2017 was an incredible year for gaming! Another year, another list. I only wish I had more time to play more incredible game this year!
- Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon (3DS)
If the Pokémon release timeline was still a thing, this year would have been the first release of the new generation and Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon would have been a fantastic first iteration game as opposed to the actual first iteration game we actually got last year. It’s definitely the more complete version of the 7th Generation of Pokémon. I still love Pokémon and a blast playing through it, but I’ll still be forever salty about not getting Pokémon Z.
- VA-11 HALL-A (PSVita)
Originally released last year, Cyberpunk Bartender Action makes a reappearance on my list this year due to being finally released on the PlayStation Vita. Even a year later, it was still incredibly comfy and enjoyable to revisit Glitch City and hang out at VA-11 HALL-A.
- Fighting Games (Multi-Plat)
2017 was a good year for fighters. Good: Akuma and Geese Howard in Tekken. Bad: Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite lackluster roster. Ugly: For Honor’s sloppy launch. And everything in between from the sequel like Injustice 2 to newcomers such Arms and Absolver. 2017 was hot and 2018 looks even hotter. Hopefully whichever game isn’t on the Evo lineup yet can finally take Super Smash Bros Melee’s spot at Evo.
- Vanquish (PC)
When you combine the cuhrazee action of a character action game with a third person shooter, you get the greatest third person shooter of all time. Finally on PC, Vanquish can finally be played at a constant and proper framerate (with mouse and keyboard support), it is the definitive way to play the game. It’s an experience you don’t want to miss.
- Yakuza 0 (PS4)
I’m not sure what I enjoyed more, the fantastic and vibrant city of Kamurocho and the excellent story telling or the min-maxing tycoon and management side games inside of the game. Majima isn’t just cool, he’s the coolest.
- Fire Emblem Heroes (Mobile)
A phone game in my Top 10?! Fire Emblem Heroes has it all. Waifus. Husbandos. Fan-service. Min-maxing. Team building. And most of all, those little shot of endorphins in the form of gatcha. Bite size filling of Fire Emblem spread through a constantly updating meta after a realization that Fate was actually really bad and Echoes not really scratching the itch.
- Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)
Having to sell my Switch due to circumstances left me without a way to play this game… until my nephew got a Switch! Playing through the game, finding little secrets and easter eggs, experiencing it with my nephew really made me appreciate what Nintendo is doing even more. It definitely has something for everyone.
- Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (PC/PS4)
Final Fantasy XIV is a game I’ve been playing since the relaunch of the game as A Realm Reborn. Stormblood is the newest expansion with a new adventure to the Asian-inspired east. Many hours were logged and many dungeons were ran. Loot were voted on and the ultimate PvP experience in finding a plot of land in the new residential area was fought. Still huge quarterly updates, the story and adventure goes on.
- Persona 5 (PS3/PS4)
Persona 5 is amazing. From the presentation to the music to the story to the characters. Persona 5 was a game made with love and was worth every bit of wait since its first supposed launch date years ago. Haru is best girl.
- NieR: Automata (PS4/PC)
The original Nier is quite possibly my favorite game of all time. It had clunky combat but the world was vibrant and wild and beautiful with the greatest soundtrack of all time. The love child of all my favorite people, Automata take place tens of thousands of years later in the future and it still has this vibrant and wild and beautiful world with a soundtrack that can rival the original Nier, but now it has the amazing combat of action game guru, Platinum Games.