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50 Best Games of 2017

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Disregarding an almost endless stream of controversies, 2017 has been one of the best years for gaming in recent memory. It didn’t exactly start off slowly, either: Resident Evil 7 set a precedent back in January and there has been an essential release almost every month since then. A strong case could be made that there is too much to play – I am still yet to properly finish off Horizon: Zero Dawn and am sometimes too scared to even start up Steam, lest I fall down the rabbithole that is my library and all of the best games of 2017 that I picked up along the way.

With the release of the Switch, Nintendo are now properly in the mix and the console is off to a strong start. It may struggle to match the sales of the PS4, but, as with everything Nintendo, it has a dedicated audience who have the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey to lean on; two of the biggest franchises in gaming history with more ambition and scale than ever before.

Sony, whose 2018 promises a seriously strong exclusive game line-up, have had a solid year, boasting the likes of Horizon: Zero Dawn and Persona 5 while also steadily delivering sales in the hardware stakes with decent sales for the PS4 Pro and PlayStation VR.

It’s no secret that the lack of “true” exclusives is hurting the Xbox One in the eyes of many, but it’s still had a fine array of games to check out, perhaps just not as extensively as its biggest competition. Scalebound may have been cancelled and Crackdown 3 was (rightly) delayed until next year, but Cuphead’s almost universally positive reception has been a big plus point. There’s also the small matter of the “most powerful console ever” hitting the market in November.

With the clock ticking on 2017 and the realisation that we will all soon turn to dust difficult to shake, it’s time to look back on the past year with the fifty best games of 2017. Just like we did last year, we’re going to gradually reveal our choices so that we can give proper coverage to each game at an average of one per day. The list is in no order and shouldn’t be taken as the definitive selection; they’re just games we loved from a memorable year.

With that in mind, here are the rules:

– No remasters
– No ports from 2016 or earlier (imports are all good)
– No Early Access/betas
– No episodic series’ that didn’t begin and conclude in 2017
– No DLC

Let’s get going. What do you want to see us include? Drop a comment down below.

 

50. Nioh

Nioh game

Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Platform(s): PS4, PC (November 2017)

“The amount of depth in customization may overwhelm newer players, as more and more options make themselves available the further you progress in the game; becoming familiar with all these options takes time, though it feels rewarding when a new katana is constructed out of materials picked up from enemies. Despite all these challenges, the gameplay itself is balanced, with a variety of quests that are both attractive to complete and helpful in the development of your character.”

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49. Friday the 13th: The Game

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“I won’t call it a sleeper, but it’s a hit for sure and one that I and seemingly many others were skeptical about. The developers are still producing content, most of it for free, and though the product might be a bit buggy, it is rare I don’t enjoy my sessions of spending time trying not to be massacred with all my friends.”

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48. RUINER

Ruiner PS4 review

“RUINER may be short and sweet, but it’s the kind of game that will stick in your mind thanks to its mesmerising style and just-one-more-go replayability. Be a good boy and play one of the best games of 2017 as soon as you can.”

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47. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Wildlands

“Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a journey into the world of drugs, the people who deal them, and the steps the government will take in order to bring the people involved down. Although the gaming world could be more populated, and the ending could have been done totally different, this is still a solid game, which just goes to show what Ubisoft can achieve if they set their minds to it.”

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46. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Resident Evil 7

“Hopefully we’ll be seeing another installation in this iconic survival horror franchise soon enough, because the game very quickly recouped its production costs through excellent word-of-mouth. Basically, if you love horror and haven’t yet checked out Resident Evil 7, you absolutely owe it to yourself to change that.”

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45. Nier: Automata

“The game keeps itself fresh by mixing up the genres. While on the whole it is a hack and slash RPG, the game shifts between 2D platformer, top-down twin-stick shooter and scrolling shoot-em-up as well as others I may have forgotten about. Nier’s world quickly expands beyond shades of brown to beautifully destroyed cities, amusement parks and treetop towns, which all help to create a gorgeously realised world.”

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44. Destiny 2

Destiny 2

“Destiny 2 is a must buy for anyone who wants a game that will provide them with a fantastic storyline, in your face combat, and most of all, a game that will keep you going back for more.”

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43. Persona 5

Persona 5

“Persona 5 is, for me, the best game of the year, one of the best games of all time, easily one of my favourites and an example of a game whose technical aspects fit perfectly to the story and atmosphere. Each part makes the game better and is a pillar supporting the topic of rebelling against power, sticking it to the man. It’s almost perfect. I doubt that Atlus can top it, but I really hope they do.”

