…well, it’s just like, my opinion – man.
Well, here we are ladies and gentlemen – the cusp of yet another New Year. I personally hate New Year, a lot of preparation to end up in a pub full to the rafters and waiting 25 minutes to get a drink that is severely overpriced. Not for me, but it does allow me the chance to share with you all my personal game of the year choices! As always, I will do a top 3, with some honorable mentions – so shall we see what I have chosen this year? Let’s do this!
**I will keep it spoiler free!**
3) Fortnite Battle Royale (PS4, PC, Xbox One)
I was one of the shmucks who dropped £30 on this on day one for the regular game mode. It was ok, just a very run of the mill tower defense game that was a hell of a lot more fun with friends than it was solo or going with randoms. Fast forward about 5 months and during the rage of PUBG, Epic get in on the action with Fortnite Battle Royale.
You could hear it from the rooftops for weeks – “CLONE! PUBG WANNABE!” The salt was rife. However, in my opinion it isn’t a clone at all. Battle Royale games are not unique anymore, and while PlayerUnknown is the grandfather of the concept – in my opinion Fortnite does it better. It doesn’t feel as pressurised and the building gives it a level of tactics than you just can’t find anywhere else. Great game, one I can’t see leaving my hard drive for a while to come!
2) Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
Ever since the E3 reveal in 2015 I wanted this game. The footage of Aloy running and sliding under the mech dinos and shooting their weak points on their undersides was just a glorious site to behold. Of course, we wouldn’t be able to do that but the sheer aesthetic of it just left me wanting more. When it released I dove head first into it and boy was I not disappointed. If anything, my expectations were far exceeded! Guerilla has crafted an absolutely beautiful world filled to the brim with great quests and non of it feels filler. It all feels like it flows organically and it actually makes you feel like you are the difference here – without Aloy this world would be doomed. If you haven’t played it yet, I highly recommend doing so!
P.S : You can do the slide and shoot thing they showed at E3!
2017 was a great year for games, and while I tried to fight it for Horizon – there was just another game that wouldn’t go away when I thought about it. So, my Game Of The Year for 2017 is….
1) Resident Evil 7 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
What can I even say about this game that you probably haven’t even read 1000 times already this year? It’s a master class in survival horror. It’s the thing us Resident Evil fans have been calling for for years. Sure, there was some backlash by the people who may have only jumped on the franchise at around 5-6 who loved the action aspect of it but for us OG’s we always wanted a game that harkened back to the days of playing Resident Evil 1 with your mates in the pitch black and absolutely pooping your pants just by the atmosphere the game had.
A brilliant story and world that was brought to terrifying life with VR on the Playstation 4. Now, I will be straight with you all here – I am a massive horror wuss. If you have been here for a while you already know that but I feel the need to reiterate it for this part. If I didn’t take my VR off around 1/3 of the way through the main campaign – I honestly feel like I would have had a heart attack. This game kept me on tenderhooks the whole way through my VR campaign and while it scared the living daylights out of me – I loved every second. If you are a PC gamer and you have already played RE7, do yourself a favour and redo it in VR when that becomes available. Sure some of it will be lost because you know what happens – but the atmosphere will still be there and you will love it. I promise!
Honorable Mentions : Uncharted : The Lost Legacy (PS4) – A perfect end to a near perfect series. Uncharted bows out with probably the second best entry ever in the franchise.
For Honor (PS4, Xbox One, PC) : Ubisoft take on medievil fighting hit a lot of bum notes on release, but a steady flow of patches and content make it a strong addition to their already strong list of franchises.
Call of Duty : WW2 : Was never going to win GOTY but with boots back on the ground, Call of Duty has refound it’s mojo and this is a great return to form after the disastrous few years we had to endure. Here is hoping they keep building on this next year!
What was your game of the year for 2017?
Do you agree with my choices?
Let us know in the comments!