel, especially one not by the original developers, I said. And yet, Deck Nine managed to create a fantastic game. Even without the time travel powers, without Max, without the original voice cast, with knowing the eventual fates of the main characters, and with Chloe Price one of the most divisive characters I've seen in a long time as the main character.

    It nails everything people loved about the first game. The emotional turbulent teenage years, the awkwardness of teen romance, the fantastic soundtrack with songs by Daughter and Speedy Ortiz, the mysteriousness of normalcy, the quiet moments of just sitting, meaningful character interactions, and a story with impactful moments.

    Regardless of your feelings towards the games use of, well "scab" voice actors as this was during the voice acting strike, Kylie Brown puts on of the most enthralling and confident performance as Rachel Amber. Amber was almost a mythical being in the first game and Before the Storm managed to create a character that lived up to those expectations.

    Rachel Amber, she is a dragon made of diamonds.

  • Giant horned women, talking dogs with mustaches, a worm that is also a knight, snake witches, and you dear, reader help create a fanciful world about salvation where fates are determined by...magic basketball.

    Strong character interactions, hard choices, and attempts to overthrow a injustice government make Pyre a worthy successor to Bastion and Transistor.

  • Short and bittersweet. Another one of 2017's strong narrative games that uses different art styles to paint a beautiful but haunting story of the Finch family

  • Mental Illness is hard to get right in games. I point towards many of David Cage's games as examples of doing mental illness wrong. While Hellbalde certainly doesn't get it perfectly as it's portrayal of Senua's mental health has been meant with criticism, it is a step in the right direction as far as I'm concern.

  • In a year of infuriating political actions from the government and certain sections of the population, The New Colossus provides a level of catharsis. Brilliant voice acting and direction help the game confidently tackle its themes and subjects.

    It is held back by good but not great combat, level design that is somewhat lacking, and a sudden ending. These negatives do not stop it from being one of the most cinematic games of the year. Play it on easy and enjoy the story.

  • A wonderfully good side scrolling shooter carried by it's classic artsyle. While it doesn't necessarily affect my opinion of the game that much, its attempts to simply use the good parts of that era while also sidestepping the horrible racism of that period of art is certainly a dilemma worth reflection.

  • The main character Mae is not a nice person which might make NITW difficulty to get into as it certainly made it hard for me. But if you can get through it you will find a game with a lot of heart. As a twenty something drifting through life without a plan, Mae is unfortunately someone I can relate to which may have been why I resented her somewhat. But she gets better. We all get better.

  • The game known as PUBG or if you're a heathen, PUB GUH, is a janky mess that is currently on fire if you have the Xbox version but is only slightly smoking when on PC. Regardless of it's technical faults, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds main gameplay remains one of the funnest and agonizing experiences in games.

    One wouldn't think of this game as a horror game but I do. I experienced true fear playing this game. Not just a momentary shock from a jumpscare but a palpable creep throughout my entire body. At any moment I could be gunned down when opening a door or simply running outside. Gunshots in the distance let you know that death is always near. This fear is intensified when playing on the Fog map which reduces visibility to a few yards where shadows will play tricks with your mind.

    Also you can do sick X-Game jumps with the vehicles so that's rad.

  • This game is too fucking long but also I could talk to a dog about life and death.