2017: Year of the Games

2017 has been – a trying year. Let’s just leave it at that for here.

But it’s been amazing for video games, thus I’m backing 2017 as a contender as a
Year of the Games; it reminds me of just how solid 2007 was for film. Compounding the great games is a new way to enjoy a number of them by way of the Nintendo Switch, a system that merges portables and home consoles in one convenient optionally becontrollered (like bespectacled but with controllers) and dockable tablet.

Last week I set out to create a quick 20 or so list of great and notable-for-good-reasons games just to show how absurd it has been but it just kept going and now it’s a list that is 60 titles long, and that’s just for new releases. I also realized I should post it in some place less transient than my usual hangout, hence this post.

It is, I am sure, as yet an incomplete list and there are more titles worth note which happen to be altered releases of some sort. Thus in alphabetical order, and without much comment, I present:

An Incomplete List of Great and Good-Notable Games Newly Released in 2017

  1. A Hat in Time
  2. A Mortician’s Tale
  3. Another Lost Phone
  4. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  5. Bury me, my Love
  6. Cuphead
  7. Destiny 2
  8. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  9. Divinity: Original Sin II
  10. Doki Doki Literature Club!
  11. Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
  12. ECHO
  13. Emily is Away Too
  14. Everything
  15. Finding Paradise
  16. For Honor
  17. Get Even
  18. Golf Story
  19. Gorogoa
  20. Graceful Explosion Machine
  21. Hand of Fate 2
  22. Heat Signature
  23. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  24. Hidden Folks
  25. Hob
  26. Hollow Knight
  27. Horizon Zero Dawn
  28. Injustice 2
  29. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  30. Life is Strange: Before the Storm
  31. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  32. Metroid: Samus Returns
  33. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  34. Nidhogg 2
  35. Nier: Automata
  36. Night in the Woods
  37. >Observer_
  38. Persona 5
  39. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  40. Prey
  41. Pyre
  42. Rain World
  43. Resident Evil 7
  44. Snake Pass
  45. Sonic Mania
  46. Splatoon 2
  47. Star Trek: Bridge Crew
  48. Starfox 2 (Slated for 1996 but only just released with the SNES Classic)
  49. SteamWorld Dig 2
  50. Super Mario Odyssey
  51. Tacoma
  52. Tekken 7 (Technically 2015 but was exclusive to Japanese arcades)
  53. Thimbleweed Park
  54. Tooth and Tail
  55. Torment: Tides of Numenera
  56. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  57. West of Loathing
  58. What Remains of Edith Finch
  59. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  60. Yakuza 0

An Incomplete List of Altered Re-releases Worth Mentioning:

  • Dreamfall Chapters: The Final Cut is, for better or worse, the ending for The Longest Journey saga and got an upgrade and console release this summer.
  • Doom (2016) on the Switch. It uses 9 watts of power in portable mode. What the fuck? Magic. Hell magic? It must be.
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, where’s the PC release!?
  • Full Throttle Remastered. I love Full Throttle, so… special mention.
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Mario Kart 8 DLCed, enhanced, and with battles fixed making it unquestionably the best Mario Kart game.
  • Ōkami HD, hey it’s on the PC even.
  • Outcast – Second Contact survived a failed Kickstarter
  • StarCraft: Remastered, it’s StarCraft so it’s noteworthy.
  • Stardew Valley, the farming game that outsold Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare last year, came to the Nintendo Switch where it found a second warm reception.
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is a remake that seemed to get lots of good attention earlier this year.