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  1. Remember me? Remember my Top 10 Best Games of 2016? Well I'm taking it one step further with a list that's so big, I raised it up to Top 15. So here you are for your enjoyment and this is an opinionated list so you are free to disagree. Besides, there were so many games I missed out last year that I really need to get into playing them. Top 15 Best Games of 2017 If you thought that 2016 was good in terms of gaming, 2017 simply tells you to hold my beer. 2017 in gaming has had some ups and downs, especially downs in the terms of behind the scenes. But regardless, this year alone has been home to a number of great games. Nintendo’s arrival of the Switch bringing the company back to providence and the PS4 bringing in games that only show why it’s the console of choice. I sadly can’t say the same for Microsoft since well this year has been a disappointing year with games either being delayed or cancelled for one reason or another. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about right? 2017 game-wise was an awesome year and this list culminates the very best that gaming has to offer. This here is my Top 15 Best Games of 2017. Before I begin, this here is a list consisting of games that I have played and experienced. This is also an opinionated list so you are free to disagree with me. If for whatever reason a game you expected isn’t on this list, it’s either I haven’t played it or never knew about it. Also since many games released this year are remasters of previous games, I will be limiting things on this list for the sake of things… or not because I didn’t get to play that many games and the rest turned out to be letdown after letdown. I vote with my wallet. 15) Gravity Rush 2 – PlayStation 4 We start off this list with a game came out on the first month of the year, Gravity Rush 2. A sequel to the original, which had a remastered version last year, the game focuses on Kat and Syd in a new place, as they must find a way back home. Along the way many secrets are revealed, along with an origin tale for our favorite Gravity Shifter. The game is an improvement over the first, fixing many problems while adding new gameplay elements, such as the Gravity Styles. They also provide a lot not only on backstory but also on the world and its characters. It’s an amazing game that offers a lot and it also comes with free DLC, detailing a tale about Raven. The tale involving her is just as good as Kat’s tale and plus you get to play as Raven as well. It’s #15 on my list since I never thought we get a sequel but I’m happy that it’s now possible. The people behind it should be proud to deliver a game like this. Now if only they don’t shut down the online aspect of it because it’s going to feel a bit stale without it. 14) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue – PlayStation 4 Let me explain first. It’s on this list for two reasons. First is that we finally get an HD version of Dream Drop Distance. The second is A Fragmented Passage and it serves as a sneak peek for what to expect in the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III, if it ever comes out. But regardless the game is incredible to look at. The presentation is a huge step-up with the game running flawlessly at 60 frames per second! I mean it, purely flawless. The inclusion of Chi Back Cover adds some backstory for the mobile game and it’s pretty good. For a compilation it’s amazing and you can get it now in a cheap price. Unlike the 1.5 + 2.5 Remix that had some problems when it came out and they had eventually been fixed, this had absolutely no issues and felt like a well deserved upgrade. I feel Square-Enix should have put a bit more time in checking before they released that. So yeah, this game is #14 since it’s a compilation that does offer new stuff alongside a remastered 3DS game from 2012. 13) Fire Emblem Warriors – Nintendo Switch/New 3DS The Warriors series are best known for hack-and-slash fun and when Nintendo franchises are involved, they ultimately become fun experiences. It was like it with Hyrule Warriors and the 3DS port, Hyrule Warriors Legends. But then they decide to try their luck with Fire Emblem and the results are great. Fire Emblem Warriors is what you’d expect; it’s simple hack-and-slash fun. This game offers a lot in terms of content with a campaign, having multiple difficulties and a history mode where you relive certain moments in FE history. Elements of Fire Emblem such as the weapon triangle are implemented, adding a level of strategy for players. Although the game does have some issues such as the roster and the fact some characters are only unlocked in the History Mode, it does offer a lot and for a Switch title, it’s impressive. There is DLC and like in Hyrule Warriors, it’s done right offering new characters and maps to play in. The game is also released on the 3DS handheld but only as a New 3DS exclusive, probably after how Hyrule Warriors Legends fared, having it on the New line is a good alternative. Personally the Switch version is the best one. 12) Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – PlayStation 4 Celebrating the 11th anniversary of the PS2 release of FF12, Square-Enix brings the twelfth entry of their beloved franchise to the PlayStation 4, in