The first half of 2017

This year is a phenomenal year for video games – in my opinion, there are already four contenders for Game of the Year (although I really don’t think it’s possible to give a single GoTY award, because there’s too much gold to choose from), and the year has only just tipped the halfway mark. Keep in mind that when I say there are four contenders for GoTY, these are just from the ones I’ve played – I’ve missed quite a few releases that have also received a fair amount of fanfare.

The second half of the year is also going to be filled with some amazing titles – it will be difficult enough to find the time to play them all, let alone the money! In order to keep on top of it all, I’ve created this crazy long list – starting with games released in the first half of this year that I’ve played, followed by those I’ve missed (so far). I’ll then briefly list the next big titles expected in the second half (some of which have already been released).

2017: Jan – Jun games I’ve played

  • Yakuza 0 – I love this series, but it’s so well written and so batshit insane that I feel it will appeal to anyone. Highly recommended, and one of my contenders forGoTY.
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn – I only recently played this game, but the hype is well deserved. Well-crafted and highly polished, this is a must-play for anyone that enjoys single-player action RPG experiences. Another contender for GoTY.
  • Resident Evil 7 – I’m yet to finish this game, but it’s a very refreshing new take on the series. As impactful as Resident Evil 4 was at the time.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo’s new Zelda title blew everyone away on release. My take was a little more reserved (I felt it got repetitive over time), but still a clear runner for GoTy.

  • Nier: Automata – An emotional knee-jerk reaction from me would give this game the GoTY award right here, right now, but a reasonable person would note there are quite a few faults with this game. Still, an amazing experience.
  • Persona 5 – Fans of this series should already have played this game. A very Japanese RPG, but overly long and tedious in later hours. I’m still yet to complete it.

  • Paladins (beta) – sure it’s a beta, but there’s as much content in this beta as in a full game, and the current client will eventually become the release client, so it’s essentially the same. And while it’s been out on PC since 2015, it only released in May this year on PS4 and Xbox One, so it makes the list.
  • Yooka Laylee – A loving return to 90s 3D platforming. Imperfect in some ways, but charming in so many others.
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Just buy it. You’ve played it before, but it’s the best version of Mario Kart to date.
  • Tekken 7 – I love the Tekken series, and this one has so much content that it’s just worth buying.
  • Wonder Boy: the Dragon’s Trap – One of my favourite games on Sega Master System as a child, remade for modern systems. I can’t recommend this game enough.

2017: Jan-Jun games I’ve missed

  • Nioh – a samurai-themed Dark Souls-alike that I may not get the chance to play
  • Thimbleweed Park – a modern point-and-click adventure title
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – the beta was great, but not great enough to make me want to buy it on release. Maybe a bargain bin purchase…
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda – as much as I enjoyed the original trilogy, I just couldn’t get excited by this new title in the series…

  • Prey – apparently VERY good, but again, I may not get the chance to play
  • Injustice 2 – I need this game. I buy all Netherrealm fighting games, so it’s only a matter of time…
  • Wipeout Omega Collection – another one I’ll need to purchase at some stage. Wipeout is amazing, and this collection is fire
  • Nex Machina – not only a new game from Housemarque, whose titles I generally love, but a twin-stick shooter made in collaboration with Eugene Jarvis, the “godfather” of twin-stick shooters (if I may so bold as to make that claim – I’m sure there are others I’m overlooking, but Robotron: 2084 and Smash TV were amazing)

Yet to come…

  • Splatoon 2 – already released. I wasn’t a huge fan of the original, but apparently the second title has far more content. I’m interested, but there’s probably too many other titles higher on my radar
  • Fortnite – I wasn’t interested initially, but I’ll check it out when it goes free-to-play

  • Lawbreakers – ‘nuff said
  • Sonic Mania – I was a Sega kid, for better or worse. This is a must buy
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – the Uncharted series is essentially a must play series
  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – this game looks so good, but again, it might get buried by other titles released around the same time
  • Yakuza Kiwami – a Yakuza game (a remake of the original on PS2). I’ll be getting it, so expect a review

  • Destiny 2 – ‘nuff said
  • Marvel vs Capcom Infinite – anyone who doesn’t like the MvC fighting games probably hasn’t played them
  • Pokken Tournament DX – this will be huge, but I’m still 50/50
  • Cuphead – I’ve been waiting for this game for YEARS
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of War – the first title was so good, this is a must play. And it releases near my birthday

  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole – again, the first title was so good that this one can’t be missed
  • Assassins Creed Origins – I am a big fan of Egyptian history and mythology, but not so much of a fan of Assassin’s Creed. Colour me interested
  • Super  Mario Odyssey – ‘nuff said
  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus – this looks amazing, much like the previous title in the series
  • Call of Duty: WW2 – yeah, I’s CoD. It’ll be good, but who knows if it will be the first CoD game I consider buying since BO2?

  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 – Star Wars Battlefront, improved
  • Vampyr – this could be a really good vampire RPG, but I’ll withhold judgement until release…

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