2017 was a very strong year for gaming. With the release of the Switch, Xbox One X, and the New 2DS XL, as well as a large library of new releases for all systems, there was no shortage of options for good games to play. I’m still playing catch up on my Wii U, so I haven’t got around to purchasing a Switch yet. Hopefully by this time next year, I’ll have a list top 10 list full of Switch titles. Without further delay, here is my top 10 list for 2017
10. The Wonderful 101 – As a fan of Platinum’s games, it’s a bit of a surprise that it took me this long to play The Wonderful 101. Fortunately, time made no difference in how awesome this game is. From the start of the game until the credits (and after!) I was on a non-stop thrill ride of over the top action that comes naturally for any Platinum title. I wasn’t a fan of using the stylus to draw different shapes to change weapons mid-combat, so the addition of a controller option made combat flow much smoother during my playtime.
9. Xenoblade Chronicles – With the announcement of a sequel that came out this year, I decided that it was time to finally start playing this series. Even for a 5 year old game, the large environments, epic story, and interesting cast of characters made this game very enjoyable. The multitude of sidequests are also made more manageable thanks to the quest system that automatically completes quests when you fulfill the objective, which is very convenient. If you have the time to spend (I beat it after about 80 hours and still didn’t do everything), this is a easy recommendation for Wii/Wii U owners.
8. Chaos; Child – (Chaos; Child is a follow-up to the Japan-only Chaos; Head, so it is recommended that you at least watch the anime adaptation for a story synopsis.) Since I’m a fan of mysteries and visual novels, it’s no surprise that I enjoyed all of the twists and turns that this game offered. The delusion trigger system (similar to the phone trigger system from Steins; Gate) gives an interesting look into the mind of a Gigalomaniac, for better or worse. If you enjoy a good mystery and are willing to reference a Japan-only title, you should consider giving this one a try.
7. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia – I’m a big fan of Fire Emblem, but there quite a few titles in the series that haven’t been localized, so it is nice to see that a remake of an older FE could make its way overseas. With an explorable map, branching classes, and unbreakable weapons, it’s easy to see where later games such as Awakening and Fates got their inspiration. I really hope that this game’s success lead to more remakes so us Okies can enjoy the entire series without missing some of the key titles that are so fondly looked upon by overseas FE fans.
6. Metroid: Samus Returns – After years of non-standard Metroid games and spinoffs, a more traditional Metroid game was definitely long overdue, and Samus Returns did not disappont. A remake of Metroid 2, Samus Returns brought a few welcome additions in the Aeion abilities. The most useful for me was the scan pulse, which made filling out the map and finding hidden passages much easier this time around. New bosses and enemies also made this game feel like a brand new experience. Here’s hoping that Metroid Prime 4 is a success and helps continue Samus’s story.
5. Destiny 2 – I enjoyed my time with the original Destiny, so it should come as no surprise that I enjoyed my time with Destiny 2. With new guns, new sub-classes and new worlds, there is plenty to do in this game, especially if you have a fireteam of friends to play with. While our clan still isn’t raid ready, we still manage to have a lot of fun with other activities. The new expansion just came out this month, which increases the level cap and adds a new world to explore. If you like loot based shooters and enjoyed the original Destiny, you should consider giving this sequel a shot.
4. Doki Doki Literature Club – What is most certainly my biggest surprise of the year, this game came out of nowhere to be one of my top games of 2017. This is a game that you should experience for yourself, so I won’t say much more about it. Besides, it’s free on Steam and the developer’s website.
3. Tales of Berseria – The first full game that I played in 2017 was also one of my favorites. Taking place hundreds of years before Tales of Zestiria, it stars Velvet Crowe, who is on a quest for revenge. The standard Tales battle system returns with even more improvements, and has one of the best systems to date as a result. Every character is pretty useful and fun to use when controlled by a person, which goes against the norm of only 1 or 2 useful and fun characters. A standard playthrough can clock in at over 80 hours, but with a large number of skits, skills and places to explore the game is well worth your time.
2. NieR: Automata – The original NieR was one of my favorite PS3 games, so a sequel to that game developed by Platinum was all but certain to be one of my favorite games for the year, and it did not disappoint. With an epic story, interesting cast, wonderful soundtrack, and stylish combat, it’s not hard to see why I rate this game so highly. You don’t have to take my word for it though, the demo is free on the Playstation store. There is also a DLC pack that adds an arena as well as a small side-story, but the short playtime and relatively high cost make it hard to recommend.
1. Persona 5 – In an decision that everyone saw coming, Persona 5 was my favorite game that I played this year. From the likable cast, catchy soundtrack, fun battle system, and engrossing story, there’s very little that I didn’t like about this game. I spent well over 100 hours in the game, and would gladly spend more if there is ever a Golden edition. I can easily say that the long wait (9 years!) was well worth it to experience this excellent game. I could go on and on about why I liked the game, but there’s a cat that is telling me that it’s time for bed…