The top ten best (and worst!) games of 2017 so far according to Metacritic and OpenCritic

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Six months in, and 2017 has been a fantastic year so far for gaming yet again. Mind you, it isn’t pulling another 2016 in terms of releases, but I’m not complaining so far. So which games are the very best then? Which new releases have been well worth the financial and chronal investment required to own and complete them?

We decided to take a look at the two charts which matter, and see how they stacked up. Surprising absolutely no one, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is sitting right at the top, pretty much uncontested since it was released back in March. Breath of the Wild isn’t just the highest rated game on the list, it’s also currently one of the highest scoring games of all time. It joins a list of other games on Metacritic that includes Grand Theft Auto V, Super Mario Galaxy and the best Tony Hawk game, Pro Skater 3.

Which in itself is only a point behind Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2. Geoff is currently laughing at me about this. Anyway, enough jibber jabber. Here are the top ten games of 2017 so far, according to the critical consensus from MetaCritic and OpenCritic:


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  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 96
  • Persona 5 – 94
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 92
  • Chess Ultra – 91
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove – 90
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood – 90
  • Paradigm – 89
  • Nier: Automata – 89
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn – 89
  • Hollow Knight – 89

As much as I love celebrating the best of the year, the bastard inside of me also wants to see what the worst of 2017 is as well. If you were looking for disappointment, misery and shoddy design then you’ve come to the right place, which is what I whisper to myself in a mirror lately. Alternatively, there’s the following list of turds, which critics have universally lambasted:


  • Syberia 3 – 48
  • Vaccine – 48
  • Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days – 45
  • Verdun – 44
  • Husk – 44
  • Inner Chains – 40
  • Troll and I – 39
  • Randall – 39
  • Vroom In The Night Sky – 17


  • Divide – 47
  • Inner Chains – 45
  • Randall – 44
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Mega Battle – 44
  • We Are Chicago – 44
  • Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days – 43
  • DYING: Reborn – 40
  • Vaccine – 35
  • Troll and I – 32
  • Vroom In The Night Sky – 19
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I was kind of curious to see what this “Vroom In The Night Sky” was all about. According to critics, it’s a game that is “an empty prototype” and “complete bobbins” say the unlucky few reviewers who tarnished their new Nintendo Switch with it. Ouch. The rest of 2017 is looking like a cracker of a year, especially in October when Wolfenstein II, Shadow of War, Assassin’s Creed Origins and Mario Odyssey released in the same month. Some games, on the same day even.

Last Updated: July 12, 2017

Darryn Bonthuys

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  • Magoo

    Fucking Chess Ultra man.

  • “Chess Ultra – 91”

    Well so much for that credibility xD

    • Hammersteyn

      Gonna buy a VR helmet for it O_o

      • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

        Definitely game of the year!

    • Checkmate!

    • miaau

      Hey, that looks very cool.

      Except, provides no reason to change from current Chess game, so why bother?

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Hey! I’ve got one of those on the backlog. Amazing. I’m so current.

    • Original Heretic

      Well done, pat yourself on the back. Or punch yourself in the face, either way, meh.

    • MonsterCheddar

      This comment originates from an excerpt of Trevs journal from 1922, and is based on a game called Kleilat.

    • Hammersteyn

      You must have slipped when you clicked through the summer sale

    • Not the backlog!

    • miaau

      down with the kids

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        What are they good for anyway!

  • Admiral Chief

    I have a picture of a better Harley

    • Hammersteyn


      • Admiral Chief

        Haven’t nutted so much since before I found a pack of roasted almonds back in ’67

        • Hammersteyn


          • Admiral Chief

            From “XD” to “O_o” in one comment, heh, job well done

  • Admiral Chief

    Look at that, I scored 0/40

  • Hammersteyn

    dat HZD 💖

  • Hammersteyn

    Can’t wait for a Persona 5 sale.

  • Dresden

    Perhaps it’s open world fatigue I had from 300 odd hours in Witcher 3, but I still haven’t gotten to playing Horizon (which I got with my PS4).
    Need to make a plan to remedy that it seems.

    • miaau

      that is a real and scary thing, truly. Open world zzzzzzzz

  • those scores are eMazing!

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild deserves that top spot and then some.

    • Galbedir

      20 hrs in and I cant put it down. I say this carefully, but it may take my top spot over Witcher 3.

  • Anon A Mouse

    Haven’t played any of those on the list. In fact if you do a 2016 list I’ll probably haven’t played any of those as well.

    Free time is a lie….

    • miaau

      Sigh. Yes. I still make time, thought, else I will go crazy. er.

  • miaau

    “Vroom In The Night Sky”, but, but the name. how can it not be so much win?

  • Galbedir

    Just bought Shovel Knight Treasure Trove on my Switch after seeing this list…I hear good things.

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