Kyle Embke’s Top 10 Games of 2017

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Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money

It takes a lot for a game to be mobile and end up on an honorable mention. This game isn’t close to deserving a top 10 spot, and no one else played it in the Tub. But for being an idle tapper on a phone, it has provided countless hours of fun, plus almost weekly events that help you earn more characters and costumes. I spent a lot of my time this year in Sunnyvale Trailer Park.

Nidhogg 2

This game was one of the the best parts of our Extra Life stream this year. I haven’t played much of it, but this game was engaging and offered way more than I would have imagined it having offered when I first jumped in. It’s a great play and awesome way become very angry with your friends.

 

My top ten games of 2017

10 // Destiny 2

I was very vocally opposed to this game after the first one, however my opinion was rethought after the Tub stream of the beta and it clicked as to what this game was. Granted I still haven’t played the first DLC and haven’t touched it since completing almost everything I could, but I thoroughly enjoyed a large amount of time I sunk into this game.

9 // Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds

Yes, I know it barely got a full blown 1.0 release and yes I haven’t played the full released game, but a game that changes the landscapes the way this has, early acces or full release deserves a spot on my top ten list. To cause so many games to put in a mode to match and cause as many copycats as they have, it’s done something right.

8 // Injustice 2

I didn’t ever play the first one, but I played the crap out of 2. The story was compelling, Superman was a villain and there was a real reason that these heroes were going to town on each other. Plus match that to how good this game looked most of the time and loot boxes that kept me coming back for more, this game for sure deserved to end up in my top ten list.

7 // Cuphead

This game is georgeous, the soundtrack is great and this game is extremely difficult. As much as I wanted to throw my controller at times, this games ambitiousness was certainly worth the many years wait.

6 // Horizon Zero Dawn

For a new franchise this game was great. I enjoyed it a lot and spent lots of time with it. For me, the story wasn’t the strongest and I saw where it was going at a few big points, but it was a fun romp through a prehistoric future with enough mystery to make up for some of the plot points that were easier to call. Plus, evil robot animals! Here’s hoping the sequel has more dinosaurs to take down to make you feel B.A.

5 // Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Sure, this game may not handle as well as you’d expect for a game this high on a top ten list. But that’s not the only thing that this game offered. There are so many amazing moments in this game. Plus, if you find the secret achievement (I won’t spoil it if you haven’t, but you should find it if you didn’t) you know the exhilarating feeling of satisfaction that comes from it. Plus, nothing feels more American than taking back the homeland from Nazis.

4 // Assassin’s Creed Origins

This game has consumed the last month and a half of my year as I tried to reach the end game. While I’ve heard some disappointment online from some diehards of the franchise, this may be my favorite of the series, and I know my opinion could change a bit depending on how the last bit of the game I haven’t seen goes, this has been a wild ride. The setting feels like what I would have imagined, the game is extremely massive and the animals are amazing. My only complaint at this point is how few big cats I’ve actually come across.

3 // Resident Evil VII

This game scared the crap out of me over and over again. The family. The house. JACK. Melting bodies chasing you down. Lack of ammunition. Jump scares around most corners. I don’t know if there’s much more that needs to be said. Resident Evil showed up this year and let everyone know it’s back.

2 // Super Mario Odyssey

Mario was exactly what I wanted from a Mario game. And then some. There are so many moons. So many adventures. I don’t think there was a single world I didn’t enjoy. There’s so much fun that was had playing this game, and still many more fun times ahead as I’m not even close to being halfway done collecting all the moons. Mario is the hero we always believed him to be, he just wasn’t quite the hero enough to beat the hero of 2017.

1 // Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Link brought Nintendo back with a raging fury this year. The Switch launch title was the charming adventure we hoped for. The expansive world left open to explore in any order you’d like, this game truly let you adventure your way. And while danger lurked in the form of the Ganon Force, nothing in this story said it was something that would destroy everything at any moment, leaving you to wander Hyrule at a leisure pace and find out just who you are and what the heck happened. Whether building a village, finishing all the dungeons, or ignoring everything and just heading straight to the castle, this game let you play Zelda your way, and look great while it did. I loved this game more than any other game I played this year and I truly feel like this is the best game 2017 offered up to us. I can only hope I have a game I enjoyed this much again this year.

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