The year 2017 was a fantastic year for gamers. We have seen so many great games that it can be difficult to choose a favorite, but I put a gun to our game writers and made them pick! (*no firearms were actually used in this process)
Later this week an official Game of the Year and Editors top picks article will be posted. All rankings are based on the writer’s’ personal opinions and what they enjoyed the most this year. Many were not reviewed by Electric Bento previously, as they came out before our relaunch, but whenever possible we have included links to our review of the game, if you need a more in depth opinion.
Drew’s Top Games of 2017:
No. 4: Super Mario Odyssey
Nintendo knocked it out of the park this year. I wasn’t a huge fan of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but Super Mario Odyssey is an incredible platformer, and coupled with Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was a great way to round out the year for Nintendo. The soundtrack, beautiful environments, and fun characters in Super Mario Odyssey helped bring Mario’s world to life, and was my favorite Mario title since Sunshine. EB REVIEW.
No. 3: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
The Resident Evil series has always been a favorite of mine. Resident Evil 4 was a good blend of action and horror, and was the turning point for the series. Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 were far more focused on the action elements, so when Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was announced, I was really excited to see how it would turn out, even with the change in gameplay mechanics. Fortunately for Capcom, their gamble paid off. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard brought back the puzzles and horror in spades, and I think the first person view was the right call. Having the scares front and center provided some really intense moments throughout the campaign, and while I haven’t played Chris Redfield’s DLC yet, I’m pretty excited to jump back in.
No. 2: Horizon: Zero Dawn
Playstation 4 owners had a strong start to the year with Horizon: Zero Dawn. I have a hard time getting into open world games usually, which is why it’s so surprising that a lot of my favorite games this year have been open world titles. Not because I don’t like open world, but just because I never feel like I have enough time to do everything I want to do in each game. Completionist problems. Horizon: Zero Dawn broke me out of my shell a little bit, and Aloy’s post-apocalyptic robot dinosaur hunter simulator gave me some of my favorite moments of 2017. Horizon: Zero Dawn is a coming of age story and highlighted by incredible visuals and lots of interesting characters and quests.
No. 1: Persona 5
I’ve been playing the Megaten and Persona series for a long time. Persona 5 doesn’t just feel like a culmination of the Persona studio in terms what they’ve learned from previous titles, but feels more like a culmination of all JRPG’s. Persona isn’t a series that holds your hand, and while Persona 5 is more streamlined and accessible than previous titles in the series, every aspect of Persona 5 is so stylized and well realized that it doesn’t matter. An incredible story and amazing soundtrack (seriously, one of the best soundtracks I’ve ever heard), are highlighted by some intense dungeon crawling and stealth RPG gameplay. I haven’t put this much time into an RPG since Kingdom Hearts 2. I spent a majority of a Florida vacation plastered to my television recruiting new Personas and improving my social links. Even after three playthroughs, I’m still playing Persona 5, and won’t be stopping anytime soon.
Best Ongoing Game: Rainbow Six Siege
Ubisoft has been incredibly committed to supporting Rainbow Six Siege since its launch. A host of changes from lighting, character tweaks, server balances, and even the way bullets behave through surfaces have all been implemented. On top of all the gameplay tweaks, Ubisoft have added new characters quarterly, new maps quarterly, and has had ranked seasons quarterly with cosmetic rewards based on placement. After a strong but rocky start, Ubisoft has proven that they know how to commit to a game with new content and quality of life changes. I’m looking forward what they have in store for year 3 content.
Zach’s Top Games of 2017:
No. 5: Star Wars Battlefront II
I am completely ignoring the micro-transactions fiasco, because to me that doesn’t matter at all. The story in Star Wars Battlefront II is what got me. I’m a massive Star Wars fan and it tells the story of what happens between episodes 6 and 7. I couldn’t have been more excited. I’ve always wanted to know how the First Order came to be and how Kylo rose to power. Plus, with each free DLC pack, EA is supposed to be adding a chapter to the story. I cannot wait to delve more into the story of Iden Versio in 2018. EB REVIEW.
No. 4: South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Sometimes in life you just need a good fart joke, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole doesn’t fail to deliver. Not only is it hilarious from start to finish, it’s relaxing to play a game that doesn’t take itself too serious. The combat is refreshing and requires some thought and the it pushes the boundaries in the right way. EB REVIEW.
No. 3: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the entire reason I picked up my Switch at first. Hyrule is breathtaking in this game. The visuals are striking and the changes to the gameplay bring a fresh take to the Zelda formula. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the perfect game to lose yourself in.
No. 2: Night in the Woods
Night in the Woods is an ultimately powerful game that speaks to the working class. Even with animal avatars, it humanizes the working class, and shows the struggles they go through. The writing is out of the park, and the characters feel so real and are emotionally easy to connect with.
No. 1: Super Mario Odyssey
What more can I say? Super Mario Odyssey is the best platformer I’ve played in years. It’s slammed full of charm and is an absolute blast to play. Nintendo always comes through with their first-party games, and they didn’t drop the ball this time. EB REVIEW