It’s that time of year again where we count down our favorite games of the year. While in 2015 and 2016, we focused on the games that stole our hearts throughout the years, this year both of us here at KeepItNerdy.com will be sharing our thoughts on both the good and the meh of gaming in 2017.
Prey is a one-of-a-kind game that had me captivated and hooked within the first 10 minutes of gameplay. I first got my hands on Prey by downloading the demo onto Xbox One. My goal was to see if it played better on PC or Console and then buy it on that platform. Within the first 10 minutes is such a unique twist, that I felt almost betrayed by the game that I barely knew. That wasn’t the only twist that’s in store for you. Bethesda really knows how to tell a story through their gameplay and they kept me engaged the entire way through, and for multiple replays at this point.
This game is a love/hate relationship, but in no way would it make its way onto the ‘meh’ list for 2017. Cuphead is a completely unique experience of bringing the 1930’s style cartoons into an interactive experience from hell. The game is easily one of the most challenging platformers to date and may hold this title for quite some time.
Doki Doki Literature Club
Looks cute, right? Think again. Under the surface, Doki Doki Literature Club harbors some dark twists, not for the faint of heart. The game even starts with a warning not to play if you suffer from depression or have anxiety. It’s actually one of the few games I’ve played that comes with a warning, and it certainly earns it. Think of it as Undertale and Pony Island, but with Anime.
I know I may often give rehashed games a lot of flack here, but SonicMania was a very much needed re-release of all of the Sonic classics. I remember countless hours of frustration, excitement, and entertainment growing up with this blue hedgehog on PC. And to be able to play through both new levels and reimagined ones really helped feed my nostalgia craving as we’ve entered the retro gaming revolution this year.
Resident Evil 7
I personally haven’t played Resident Evil VII because watching the VR gameplay was enough to keep me up all night and literally scare the crap out of me. If a game can do that just from watching trailers and gameplay, it is definitely worthy of being one of the best games of 2017.
Wolfenstein II: New Colossus
Anyone who thinks an FPS can’t be a single player campaign needs to play New Colossus. From the opening scene, this game had me hooked without the need for multiplayer. It probably doesn’t help that I watch WW2 documentaries in my free time, but I’d like to think that this story-rich game is one that made 2017 for me.
Battlefront 2 – The campaign coming to Battlefront 2 was so hyped up and something that I longed for. But it ended up being only 4 hours long. Then, add the cherry on top that was the pay to win microtransactions and it really just killed the game for me. It looked great, polished and improved in comparison to Battlefront on a first glance, but when you took a closer look it was nothing but greediness and drama from EA that spoiled it for the lot of us.
Mass Effect Andromeda – Overhyped for what it was. Glitchy with a side of a subpar story.
Yooka-Laylee – On the outside, this game looked like a fun, spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie. But, I’d rather just play Banjo-Kazooie.
Rehashed VR games overall – I am all for creating a new and exciting experience in video games. But I am sick of seeing the games I just bought last year re-released as VR titles with no added benefit except the need for overly expensive equipment to run it. I do believe that VR is going to have a big role in the future of gaming and everyday technologies, but it’s hard to see it taking off with titles like Fallout 4, Doom, Skyrim, etc. being re-released so recently after their initial launch date to hop on the VR bandwagon currently. Not hating on Bethesda, as these are all solid titles. But at least have the titles reworked for some VR exclusive DLC or added benefits.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey for Nintendo Switch
Nintendo had quite a solid year for Switch exclusives, but two of the most loved games by our community are The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey. Breath of the Wild is an absolutely visually stunning game that really pushes the limits of the power of the Switch, both when in handheld and docked mode. Mario Odyssey is easily the best Mario game since Mario 64 and reinvents the world of Mario with new tricks, new stories, and a whole lotta fun.
HONORABLE MENTIONS FOR NINTENDO SWITCH
SPLATOON 2, SNIPPERCLIPS, AND PUYO PUYO TETRIS
These three games are a must have for any owner of a Switch. Splatoon 2 is the follow up to Splatoon for the Wii U, and brings the squidly ink battles to the Switch platform. Snipperclips is a fun, multiplayer puzzle game that lets you solve wacky levels in a crafty manner. And Puyo Puyo Tetris technically was released for another console in 2014, but just made its debut onto the Switch in April 2017. This game combines two classic games, Tetris and Puyo Puyo and has a multitude of modes and even a storyline that brings the two worlds together.
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (aka PUBG)
What list wouldn’t be complete without recognizing the most talked about game of the year? While it wasn’t one that we personally enjoyed, we can appreciate how much this game captivated the gaming scene in just a short period of time. From winning the Best Multiplayer Game of the Year award to controversy with PewDiePie… This game has seen a lot happen since it’s launch in March 2017.
Night in the Woods
One of the most moving game narratives we’ve ever seen and our community seems to agree. This game truly practices, “Slow and steady wins the race” and tests your patience with building up to the moments that will hit you in the gut. Existential terror, the nature of God, the terrible burden of being a human… Yes, this game really goes there and then some.
Last, but not least is our final community favorite — Destiny 2. This game succeeds where the original failed. It delivers a phenomenal story-driven campaign good enough to match its finely tuned FPS gameplay and looks great. Especially if you’re running gameplay in 4K. Gathering loot and upgrades through missions and activities with your fireteam makes it easy to gear up and finally Raid together.