Year in Review: Best Games of 2017

Year in Review: Best Games of 2017


Best Style: Cuphead

Cuphead is a run and gun action game with the rubber hose animation style of a 1930’s cartoon. This really is one of the best looking games I have ever seen, but don’t be deceived by its charming visuals, this game is fiendishly hard. You’ll be focusing so much effort on not dying that you’ll barely have time to appreciate the visuals, but every time you do get a chance to admire them, you will be blown away by the attention detail.  This game is going for an aesthetic, and it nails that aesthetic with a level of accuracy that you have to experience to believe. 

Best Story: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

‍Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

The New Colossus takes place in an alternate 1961 where the Nazis have won World War II by dropping an atomic bomb on Manhattan. As the game’s protagonist, B.J. Blazkowicz, you are member of the Kreisau Circle resistance group, returning to the United States of America to inspire a resistance movement among the American people. Wolfenstein II is filled with amazing set piece moments like a “Victory Day” parade in Roswell New Mexico, a grim vision of how Americans might act in a reality in which they have been subjugated by the Nazi regime.

Best Multiplayer: Destiny 2

‍Destiny 2

The sequel to the successful, yet highly-polarizing, massively multiplayer online first-person shooter largely makes good on the indiscretions of its predecessor. The vast majority of Destiny 2’s content can be enjoyed solo, but there are a variety of cooperative and completive multiplayer activities like the Leviathan raid, requiring six players to work together to complete puzzle-like challenges and intense boss battles.

Best Debut: Horizon Zero Dawn

‍Horizon Zero Dawn

The premise and setting for this game are incredible and I am amazed that it’s an original work of fiction. The world of Horizon Zero Dawn feels like it could be a novel or television series. It follows the story of a young woman named Aloy, in a post-post-apocalyptic earth populated by dangerous robotic animals. Humans have reverted to tribalism and reject and fear the technology of the past. Aloy embarks on a journey of self-discovery, dispatching gigantic robots along the way.

Best Game of the Year:  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

‍The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

This game is truly worthy of the term emergent game-play. Unlike its predecessors, which are known for their strict adherence to a very specific formula, Breath of the Wild gives you the tools and freedom to do as you please. The game behaves the way you think it should. Metal armaments will act as lightning rods during a storm, you can roll boulders down from clifftops onto unsuspecting enemies, and burning crates containing food will cook the food inside. It’s the type of game where you come up with a creative solution in your head and when you go to execute that plan it actually works. It is extremely satisfying and I’ve never played anything quite like it.