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Re: Your GOTY 2017

by pook99 Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:05 am

Just listing games I played/beat for the first time this year, replayed classics don't count.

In no particular order because I am not good at picking favorites

1) Mario Odyssey: If I absolutely had to pick a GOTY this would be it, Mario 64 is one of my all time favorites and this is everything that game was and so much more. It is amazing how much fun the cap and possession of monsters was and it kept each level feeling fresh

2) Horizon Zero Dawn: normally open world games bore the crap out of me but this game really kept me hooked from start to finish, the story was very interesting, the characters were likable, and the combat was tons of fun.

3) Battletoads (nes): After finally taking the time to learn and beat this game I developed a new appreciation for it. Battletoads was the one game I never beat as a kid and it always haunted me, this year I finally decided to make a serious effort to beat it and it was one of the most satisfying and rewarding games I ever played.

4) Salt and Sanctuary: 2d indie dark souls, great game and if you like dark souls and metroidvanias this is an absolute must play

5) Furi: kick ass boss rush game with an intriquing storyline that does not make sense until the very end. Very fast paced, strategic, and difficult combat with each level simply being a cut scene and a boss fight. Learning the enemies patterns and overcoming these seemingly impossible bosses is loads of fun and very satisfying, its part bullet hell twin srtick shooter and part hack and slash, one of the most unique and fun games I played this year.

6) Cuphead: I don't think I could say anything that hasn't been said here

7) Mr. Shifty: top down game where you teleport around levels and punch baddies in the face, the battles in this game are intense and your adrenaline will be pumping non-stop as you face hordes of enemies, knowing that one hit will kill you, and you teleport around pimp smacking everything you see. Ridiculous amount of fun

8) Breath of the wild: I am a person who does not enjoy 3d zeldas, Ocarina bored me, as did skyward sword, I never touched twilight princess, and majoras mask never appealed to me. I only bought it because it was the only thing on switch other than blaster master zero. This game took me completely by surprise and hooked me in a way that no zelda game since link to the past did.

9) Resident evil 7: Loved every resident evil game ever, I was extremely reluctant when I saw the FPS direction this game was taking but this game blew me away. The family in this game needs to be in a horror movie.
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Re: Your GOTY 2017

by Blu Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:09 am

I think I have to say that my GOTY for 2017 is Breath of the Wild. It was really quite amazing in every way. I’ve not had such fun with an open world game in some time. Between the art direction, sound, gameplay, and RPG elements, I think it’s probably the best Zelda in the last 15 years.

Honorable Mentions:
Yakuza 0
Sonic Mania
Wolfenstein: The New Order
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Re: Your GOTY 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:17 pm

I'm really torn between Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey, but I've got to give it to Mario.
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Re: Your GOTY 2017

by Tanooki Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:53 pm

I hate to sound like an echo chamber, but Zelda Breath of the Wild. The entire franchise went from apathetic annoyance and unwillingness to buy another at full price ever again after years of getting worse and worse, more boring and boring than the last to something that I couldn't pull myself away from without noticing the time sunk and forcing myself to shut it down. It made Zelda new, fun, fresh and actually enjoyable to play once more.
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Re: Your GOTY 2017

