In the lead up to this New Year’s Day revealthat each member of the staff will give their personal top 10 games they played this year.
This season was one of the most challenging years for me as a gamer simply because there was so much to play with, and yet not enough time. I’d get in an ungodly number of hours — a number that I prefer not disclose to family or friends ones — however a major reason I managed to get so many hours it had been due to this new device called the Nintendo Switch.
Looking back, I recognize that Nintendo dominated a lot of my playtime, but there were some other memorable names which stuck out to me as well. While it’s hard to narrow down a list of 10 of my favourite games for 2017, it’s especially important to look back at how these games have become pillars in the industry, because they have a few of the most essential lessons the market can learn from entering the new year. I hope you like my top 10 list, and that I hope you have to spend too much time with these games this year since I did, and more.
10. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
When you ask around DualShockers, everyone will tell you that I’ve been the biggest competitor to this experience being considered as a game, and especially as a Game of the Year competition. There’s been a frightful shift in the past few years towards the Historical Access model, also I’m afraid that it places developers’ salaries before gameplay and content. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, as an example, might have stayed in early-access ad infinitum and individuals would still have paid their $30 entry fee to get a game that did not pretend for a final product.
That is, however, still the case for PUBG on Xbox One. That Game Preview version is not anything more than a half-baked effort at obtaining a console exclusive at the vacation season. Now, countless players have handed over their money and are satisfied using a variant of a game that is so unreliable in its demonstration that you cannot reasonably expect a game to move off without a hitch. On PC, the game runs like a dream in comparison.
Now that the PC model has formally left Historical Access, I can, in fact, list it as one of my top ten games of this year.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins‘ biggest attraction for me was its own meaningful quest, and more especially, how combat evolved not only inside the series, but from city to city. When I began the game, I had been worried that a lot of this assassin-ing could be done in desert cities and camps, however once I stumbled right into Alexandria, lots more of this game’s combat systems came into play and I found myself playing an almost entirely different game. As it was created by precisely the same team that made Black Flag, the game does well to reward your journeys and exploration. Similarly, by trying out new and interesting skills in the game’s development system, I managed to create a gameplay style that felt quite distinctive.
Sure, I was originally drawn to the slow bow and arrow approach, but if Skyrim taught me anything, it’s the stealthiest gameplay can sometimes be the most boring. Having the option to invest abilities to a warrior with utility darts felt like a true change of pace for the series, one that I think has revived it. I quarreled with all the game’s regularly boring story, but the spectacle and gameplay which Ancient Egypt had to offer won me over in the end and allowed this game to wind up in my list.
8. Input the Gungeon
For me, Enter the Gungeon signifies a ridiculously addictive gameplay and an even more absurd plot. Once I found that the primary goal of the game was to find a gun which could kill the past, I was in. And, as with another game in my top ten list, this game was one I exclusively played with buddies. Although one of us was needed to play with since the “sidekick” the entire time, the game understood this and it became a source of comedy during our lives.
Every gun was either really badass, or very funny, and dodging the bullet-hell which was being fired was never overly serious as a result of this game’so special and intentionally reflective characters: a handsome pilot using shopping reductions, a hunter using a crossbow, and a corgi. Moments like when I understood that the “sidekick’s” primary weapon was a Nerf gun, or when I shot one too many occasions while I had been at the shop, are exactly what makes this game really memorable and one that I will continue to play on the couch with friends to the new calendar year.
7. Moon Hunters
Sure, you might not ever know of Moon Hunters, but as far as sofa co-op goes, you’de be hard-pressed to find a much better experience on the Switch. The game combines RPG elements using a pick-your-own-adventure type of storytelling and shrouds the whole thing in a beautiful puzzle that eggs you forward with three friends from the side. I played it on Switch, and the rapid 40-or-so-minute campaigns were enough to fit in the palm of the hands on a commute, or to be played back in a basement with all the boys and a chilly one.
I still don’t believe I’ve pieced together the entire lore, and that I haven’t unlocked the final working character, but having three buddies roast one for having combined ice and rice for food when you stop to camp at the night might have single-handedly plagued this game into my top ten, but the depth and intrigue of this game’s narrative and gameplay keep it all there.
