Christmas time is here, Mariah Carey has risen from her slumber and the malls are decked in the misery of Boney M’s parappa pum pum. The year in gaming is pretty much done and dusted, having unleashed some pretty terrific titles on us! We’ve had plenty of time to stomp Nazis, the Nintendo Switch has proven itself to be an amazing device thanks to hit after hit rolling out and Assassin’s Creed feels fresher than ever.
Good games, and plenty of them. Last night’s Game Awards saw one Nintendo title take home the bacon, in the form of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Expansive, beautiful and amazing at home or on the go, Link’s latest return was well worth the wait. Here’s what Geoff still had to say about it earlier in 2017 when it earned a rare 10/10 score:
Is it perfect? No. Nothing is. There are a few frame rate issues that exhibit, particularly when the Switch is running in docked mode. I’d also have preferred if the horses were magic, able to hear your calling whistles from anywhere on the map, instead of having to be within earshot. For me, that made equestrian companions nearly useless. Some of the voice overs can also be a tad overwrought – but they’re all minor issues that hardly detract from an exemplary gaming experience. I’ve spent 40 or so hours in Hyrule, and though the credits have rolled, I intend to spend 40 more.
The thing is, I doubt that I would have been so generous were I to have reviewed it. It’s a great game, but it’s not my game of the year. While I’m keeping those cards close to my chest for our eventual rewards, I want to hear from you: What was the best game of 2017? Was it Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus? Persona 5’s anime anarchy? EA’s loot box con?
Discuss below (AND FIGHT!), because I’m curious to hear what you reckon stood out head and shoulders this year.
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Last Updated: December 8, 2017
December 8, 2017 at 10:36
The Devision free to play weekends every 2nd week.
December 8, 2017 at 10:36
I am still about to finish it, but Hellblade is one of the more unique experiences in gaming that I have ever had. Truly worth it. Also, it isn’t AAA, fuck AAA!
December 8, 2017 at 10:39
I agree with Darryn. Breath of the Wild’s overturned durability just ruined my immersion, I could not play more than 30min at a time before I start feeling bored with it cause I am just trying to not fight since all I have is a stick and a leaf to blow winds with.
And the battle music was something glob awful.
December 8, 2017 at 10:45
Mass Effect Andromeda. Because the barkeep is called Dutch. And they had a tip of the hat to my late brother Johan. Pity he was a cannibal. In the game! In the Game!
December 8, 2017 at 10:49
I don’t rate GotY as highly as I used to (and believe me, I’ve had some fights as I’m sure Alessandro will attest). I think everyone has their own GotY and that varies wildly. For me, the most fun I’ve had in a game this year has been in Overwatch, but the most fun I’ve had in a game released this year has been Cuphead. Definitely the game that most interests me to play next is Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. So there you go.
Alien Emperor Trevor
December 8, 2017 at 10:54
I had a lot of fun with Steamworld Dig 2 & Divinity: Original Sin 2, but Hellblade moved gaming forward as an entertainment medium with its incredible combination of story and game play and audio designed to tell that story.
December 8, 2017 at 10:58
Horizon Zero Dawn
December 8, 2017 at 11:00
I am going to say Fishing Planet since thats the game with the most hours I played this year.