Friday Debate – What was YOUR game of the year?

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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.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: December 8, 2017

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  • The Devision free to play weekends every 2nd week.

  • 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!

    • MonsterCheddar

      Does AA work?

  • 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.

    • Hammersteyn

      But it’s derp gem of teh year!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Friends nintendon’t let friends nintendo.

        • Hammersteyn

          XD

  • Dutch Matrix

    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!

  • MonsterCheddar

    I enjoyed Destiny 2, haven’t touched the DLC (because I’m very skeptical about it) yet, but I won’t call it Game of the Year.
    I’m busy with Wolfenstein: The New Order, after that its Old Blood and then Colossus.
    I have heard good things about Colossus.

  • MonsterCheddar

  • 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.

  • Hammersteyn

    My top 5 for the year of the top of my head that I’ve finished.
    1. Horizon Zero Dawn
    2. FF15
    3. South Park: The Fractured but Whole
    4. Shadow warrior 2
    5. Slain

    • MonsterCheddar

      OOOOOOH yes. Slain…..Still have to play it.

  • MonsterCheddar

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Hellblade.

    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.

  • Mike Doutchevitch

    Horizon Zero Dawn

  • I am going to say Fishing Planet since thats the game with the most hours I played this year.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Cos he luvs da vis.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Most hours I put in was on Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Awesome but very flawed game.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      You mean it’s… flawsome!

    • Hammersteyn

      I had fun shooting, customizing and exploring. Plus it’s a fantastic co-op game.

      • MonsterCheddar

        The multiplayer is also fun if you don’t mind waiting in a lobby for 10 minutes.

  • Judging by the hours I spent in it so far I am going to have to say Fortnite:SavetheWorld.

    • Admiral Chief Silver Dragon

      Yeah, I’m digging it

  • Hammersteyn

    Games I would’ve skipped in hindsight but finished nonetheless
    1. Mass Effect Andromeda
    2. Resident Evil 6
    3. Double Dragon 4
    A short list fortunately

    • For the Emperor!

      I still need to finish Andromeda. Have not touched it since mid April when I went on holiday. Funny enough I am rather playing Plants vs Zombies when I open my Origin. DA:I is difficult to replay, but at least I wanted to finish it even on XBox 360.

  • Lord Chaos

    Don’t know, been a weird gaming year, hasn’t really been anything that wow’ed me

  • Admiral Chief Silver Dragon

    I’m quite enjoying Fortnite at the moment. Game of the year though…that it ain’t.

    • Hammersteyn

      Will get in on that next year.

      • Hammersteyn

        Just a few fortnights from now 😛

  • HvR

    Just realized I haven’t played a single game this year that was released in 2017.

    Just every time, ooo might get this …. R1000!! … nope rather get 4 2016 or early access independent developed games I still want to play.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I’ve played 3 games released this year. First time that’s happened since 2010.

    • Lord Chaos

      Same here

  • R1ker

    To be honest i did not even get one game that was released this year. I tend to buy now at least a year after release. I can tell you what my game of the year is for 2015 😛

    • HvR

      XCOM2 GOTY 2016 FTW!!!!!!

  • DarthofZA

    Breath of the Wild. Now I am a massive Zelda fan, but I’ve pretty much played through the whole game twice now, and loved it both times.
    The only other games I played this year that I feel deserve to be up for discussion are Mario Odyssey and Horizon Zero Dawn.

  • OneLargeBanana

    Pffftt! Obviously it’s Cliffy B’s unbelievably woke, Lawbreakers… cough.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAH…snort!

    • hey! that game rocks!

      • OneLargeBanana

        No, that game is in a bag of rocks, rapidly descending into the Mariana trench!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I’ll have you know all 39 people playing it are having a whale of a time!

          • OneLargeBanana

            Oops it’s 37 now. Cliffy B and his mom just logged out.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Probably has more people playing Jazz Jackrabbit on GOG.

  • Vi.

    Horizon Zero Dawn.

  • Gaijin-

    Minesweeper, clearly.

  • ChristmasCactus

    Has to be solitaire

  • OneLargeBanana

    It was a great year of gaming – so many GOTY candidates – I can’t choose a winner.

  • Greylingad{EXPLOSIONS!}

    It’s a hard choice between horizon zero dawn and wolfenstein 2, loved both, couldn’t bother with anything else…

  • Sageville

    Horizon Zero Dawn

  • ReverendFunk

    Mario Odyssey by a country mile

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