6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
It’s one of the strongest entries in the series and you’ll be able to take off the Joy-Con, kick from the rack, and play together with your officemates: there’s really much to say other than that. I know that the game is not always a fresh entry in the series as far since it is a polished version to get a console. And yet again, the Switch is what helps this game to glow so brightly.
It’s all of the new figures, maps, karts, and items that allow me to drift down a class with the extreme entropy. It’s’s what I need in a Mario Kart game and it’s one of the best games to bring into a party and, in my estimation, it’s one the best racing games to come from this season.
Check out DualShockers’ Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review.
5. Splatoon Two
Using its fast-paced gameplay, adorable art leadership, and surprisingly deep metagame, Splatoon 2 is a must-play shooter in 2017. Whether using a Pro Controller on your TV or handheld motion controls turned on, that game feels so at home on Nintendo’s brand new console.
Every one of the game’s weapons feels niche and defined, and every map even more so. These items, coupled with the fact that the game has obtained routine content updates at no extra cost, also make it among my year’s top ten. While the campaign can be overlooked, Salmon Run proved to be unbelievably challenging at higher difficulty levels and there is nothing like a high-stakes game of Rainmaker to find the ink flowing.
Check out DualShockers’ Splatoon 2 review.
I received a PS4 Pro specially to see what this game could do with improved hardware at 4K, and I was left handed. Speechless for the better part of an whole week that I binged the game. Having a tutorial which introduced the gameplay mechanics as well as it strikes the story’s main puzzle, and an emotional and generation-defining 30-hour effort, Horizon Zero Dawn never missed a beat.
Guerrilla Games went past the funniest post-apocalyptic worlds that I have come to understand and enjoy, and produced a universe which has achieved mass fandom equally in terms of the way the game plays along with also the incredibly interesting creatures that live within it. They are just as fun to track and search as they are to look at. I’ve started to tire of traditional fetch quests, which the game’s unwanted missions had a lot of, but this can be excused to the stunning mystery that functions as you move through the game’s characters.
Check out DualShockers’ Horizon Zero Dawn review.
Cuphead is, without a doubt, among the greatest artistic expeditions for video games at 2017. StudioMDHR managed to take sound platform-shooting gameplay, an orgiastic score, and a few of the very original art design that I’ve ever seen at a game. Sure, it’s profoundly inspired by 1930s movies like A visit to the Moon and shows such as Tom and Jerry and Betty Boop, however the fact of the matter is that the artwork team painstakingly drew every frame in that game.
Equally important is the soundtrack which has been written by Kristofer Maddigan as well as business. The land and soundscape of this game encourage you to play on, and if the bosses get tough, or you also’ve gotten tired of dying right until the finish line, you realize there are more brilliant sights and seems to be observed beyond it, and that’s what pushes you forward.
Check out DualShockers’ Cuphead review.
2. Super Mario Odyssey
It’s been a long time as a Mario game has entertained me much and this often. Sure, Super Mario Galaxy may be exceptional in some ways but, as with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, when you shop around and recognize that you simply’re enjoying a video game you could never have thought would be handheld, that’s the second you realize what a masterpiece this game would be.
Again, I’m not mentioning that it’s obtained the strongest or most persuasive narrative, but also the exuberance that arrived with finding each and every Moon in a planet on lunch breaks or about airplanes is something unique. There’s some sentimentalism to this one too.
I can’t count the amount of times my spouse would slip my Switch merely to try and find a few Moons more than me. This juvenile competition coupled with wholeheartedly fun mechanics and special destinations made Super Mario Odyssey my favourite game of this year.
Check out DualShockers’ Super Mario Odyssey review.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of this Wild
It’s’s been lauded as one of the most important games lately and for great reason. The unique pairing of a visually enthralling planet along with a sometimes freakishly realistic search engine make for a game that can be played in some pretty outrageous ways. Hell, you may even charge straight to your game’s final boss in the moment you wake up from the slumber. BOTW is everything that an RPG should be: memorable, enjoyable, and complicated. It doesn’t need a talent-based skill tree to alter how you play.
This’s until you even realize this game is portable. Though it’s vast open-world is excellent for lengthier at-home excursions, I discovered saving shrines for on-the-go gameplay to be rewarding and readily manageable on any train, cab, or airplane ride. Akin to the game’s weapon durability program, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of this Wild allows you to throw away things you understood about the series and the genre to be able to make one of the most incredible gaming experiences to date.
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