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post #1 of 13
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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...

post #2 of 13
I know people who would be super offended by destiny 2 and andromeda being on any best of list.

Not saying your personal list is invalid or wrong at all... just sayin.

I’M JUST SAYIN
post #3 of 13
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Fuck 'em. I had (and in the case of Destiny 2, am still having) an absolute BLAST with both of those. If you're offended by what somebody else loved you need to reevaluate your priorities in life.

 

Honourable mention for games I loved but don't count cause they didn't come out this year: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, The Last of Us, Bloodborne, Life is Strange, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Mortal Kombat X, Until Dawn, Tyranny, Titanfall 2, Call of Duty Infinite Warfare.

post #4 of 13

Titanfall 2 was super duper underrated and might be my number 1.  It's been a let down year for me overall.

post #5 of 13
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Life is Strange made me ugly cry...and is probably my Number 1 for the year overall. 

post #6 of 13

The one that Ashley Burch wasn't a part of?

post #7 of 13
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No that's the prequel that came out this year and fuck that noise. 

 

Burch's work on Horizon by the way, is fucking excellent. 

post #8 of 13
As for games that came out this year, I'm with Codename. Destiny 2 has been my favorite. Still having fun with it. I don't get the haters needing communication with the developers and more content. If this was a subscription based game, yeah, I would get that. But it's not. You pay 60 bucks and get a lot of content. Man, gamers getting spoiled.

As for my favorite game overall that didn't come out this year, I finally sat down and played through Witcher 3, and that was easily the best thing I played.

Got back into ESO this year and had fun with that and the Morrowind expansion.

Friday the 13th was also fun, but I still suck at it.

I barely gave any time to Divinity 2, so can't really say much about that one. I'm hoping to be able to give it more attention this next year.
post #9 of 13

Divinity OS II is in my top 5, as is a generic "VR Games are Finally Here and Are A Thing" all-in-one mention. I like Destiny 2, but to me it's just a fun shooter - I can't make heads nor tails of the story. Wolfenstein: The New Colossus is definitely in there. Others that would probably be in my top five if I just played them more would be Dishonored 2, Hellblade, and Horizon: Zero Dawn. And as much as I'm personally loving Star Wars: Battlefront II, there's too much baggage there to include it. 

post #10 of 13
Just getting it out of the way. Obligatory shout out: FUCK LOOTBOXES

mongycore's Top 10 of the Year:

1. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - This was my game. Fuckhole destructable weapons and fuckhole cliff climbing in the rain be damned. Game hit me in all the right spots, rewarded ingenuity, was kind of stingy with the cool animated backstory. I marked this down as my GOTY early and it was up to other games released to try steal it away, but they didn't.

2. Super Mario Odyssey - Lololol, look New Donk Shitty is awful. Absolute fun that kept changing things up. And it kept getting bigger after wrapping up story missions with piles of optional collectable shit. Spread this out over a week and loved every minute of it.

3. Prey - Arkane deserved more love for this sci-fi love letter to Deus Ex and System Shock. Played through it twice trying out the various skill tree's.

4. Wolfenstein 2 - Fucking bonkers. Story just kept gleefully going off the rails hitting places because why not? Combat is kind of clumsy in this if you're not watching your health/armor.

5. Horizon Zero Dawn - Combat became too routine and more of a chore. Big giant scenic world with stuff to do was what hooked me. I can only hope Red Dead 2 was paying attention to this one with its usage of spaces.

6. Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice - Amazing performance by Melina Jeurgens. Hey AAA games, you can make an awesome experience at $29.99 without microtransactions or obnoxious Lootbox Shit. If this doesn't win any sound design awards the industry can go fuck itself.

7. Mario XCOM - This placed higher on the list and kept slipping the longer I played. A great start that kind of wore out its welcome. Still worth it to play but not Top 5 material.

8. What Remains of Edith Finch - Of all the walking simulators on all the platforms, I stepped into this house and it left an impression. Tacoma did nothing for me, it was interesting but had zero stakes. Fidelio ran on too long and the puzzles too simplistic. City of Light fucking bummed me out with how grim it got. Turing Test hit the right notes mostly, but I think it came out in 2016. Edith Finch just went all fuck it and threw everything all together in one mashup of storytelling that reminded me of Tarsem's The Fall. Tragic stories told in bite size segments. The bathtub sequence alone was worth the price of admission. That bit was perfect.

9. Steamworld Dig 2 - Oh hey all of my hometown is burning down, you're breathing in these toxic smoke and particles, people died. Fuck, what the hell October. This is what I played while confined to the hotel room for those few weeks of uncertainty. A light casual fun pick up and play adventure that built on top of the first game in so many ways. I really want to see what they'll do to iterate on Steamworld Heist 2 if they go that route.

