Head of Features, Matt Roud, takes a look at the games that came out last year and decides his Top 5 Games of 2017.
2017 may not have been the best year ever, but it was a pretty good year for Video Games despite all the lootbox related controversies (I’m looking at you Battlefront 2) it’s nice to see some absolutely brilliant games shine through. The past year has opened my eyes to some amazing games, both indie and triple A, and so without further ado here are my Top 5 Games of 2017.
- Mass Effect: Andromeda
What is generally regarded as one of 2017’s most disappointing games has made into position number 5 on this list. “Why?” I hear you ask. Well, despite having flaws at launch after a few updates this game gave me everything I wanted from a Mass Effect game. Andromeda gave me as a player a sense that I was part of something bigger and a sense of wonder and exploration that was new to me. Yes it wasn’t quite Mass Effect 2 but flawless gameplay, brilliant characters and writing and a galaxy that felt full and alive is why Andromeda deserves this spot at number 5 and it makes me sad that all DLC for this game was cancelled and the sequel was put on hold.
- Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
As a massive fan of Wolfenstein: The New Order, this game was perhaps the perfect sequel. Set in an alternative 1960’s where the Nazi’s won World War 2, The New Colossus follows a group of freedom fighters as they attempt to topple the Nazi regime in North America. For a game that lets you dual wield shotguns and at one point shows the main character drunkenly ride a pig through a submarine, The New Colossus handles the topics of love, death, fascism, racism and revenge with a maturity many games/films can only dream of having.
3. Assassins Creed: Origins
After years of trying to get it right, it seems like Ubisoft have finally got it right with Origins. This game feels like an entire reboot for the Assassins Creed series. Set during the Ptolemaic period of Egypt, Origins follows the first two members of the Assassins as they are caught up in the fight to control Egypt. Origins feels like an entirely different series from 2015’s Syndicate with pretty much everything having been built from the ground up. The combat feels satisfying, the characters are brilliantly written and the world is stunning and massive. Being able to climb the Lighthouse of Alexandria gave me goose bumps and I really hope Ubisoft keep this kind of quality up in any future installments.
- Heat Signature
Heat Signature is a game I’ve been following the development of for a few years now. The tagline for this game is “A game where you break into spaceships, make terrible mistakes, and think of clever ways out of them.” And at it’s core, that’s what Heat Signature is. You use your small ship to latch on and board bigger ships to carry out an objective. You can sneak your way through or fight your way through the ship. This is where the game stands out, being able to pause time allows you to react quickly and use gadgets to get out of bad situations. There’s nothing quite as awesome as bouncing your wrench off a wall to knock out a guard, getting spotted by 4 others, shooting an explosive, blowing up half the ship sucking yourself out into the vacuum of space before catching yourself using the remote control function on your ship. In game time that takes 5 seconds, in real time it probably took 5 minutes of planning. Heat Signature is extremely satisfying to play, and I can’t recommend it enough.
1.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
I only spent a few hours playing this game, but to say I didn’t even scratch the surface would be an understatement. Breath of the Wild is beautiful, in just about every way. The graphics are stunning and the music is fantastically composed. It doesn’t hold your hand in any way and seems to reward ingenuity and creative approaches to tasks. There are so many little details about this game that I absolutely love and the world feels huge, but I want to explore every single inch of it. It is challenging yet fun, and despite only playing for a few hours this game has left its mark on me and I’m considering picking up a Switch at some point to give it the attention it deserves.
Thank you for reading! 2017 was a great year for games, and 2018 seems to be shaping up to be even better. Tune in to Air3 Radio for more content over the coming year!