As I stated in my Top 10 Games of the Year article 2017 is going to go down in history as one of the best years for the video games industry. There was simply far too many good games to play this year than there was time or money. Looking back on the year I played a lot of great stuff. I played some okay stuff. I even played some stinkers. In all that time, though, there are still a number of games I never had the chance to play. What were they? Well, you’re reading this list so you’ll probably find out really soon. Here are nine games that came out in 2017 that I wanted to play, but didn’t.
Monster Hunter Stories
Of all the games on my list this is the one I’m least interested in playing, only because it’s so different from every other game in the Monster Hunter franchise. After playing the demo I called it ‘My First Monster Hunter’. That’s not a bad thing as the game looks like a fun combination of Monster Hunter and Pokemon. I love the visual style and it would give me an excuse to buy some Japan exclusive amiibo (because you know those will be worth the purchase). I think my younger kids would probably really enjoy this one as well.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
I own every entry in the Mario & Luigi series. I’m a huge fan of the Mario RPG games. I’ve played this game on the GBA a couple different times. I was so excited when I saw this was getting a remake to bring it to the 3DS. The new content, while it doesn’t seem to add a ton of new stuff to the game looks fun, and interesting. I want to replay this game again.
Fire Emblem Warriors
This is the game on this list that kills me the most. After the release of Hyrule Warriors I said instantly this was the franchise that made the most sense to cross over with the Warriors series. Then they went and did just that. I’ve wanted to play this game so badly, but it had the unfortunate timing of being released a week away from Super Mario Odyssey and I had to make a choice. I could only get one game at the time and more people in my household were interested in Mario than Fire Emblem so this game had to wait. I want this to be the first game I check off this list in 2018.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
When you see a list of my three favorite franchises this series is among them. Since I gave the series a shot with the release of Brotherhood I’ve immersed myself in everything Assassin’s Creed. I’ve played all the games multiple times. I’ve watched the movies and shorts related to the series. I have all the novels. I love this series so much. I was glad when they took a year off to give the franchise some breathing room and reinvent it.
Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum Session
this is the one game where I want to just have fun more than anything. I’ve only played a few minutes with the Taiko no Tatsujin series. Most of the games have never made it here to the US. Luckily I have friends who are obsessed with it and I’ve had the opportunity to try it out. There was a demo available on the Japanese PlayStation store so I downloaded it. It’s in English. The game is playable with a controller. I’ve played through the demo songs more than half a dozen times. I really want to add this game to my list. Rhythm games are so much fun and I can see spending a lot of time with this one.
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
I’ve written about this game in the past. When the leaks happened before E3. I wrote it off as stupid. Who’d want a game starring these most annoying characters? I certainly didn’t. Then E3 happened. I saw the passion the development team put into this. I saw the vote of confidence from Nintendo themselves. I saw what turned out to be a pretty darn good game that I’d written off because it had rabbids in it. I want to correct that mistake. I want to play this game.
I haven’t played a DOOM game since the original DOS release way back in the 90s. This is just an excuse to give a third party developer on a Nintendo system a vote of confidence. Everything about this game screams well made port to put a game on a system it shouldn’t be on. Of all the reviews I passed on this year this is the one I want to play the most. I probably won’t dabble much in the online stuff, but as a single player shooter on the system I want to play through the story of this game.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
The first Xenoblade game ended up being one of my favorite games to be released on the Wii. It turned out to be a fantastic RPG that blended traditional JRPG elements with western style MMOs and it was great. Xenoblade Chronicles X is one of the games on the Wii U I still haven’t had a chance to play. I don’t want Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to be the same. I want to make sure that this game is checked off my back log before the end of 2018.
Metroid: Samus Returns
You might get me to say that Metroid II is one of my favorite games in the series. It’s one of the first games in the series that I finished, even before the first game. I loved Another Metroid 2 Remake, the fan project that was released not that long ago. It got shelved and soon after Nintendo revealed they were making their own remake of Metroid II for the 3DS. It takes a very different approach to the game visually, but from everything I’ve seen looks like a fantastic remake of the game. Shelby liked it so much he made it his game of the year for 2017. I don’t play much on the 3DS at this point, but this is one game I’d love to break out the 3DS to play.
What games did you add to your backlog in 2017? Let me know in the comments.