It’s been a helluva year for gaming, folks. We’ve seen a couple of new consoles, long-awaited games that blew our expectations away, and some surprise hits that came outta nowhere.
Here’s our picks for the top 10 video games of 2017.
10 – Call of Duty: WWII
A nice return to the series’ roots, but with the same COD stylings we’ve all come to know. Whilst fans will have no qualms with this, it does feel a little too familiar in places.
The graphics are incredible and the campaign, while short-lived, is intense from start to finish.
9 – Ashes Cricket 2017
If you’re a cricket fan, you’ll freaking love this game. Big Ant, who also make the Don Bradman Cricket series, have made the control scheme far more approachable this time around, making it easier for beginners to pick up whilst maintaining enough complexity to keep things challenging.
Let me tell ya, it’s the perfect way to kill time while the actual cricket is at lunch.
8 – Cuphead
Cuphead is the blue ringed octopus of the gaming world – stunningly beautiful, but will fuck you up good and proper if you go near it.
Completely hand drawn in the style of a 1930s cartoon, this platformer is insanely difficult, yet crazily addictive. Dying never feels like you’ve been cheated by the game and when you do finally beat a level or boss, the achievement feels incredible.
Well worth the rage if you feel like a challenge.
7 – South Park: The Fractured But Whole
While it stands alone as a great RPG, fans of the series will definitely get the most out of The Fractured But Whole. It’s littered with references and throwbacks to the cartoon that’ll have you laughing until your cheeks fall off.
The turn-based gameplay can get challenging, but when you’re fighting, for example, Red Wine Drunk Randy, you won’t mind dying a few times and having to face him again for the laughs.
6 – Horizon: Zero Dawn
Two words: Robot. Dinosaurs. What’s not to love?
Set in the 31st century where actual robotic dinosaurs roam the earth, you assume the role of Aloy, a young woman who must fight off the increasingly pissed off robot enemies while uncovering why she grew up as an outcast.
A fantastic action adventure game the tops the list for this year’s PlayStation exclusives.
5 – Resident Evil 7
If you don’t mind doing a few little wees while you’re gaming, this title is an absolute must-play.
Putting you into a first-person perspective, RE7 breathes new life into the long-running horror series. It looks stunning and its use of dim lighting and creepy as fuck sounds will have you shitting yourself just walking down a set of stairs.
4 – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Packing one of the most intense storylines ever to appear in a video game, The New Colossus picks up where The New Order left off, putting you back into the shoes of B.J. Blazkowicz as he mows down hordes of Nazi scum.
It looks graphically amazing and is fast-paced as hell. If you’re into classic FPS action and a good story, make sure you whack this on your Christmas wish list.
3 – Super Mario Odyssey
Nintendo is back in absolute belter form, baby! The latest addition to the massive world of Mario is legitimately one of the funnest of all time.
Allowing you to possess all manner of friend and foe with your new magic hat, Cappy, it has all the charm of the franchise you love coupled with the innovation of modern gaming. A must-have for Switch owners.
2 – The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
A very, very close second place goes to the Nintendo Switch launch title, Breath of the Wild.
While the thought of changing the long-standing Zelda formula seemed like a daunting prospect, it was absolutely nailed by Nintendo, pulling off a perfect open world adventure. You can go anywhere, climb everything and play how you wanna play.
It’s a stunning game that garnered perfect scores from nearly every single publication that reviewed it. Get this game.
1 – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Of all the games I’ve played this year, PUBG has been the most entertaining and in terms of sheer hours, the one I’ve spent the most time with. It’s addictive as fuck and a heap of fun regardless of whether you’re playing solo, duos, or in teams.
The concept is simple – 100 players enter a 8km x 8km map and the last player or team standing wins. Not knowing where the play area will end up and the unpredictability of online play means every match is totally different, resulting in all sorts of wild stories.
And to top it all off, it’s just as amusing to watch as it is to play, making it a unique and insanely popular title that will no doubt become a successful eSports title.Image: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild