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    Top Tens: Year of the Trump Edition

    Itís December now and that means summer is here, and all of the big games releases for this year have blasted by and left our toupees spinning in the air. Only Xenoblade 2 remains, but Iím not a fan of JeR-Puh-Guhs so itís unlikely that Iíll seek it out.

    As such, it behoves me to list my top ten games for the year in reverse order (plus the bottom five because who doesnít like a bit of controversy hey?). The winning game, el numero uno, should come as no surprise to anyone who knows my taste in gaming finery.

    Starting with the shittest five games of 2017:

    Middle Earth: Shadow of War
    Star Wars Battlefront II
    Destiny 2
    Forza 7
    Mass Effect: Andromeda

    I get it. Destiny 2 is a good game. Forza 7 is a good game. Star Wars BFII is a good game. Theyíre all technically accomplished and achieve what they set out to do. But why are they here? Greed and mismanagement. Sometimes both. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Itís these things that take an otherwise enjoyable experience and turn them into joyless pains in the arse. Nobody wants a progression system turned into a soulless grind. Nobody wants end-game rewards that donít actually reward anyone. Nobody wants constant reminders that the game might be a little bit better if youíd just spend a small amount of money for just one little loot box. Most of all, Iím sure that nobody wants a developer or a publisher that doesnít treat the gaming community with respect. And Iíll point out Mass Effect in particular because I really feel sorry for that game. Iím not angry at these titles, Iím justÖ disappointed.

    Now onto the good stuff!

    10: Cuphead
    I put this here because it feels like an incomplete list without an Xbox console exclusive title, since Microsoft put so much effort into pushing the exclusives this year. Also, why is the only Xbox game in my list a 2D platformer by an independent developer? Disclaimer: itís the only game in this list that I havenít actually played, but I love the art style and the effort the developer put into it, so why not give it some love?

    9: What Remains Of Edith Finch
    This is in here because Iím a fan of Giant Sparrowís previous game, The Unfunished Swan. Edith Finch didnít grab me as much as their last game did, but all the quality is still there with insane storytelling and attention to detail. One of the finest walking simulators youíll ever play.

    8: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    Blue Shells exist in my nightmares. This might be Ďjust a remakeí but I am glad it exists on a console that people are actually buying.

    7: Horizon: Zero Dawn
    Why so far down the list? I dunno. Horizon came out a little too awkwardly close to a certain other open world game. This is an excellent game in its own right, but other games wereÖ better. In my opinion anyway. This is another title that lives by its incredible art direction and great story. Itís too bad it has been swamped by other high quality titles.

    6: Super Mario Odyssey
    Another game lost (to me) in the shuffle of 2017. I personally think it is not the best Mario title ever made, that award goes to 3D Land on the 3DS, but Iíve only had time to scratch Odysseyís surface. The capturing mechanic is the best gameplay idea that Mario has ever sported, however. You get to BE a goomba! How awesome is that?

    5: Yakuza Zero
    I didnít even know I wanted this game until I wanted this game. Then when I got it and started playing it, I just started to laugh at everything. Itís one of the most endearingly hilarious things Iíve ever had the pleasure of experiencing, all wrapped up in a very serious Sopranoís style organised crime drama. So Japanese.

    4: Hellblade: Senuaís Sacrifice
    This game is one hell of an experience. If you havenít played it yet, stop what youíre doing right now and get stuck in. A recurring theme in my list is art direction and story, and again, this title is way up there because of what it is and the way you experience it. And to top it off, the combat is so deliberate and visceral, I donít think Iíve ever found myself holding my breath as much as I did the first few times I encountered the gameís basic enemies. Itís only let down by some flakey environmental puzzles, but it stands as one of the best games of all time in my books.

    3: Sonic Mania
    If anyone could write a love letter to gamingís childhood, this would be it. Many a 10 year old kid spent afternoons playing the original Sonic platformers, sitting on the edge of their bed, hunched over a 12Ē colour TV, janky Mega Drive pad in-hand, collecting rings and looping loops in the first game custom-made for speed running. Now we get to do it in the living room on a 60Ē OLED. Good times.

    2: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    I donít know if thereís much left to say about this game, other than that it mightíve helped sell another 10 million Wii U units if it came out a year earlier. It is definitely the greatest game of all time.

    And the winner?

    There can be only one. The greatest game of 2017, I present to youÖ


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    No driving sims, eh? You might be ex-communicated.

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    I mentioned FM7, surely that counts

    The best sim Iíve played all year since I got my new wheel setup is Assetto Corsa, and itís a few years old now.

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    I still really dig on Pcars 2, but that's probably because the VR support is second only to iRacing.

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    The only game I have played from the OP is FM7 and I returned it.

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    I'm not sure if I regularly played ten games this year. I always "purchase" the games with gold, but I often do not even download them.

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    I have it on good authority that my wife is buying me a new set of headphones that do surround for Christmas, so I'm holding off on playing more of Hellblade until I get those. Loved what I've played so far, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rare White Ape View Post
    Starting with the shittest five games of 2017:

    Destiny 2

    I get it. Destiny 2 is a good game. Forza 7 is a good game. Star Wars BFII is a good game. Theyíre all technically accomplished and achieve what they set out to do. But why are they here? Greed and mismanagement. Sometimes both. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Itís these things that take an otherwise enjoyable experience and turn them into joyless pains in the arse. Nobody wants a progression system turned into a soulless grind. Nobody wants end-game rewards that donít actually reward anyone. Nobody wants constant reminders that the game might be a little bit better if youíd just spend a small amount of money for just one little loot box. Most of all, Iím sure that nobody wants a developer or a publisher that doesnít treat the gaming community with respect. And Iíll point out Mass Effect in particular because I really feel sorry for that game. Iím not angry at these titles, Iím justÖ disappointed.
    You're getting to be as bad as YW -- but at least he put in a hundred hours before he flipped out.

    Have you even played Destiny 2??

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    Yep I played the open beta and will probably try the demo just for kicks. Itís got fun shooty mechanics and epic looking environments and really takes me back to the golden era of Halo. Bungie is REALLY good at that stuff. I miss their games a lot.

    The reason itís in the list is the whole Bright Engram thing. You might brush them off as being pointless extras, but I take umbrage to them because Bungie tied them to the doling out of end-game XP, and they misled players about how much XP theyíre actually earning in order to drive players towards spending real life money on them, to gamble on the chance that theyíd contain the things they want. I donít know if that was a Bungie decision or an Activision decision but their intent is clear and they can go jump off a bridge.

    And so it comes to pass that a mechanically sound and genuinely accomplished game ends up on my shit list, while a game almost bereft of any modern gameplay advancements (Yakuza Zero) ends up near the top.

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    I should also say that anyone who has a top ten things from this year they want to list, go for it! Youíre more than welcome.

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