the form of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. It’s a remaster yes but thing is, this game uses the FFXII International Zodiac Job System. For the first time, players can experience a version of FFXII that is quite different than what they once played back in 2006. The visuals are a big step up, the music is great while the gameplay is just as you remember. It’s a perfect way for fans to celebrate a game that is part of a series of games taking place within the continent of Ivalice. For anyone that has never played a Final Fantasy game, it’s one place to start and for those who have experienced it, it’s going to be one ride you should relive. Why it’s #12 on my list since you know it would be obvious but hey, I enjoyed FF12 back in 2006 and I enjoy this even more now that it was given the upgraded treatment. 11) Metroid: Samus Returns – Nintendo 3DS Amazing how in one year a franchise can go from have an uncertain future to a ray of hope. With Federation Force being a massive dud, fans wonder if this was the end for Samus Aran. Nope. Nintendo not only announced a new Metroid Prime game but also a remake of a Game Boy classic, Metroid: Samus Returns. A remake of the original Metroid, this game retells Samus’ journey through Planet SR388 as she’s ordered by the Galactic Federation to hunt down and eliminate all the Metroids while having to contend with everything the planet has to offer. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s the old adage and it shows here. In addition to what makes Metroid great, they add a bunch of new things to help streamline the experience such as the Melee Counter and Aeion System. But the only gripe the game has is that the DLC for it is restricted to it’s exclusive Amiibo line. Despite this, Samus Returns is Nintendo saying I’m sorry for Federation Force. The fans have accepted this apology but let’s only hope that the upcoming Metroid Prime 4 can deliver on all fronts. 10) Cuphead – Xbox One, PC, Steam It started as an ambitious project, made by three people who were willing to risk everything to make this possible. Three blossomed into 19 and once it got some help from Microsoft in exchange for exclusivity, their dream and ambition became a reality. Cuphead is one of the few games that is just spectacular. All you do is take on bosses while trying to study their patterns and survive. There are also some run and gun sections and it helps balance the intensity of this game. Cuphead is hard, a very hard game that offers a lot of challenge. It’s presentation is phenomenal, paying tribute to the 1930s and 40s era of animation. The music is some of the best I’ve ever listened to with tracks that are so addicting and the gameplay is simple but there’s a level of depth that can have you using various weapons for different strategies. It’s hard yes but it’s the challenge that makes it rewarding, as it’s a nod to old school games that were hard but rewarded you for persevering. For a $20 game that’s on Xbox One, PC and Steam, you can’t say no to a game like this. Absolutely not! This game deserves to be in your collection and I highly recommend it. 9) Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – PlayStation 4 2017 is the year where classics that we grew up on in the 90s and 2000s get a needed HD makeover for a new decade. Some were well received while others were so and so. But Activision and Vicarious Visions delivered on a compilation that hit for all the right reasons, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, released on the PlayStation 4. This compilation takes the original three PS1 games and giving it a serious facelift on all sides: presentation, sound and gameplay. It serves not only to celebrate the series but also introduces new players to the lovable marsupial Crash Bandicoot. At around $40 (or cheaper), you get three games for the price of one with trophy support and there’s even DLC of a level that is so hard, you will be pushed to your limits. It’s nostalgia kicking you in the rear end right here for all the right reasons. It’s a must-buy for anyone that grew up with the franchise or for someone that wants a first-hand experience. 8) Splatoon 2 – Nintendo Switch In 2015, Nintendo released Splatoon for the Wii U, their take on the shooter genre that Call of Duty would claim popularity over. It didn’t had much when it launched but in time it would grow to be a game that people loved. Two years later, Splatoon returned for another round except this time it would be taken to the next level. Splatoon 2 improves so much on the original that it’s considered better than the first in every way. You have a single-player campaign with a lot of replay value, an online component that can have you going back for hours on end whether it be co-op or multiplayer and continuous updates that would add more such as splatfests, new weapons and refinements that make it feel like a complete package. Honestly what else is to say about Splatoon 2 that hasn’t been said? It’s enjoyable whether you play alone or with friends. It deserves the #8 spot and if you haven’t gotten this game, you should because it’s worth it. 7) Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon – Nintendo 3DS Wait one minute! This game at #7 and you ask why?! Here’s why! Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon are considered to be huge improvements to the originals in so many ways. The story is better with the introduction of new elements such as Necrozma and the fact you travel through different worlds via Ultra Warp Ride. The game is still the same as it always has been but that isn’t a bad thing. In fact it’s good, very good. Plus since they are the last games on Nintendo’s handhelds, it’s a fitting yet beautiful way for it to end. The game is the same as Sun & Moon released last year but with a lot of improvements while fixing some of the problems that plagued the previous game. Not to mention the post-game is incredibly massive with you being able to catch every legendary Pokemon from the past sixth generations. It’s truly the last hurrah for the franchise on handhelds and the future for it is going to be really bright. 6) Steamworld Dig 2 – PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PS Vita, PC 2017 is the year where Indie developers were able to do what Triple-A publishers can’t: deliver great games. Image & Form Games, best known for the Steamworld series of games hit this one right out of the park. Steamworld Dig 2 is the sequel to the original Steamworld Dig released four years ago. Focusing on Dot as the main protagonist, her job is to find out what happened to the previous protagonist, Rusty. It’s a Metroidvania-style game but it excels on it in so many ways. The presentation shows as you explore the underground, finding treasure and using what you earn to upgrade your character. It’s gameplay is solid and the music is soothing to listen to as you explore. The game has replay value but overall, it’s one you shouldn’t miss out on. Show your support and get this game! It’s available on almost every current system. 5) Persona 5 – PlayStation 4 This is one game that I really should put more time towards because there were so many other games that came out this year, I’ll keep it short and brief. Atlus has done it again with the fifth main installment of the Persona series. Persona 5 takes everything that makes the other games good and goes full throttle. Everything about Persona 5 is awesome: the characters, the gameplay, the music, the story, it has enough twists and turns that it has you on the edge of your seat. Not only that but bonding with your allies help boost your confidants’ strength and in turn makes you stronger. It’s one of the best Atlus has delivered and it’s one that makes you want to go back. Persona 5 deserves its spot at #5 and I’ll say this, you never saw this coming. 4) Nioh – PlayStation 4 What do you get when you take Dark Souls and combine it with the feel of Japanese tales and folklore? You get Nioh! Nioh is a game that I have spent hours upon hours on trying to be as strong as I can be. It’s that addicting. Nioh is such a marvel to play and even more of a marvel to look at. The Dark Souls mentality exists but in turn, the game is more fast-paced requiring you to be on your toes against enemies that will spare no expense in taking you down. In addition you can customize the protagonist William “Anjin” Adams however you want, adding more replay value to the game. Replay value for the game is through the roof with New Game+ and even after beating that, you unlock New Game++ and so on. The DLC for the game add hours into an otherwise complete package, with new weapons, guardian spirits, balance tweaks, etc. It’s incredible. Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja should be praised for giving us a game that is not only challenging but fun. If you are in a fix for a game that’s like Dark Souls but intense and action-packed Nioh is it. Take it from me. This game is awesome. Hard, but awesome! 3) Sonic Mania – PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC A Sonic game made by fans for the fans and it shows. Sonic Mania is 2D Sonic at it’s absolute best. Sonic, Tails & Knuckles return for a new adventure, journeying to stop Dr. Eggman who has gotten his hands on a gem called the Phantom Ruby and uses it to do some crazy stuff like turning a pack of Egg Robos into the Hard-Boiled Heavies. You travel through 12 zones, eight of them being retreads of zones from previous games while adding something new and making nods to all things Sonic. Christian Whitehead and Tee Lopes should be praised all the way to high heaven for their contributions. Whitehead especially for the gameplay! He understood how a Sonic game should be done and it shows. Tee Lopes nailed it on the music with many tracks being so amazingly good. It’s a game for fans who grew up with Sonic and for people that want to get into it but don’t know where to start. Sonic Mania is the game of choice. The only sad thing is that this ties in to the disappointingly Sonic Forces but regardless it shouldn’t dissuade you from playing this. No way. The last two entries on this list is just so hard to decide. Both of them came out on a console that has become a massive moneymaker for Nintendo. If I wanted to, I would have both of them fit the #1 slot but I can’t. I honestly can’t. 2) Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo Switch People say that this banks heavily on nostalgia. I disagree. Super Mario Odyssey is the definitive 3D Mario Game taking what made the 3D Mario games good like 