AJSA Xbox One Division - Top 10 Games of 2017
What Video Games Did Members Enjoy Playing in 2017?
Hey all. Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday season and that their 2017 was filled with fun, happiness, and gaming.
In this fun community project, we received opinions and votes from various members of the AJSA Xbox Division on what they enjoyed playing and what games released in 2017 they thought were their top games. For many cases, people based their votes simply on what games they played the most and/or had the most fun playing. As a result you'll see some multiplayer or online-only titles featured. Based on the votes we received, a Top 10 List was created to showcase and share with the rest of the AJSA Community.
In this list you'll see some games that in 2017 saw the Xbox Division support and rally members with several weeks and months worth of events and other gaming activities. I'm happy to these multiplayer titles that helped bring the community closer together make the list.
While we are interconnected and like to play together across a variety of multiplayer titles, members also like to enjoy single-player and story driven based experiences. I especially find it interesting that two platformers made it to our Top 10! If members did not have the chance to vote, or they did not see the games they voted make the top 10, share instead what you thought were the top games that released on Xbox this year.
Thank you and enjoy!
#10 - LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM
- Genre: Graphic adventure
- Release Date: August 31st
Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a story adventure set three years before the events of the first game, Life is Strange. You play as Chloe Price and form an unlikely friendship with Rachel Amber. No longer alone, the girls confront each other's demons and together, find a way to overcome them.
SpartanMaster - Great story, great voice acting, and amazing music to fit with the game!
RequiredShoe - As a fan of the original, I was looking forward to this game, and I feel it did not disappoint. I also love these type of story games! Any fans of Life is Strange should definitely play this.
#9 - COD: WORLD WAR II
- Genre: First Person Shooter
- Release Date: November 3rd
Call of Duty: WWII returns to its roots. The game is set in Europe during World War II and in the campaign you play as a squad member of the 1st Infantry Division. You take part in their battles and experience historical events they were involved in. Multiplayer sees the return to "boots on the ground" gameplay, a welcome change after years of futuristic gunplay and movement.
StraightUpMelon - I liked it because it was a long awaited return to “boots on the ground” that the longtime fans loved.
Chaos Gundam - Good to see Call of Duty go back to its roots without the gimmicks of future weapons, big robots and jet packs. I feel it is more skill based as you're relying on more modest forms of eliminating your enemies, which brings a sense of grittiness that fits the tone of the era.
Jaggermifter - This game had a rocky launch due to some server issues but it is a good change of pace from previous releases from the franchise. Multiplayer is great but a tiny bit too slow for my liking though it is still very enjoyable.
#8 - ASSASSIN'S CREED: ORIGINS
- Genre: Stealth, Action/Adventure
- Release Date: October 27th
Set in Ancient Egypt, you will journey to the most mysterious place in history, during a crucial period that will shape the world. Explore the Great Pyramids and hidden tombs across Ancient Egypt. You play as Bayek, whose personal story will lead to the creation of the Assassin’s Brotherhood.
Rex8890 - To me AC: Origins did a lot right. The combat is more fulfilling and somewhat challenging but rewarding. The open world by far is Origin's greatest accomplishment by being rich in good side quests but also stunning.
Bladestalker - I picked up Assassin's Creed: Origins primarily because I'm a pretty big sucker for the Assassin's Creed games. So it was never really a question of when but if. On the whole the game was pretty good, the visual affects and the view in the world is stunning. The story is actually pretty interesting on the whole. The ending has some BIG name drops for those that have played and completed both Assassin's Creed II and Brotherhood.
#7 - SONIC MANIA
- Genre: Platformer
- Release Date: August 15th
Play as Sonic, Tails, & Knuckles as you take on the evil Dr. Eggman! Race through new and classic Zones, each filled with tons of surprises and powerful bosses. This game celebrates the best of classic Sonic.
EJGarza - I really enjoyed the levels, the music, playing as the three main characters, the secrets stages, the bosses and I really like that the story continues with Sonic Forces.
Crazy Greg - Sonic Mania is a blast from the past, it's games like these that show there's still dedication to a franchise. Just hope SEGA understood that after Forces.
WookieJedi - Sonic Mania is a TRIUMPHENT return to force for our favorite little blue radical dude. After a 3 year hiatus he's back and better than ever with graphics that are essentially a more polished version of the 2D graphics we all know and love gameplay that is just as fast paced and addictive as the original games. At a price point at only 20 dollars this game is not only a steal but a masterpiece and one that is essential for any gamers collection especially those that are fans of classic games as it offers that ever so popular rush of nostalgia. If you have not already bought this game you need to do so and play through it immediately.
