We spent our year playing long and strong. We played, we nominated, we decided. Here, in completely random order are the 10 best video games of 2017.
10. Doki Doki Literature Club
You’ve heard us talk about this game before. The game features a mostly linear story, with some alternate scenes and endings depending on the choices the player makes. While it appears at first glance to be your regular olda functional dating sim, it is in fact a strangely enthralling psychological horror game.
9. Divinity: Original Sin 2
It’s one of those games that lingers on your mind when you aren’t playing it. It’s an enormous, complicated, strange storyline, possessed by a confidence we’ve seen precious few RPGs exhibit well… Divinity: Original Sin 2 received universal acclaim, with many critics praising its complexity and interactivity. Users consider it to be one of the best role-playing games of all time… And it’s easily one of our favorite RPGs of the year.
Gorogoa is the perfect mix of story, gameplay, and aesthetic that all come together in order to form a truly beautiful experience. Players are not guided through the process or gameplay, as the game contains no language, and they must work out what’s required in order to finish each level. Between its simple (but charming) narrative, the creative and satisfying puzzle design, and the breathtaking hand-drawn artwork, Gorogoa is a puzzle game worth trying.
7. Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon: Zero Dawn features an open world environment for you to explore while undertaking side and main story quests. Its creators tackled an immensely ambitious project that forced the team to push its technical wizardry and bring its storytelling prowess up to speed, and honestly, they did it with killer style. Its director thought they were taking a major risk when they developed it, and now it feels like the start of a big new franchise for Sony.
6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Sheer freedom and sense of adventure is this game’s major remarkable achievement. Right from the start, the vast landscape of Hyrule is completely open to you, and it constantly finds ways to pique your curiosity with mysterious landmarks, complex hidden puzzles, and enemy camps to raid for treasure and weapons. If you’ve got a Switch, this should be considered require play.