Preface to this year's list: I got heavily involved with learning and playing Dungeons & Dragons in the second half of the year which meant I didn't play nearly as many video games as I normally would have. And to make matters worse, I played about 70 hours of Skyrim on the Switch (which technically doesn't count as a new game in 2017). Still can't stop playing Bloodborne btw (it's my secret #1 in 2016 & 2017).
Wolfenstein II, NieR: Automata, Cuphead, Splatoon 2.
Here's a video game I've barely played at all. Put it on the list! Off to a good start...
Probably the best AC game since Black Flag?
Graphics are incredible but the facial animations leave much to be desired. That Decima engine is doing a really great job. I could spend hours messing with the photo mode in this game... Unfortunately, the best game of this year snatched me away from Horizon.
Maybe I should have done a top 5 list since a mobile game made it on here somehow. I actually played more than I'm willing to admit. A few battles here and there at lunch time, a few summons here and there while I'm watching something terrible on Netflix.
I didn't start playing this until the end of December so that's why it's not higher on the list as of this writing. Really love how closely it resembled D&D, it's almost too close? For what it's worth, whenever I play D:OS2, all I want to do is play D&D which is good and bad I suppose. The small D&D campaign I'm writing will surely take some inspiration from here.
Technically I didn't play this one. I watched my wife play through the entire thing and we both loved it. There are so many cool little mini-games and a bunch of cool characters. GREGG RULZ OK.
Never got that chicken dinner, but got 2nd and 3rd a handful of times. The solo experience could be very unsettling at times. I could definitely feel someone watching me... or was it all in my head??? Who knows. I'm probably just paranoid. That said, it was way more fun to play it online with friends, and even better watching other squads (Giant Bomb, Polygon) play with their communities.
4. Destiny 2
I've read a lot of criticism online and I just don't care. It was a great single player experience. Destiny 2 took over my life for about a month. I never did any raid content, or played more PVP than was required for the weekly challenges... but I did a TON of public events and "adventure" missions. I played over 70 hours of this game because it has the best first person shooting of any game out there. Bungie know whats up. The shader system was fine. Look at those heckin' cool shoes! #Warlock4Life
3. Persona 5
The soundtrack of Persona 5 was my favourite thing of this year, I listened to it at work exclusively for two months straight. The game itself is stylish as hell but it became a real slog to get through. I played just over 40 hours and started to see a pattern so I decided to call it a day. Might go back to it at some point?
FUN! That's really all I have to say about Super Mario Odyssey. This is the first Mario game I've had fun with since... Mario 64. 3D Land and 3D World were okay but they felt so confined. I think my moon total was only around 350 which means I didn't get to the frustratingly hard parts that I've heard others talk about (so I guess that's the caveat to why I had so much fun!)
Undeniably the best game of 2017, and possibly my second or third favourite game of all time (behind Bloodborne, tussling with Ocarina of time). It's one of the only truly open world games out there. Being able to climb almost any surface is a revelation that I hope to see more of in the future. Still can't believe Nintendo launched a new console and have two of the best games out this year. Blows my mind.
More thoughts on this brilliant video game here.