#6 - HALO WARS 2
- Genre: Real-time Strategy
- Release Date: February 21st
Halo Wars 2 delivers real-time strategy at the speed of Halo combat. You will lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Scorpions and new units in a brutal war. On the the ancient Forerunner facility known as the Ark (as seen from Halo 3), you will battle against a new enemy, The Banished – a powerful Brute faction led by Atriox.
AwakeningRager - Halo Wars 2 is a different kind of Halo experience because it is an RTS game. I feel this game was a definite improvement from the first Halo Wars and a good addition to the Halo game library. I also enjoy the artstyle of the game and did like the introduction of skill trees for various units including the return of military ranks that were seen in in Halo 3/Reach.
MrTeaNCrumpets - The cinematics in this game always left me wanting more and had me forgetting I was playing a game at times. The Banish and Atriox were really interesting foes whom I’ve come to love, with an interesting story (potentially leading right into Halo 6!). It’s something every hardcore Halo fan should play. By far my favorite leader the amazing Yapyap, the Destroyer.
Crazy Greg - Halo Wars 2 is a nice reminder of old RTS games I used to play like the Command and Conquer games, and Battle for Middle Earth games. Both in which brought me to love RTS gaming a lot.
#5 - DESTINY 2
- Genre: Shooter, Action/Adventure
- Release Date: September 6th
The Traveler and humanity’s 'Last City' has fallen to a massive invasion force led by Dominus Ghaul, Commander of the Red Legion and Emperor of the Cabal Empire. The Guardians have lost their power, 'the Light', and struggle to mount any defense. To defeat the Red Legion, you will need to travel across the solar system to reunite the Vanguard and fight back to reclaim the Traveler and the Last City.
BdelloidWeevil - What I liked about Destiny 2 was the gameplay most of all. It was engaging, intense, challenging, and you were encouraged greatly to cooperate with other players to complete the Raid, public events and the competitive multiplayer playlists such as Trials of the Nine. The new class abilities felt much more efficient, powerful, and easier to control, to the point where - if used effectively- can shift the tide of any match. Destiny 2 focused most of its resources and gameplay on co-op including their addition of the Guided Games feature (which I haven't personally tried, but I know our AJSA Clan does). I felt the campaign of the game FINALLY had a story the fans could follow! Aesthetically pleasing cinematic sequences captivated me, and hopefully others, into enjoying the story more willfully.
#4 - CUPHEAD
- Genre: Platformer, Run n' Gun
- Release Date: September 29th
Cuphead is triumphant a return to classic Run n' Gun action. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930's, the visuals and audio are created with the same techniques of the era, watercolor backgrounds, and jazz recordings. Traverse strange worlds, take down creative and powerful bosses, discover hidden secrets, and learn unique patterns to defeat against your enemies.
SickShock - Cuphead is a welcome return to the old platforming game mechanics that we have seen in games like Mega Man, Contra, Castlevania, and other 2D titles we have seen in the late 80's and 90's. However Chad and Jared of MDHR studios have put there own creative spin on the genre by hand drawing the animations in a form that resembles 1930 era cartoons.
While playing the game you can see how amazing and unique the game looks as there is nothing on the market that is this visually appealing. Not only does the game have amazing visuals but it has an amazing sound track as well. The musical tracks in Cuphead beautifully recreate jazz era music of the 1930’s and goes hand-in-hand with the games animations.
As for gameplay...it is a hard game and it is not hard to see that some games will get frustrated really fast but it is that feeling of overcoming a tough situation that encourages the gamer to continue on. As for myself I have died way to many times to count in my head during my progression through the game but visual and audio tracks of the game never made it feel as if was a grind to replay a section multiple times.
Overall the small development team at MDHR studios has made an amazing game that deserves praise for its creative design and direction. There is no doubt in my mind that Cuphead should be in every Xbox one owners top 10 list.
MrTeaNCrumpets - I really enjoyed Cuphead for many, many reasons. From the incredibly creative boss designs, the beautiful art design, right to the very catchy Jazz soundtrack. Cuphead has a true sense of accomplishment that comes with skill-based games and after defeating any boss in the game, you feel a great sense of relief.
With it being at very cheap price, having no season pass or micro-transactions, having an interesting “loadout” meta, couch co-op (and soon possibly Online Co-op), the fact everything was hand drawn and the size of the team behind it was pretty small, there’s no reason for anyone not to experience it. All of this juicy stuff makes for an incredible and memorable gaming experience for anyone.
