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2017 was an absolutely terrible year filled with awful political decisions and people others cared for turning out to be awful human beings. But this is about videogames, and videogames didn’t give a shit in 2017 making for one of the best years in gaming in a long time.

Here are some of the best this year had to offer:

Persona 5 –

“Wait, I thought this was a Nintendo site”

Sure is, but I play a ton of game…which is why I barely update anymore.

Anyways, Persona is a franchise that is pretty dear to my heart. Stylish game from top to bottom, P5 is a big technological upgrade from the previous entries. It’s not my favorite, the cast is weak compared to 4G’s and the dungeons outstay their welcome pretty early, but it’s still a notable release in the year.

Sonic Mania –

An early Switch release launching at the right time. It looks and sounds perfect, encapsulating everything good about the original trilogy while trimming some of the fat.

Some issues with the save system hold it back from being higher, but it’s a great title in a great year.

ARMS –

A great Switch showcase with some of the best character designs and music to ever come from Nintendo. Incredibly stylish and fun to play, let down by a lack of compelling single player content.

Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle

A title that surprised everyone, a Rabbids game from Ubisoft that’s actually compelling and likable in the year 2017. A great strategy game that gives Fire Emblem and Xcom a run for their money and a title that makes me want a Super Mario RPG from Ubisoft Milan.

SteamWorld Dig 2 –

A metroidvania where you dig to the center of the world creating your own path. The gamefeel is excellent with an amazing sense of progression.

The best game to get on the Nintendo eShop.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 –

A game that feels anime from beginning to end…in a good way…mostly. A great cast of characters in a 100 hour epic. Feels like binge watching an anime series.

Great combat and story sequences make XC2 stay compelling throughout its length, but you’ll have to go through some low points to get there.

Getting through the game is a massive investment requiring a lot of focus, but if you’re willing to put up with it, you’re in for quite a ride.

NieR: Automata –

A bit of a controversial pick, Nier feels like a Love it or hate it kind of deal. PlatinumGames helps the franchise achieve its first “playable” title, but Yoko Taro’s direction creates an action JRPG structure with a compelling narrative and great characters.

Splatoon 2 –

No longer fresh, still a cut above the rest.

Splatoon 2 is great fun, i adored the original pouring over a 100 hours into it…and I did it again with its sequel. Salmon Run is the newest feeling mode and it’s probably the best online multiplayer experience I’ve ever had. A cooperative hoard mode that get very hard very quickly, it’s the best part of Splatoon 2 and the franchise as a whole.

Super Mario Odyssey-

Super Mario 64 was the first video game I had ever played. A game with bustling 3D world that I didn’t come to fully appreciate until recently. The amount of self improvement the game allows but does not expect makes getting good at the game feel tremendous.

Mario Odyssey is a return to the formula after over a decade and it feels like the Mario team hasn’t missed a beat. Taking cues from Banjo Kazooie for level design, Mario Odyssey feels like the best the genre has to offer taking select design choices from the best of the best.

An excellent and beautiful game that will continue to surprise and make you smile way passed the credits

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild –

Like, duuuh.

Breath of the Wild is a masterpiece of game design. A living, breathing world of immense scale that makes gaming feel truly exciting again.

While it doesn’t have the best narrative or the best combat, that doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. The game gives you so many options that you’ll find plenty to love if you want to give it a chance.

The best game of its genre, the best game of the year, and one of the best games ever made.

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