KUIPERS! Top 10 Games of 2017

 

The 10 Games That Released In 2017 I Played

 

Disclaimer:  This list reflects just what the title suggests. The more I thought about some of these, the less deserving I felt they belonged on a Top 10 list. I just have a PC and handheld systems, which is why there is a lack of console games, too.

 

10 // Slime Rancher

Slime Rancher is one of those games that is fun to kill time with when you’re looking for something different. I was drawn to this game as something unlike what I normally play, and I got exactly that!

 

9 // Lawbreakers

Lawbreakers was a nice break from Overwatch when I grew tired of it. The fast-paced gameplay was a good change of pace for the genre of games, and the mobility of each character led to some fun, in-your-face gameplay.

8 // Fire Emblem Warriors

Strategic hack-and-slash is not something you would expect from a video game and yet that is exactly what draws you to Fire Emblem Warriors. Warriors kept me entertained when I only had small bursts of time to play something.

 

7 // PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

I feel like it would be unusual to see a top 10 list without PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on it, and that is in part because is addictive trying to win that chicken dinner! The one thing that took me away from it is that my gaming laptop isn’t the best and will shut itself off periodically, disconnecting me from the match and ruining any efforts of success.

 

6 // Superhot VR

I played Superhot when it came out and had a great time doing so. I had the pleasure of playing the game in VR during our 24-hour Extra Life stream, and it was even better than I thought it would be. The awkwardness of figuring what to do so that time moves and the better ability to dodge attacks made me wish I could play more.

 

5 // Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

I heard a little bit about Hellblade before and thought it sounded interesting, but I knew I had to check it out when I heard Eric talking about. As a psychology major, I was particularly intrigued by the amount of detail taken to replicating psychosis. It did not disappoint one bit!

 

4 // Pokemon Ultra Moon

As a fan of the classic series, I felt like Ultra Moon was a good closer for the Pokemon series on the 3DS. It gave a fun dose of nostalgia for longtime fans in Team Rainbow Rocket.  My one complaint, though, is that it took a while to get to the parts differentiating it from Sun and Moon. When things were different, though, they definitely kept it entertaining.

3 //  Escapists 2

Figuring out how to break out of a prison while following daily routines can be a bit of a challenge. What could make the struggle all the more difficult? Being backstabbed by your friend because they want to escape first! Escapists 2 is a fun game on your own, but it can be even better when trying to escape with your friends.

 

2 // Metroid: Samus Returns

I have never played a Metroid game before this one but had heard good things about the series. When I was in a bit of a platformer phase this past year, I had a great time figuring out all of the different puzzles and didn’t mind backtracking to find hidden secrets. The boss fights were definitely challenging in that even after you found out the secrets to success, execution still presented a challenge.

 

1 // Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia was definitely worth the playthrough. The game rewards exploration via better gear or even possibly new characters! The full voice-acting of the cutscenes mixed with the diverse talent of actors brought the game to life in new ways than before. I also found the story to be really engaging and a good step for the Fire Emblem franchise, which is pretty interesting considering the game is a remake of one of the first games.

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