#3 - SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE
- Genre: RPG
- Release Date: October 17th
Taking place one day after the events of 'South Park: The Stick of Truth', the game follows 'the New Kid', who has recently moved to South Park. You become involved in a roleplay involving two rival superhero groups (Coon & Friends and the Freedom Pals) and unintentionally become involved in a greater conspiracy involving the town of South Park.
Psykogrl - South Park was definitely my favorite game of 2017. It had all the South Park sense of humor you expect and definitely improved upon their last game, The Stick of Truth. The combat was great (and coming from someone who normally loathes turn-based combat, that's saying something) and story, which picked up right where TSoT left off, was engaging enough to keep going back for more. I didn't particularly love the ending, but as a whole the story was fun!
MasterfulJoe - I’d seen the entirety of the first South Park game, Stick of Truth, on Youtube but had never gotten to play it so I know immediately when this game was revealed I had to have it. Much like the first game, The Fractured but Whole feels like you’re playing an interactive season of the show itself. The game is essentially a Superhero RPG set in South Park where you as the New Kid get to play and fight against, and alongside your favorite characters from the show. The game’s comedy is obviously, being South Park, one of the best things about it. It’s smart, witty, and never really feels forced. And the game is packed full of callbacks and references to various seasons of the show. The story too is just as great as the first, though the plots twists do become fairly obvious early on spoiling what could have been a better build up to the end of the game as the first one had.
The RPG and combat elements also seem very streamlined from the first with the abilities during combat feeling a bit repetitive as you get later into the game, though the core combat itself is greatly improved over the first game in my opinion and is super fun. South Park: The Fractured but Whole is most definitely one of my top games for 2017 being an absolutely awesome game and a worthy sequel to the first and worth every penny.
Dylmah93 - Amazing game, I love it!
#2 - INJUSTICE 2
- Genre: Fighting
- Release Date: May 16th
Injustice 2 continues the story introduced in Injustice: Gods Among Us. Batman and his allies attempt to repair society as they battle against remnants of Superman's fallen 'Regime'. As they battle a new threat appears that will put Earth’s existence at risk and forces former enemies to unite against this new danger.
MythicalDragon - To start my thoughts......this game is worthy successor to Injustice: Gods Among Us. The fighting mechanics have been fine tuned. The story is fascinating. The graphics are phenomenal compared to the original since there has been time to use a new graphics engine. The multiverses, which is single player fighting events, gives wonderful rewards to those who play for fun and even better to those who are hardcore gamers. My personal favorite characters are Bane with his penchant for high damage moves that can boosted with his venom character power. As well as Green Arrow, Red Hood, and Catwoman for their maneuverability and easy to combo moves that can lead to massive amounts of damage.
#1 - WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS
- Genre: First Person Shooter, Action/Adventure
- Release Date: October 27th
America, 1961. The assassination of General Deathshead was a short-lived victory. The Nazis maintain their stranglehold on the world. You are BJ Blazkowicz, aka “Terror-Billy,” scourge of the Nazi empire, and humanity’s last hope for liberty.
MasterfulJoe - Wolfenstein II for me was very interesting when I first saw the trailers for the game. I’d never played The New Order or really even heard of the franchise before this game but the concept behind it wasn’t one I had personally seen explored before. I felt the gameplay was seemingly inspired directly by Doom (2016) so it definitely seemed like something that I’d enjoy. This couldn’t be more true. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has a very interesting story with lots of great characters, awesome and badass cutscenes, and a plot that in my opinion was executed very well.
Though the game does have its faults they are so far and few between I hardly noticed them. The gameplay feels a bit odd if you go into it and try to play it as if it were Doom because the gameplay feels a lot like Doom but not quite the same, as it still feels unique and is an absolute joy to play. The story had its fair share of twists and hard hitting feels and is a pretty great ride as you fight to free America from the Nazi Regime. Overall Wolfenstein 2 was one of the best new gaming experiences I’ve had this year and that is why it is my top game for 2017.
HellJumper - The gunplay is quite fun. The campaign is about 10 hours, but on higher difficulties it can be challenging. An overall improvement from The New Order.
OutRightNest - A fun and over the top take on alternate history! An improvement over the New Order and the Old Blood, Wolfenstein II remains awesome and delivers great first person shooter action. The story takes you on a wild ride and gets really strange about half way through...it'll be the biggest 'WTF Rollercoaster' you'll ride. For those who played the game, you'll know what I'm talking about!!!! For those who have not yet played it.....well why have you NOT played this game yet?
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
(an OLD game....but still a great game, released via backward compatibility on XB1 this year)
Fortnite & PUBG
(A simple mention due to the countless hours of fun with AJSA squads this year)
Resident Evil 7
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