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My Top 10 Games of 2017
Posted on 25th December, 2017 - By Dan Whiteside
The festive time of the year is upon us and as the year comes to a close, here is my top 10 Games of 2017. This is my personal review and is not reflective on the rest of the GoneFullGeek Team. Also a majority of the games I’ve selected weren’t released in 2017, but this is just my collective round up of the games I’ve played this year.
This year has been one of my favourites for gaming. With the rest of the GoneFullGeek squad only being console gamers; to feel part of the team I purchased a PlayStation 4. To my shock, I actually really enjoyed it; especially with my track record with PC gaming. I was concerned that I would be wasting a lot of money on games, as I normally just buy them when they are cheap and very rarely install them.
If you agree or disagree with my choices, we would love to know your opinion in the comments below.
So lets gets it started shall we?
10: Fortnite Battle Royale
Having been a huge fan of the original Battle Royale movie directed by Kinji Fukasaku. I couldn’t wait to give one of the incarnations of the original game mode a go! Playersunknown Battlegrounds didn’t really appeal to me, so I opted to try Fortnite‘s rendition. After playing a few solo rounds and getting killed in the first 2 minutes on most occasions I knew it was time to get a team together!
Playing as a squad is what makes this game awesome! The amount of fun and laughter to be had is enough for me to add this in my top 10. Especially if you follow a friend; lets call him “Brad” across a player made bridge, for it to be destroyed and for the whole squad to die. These are the types of moments that bring me back (minus “Brad” of-course)!
If you haven’t played Fortnite Battle Royale, check out the trailer below and did I mention that its free-to-play as well?
Overwatch is a game I always go back to, mainly just to try out what new heroes and game modes have been added. But once again, playing with friends (regardless of how bad they are!) is what this game is all about. With being from my favourite Developer – Blizzard Entertainment, it is a really polished game as well.
Even with the issues surrounding loot-boxes this year; it’s execution was done really well in Overwatch compared to likes of Star Wars Battlefront. I would highly recommend giving it a go – especially as its on sale over the festive period.
8: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
After playing Tom Clancy’s The Division to death last year; Ghost Recon: Wildlands is the game The Division should have been. Pact full of customisation’s for your character, along with a massive world to explore – you are spoilt for choice with the vast amount of vehicles you can use as well.
Visually, this game is stunning. With a full day/night and weather cycle – certain missions become harder based on when you try to attempt them. So a challenge is always around the corner!
If you were a fan of The Division, but haven’t tried Ghost Recon yet… check out the trailer below:
I only came across Steep whilst it was being featured on Twitch.tv. After being a huge fan of snowboarding type games for many years, I wanted to give Ubisoft’s attempt at a winter sports game ago.
With all the games available, Steep is one of the most relaxing to play after a hard days work. You can casually complete the missions or just casually ride down the mountain. One feature that will help with the frustration I really love is when you are taking part in a time-trial or if you crash into a tree whilst gliding wing suit; you can just press “Triangle” and you are back to the start again – instantly!
I would highly recommend picking up Steep, along with its Season Pass. It fits in perfectly if you just want to chill for an hour or two as you can just stop and pick it up from where you left off quite easily.
Check out the trailer below to see for yourself:
6: Rise of The Tomb Raider
After quickly playing through Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, I couldn’t wait for the next instalment. Rise of The Tomb Raider is what the Definitive Edition was, but heavily improved upon. The visuals, the story and the characters were all taken to the next level! It was a shame that it was a Xbox exclusive and PS4/PC players had to wait an extra year to get their hands on the game; but the wait was defiantly worth it.
The new and improved RPG elements that were added into the game made it less linear; with it pushing towards roaming around the different zones instead of following a specific path which I enjoyed. The gathering and crafting elements were really enjoyable to!
5: Path of Exile
I’ve talked about Path of Exile on a few occasions, especially relating to my rants towards another great game “Diablo 3” and the lack of content it has received over the years. From this issue I gave Path of Exile another go as I needed my Action RPG fix!
I have managed to sink over 200 hours into Path of Exile this year and I’ve never been bored once. Even with its repetitive nature of completing all the Acts each time you create a character; not once did I think – “I can’t be bothered with doing this again!”. Purely based on how random all the maps are, you never really feel you are doing the same play through twice.
I’d highly recommend giving Path of Exile a go if you are a fan of the Diablo series as it extends what the folks at Blizzard Entertainment created and blows it out of the water. If you love “min-maxing” in games, Path of Exile will help you get your fix!
4: Assassin’s Creed Origins
I reviewed Assassin’s Creed Origins earlier this year and gave it nearly perfect marks. The reason for it was that the game was extremely polished at launch and the story was absolutely fantastic. I must have sunk over 50 hours in to the story alone and I can’t wait to for the first DLC to arrive in January titled “The Hidden Ones“.
It was a shame that I didn’t do my play through on my new PS4 Pro as it would have made some awesome content for our YouTube channel. But saying that, I am most likely going to re-play the game as with it being made into a RPG, you can take on different play styles.
Check out the launch trailer below and be sure its in your gaming collection in 2018!
3: Uncharted Series
I must of only had my PS4 for about 1 week before I was linked an Amazon deal that included the Uncharted series and was told to buy it as soon as possible. Before I knew it I had finished all four games in quick succession and thoroughly enjoyed each one. Even though the earlier titles are a bit dated graphics wise – it still didn’t ruin the experience.
The story and voice acting is really good and the character development is exceptional. After completing the series you feel like you know each of the main characters personally. All I can say is if you own a PS4 and you haven’t played any of the Uncharted series, including The Lost Legacy; I highly recommend you order it straight away!
2: The Last of Us
This is the game that got me hooked to console gaming. I started playing it at 10pm after a long raid in World of Warcraft and before I knew it, it was 6am the following day. The story, the characters… I was blown away!
I honestly could go into massive amounts of detail to why this game is one of the best games I’ve ever played; but my good friend has written a great article about this already which I recommend you go read instead
1: World of Warcraft: Legion
With over 12 years spent playing World of Warcraft, I can see it being number one on my list each year; especially if the next set of expansions continue to follow the same path as “Legion” did. The game was somewhat re-invented with introducing mythic plus to the end-game dungeons (similar to the timed rifts in Diablo 3). As well as the Artifact weapon system that made the game more “grindy”, but gave a reason to keep playing the content.
Overall I’ve spent thousands of hours in this expansion and I always find that I have something to do; which is a very hard task in comparison to how long the game has been live for. This time round I gave raiding another go and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Nothing beats defeating a boss that you have progressing on with over a few weeks; the teamwork element is something I adhere to the most!
I am proud to say that this game is my number one in my top 10 games of 2017.
Well there you have it! This concludes my Top 10 Games of 2017 list of awesome games I’ve manage to play this year; I can’t wait for what 2018 will bring. With the likes of Spider-Man, God of War, Detroit: Become Human and the new Warcraft expansion: Battle for Azeroth I can say its going to be quite expensive! I look forward to seeing you this time next year for my top games of 2018.
From myself and the rest of the team at GoneFullGeek, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!