10. Nier Automata - There are maybe 3-4 endings I haven't seen yet, but the story was interesting enough to trudge through the tedium of playthrough's B and C. Game does a lot with the characters and you occasionally get gut punched by what happens to these stupid robot characters.

mongy's shame:

Shit I wish I got around to playing more, but will probably hit up on this long overdue xmas vacation to Canada.

Divinity OS 2 - I built an itx beast for my parents with the GOG version of this (and other rpg's) installed. I will be hitting this game up for sure in Canada. I booted it up on Steam last night...fuck, just spent half an hour agonizing at the character creation screens.

Yakuza 0/Kiwami - These games are fucking crazy. Everything I've seen from coworkers playing them is amazing. Why didn't I play these?

Hollow Knight - Ori Harder sounds like something I should be playing. It looks great. I've mostly just watched Mary Kish play this on her twitch streams this year.

Nioh - Also installed this to go on the pc. Loved the intro bits, dug the combat, and I look forward to loot collecting.

Persona 5 - I think I made it past the first major arc but then Zelda took over my gaming life and this kind just fizzled away. It was good when I was playing it but not enough to hook me.
post #11 of 13

So, I've had a fucking weird year in games. Periods of playing the shit out of some things (mostly stuff for review) but a whole lot of stuff either barely touched or still not acquired. Keeping up hasn't been my forte this year, but as far as my list goes:

 

1) Yakuza 0: My introduction to this notoriously mental franchise, and love at first sight. Joyfully demented tone-swinging writing, fun characters and a fantastic soundtrack make for an absolute blast. Interestingly, by shrinking the map's real estate and packing the game chock full of fun minigames and side activities (Including playable Space Harrier, Super Hang-On and Fantasy Zone machines) it creates a more alive-feeling open world than a lot of Western games manage with many times the expanse. Yakuza Kiwami is also great, but as a remake of the first game just loses out due to not having as many activities as 0.

 

2) Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus: MachineGames knocked this one out of the park, expanding the Nazi-occupied alternate history of The New Order while preserving the humour, strong characterization and surprisingly soft heart that has made this series one of the decade's most remarkable reboots. Also, shooting Nazis is always fun.

 

3) Puyo Puyo Tetris: A hugely satisfying blend of two classic puzzlers, that also happens to be the best official Tetris game to come along in years.

 

4)  Nex Machina: In a saner world, the collaboration of Housemarque and Eugene Jarvis on what amounts to a Robotron reboot would've been a bigger deal, and would've certainly sold a hell of a lot more. Sadly, this world is fucked. If you've ever enjoyed a twin-stick shooter, this is the medium tweaked to damn-near perfection.

 

5) Polybius: A similar situation, but with Jeff Minter (Though this game did form the basis of a NIN video, so at least Minter has Trent Reznor onside). Polybius is classic Llamasoft shooter lunacy, coming on like the Death Star trench run, as directed by, well, a reclusive British hippy with a stack of lighting effects matched only in size by his utter disregard for the eyeball's sensory capacity.

 

6) Injustice 2: NetherRealm take the accessibility of the original game and the recent MKs to the next level, giving us a wonderful fighting game that has just as, if not more longevity in solo than in multiplayer. 

 

7) Tekken 7: While not as bountiful in single-player content as Injustice, Tekken bounces back with an amazingly fun, slick game that puts the series back on the map.

 

8) Tacoma: Let's face it, Fullbright were never going to match the industry-shaking gutpunch that was Gone Home, but still give us a very enjoyable walk-em-up that mines a lot of great material out of its scene-rewinding mechanic.

 

9) Destiny 2: Yeah, the progression mechanics are still overly fussy, and the insistence that groups of players organize their social lives around doing gated material are still here. However, Destiny 2 improves matters hugely with a much better campaign, and a wider range of activities to do in your own time. What's more, the moment-to-moment gameplay feels as perfect as ever.

 

10) Horizon Zero Dawn: In a less strong year, this would've charted a lot higher. As it stands, it remains in the memory as a highly enjoyable adventure with fun mechanics and a novel, engaging world, only let down by the same old open-world bloat that makes it all feel a bit like work in the end.

 

 

RUNNER-UP: OK, pitchforks at the ready, people: Star Wars Battlefront 2. I know, I know, the lootbox and progression system is fucked, but that still doesn't stop the gameplay from being great fun, and the game doing a fantastic job of immersing you in the Star Wars universe. As a competitive shooter it may be a massive nickel-and-dimed mess, but as a handy Star War portal you can jump into and work off some workday tension it's a blast. 

 

 

GAMES THAT ARE COOL BUT I NEED TO PLAY MORE OF: Prey, Flinthook, Nioh PC, Endless Space 2, Pyre, Nier Automata.

