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Games of the Year 2017
« on: December 13, 2017, 07:48:27 AM »
Figured I'd get the ball rolling with a look at where I rank the games I played this year (which were not many). 

1. Horizon Zero Dawn - A combination of "the best" graphics, good gameplay, and a sci-fi story that made me think, and think, and think.  I almost never buy DLC but bought it for this game.
2. Yakuza 0 - Lots of side stuff to do, gritty and emotional story that sucked me in.  Hit baseballs, play pool, darts, Sega arcade games, buy businesses, run a cabaret club, watch women wrestle, watch PG-13 Japanese idol videos, and when you're done with that, get ready to punch the hell outta some jackass Yakuza and get your gut punched with the feels.
3. Nier: Automata - Weird in a lot of good ways.  3D Bayonetta-style combat, 2D bullet-hell shooter, open-world exploration, messes with your expectations like a lot of Kojima games do.
4. Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (2016) - Never played the original on PS3, war-time semi-turn-based tactical strategy.  Unique art-style that they went away from in the sequels which didn't sell nearly as well.  They just announced a Valkyria Chronicles 4 that will tie more closely with this one to get back on track. Surprisingly, has one of the best romances in any game I've played.
5. Street Fighter V (2016) - Has enough content now that it's a pretty good fighter overall.  The last few new characters (Abigail, Menat, Zeku) really impressed me and a lot of people, and the characters announced for season 3 have some hype behind them.  Arcade Edition comes out next month, which is a free upgrade (though you can buy it will all DLC characters in the package).
6. I Am Setsuna (2016) - A simple RPG based on Chrono Trigger.  Piano-only soundtrack is legit, combat system has unnecessary depth due to some brokenly good abilities (never need to try out other characters when one ability wins every battle by itself).  Not a game to play while sad, almost no happy moments, but I believe Setsuna means "sadness" so it's expected.
7. World of Final Fantasy (2016) - "Interesting" game.  Art style is somewhat unique (certainly for FF), gameplay is pokemon with a few twists, fun to see various FF characters from different games interact, has some of the absolute best and absolute worst writing simultaneously.
8. Tales from the Borderlands (2014) - Pretty good story, good characters, good voice acting.  As I mentioned when I played it, just not a fan of this style of game, would rather it be an animated movie as the gameplay is too simple to add anything for me.  Still highly recommended for most people.
9. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) - They use the Lord of the Rings franchise and do basically nothing with it.  Almost no story whatsoever, annoying open-world collectables, combat is ok but suffers in the way the Witcher games, Assassin Creed games, and others do, in that the animations are so cinematic and auto-aimy that they feel disjointed from your button presses (i.e. not satisfying).  I never dealt with the "cool" mechanic everyone talks about because I never died, and apparently that's required.
10. Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition (2014) - As documented in the general gaming thread, so many design decisions in this turned me off so much I didn't finish it (finished and got most of the achievements in every other game above).  I don't care about the world, I don't care about any of the characters, and the game tries desperately hard to piss you off with instakill-fail surprises or giving you wrong information.  Only 4.9% of people have the trophy for finishing the game on PS4.
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Re: Games of the Year 2017
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2017, 04:40:26 PM »
I'm only ranking what actually came out this year. My top 5 in order:

1. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
2. Horizon Zero Dawn
3. What Became of Edith Finch
4. Divinity Original Sin 2
5. NieR Automata

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Re: Games of the Year 2017
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2017, 11:06:48 AM »
I am having trouble thinking of the games that I enjoyed this year.  I will probably have to look over my catalog to remember.

Dishonorable mentions:
Mass Effect Andromeda
Tell Tales -- Game of Thrones -- I will probably finish this at some point.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter -- had a couple interesting points but overall was a disappointment

The only positive one that leaps to mind is Life is Strange.

The Meh Pile
Diablo III -- I enjoy playing it.  While they improved a lot of things in RoS there are still many issues with the game.  The quick summation is that they have dumbed it down too much. 
Elite Dangerous -- In many ways this game is freaking amazing.  The learning curve is incredibly steep.  Without the right controls it is less enjoyable to play.

I will think more about it and try to remember other games that I played this year.

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Re: Games of the Year 2017
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2017, 05:54:46 PM »
It's a boring choice but Zelda BotW wins this hands down for me. Should be noted I only played 5-6 games this year at all though, so not much to choose from and one of those was Disgaea 5 which is an absolute shit-fest. Surprised no-one has mentioned PUBG yet, even though it's not officially released.

By all accounts 2017 was an excellent year for games though, and the ones you guys have listed all seem to appear on the industry GotY lists. Makes me wish I had a PS4, Xbox, PC and infinite time...

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Re: Games of the Year 2017
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2017, 10:09:44 PM »
I guess I should add FFXII: The Zodiac Age, but that's a rerelease of a 2006 game so that probably doesn't count.  Loved it then, love it now, extra speed boost option added helped a LOT on my platinum trophy run.

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Re: Games of the Year 2017
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2017, 10:28:16 AM »
How could I forget Grim Dawn.  The closest thing to D2 that there is.  Pretty good game.  Now if you could only get a game with the best aspects of  D2/GD/D3 that would be pretty awesome.

I replayed Far Cry 3 -- I was in the mood of a FPS.  I need to get FC4.
Telltale Batman -- Very enjoyable.

The other game that I played this year was FO4.  That was a game that I started last year but I played the crap out of it. So might have to be considered the best game of the year for me.

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Re: Games of the Year 2017
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2017, 02:36:27 PM »
I didn't play many 2017 games this year actually, but out of the ones I did Hollow Knight is far and away, not only the best game I played this year, but is now one of my favourite games of all time. Beautiful art style, super tight controls and absolutely fantastic music. (Example 1) (Example 2) Not to mention the price is....well honestly, too low. This is easily at least a $40 if not more value game for a measly 15 bucks. Not to mention Team Cherry has already released 2 free content updates with even more to come.

Unless you completely loathe metroidvanias, this is an absolute must play game IMO.
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Re: Games of the Year 2017
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2017, 07:06:58 AM »
How could I forget Grim Dawn.  The closest thing to D2 that there is.  Pretty good game.  Now if you could only get a game with the best aspects of  D2/GD/D3 that would be pretty awesome.

Not played all of those myself, but have you given a try to Path of Exile ? I still have to give it a try, but that's what most of the Diablo-like aficionados I know have turned to in my circle of friends.

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Re: Games of the Year 2017
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2017, 10:27:27 AM »
Yes, I played a Witch through normal.  Might sound odd but I did not like the story progression of that one.  That said I should have included it in the conversation.  I really liked a lot of the side quests that they had in that game.  I also loved the way that they handled HC, though it does a little ruin the panicky feeling when you feel things slipping away.