In preparation for the Xbox One X I was saving my money, so I didn’t play a lot of new games this year, but the ones I did, I generally liked, and I also got to tackle my backlog which was nice. Anyway, here are my top five games of 2017 in reverse order!
After all the pre-release hate this game was getting, I was expecting not to like Mass Effect: Andromeda, but I ended up really enjoying my trip to our closest galactic neighbor. After a bad first impression, I learned to love my crew and got invested in their stories, and I wish there was more. Sadly that is not to be, but at least we got one more Mass Effect game. I hope the series doesn’t stay away too long.
Batman: The Telltale Series was an interesting look at what it was like to be Bruce Wayne in an alternate year two scenario, and Batman: The Enemy Within continues that exploration. I love it. I love interacting with all these familiar, but incredibly different characters. It is the best thing to happen to Batman in a long time.
1930’s art combined with old school mega man/contra style controls? I am in. Cuphead was a great first outing for Studio MDHR. The bosses and stages were unique, and the game was challenging without ever being unfair. They deserved all their game of the year accolades.
Most people would be turned off if I told them an RPG played more like a book than a video game, but then they would miss out on the excellence of Torment: Tides of Numenera. Despite the strange title, the story, the story you build, about the Last Castoff is one well worth taking, and one I will not forget any time soon. Its ending is a little shaky, but everything that comes before that is gold.
Who knew that an ugly game where you are dropped on an island and scavenge for weapons and gear would take the world by storm, but PUGB did just that. It plays poorly and it looks bad, but the hook is exhilarating. It proved the old adage that looks aren’t everything. PUBG was this year’s can’t miss title, and if you haven’t played it yet, do yourself a favor and give it a try.
Those were my top games of 2017! What did you like this year? Let me know in the comments below.