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42. Yakuza 0

Yakuza 0

“I could sit here and talk for hours on why every Sony guy and/or gal should pick up a copy of Yakuza 0, but I have already had done that and I have not changed my mind one bit on the matter. If you are new to Sony’s superlative black box or you’re looking for that hidden gem you weren’t aware existed, pick this game up now. You will not regret your decision.”

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41. Tekken 7

Tekken 7

“All in all, Tekken 7 deserves its place amongst the 50 Best Games of 2017. It’s a testament to how fantastic the core gameplay is that despite glaring flaws, it can take pride of place on this list. If you’re yet to enter the King of Iron Fist Tournament 7, please consider signing up. I’ll need training dummies for when Geese Howard is released.”

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40. South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park Fractured But Whole

“As with anything that is linked to South Park, Fractured But Whole is as funny as it is offensive, with some truly memorable and hilarious moments. The gaming world has also been expanded with new places for you to visit, as well as new characters for you to meet, integrating this game with their newer TV episodes.”

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39. What Remains of Edith Finch

Lewis What Remains of Edith Finch

“What Remains of Edith Finch is a fairytale wrapped up in a family’s nightmares. While some may struggle to look past its walking simulator elements, if you just give What Remains of Edith Finch a chance and let it surprise you, you may be left as wrecked by the tour de force of storytelling and smart gameplay as I was by the time the end credits rolled.”

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38. The Evil Within 2

The Evil Within 2

“The Evil Within 2 also provides significant bang for your buck, offering sixteen hours or so of the main experience and a few more for the completionists. While it may unfortunately go down as one of 2017’s most underrated games, I would happily dive back into this wild word for a third game. At least another sequel might let me pet the damn cat.”

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37. Injustice 2

Injustice 2 Brainiac
Source: VG247

“Even if you’re a fighting game novice but love all things superhero, we beg you to check out this game. It’s arguably one of the best comic book based stories in video game history, and those facial animations are just unbelievable.”

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36. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Hellblade PS4 review

“Hellblade represents Senua’s suffering in ways that never feel cheap or phoned-in. Ninja Theory spent a lot of time with those in the mental health community to strike the right balance, and it shows. While Senua is on the “extreme” end of the spectrum, the whispers of doubt that plague her (while also acting as her guides) are relatable to anyone who’s ever been at the bottom, myself included.”

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35. Little Nightmares

Little Nightmares Trophies

“Heavy on style, Little Nightmares looks like a beautiful nightmare, its colour palette muted yet somehow still utterly vibrant. For any fault in the game that you can point towards, its aesthetic is irresistible – I spent a lot of my time with the game just watching the weird antagonists shuffling around the ship, who appear to be at least partly inspired by the works of Munch and Tim Burton.”

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34. Sundered

Sundered game

“Still, even with a couple of minor bumps along the way, Sundered is a very easy recommendation to anyone with even a passing interest in the macabre. As well as being one of the best games of the year, it’s also one of the hardest, but never unfairly so. Take your time with Sundered and your patience will be rewarded.”

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33. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild

“If you still haven’t played The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, then you absolutely do not know what you are missing with this epic, post-apocalyptic time sink of a game. Just make sure you’ve cleared your schedule though, because once you dive into this world, it’s gonna be a good, long while before you’re ready to come back out.”

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32. Arms

ARMS
Source: Polygon

“Perhaps the best comparison would be to a great Ramen shop. There’s only one choice of ramen, but you can put in a couple extra ingredients to make it suit your tastes. If you don’t like that ramen, though, then Arms may not be for you.”

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31. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Uncharted Lost Legacy

“I can only hope that once Naughty Dog have finished fraying our nerves with Clickers and the apocalypse, they return with a full adventure for Chloe Frazer to get stuck into and for us to marvel at once more.”

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30. Everybody’s Golf

Everybody's Golf PS4 review

“All in all, Everybody’s Golf is something wholesome in a year full of horrid shite. If you’re looking for some positive vibes in your life, you could do a lot worse than this.”

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29. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

Dishonored Death of the Outsider

“It may not be the most fully-featured entry in the Dishonored series, but as a narrative wrap up to this era of the franchise and a self-contained experience, it’s a great stealth-action game, a personal high point of the series, and one of the best games of 2017.”

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28. Outlast 2

Outlast 2

“Outlast 2 is simply one of the most absorbing rides in gaming. It dares you to look away, to give in and watch a documentary about red pandas, but if you can look the reaper in the eye and steel your stomach, prepare to be absolutely blown away.”

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