 

GAMES I STILL NEED TO GET: Divinity:OS2, South Park TFButthole.


Edited by Workyticket - 12/3/17 at 10:51pm
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Just getting it out of the way. Obligatory shout out: FUCK LOOTBOXES

mongycore's Top 10 of the Year:

1. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - This was my game. Fuckhole destructable weapons and fuckhole cliff climbing in the rain be damned. Game hit me in all the right spots, rewarded ingenuity, was kind of stingy with the cool animated backstory. I marked this down as my GOTY early and it was up to other games released to try steal it away, but they didn't.

2. Super Mario Odyssey - Lololol, look New Donk Shitty is awful. Absolute fun that kept changing things up. And it kept getting bigger after wrapping up story missions with piles of optional collectable shit. Spread this out over a week and loved every minute of it.

3. Prey - Arkane deserved more love for this sci-fi love letter to Deus Ex and System Shock. Played through it twice trying out the various skill tree's.

4. Wolfenstein 2 - Fucking bonkers. Story just kept gleefully going off the rails hitting places because why not? Combat is kind of clumsy in this if you're not watching your health/armor.

5. Horizon Zero Dawn - Combat became too routine and more of a chore. Big giant scenic world with stuff to do was what hooked me. I can only hope Red Dead 2 was paying attention to this one with its usage of spaces.

6. Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice - Amazing performance by Melina Jeurgens. Hey AAA games, you can make an awesome experience at $29.99 without microtransactions or obnoxious Lootbox Shit. If this doesn't win any sound design awards the industry can go fuck itself.

7. Mario XCOM - This placed higher on the list and kept slipping the longer I played. A great start that kind of wore out its welcome. Still worth it to play but not Top 5 material.

8. What Remains of Edith Finch - Of all the walking simulators on all the platforms, I stepped into this house and it left an impression. Tacoma did nothing for me, it was interesting but had zero stakes. Fidelio ran on too long and the puzzles too simplistic. City of Light fucking bummed me out with how grim it got. Turing Test hit the right notes mostly, but I think it came out in 2016. Edith Finch just went all fuck it and threw everything all together in one mashup of storytelling that reminded me of Tarsem's The Fall. Tragic stories told in bite size segments. The bathtub sequence alone was worth the price of admission. That bit was perfect.

9. Steamworld Dig 2 - Oh hey all of my hometown is burning down, you're breathing in these toxic smoke and particles, people died. Fuck, what the hell October. This is what I played while confined to the hotel room for those few weeks of uncertainty. A light casual fun pick up and play adventure that built on top of the first game in so many ways. I really want to see what they'll do to iterate on Steamworld Heist 2 if they go that route.

10. Nier Automata - There are maybe 3-4 endings I haven't seen yet, but the story was interesting enough to trudge through the tedium of playthrough's B and C. Game does a lot with the characters and you occasionally get gut punched by what happens to these stupid robot characters.

mongy's shame:

Shit I wish I got around to playing more, but will probably hit up on this long overdue xmas vacation to Canada.

Divinity OS 2 - I built an itx beast for my parents with the GOG version of this (and other rpg's) installed. I will be hitting this game up for sure in Canada. I booted it up on Steam last night...fuck, just spent half an hour agonizing at the character creation screens.

Yakuza 0/Kiwami - These games are fucking crazy. Everything I've seen from coworkers playing them is amazing. Why didn't I play these?

Hollow Knight - Ori Harder sounds like something I should be playing. It looks great. I've mostly just watched Mary Kish play this on her twitch streams this year.

Nioh - Also installed this to go on the pc. Loved the intro bits, dug the combat, and I look forward to loot collecting.

Persona 5 - I think I made it past the first major arc but then Zelda took over my gaming life and this kind just fizzled away. It was good when I was playing it but not enough to hook me.


This post just reminded me how many fucking AMAZING games came out this year that I have not played.  It's getting very very close to buy a switch time.  Metroid 4 outta do it.

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This post just reminded me how many fucking AMAZING games came out this year that I have not played.  It's getting very very close to buy a switch time. 

 

Yeah, I've ragged a lot on the Nintendo in the past but you have to admit they've been absolutely KILLING IT with the Switch. We had quite a few power outages here last week and I have to admit, having a Switch to play in bed in the dark would have been pretty awesome. Might wait to see how my Christmas Bonus situation works out and get on that. 

 

Games I definitely still need to play but didn't get around to: Prey, Persona 5, Nier: Automata (I started this but the PC port is a buggy mess that crashes constantly), Nioh, Yakuza 0, Uncharted 4, Final Fantasy XV, Hand of Fate 2, Divinity OS 2, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Dishonoured 2. 

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