by Kuruwin Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:51 am

Going to copy paste what i wrote elswhere

"Here's the titles i completed this year

1.Driveclub (PS4)
2.Doom (PS4)
3.Dark Souls 3 (PS4)
4.Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (PS4)
5.Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (PS4)
6.Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright (3DS)
7.Steins Gate Zero (Vita)
8.No Man's Sky (PS4)
9.Titanfall 2 (PS4)
10.Order 1886 (PS4)
11.Uncharted 4 (PS4)
12.FF15 (PS4)
13.Farcry:Primal (PS4)
14.Shantae: Pirate's Curse (3DS)
16.Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
17.Fire Emblem Heroes (android)
18.Pokemon Sun (3DS)
19.Tactic Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (PSP) - I didn't beat the last boss but it's such a cheap piece of shit that i didn't think it was worth kept repeating it.
20.Stardew Valley (PS4)
21.Alienations (PSN)
22.Nights Of Azure (PS4)
23.Nioh (PS4)
24.Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)
25.Horizon:Zero Dawn
26.Legend Of Zelda: BOTW
27.Ever Oasis (3DS)
28.Dragon Quest III (Snes9X)
29.Famicom Tantei Club Part II (Snes)
30.Caladrius Blaze (PS4)
31.I Am Setsuna (PS4)
32.Nier Automata (PS4)
33.Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS4)
34.Witcher 3 (PS4)
35.Shadow Warrior (reboot Ps4)
36.Root Letter (Vita)
37.Dark Cloud (PS4)
38.Crash 3 N'sane Edition (PS4)
39.Persona 5 (PS4)
40.Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (PS4)
41.Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U)
42.Cave Story co-op (switch)
43.Prey (PS4)
44.Dungeon Punks (Shit)
45.Tales From The Borderlands (PS4)
46.Evil Within 2 (PS4)

And here's the top games from them. No real bright spots this year beside maybe Driveclub and Dark Cloud. Rest lean more towards "i enjoyed this" category.

1.Driveclub - i was getting to a point where i didn't care about racing games anymore but Driveclub got me back behind the wheel. This game isn't without it's flaws (like the game being way too challenging) but it's really beatiful and fun racing game. I put a lot of hours into it already but i still ocassionally come back to it because there's still a lot of content left.

2. Nioh - I didn't think this was all that great (7+) but i still enjoyed. Weak level design is really what prevents the game being classic.

3.Titanfall 2 - This was surprisingly fun shooter. It's not great but it stands out because of how rare good shooters seem to be these days.

4. Prey - - Enjoyable bioshock like shooter. I would have wanted to praise it but when the mysteries take the back seat and when the areas you visit become dull the game starts to loose it's appeal and ends up just being fine.

5.Stardew Valley - If this had more content i would have loved it but around 20-30 hour mark you have already seen pretty much everything and then there's nothing left expect grind trophies. I still recommend it for fans of farming games.

6.Bayonetta 2 - Not as good as the first one but still a solid hack and slash.

7. Dark Cloud - This one actually wasn't a good game but it did won me over with it's rustic charm."

I also completed Yakuza 0 and Berserk musou after writing that and both of them deserve a place on the list. Zero's story falters at places but i still very much enjoyed it. Combat though got really old towards the end and i regret spending so much time on Cabaret and trying to complete real eastate bussiness because money is the only thing you get from them.

Berserk Musou suffers from using some levels too many times and the bosses suck but otherwise it was pretty good musou game.
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Re: Your GOTY 2017

by noiseredux Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:31 am

I wrote a "top 10" blog post for RFGen, which will be up tomorrow. But I guess I'll throw out the two big spoilers...

1. My GOTY is Destiny 2.
2. My Top 10 does not include Breath Of The Wild.
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Re: Your GOTY 2017

by dunpeal2064 Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:02 am

My pick for game released this year is Nier: Automata. If I were making an objective pick or writing an article, Breath of the Wild is a much more accomplished game, and honestly deserves the spot. Nier: Automata just really jived with me, and left quite an impact on me.

My pick for game I played for the first time this year, that didn't come out this year, is Super Metroid.
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Re: Your GOTY 2017

by dsheinem Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:39 am

I beat about 25 games that were released this year and sunk reasonable time into about another dozen 2017 games past that. (I have included a spoilered list at the bottom of this post). I have tried to whittle the list down, and I have created a top 10 as a result. This is one of the toughest years for having to choose a GOTY - any on my list have a reasonable claim to that title, I think. Other than my GOTY, the rest are listed in alphabetical order.

GOTY - Horizon: Zero Dawn - I made the argument that this game was better than BOTW back in March when I was playing both, and a shit storm ensued :lol: (look back around page 83 or so of this thread to see where it starts). Nonetheless, and especially after playing through the game's DLC, I very much still stand by that claim - H:ZD is the better of two excellent games that both try to do many of the same kinds of things. Here's some what I wrote about the game upon completing it:

Horizon: Zero Dawn is arguably the best game I've played on the PS4. It takes many of the best ideas from so many other games - Dragon Age Inquisition, Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, Tomb Raider, Uncharted, Skyrim, etc. - and blends them all together in a chunky stew of intense and speedy combat, epic exploration, satisfying leveling, and gorgeous graphics. The game is pretty much flawless, and would be a great experience even if its story sucked.

