2017 was a great year for video games and here’s what I thought about the games I played.
Honorable Mention: Hap Inc.
Hidden My Game By Mom 1 & 2, My Brother Ate My Pudding and Toast Girl are all iOS flash-esque games that took me by surprise. Not only were they all fun and silly to play but they also had clever puzzles and great stories being told over the course of each game.
From it’s hyper cheerful protagonist to the overly joyful cyber-pirate chiptune soundtrack, Flinthook is full of style. With solid grappling hook mechanics and an upgrade system that makes every play through worthwhile, I still keep going back to this rougue-like for more.
9. Life Is Strange
I didn’t quite know what to expect when I was going in to this game. It came recommended by some podcasts I listen to and all five episodes were free on PS+ so it was a no-loss if it turned out bad. To my luck it was a good, mellow adventure with some neat mechanics on decision making that came fresh with a unique story and soundtrack.
8. Sonic Mania
With TONS of hype surrounding the long overdue release of this game, I was super pumped to hear Lauren volunteer to write the review for Sonic Mania. Not only did that place her in front of the TV to play it in it’s entirety but for about a month straight it seemed as if we were going back through levels in co-op just having fun together.
7. DOOM (2016)
When Tony offered me DOOM for review on Switch I told him that my knowledge on the franchise was too small having only played the original DOOM on my GameBoy Advance back in High School. Thankfully he still gave me the game and boy, was it incredible! Never before in a game had I felt so powerful as I did in Doom, I liked it so much on Switch that I went and bought it on PS4 to get a more robust experience on my second play through.
6. Asura’s Wrath
Asura’s Wrath is the best anime I’ve ever played. Think about that, I can’t really call it a game because probably half of it was cutscenes and quick time events. I don’t say that to detract from the game at all though as I loved every minute of it! If you feel like watching a six-armed cyborg god fight a mega sized space being’s finger as it comes down to squash him all while he’s screaming with rage, go play Asura’s Wrath!
I played Firewatch super early in the year, like January with snow on the ground early. Even though a whole year of games has passed through my hands, it’s beautiful visuals and interesting way of telling a story have stuck with me.
4. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session
Taiko no Tatsujin has FINALLY come to PS4 and not only is it region free, it’s also in english! I was so pumped to finally get my hands on a console installment of Taiko that didn’t require me buying a Japanese system. There has been a bunch of fun had in this game at my house and with constant DLC coming each month, I don’t see it stopping any time soon.
3. Persona 5
I spent over a hundred hours in the world of Persona 5 and still have more to go. The main story is complete but I loved it so much that I’m now chasing after a platinum trophy (a fool’s errand some would say). Every inch of this game is dripping with style and apart from Morgana telling me when to sleep, I can’t wait to jump back in for that last bit of content.
When I first heard about Undertale back in 2016, I knew I was going to play it. After a conversation with Ethan that left me feeling it would eventually come to Vita, I held out to experience it on a truly superior platform. Let me tell you one thing, if you have even the slightest felling of interest in this game, it is worth WAY more than any retailer, physical or digital, is asking for it!
1. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone
Prior to joining Nintendo-Okie in 2012, I had no knowledge of what a Vocaloid was. Fast forward almost six years and here I am, placing what I feel to be the best Hatsune Miku game created at the top of my list. I’ve driven hundreds of miles to and from Dallas, TX almost exclusively to play Future Tone at a Round 1 arcade or attend a live concert with my best friends. The pure bliss of having that very game on my PS4, available to play whenever I want has been amazing! With all the updates and DLC that came over the year, I believe the entire arcade roster is available in the comfort of your own home. with 238 total tracks, this game has almost every single one of my favorite songs from past games as well as TONS that were new to me. From it’s release, I’ve spent countless hours either playing the rhythm game whenever I had time to kill or turned on one of my music video playlists to create some background music in the house while doing something else. “The Dance Game” as my 4 year old son calls it, has become a family favorite in the Rifenburg house this year.
Categories: 2017 Year in Review