We’re back with another Games of the Generation feature! This week we’ll be looking at 2017, which not only featured a number of well-received games, as well as a new console in the launch of the powerful Xbox One X.
Let’s dive straight into it this time around. As determined by Opencritic, here are the greatest games of 2017.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
It might not make the top five, but it’d be hard not to include Resident Evil 7: Biohazard in this article. Much like Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 7 signified an evolution for the series, and it was sorely needed.
Resident Evil 7 features a new protagonist and perspective. For the first time ever in the series’ history, you play the game from a first-person perspective. It was a change that ultimately paid off, as it added to the games tighter focus on horror elements.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4 topped our previous list, but Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was just good enough to make it to the honourable mentions this time around.
While it didn’t necessarily bring anything new to the table, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is more of what made Uncharted 4 so fun. This time around the player controls a returning Chloe, who has partnered up with Nadine to find the Tusk of Ganesh that’s hidden in India. If you were looking for more Uncharted, we bet you liked this game.
Cuphead might have just released on PlayStation 4 earlier this year, but it first released back in 2017 on Xbox One. The game was in development for some time before that, with the concept being played with as early as 2000.
It might not be the first title to come to mind, but Cuphead is easily one of the most unique games to release in this generation for such a unique, awesome art style. Based on classic cartoon animations, the game certainly has a nostalgic feel to it. Couple that with its fast-paced, run-and-gun style and you can see why the game was so well received.
4. What Remains of Edith Finch
We’ve got another indie hit on our list, with What Remains of Edith Finch taking the fourth spot. I still remember when I played this game, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
The game is built around a collection of stories that you play through while exploring the Finch house. Each story is different from one another in tone and gameplay mechanics, and they detail a particular member of the family and how they died.
The game was a really unique experience and the writing is superb. It’s been some time since the game released, but if you’ve yet to play it then What Remains of Edith Finch is worth checking out.
3. Horizon Zero Dawn
PlayStation had a pretty strong portfolio of exclusive titles this generation, with new releases in some of their top franchises alongside the introduction of new IP. One of these new properties was Horizon Zero Dawn, and in my opinion, it’s their best.
Horizon Zero Dawn was heaped with praise for presenting a lush, enormous world to explore that was plentiful in the activities and challenges that players could undertake within it. I thought it did exceptionally well in the variety of enemies that were available, and how they were seamlessly integrated into the game’s world as the games mechanical fauna.
With how fun Horizon Zero Dawn was (and it’s expansion), I’m really looking forward to Horizon Forbidden West.
2. Nier Automata
I was one of the people that didn’t pay much attention to Nier Automata when I first heard of its development. Not having played the original, all I knew about it was that Platinum Games were at the helm. Clearly, I made a mistake here, as the game was met with acclaim upon release, which given the quality that Platinum Games are capable of, that’s really not that much of a surprise.
Set in the near-distant future, Nier Automata sees humanity forced off Earth and pushed back to the moon after an invasion. Critics raved about multiple aspects of the game, including beautiful visuals, a stunning soundtrack, and a gameplay loop that’ll have you craving for more.
1. Hollow Knight
2017 really was a great year for independent games, and that’s proved with Hollow Knight taking the top spot on our list. Developed by Team Cherry, a small independent studio based in Australia, Hollow Knight is one of the best Metroidvania titles to release in years.
Hollow Knight is such a hard game, but it’s one that feels so rewarding when you finally overcome one of its many challenges. It’s a game that requires a lot of timing and patience in order to master its combat mechanics. Once you get a handle on the controls and how the game works, it’s a real treat to play.
It’s not just gameplay that made Hollow Knight so acclaimed though, as it received a wealth of praise for how content-rich the game was, and it had a compelling world to boot.