My Top 10 Games of 2017
10 // Sniper Elite 4
If stealthy sneaking around killing nazis isn’t enough fun, wait until you have the chance to do it with a sniper rifle, and an X-Ray kill cam where you can explode testicles. I’d catch myself playing back through one of the missions just so I could try and sneak through unseen, or see how far off into the distance I could down a Nazi with a shot to the heart… or nuts.
09 // Cuphead
This game frustrated me more than any other game. I haven’t had a game make me feel so unskilled and wanting to throw a controller more than this game. Beautiful art style, and a sense of nostalgia, and a game that played like a cartoon from the 1930’s is what drew me to the game, but the shear audacity of a game developer to make a game so simple yet so hard is what puts this game in my top 10. Kudos to StudioMDHR.
08 // Snipperclips – Cut it out, together!
This game made the cut because I had so much fun playing this game with my wife or kids. Having to get 2 or 4 people to work together to figure out the puzzles was both exhausting and rewarding when you finally figured out how to clip each other’s characters in such a way to fit the cutout, stop the flow of liquid, or move an egg or ball from one place to another successfully.
07 // Call of Duty WWII
This game made my list because of the campaign and the Zombies mode. I know it got some flack from some because it was “just like all the other WWII campaigns in other games” but I still enjoyed it, and felt like it was worth the play time. I don’t see myself going back to the online game play, but honestly since Pubg I don’t see myself going back to the traditional PvP games, like COD anytime soon.
06 // Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Another big open world game that didn’t fail to spark many hours of gameplay. The part I liked about this game the most was the coop play with friends. The storyline was weak, but I didn’t care. I just wanted to steal an airplane, shoot some bad guys, and explore the world.
05 // Destiny 2
Say what you will, but this game captured my attention for over 140 hours of game play. It’s a loot sim, that is like crack cocaine (I’m guessing) because once you start playing you don’t want to stop. You just want one more engram, or complete just one more weekly challenge.
04 // Assassin’s Creed Origins
I didn’t start this game right when it came out. I was hesitant. I thought that I had had my fill of Assassin’s Creed. I mean I didn’t even finish the last one, and honestly can’t remember it’s name, but from the moment I heard everyone talking about the expansiveness of the games world, I had to get in on the party. I still haven’t finished the main story line but I will, eventually, when I get tired of finding new villages, or raiding enemy camps, or hunting animals.
03 // Breath of the Wild
I’ve never been a Zelda fan. Tried some of the older games, but it wasn’t about nostalgia for me. The open world play, the puzzle based shrines, enemy camps to raid, and the taming of horses. This game was pure enjoyment. The sense of adventure when you step out of the first cave, and into the world of Hyrule was almost overwhelming. Down to the chopping of a tree to make a bridge to the other side of a cliff, to sneaking through the castle caves this game was non-stop fun.
02 // Super Mario Odyssey
Nintendo did it. They made a game that captured elements from all previous Mario games, from Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario 64, to Super Mario Galaxy, and did it with style and a sense of newness. I honestly had more fun playing the game after the credits rolled, and each map changed and opened up new possibilities. The controls, and jumps and combinations made it such that you didn’t feel bound by any barrier within the levels, and that there must be a way to jump up to that ledge, and find a stash of coins, or a hidden moon.
01 // PUBG
Steam tells me I’ve put in 165 hours into this game in 2017. Had it not been for a number of other stellar games in this list it would have been many more, and I wouldn’t have been left wanting. The thrill of this game has captured me for a few main reasons. 1. Gameplay: it can be jump in hot and be the first to get a gun and die fast, or jump somewhere secluded and spend the game running for the circle, trying to not be spotted, or going for that long sniper shot that you will probably miss. 2. Intensity: no matter the play style, you are always on the edge of your seat, looking around every corner, hearing footsteps, and hoping you see them before they see you. Hands down this was the best game of the year, and I see myself playing many more hours of this game in 2018.