64, Sunshine and Galaxy and improving on them. It’s a celebration of the Mario franchise while offering an adventure like any other. The biggest addition and one that’s considered a major game changer is Cappy. Having the ability to possess anything it comes across adds a whole new layer of gameplay I have never seen. In addition the game is so much fun with exploration being it’s highest point. There is so much to do in Mario Odyssey that it’s nuts. It’s completely nuts. The gameplay is refined and almost perfect, its presentation is just delightful with each world being able to stand out offering something different with the Metro Kingdom being my personal favorite. The music is what you’d expect in a Mario game: a joy to listen to and combined with the fact that the game has massive replay value. It’s incredible. This here is a game that anyone who owns a Switch should have. If you have a Switch, get it. NOW! You won’t regret it. 1) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo Switch You all knew that this game would be on the list! You all know that this game has won numerous awards and has gone on to become one of the greatest games ever! What else needs to be said about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that hasn’t already been said. It’s one of the best Zelda games hands down. An open world experience that offers so much to do and it depends on what you do. You could go straight to Ganon if you want or you can pretty much take your time exploring Hyrule and getting yourself stronger. This game offers a freedom I never thought I’d see and it’s so good. I don’t have much else to say about it. Breath of the Wild is a game that says farewell to the Nintendo Wii U and hello to the Nintendo Switch. A game that earns it’s praise and the added content via Expansion Pass offers more to an otherwise incredible game. People can say I’m biased about it but no, I don’t think that way. Breath of the Wild is the definitive Zelda game that is a celebration of the franchise but also one of the best games of 2017! Hands down. Honorable Mentions · A Hat in Time · ARMS · Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia · Fire Emblem Heroes · Hey! Pikmin · Horizon: Zero Dawn · Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle · NieR: Automata · Super Mario Run · Uncharted: Lost Legacy · Yakuza 0 · Yakuza Kiwami · Yo-kai Watch 2 Psychic Specters
  2. Hey guys and gals! James here aka Wade D McGinnis. It's been awhile since I have posted a review in this forums. Been busy with a few things but have plan to change that. Starting with my Best Games 2016! Check it out and let me know your thoughts!
  3. This is my personal, youtube-fodder-game free list of my top 5 indie games of this year. These are games that I enjoyed the most in 2014, but remember, this is my personal opinion. I don't represent anyone but myself in this list. Also, I haven't played that many games this year, so my opinion shouldn't be taken too strongly. All of these games can be found on the Steam Store. Honorable Mentions Lifeless Planet - A solid 3d platformer with nice looking visuals and fun puzzles, but unfortunately very linear. Too bad, since this game would be perfect for exploration. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter - Only played this once at a friend's house, but the gameplay is very fun and the graphics are beautiful. Transistor - Played this a couple times at said friend's house, and is a blast. The art style looks great and the beat-em-up combat is in depth and makes you feel like a badass. 5. Dungeon of the Endless This is a very fun, procedurally generated top down roguelike. The gameplay is great. The combat is classic and fun, but the game is also obviously beautiful. The great art style of detailed pixel graphics with smooth looking animations made it easy for me to play for hours. Definitely pick this one up. 8.7/10 4. Secrets of Raetikon Technically, this early access game was released in 2013, but got its Steam wings in February. I acquired the game with the steam key that eventually came with my humble order about a year ago. The art style is fantastically amazing and so original. The flying mechanics feel great, the puzzles are challenging and although there isn't a combat system, you can ingeniously use the grabbing mechanic and the dangerous environment elements to make the bad birds feel pain. This game is only held back by the occasional location in which your bird gets stuck (not with bugs, SoR is surprisingly bug-free), but that is to be expected in an early access game. Add a level editor with workshop support and you have a must buy. 8.9/10 3. The Talos Principle There really isn't much to be said about this game. It's a puzzle game, not unlike portal, with some cool exploration elements as well. The environments are designed well and it is overall a fun one. If you love puzzle games, this will be a great game to spend your money on. 8.9/10 2. The Deer God This game is just tremendously epic. I previously found Crescent Moon Games hard to take seriously, as they are the makers of the Ravensword games, which are basically Skyrim clones for mobile devices, but this game is just fantastic. You are a hunter who has been reincarnated into a deer because of karma. You start out as a faun, but as you