So while this year may have been a bit of a shitshow for industry related matters and predatory bullshit...it was also a year of some pretty fucking great games. Even though 2017 was filled with probably the most current releases I've bought and played I STILL missed out on a lot of stuff I'll need to catch up on. So what made releases made a big impact on you?
To kick things off:
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
Got this with my PS4 and holy fuck is it great. Really unique and striking world building anchoring a wonderful story and fantastic characters. And definitely doesn't shirk on gameplay as the hunting and stealth mechanics against the robotic and human enemies NEVER got old for me. Laying traps, hacking bots and bushwacking fuckers is just a ton of fun. And let it also just be said, goddamn this is a gorgeous game.
Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice (PC/PS4)
This made a HUGE impression on me. Managing to tell a mature, intriguing and wholly unique tale through the eyes of a character living with psychosis. I can honestly say I've never played anything like this before. From how the hallucinations and voices factor into the mechanics and gameplay, to the absolutely stunning visuals and performances that really manage to stick with you. This to me, was a fantastic example of what the medium of video games can accomplish and I want to see many more experiments like this.
Destiny 2 (PC/PS4/XBOX)
My latest addiction...I never played the first one but the sequel has got it's hooks into me hard and I love it. Great shooting mechanics, really fascinating lore and world building and just a fun, casual quasi-MMO that does everything I want it to do. And I get to play it with great Chewers like Mr. Saxon and Dalyn (barring any blackouts on my side) so even better!
Mass Effect: Andromeda (PC/PS4/XBOX)
Ah screw it. This game got hated on by everyone and their grandmother but I absolutely ADORED it. Warts and all. Fell in love with the new cast of characters who all brought something new to the franchise. LOVED the movement and combat mechanics and thought they were a massive improvement on what came before. Found the plot super compelling and I got incredibly invested into it. Completed it 100% on my first playthrough with over 300 hours played. And I wouldn't have done that if I didn't love spending time with it. I'm beyond bummed that I'll never get the DLC that was teased out but ah, so it goes...