The story, fortunately, is one of the most complex and interesting post-apocalyptic tales I've seen told in a medium that often tends towards those stories. To say too much about it would ruin a lot of great moments in the game - there are a wealth of fascinating revelations, compelling plot twists, and well-fleshed out characters - but suffice to say that it blends a lot of genre tropes together in a new way, one that has some merit in its ability to criticize humanity as a whole and that earns its attempts to provoke introspection in the player.

I can't rave enough about this one. I have even been generally uninterested in the also-excellent Breath of the Wild because I wanted to keep moving through this game more than pick up my Switch. The game took me about 35 hours to finish the story and many sidequests (I'm at 52% completion). If you have a PS4, you really owe it to yourself to pick this game up. It is a state-of-the-medium tour de force.

The rest of the top 10, in alphabetical order:

Destiny 2 - Destiny 2 is wonderful, but odd. It does basically everything better than the first game did, but it has nonetheless failed to involve me in the same amount of timesuck that that the first game did upon its release. I think the novelty of what the first one accomplished and the process of refinement over its lifespan were just more compelling because they were new…and Destiny 2 doesn’t have that in the same way. Nonetheless, I played a ton of Destiny 2 in 2017 (on PS4 and even a little on PC), and think it is probably the game on this list I will most likely sink a ton of time in during 2018.

Everything - This is one of the more thought-provoking and innovative games I have played, ever. Everything defines genre, is both massive in scope and manageable, and transcends many of the conventions of the medium in an attempt to be, well, a transcendental experience. I don’t know that it succeeds on that last point entirely, but the effort is well worth experiencing. A great take on the game by is this piece by Ian Bogost - it is one that reflects a lot of my own thoughts on playing the game.

The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild - Here’s what I posted upon completing this one, much of which I still hold to:

What this game accomplishes from both a design standpoint and from a sheer "fun factor" standpoint is nearly unparalleled. I can easily say that it is, at least as of this moment, a game that I consider:

the best Switch game ever :lol:
the best Wii U game ever
the best Zelda game ever
the best Nintendo-made game ever
...and probably one of the top 10 best video games ever made

I don't know if Nintendo will ever again create the kinds of innovative games that have the same level of long-term influence as their most revered 8-bit and 16-bit titles (something I've brought up in the past (in a loooong discussion))...but this is arguably the closest they have gotten to that high water mark since that time. The way that it blends open-world dynamics with a lot of classic Zelda gameplay and design is really astonishing, and I enjoyed every minute of the 60+ hours I spent on this game.

Player Unknown's Battlegrounds - Given the massive success and player base this game has had this year, I am surprised it isn’t on more people’s lists so far! There’s not much I can write about this game that probably hasn’t already been written many times by many others, but suffice to say that this game became something to pick up and play with some regularity in the second half of 2017 for me. I will never be someone who dives deep into learning the nuances of the maps, the various techniques for gaining advantage, the differences between all the gear, etc. - but it is cool that the game offers some sophistication on top of its goofy exterior. For me, the basic premise itself is so enticing and so well executed (even with some bugginess) that this will probably continue to be a go to “I have 20 minutes to kill” title for a long time…

Polybius - Before polygonal-3D graphics were a thing, Polybius is what everyone assumed virtual reality games might be like in the future. This is Jeff Minter’s best work: a trippy and complex Tempest-like game that oozes style, humor, intensity, and challenge. The game has a fantastic soundtrack and mind bending visuals. After taking off the VR headset for a 20 minute game session, a friend of mine declared the game to be a hallucinogen simulator, and I am inclined to agree. I have yet to beat this one (later levels are hard!), but if you have a PSVR this is amongst the very best games you could play (especially if you have any appreciation for the subgenre).