grow, you hump lady deer, get into fierce battles with predatory wildlife and gain magical powers. The mechanics are solid, the platforming is great, the exploration is encouraging, and the art style is beautiful. When you start shooting fire out of your antlers, you know you've won life. 9.3/10 1. Eidolon HOLY FUCK THIS IS THE BEST GAME I HAVE EVER PLAYED IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.You are a nomad in post-apocalyptic Western Washington, but thankfully there are no generic zombies to make this game suck. The place has just simply been reclaimed by nature. There are some basic survival mechanics, but they are basic as to not distract you from the real three reasons to buy this game: the visuals, the exploration and the writing. The game is absolutely beautiful. It's probably the best-looking game I've ever played. Ice Water Games took one of the most beautiful regions in the world and somehow made it even more appealing. I wish I lived there. Oh yeah, I do. Suckers! The game is also HUGE. I haven't legitimately measured it, but my estimate puts it a little bigger than GTA V, which was 49 sq. miles. Skyrim was 16. And every single inch of it is screenshot-worthy. I'm not kidding. There are also tons of lost documents to find from about 40-50 intertwining storylines. And I won't give any spoilers, but shit gets really crazy once you piece together the storylines to get the grand plot of what happened to Western Washington. So, in short, the mathematical formula for this game is basically a stripped down version of Rust + Proteus + (Gone Home x 40). Eidolon is mainly a walking simulator game, so it's not for everyone. If you are twelve years old or less, have ADD (actually, on second though an ADD person might like this game) or if you are addicted to fast-paced games, you may not enjoy this game as much. But, Eidolon is a masterpiece of both visual and literacy arts. If you like video games, you owe it to yourself to buy this game at its cheap price of $15. Eidolon is the best game I have ever played in my entire life, and if you don't own it already, your new priority in life is to buy it. 9.8/10 So that's it. I will be making a more in-depth video version of this list soon. TL;DR Honorable Mentions - Lifeless Planet, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Transistor 5. Dungeon of the Endless, 8.7/10 4. Secrets of Raetikon, 8.9/10 3. The Talos Principle, 8.9/10 2. The Deer God, 9.3/10 1. Eidolon, 9.8/10 (best game I have ever played)
  4. What is your favorite/best game you have ever played? (Also any follow ups.) I have to say for me the game I would pick out of the many I really enjoyed and played many hours on has to be Okami on the PS2. I liked it's Legend Of Zelda like feel, and the art style that they used in the game, as well as the Japanese culture within the game. I would like to add that follow ups are Resident Evil 4, Metal Gear Solid 3, Dead Space, Grad Theft Auto SanAndreas, and Elder Scrolls Oblivion/Skyrim.
  5. This was odd year for gaming, we had some amazing games come out, some crap games come out, and we had the new consoles. I've seen a lot of best and worst video and I thought I should share mine. I would like to point out that I haven't a lot of newer game this year so most will be famous game. I haven't played all the games on this list (I've watched many let's plays), so if you find a problem this this, I'm sorry. ( I haven't played two games on this list). I would love it if you suggest some games to play. So, without further wait, lets begin. 5.Pokemon X and Y. It's weird that I don't like COD and other games because they put out the same things, but I like Pokemon. Maybe it's because it doesn't come out every year, maybe it's the minor differences, or maybe it's the fact Pokemon has such a fallowing? What ever it is I find the game fun, the catching, grinding, evolving, and the Pokemon. Black and White's Pokemon were weird and not cool, but X and Y's are cool. I like all the starters and the mega evolutions are fun. I hoope they add more mega evolutions in the coming updates and games. And yes even though I'm more of a story guy and the story isn't that interesting I still had fun. 4.Europa Universalis 4. If you weren't already a fan of the paradox games you probably haven't heard of the game. While I haven't played it, I've seen many Let's Plays and such and I'm saving my money for it. Its one of the best grand strategy games and if you like the genre pick it up. 3.Grand Theft Auto 5. Yeah, you all know the others so lets get going. GTA 5 is a great game that maybe was a bit overhyped. I loved it in the first two or three weeks and after I havn't played it. I didn't like online but I like the single player and that didn't take away from it. 2. Bioshock Infinite: The world is just beautiful, with so many colors, unique landmarks, and a amazing design. It takes from the first two and takes awat the horror element in exchange for a scientific one, I guess. The combat wasn't as fun as before, but it still holds it's own. 1. The Last of Us. This game made the Playstation 3 go out with a bang. Beautiful design, amazing story, awesome combat. It's just fun all around and made me want a Playstation 3. Thanks for reading and like I said before please tell me some other games to get.