I made a list of my top ten games of 2017. Enjoy!
10. West of Loathing
When I first saw this game it was part of a Let’s Play and I believed it was overly simple because it was all black and white stick figures in a while wild west setting. After about five minutes of watching I was buying the game off Steam because it was hilarious and I loved almost every minute of game play. I could try to explain more of the game but it is better seen in action rather than read about.
9. Mass Effect: Andromeda
What I expected was flying through space with my awesome team of aliens trying to save a galaxy. What I got was the B-Team. At its heart it is still a Mass Effect game but it didn’t do much if anything to be as great as the original three or even try to be different in terms of game play. In most cases I enjoy familiarity and this was just too much of that which is why it is so low on my list.
Keeping up with the space theme I played some Prey this year and really enjoyed it. The whole fighting a type of alien creature that can mimic items in the environment made for some great situations. I enjoyed searching the ship finding new weapons and gadgets to get around with as well as getting mimic abilities for myself to use. The weapons have some interesting uses to such as a gloo gun that shoots foam blobs that harden allowing you to build your own staircase or walkway on a wall, it can also temporarily stop enemies and put out fires.
7. Destiny 2
It is more Destiny with new story, planets, gear, and different abilities and I’m okay with that.
6. .hack//G.U. Last Recode
Ten years ago was the last time there was a .hack// game that was localized and suddenly we get an HD remaster of the original G.U. trilogy with an added fourth volume. For me it was like playing a Persona game where you can build your friendship with your teammates but through email, having them in your party, sending gifts and trading. The fourth volume was a welcoming addition that added some closure to some plot points but it did seem a bit short almost as if there was meant to be more to it originally. Since it is the first localized game in at least ten years fans will take it as we have missed out on at least two other games since then.
5. Nier Automata
A Platinum game where you control a female android named 2B while using swords to fight off robots deserves a spot on this list. I really liked playing Metal Gear Rising and this is by the same developers so of course I was going to play it. The locations are as beautiful as a post apocalyptic world can be and exploring can be rewarding. The enemy boss fights can be over the top and there is even some dlc that lets you fight against Square Enix and PlatinumGames presidents Yosuke Matsuda and Kenichi Sat.
4. Monster Hunter World Demo
A demo on a top ten list? Sure why not? It’s no secret that Monster Hunter is a great game and just recently I got to try the new demo with friends. We all had fun and even got Micah to participate somehow. It looked amazing and ran great. There are a number of improvements I hope come to the full game but for a demo this was a solid experience of hunting monsters with or without friends. I believe the best moments I experienced with the demo was when two or more of the larger monsters would meet in an area and start fighting each other. I would just back off from attacking and enjoy the prehistoric battle in front of me.
3. Persona 5
I had so much fun with Persona 5. Everything that is needed in a Persona game is here. There are friendships to be made, personas to fuse, dungeons to explore, mascot characters telling you when to sleep, and hearts to steal. Each dungeon was unique to the specific person it was about similar to Persona 4 but it was no longer randomized and could have special encounters and situations that would allow for better use of the stealth segments. There is so much I want to say about Persona 5 but I can’t because I really do not wish to spoil any more than I have for anyone looking to play it.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
So you wake up after sleeping for about 100 years and you’re told to go save the princess. You look in the direction of the castle and see the chaotic darkness swarming in that general area, what do you do? You go on a adventure to all corners of the map and explore 120 shrines, get the master sword, and gather korok seeds. I spend about 100 hours playing Breath of the Wild and it was a different experience from the standard Zelda games in a great way. The whole idea of not even bothering defeating the four main bosses or getting the master sword and just rushing to the castle to face Ganon is an option that the brave and speedy will take on, or someone like me who wants to be the best they can will go on a long journey before facing that very same evil.
1. Sonic Mania
If you were to ask me what my favorite 2D Sonic The Hedgehog game was before Sonic Mania came out I would have answered Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Now that a new 2D Sonic game is out it’s a pretty close tie between the two but I really enjoyed playing Sonic Mania as it was made by fans for fans. Seeing familiar areas from past games that are extended and take consideration for shield abilities from Sonic 3 and the addition of new location was an amazing experience. There is so much I loved in this game like the & Knuckles mode that would have Knuckles following whoever you decide to play as, including Knuckles. One of the best surprises was the inclusion of a Mean Bean Machine, or Puyo Puyo, as a boss fight and unlockable minigame. I really hope there is a sequel or more games like Sonic Mania in the future.