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10. Night in the Woods
I have yet to finish this game. Mostly because it resonates so strongly with me that I have to take breaks. That feeling a testament to its writing and character, and is a must play.
Supergiant does it again with a magnificent tale where its themes of loss work directly into the gameplay. It has one of the strongest soundtracks in gaming, delivering one of the most powerful moments I’ve experienced all year.
8. Hollow Knight
2017 was an amazing year for video game soundtracks and Hollow Knight is a big reason for that. Alongside that is a wonderfully crafted art style, accompanied by gameplay that mixes Dark Souls, Zelda, and Castlevania.
7. Persona 5
Persona 5 has a lot of issues. The third act is horribly paced, and its treatment of certain issues is BAD. Even so, there’s an amazing sense of style, punctuated by a jazzy soundtrack, and filled with fun characters that I genuinely felt friendships with.
6. Wolfenstein: The New Colossus
No game has been more aware of when it’s coming out than Wolfenstein. It’s story will be timeless due to the current political climate. It goes places games are terrified of going and nails the landing. I only wish it was a bit more fun to play.
5. Resident Evil 7
More of an evolution of the form instead of a return to it. Resident Evil 7 takes the first person perspective and uses it to great advantage while blending in a sense of old school Resident Evil.
4. Battle Chef Brigade
Easily the best surprise of the year. It doesn’t stick the landing, but the first four chapters of the game are some of the most pleasant I’ve played in a long time. Its characters are charming, the art is adorable, and it’s more fun than you’d think.
3. Horizon Zero Dawn
I loved this world. It was so much fun to explore and see the combination of high science fiction robots and low end tech. It was a beautiful looking game with one of the best written stories this year.
2. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Easily the most fun I’ve had in a multiplayer game in years. This game has made me laugh like I never have before. This game has made me feel fear and anxiety like I never have before. No other game has left me shaking after winning a round.
1. Nier: Automata
Despite its shoddy combat, Nier uses its mechanics to compliment its themes and story in ways games have never considered. It feels like all aspects were thought of in order to create a clear, concise work of art. It also has the best soundtrack of 2017.
Honorable Mention: Tekken 7
I would have EASILY had this game on my top 10 if I played it before submitting my list for the end of year. Tekken 7 honors its 20+ year history with a fun, but heartfelt story that does its best to bring its Shakespearean tale to a close.