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - I played through RE7 entirely in VR, and it is a stunning accomplishment in creating genuine fright for the player. The switch to a first person perspective for the franchise is handled here in a way that retains all the suspense and panic that the series has always been known for, and the best parts of the series (memorable characters, hunting for scarce ammo and supplies, incidental music, etc.) are carried through flawlessly along the way. This is both my favorite Resident Evil game of all time and my favorite VR game available: I seriously considered making this my GOTY.

Sonic Mania - Who would have guessed that not only would 2017 give us the best ever Resident Evil game, but also the best ever Sonic the Hedgehog game? Sonic Mania is a triumph: it is everything that was great about the original trilogy and the erasure of everything that was frustrating about other more recent 2D and 2.5D entries in the series (eg. Sonic 4). It does an excellent job of both paying homage to classic Sonic titles and with infusing the series with enough new ideas across its dozen or so levels to make the series seem fresh.

Super Mario Odyssey - This is the best 3D Mario game since Super Mario Galaxy 2 and should absolutely be experienced by everyone who owns a Switch (this game and BOTW alone are reasons to buy one). The hat gimmick works really well to give Mario a level of interaction with the various worlds he moves through that hasn’t been seen in the series so far and, like Sonic Mania and Resident Evil 7, the game provides a perfect mix of nostalgia/homage and genuinely new ideas/environments. I found the campaign to be a bit easy compared to the standards of most of the other main Mario titles, but there’s enough post-campaign challenge and depth that should give this game legs for series veterans who may want to play it long term

What Remains of Edith Finch - This is very much a game that feels inspired by the genre-defining titles put out by devs like The Chinese Room (Everyone’s Gone to the Rapture, Dear Esther, etc.) and Fulbright (Gone Home, Tacoma), but Finch nonetheless offers a fresh and more fantastical take on the walking simulator. Some of the later levels are especially engrossing, and the game’s visuals are some of the most creative I encountered in 2017. This one is well worth the short time it takes to play through it.

Honorable Mentions: Doom VFR, Arizona Sunshine, Gorogoa, Wolfenstein II, Skyrim VR

2017 releases that I beat (or spent considerable time with) in 2017:

Arizona Sunshine
Destiny 2
Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris
Doom VFR
Emily is Away Too
Fast RMX
The Fidelio Incident
Fortnite Battle Royale
Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels
Ghost Blade HD
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
Horizon: Zero Dawn
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Monument Valley 2
Nex Machina
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Scanner Sombre
Sonic Mania
Soul Dimension
Star Trek: Bridge Commander
Super Mario Odyssey
What Remains of Edith Finch
Wolfenstein II

A few 2017 titles that I own and plan to play in 2018:

Dishonored 2
Metroid: Samus Returns
Splatoon 2
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
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Re: Your GOTY 2017

by noiseredux Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:23 am

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Re: Your GOTY 2017

by Gunstar Green Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:05 pm

I have to give it to Sonic Mania. It was an unfair competition. I'm a simple guy and you don't need to do much to make me happy. Sonic Mania felt like it was tailored for me specifically. The folks who made this game practically read my mind in regards to what I think makes a good Sonic game and then went and improved upon those thoughts. Sonic 3 & Knuckles is easily one of my favorite games from my childhood and Sonic Mania is one of the few times in my life where I can say the new version outdid the one I have unfair nostalgic attachment to. Bravo Christian Whitehead and friends, you nailed it.

Cuphead comes in a close second. As I've said before it's the kind of game I thought video games would become in the future back before polygons took over the world. Even when it was grinding me into the dirt I was having fun getting just a little better each time and the animation never gets old. Like Sonic Mania it's a short game that I can easily see myself replaying in the future just because it's fun.

There are other 2017 games I want to get around to playing like Hollow Knight, Horizon Zero Dawn and Hellblade so I apologize to those games if I end up liking any of them better. I also played a little bit of Nioh, but not enough for form an opinion. I'll give a special mention to Metroid: Samus Returns as well, while a fantastic game it didn't hit home with me quite as much as the others. It's certainly my number one portable game for the year.
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