This year has been an amazing year for quality releases. There have been tons of new games, and a ton of new content. As usual I have spent the last year catching up on games released not only this year, but years past. Unfortunately that means that my list may not be quite as long as others, I like to think that the titles that it carries shows games that have really managed to shine above the rest.
#5 – Transport Fever
While not strictly a game that came out this year, due to the late release at the end of last year, I did spend a lot of 2017 with this covering my screen. The brilliant graphics and bustling world made this a title that I would not only play, but sit back and watch the world roll on past.
#4 – No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky was released to significant quantities of criticism in 2016. Over 2017 tides have been turning. Two significant content updates have emboldened the world, increasing the quantity of stuff to do and decreasing the amount of grind and repetition. If you have not played No Man’s Sky, now is a good time to try, otherwise, jump back in the sky. It is lovely.
#3 – Hollow Knight
This Adelaide developed game took the world by storm. Its stunning graphics perfectly capture a game that takes the traditional metroid-vania style gameplay, elevating it into a charming world which alone is satisfying to explore. Add in fantastic combat and smooth movement and you get a game which rightly deserves all the praise it gets.
#2 – Cosmic Trip
Some said that it was not possible to to real time strategy games for VR. A few games have tried to adapt the historical formula; none have succeeded. By putting the player at the centre of the action, Cosmic Trip immerses the player in the combat; leading the push and pull against an onslaught of enemies.
#1 – Hidden Folks
Hidden Folks is a title that reared its head early in the year. Its ability to move the Where’s Wally books into the interactive age proved that digital interactive media can still capture the comedy and character of that style of story. If you have not already given it a go, buy it. It is a title that will suck your time, and have you returning to explore new worlds, and rediscover old.
2017 has really been a whopper of a year. There have been so many games that I have wanted to play that I know would have made the list. The Nintendo Switch games really managed to deliver so many experiences that sit on another level entirely (I am looking at you Zelda, Mario and Splatoon). PUBG has taken over the online gaming space and there have been an unbelievable quantity of high calibre RPG’s including Persona, Nier and Contrast 2. Let’s hope that 2018 can be as good as this year!
For a completely different selection of games check out the OK Games Australia’s Game of the Year podcast on iTunes or Podbean! You may also want to see what tickled the fancy of Josh over this last year.