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No matter what kinds or genres of video games you’re into, 2017 was a year filled to the brim with both pleasure and pain. There wasn’t a month when some exciting new game wasn’t being released or some company wasn’t doing something to throw fans around the world into a panic. From start to finish, the year that’s now come to an end provided us with a long list of incredible games to play (and obsess over), but in the end, we could only pick twenty-five of them to fill the slots of our “Best of 2017” rankings. So, after much deliberation, here are EGM‘s Top 25 games of the year, today looking at numbers 10 through 16.

#10 Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Platinum Games
Platforms: PS4, PC
NieR: Automata
As eccentric Japanese game creator Yoko Taro waited for his latest project to launch worldwide, his self-deprecating jokes about his storytelling being “shit” and his expectations of low sales no doubt held a hint of true feelings in them. A few months later, Taro would instead be professing his shock and gratitude at what had been a launch far more successful than either he or Square Enix could have predicted. NieR: Automata is one of those times that a great game gains that following that it deserves—and boy, what a game it is. The tale of androids 2B, 9S, and A2 as they struggle to save humanity from extinction was gripping from beginning to end, combining fantastic Platinum Games-crafted combat with a unique narrative style, memorable characters, and one of the best soundtracks to grace a game in this year or any. NieR: Automata asks for a lot of trust from players as it throws traditional gaming conventions out the window, but for those who open their hearts to such an idea, an experience unlike any other awaits.
#9 Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Arkane Studios
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Prey
Prey plays like a love-letter to classic first-person games like System Shock, Half-Life, and (most recently) BioShock, but it stands on its own by believing in player choice and creativity. Its setup might seem cliche on the surface—an amnesiac tries to piece together what happened following a cataclysmic event—but Prey reiterates and transcends the expected by offering players real choice, not just in the narrative, or moral decisions they make, but in how they literally play the game. An extensive skill tree and true open environment turn Talos I into a playground version of a laboratory, where experimentation consistently pays off and every encounter awards players who can think outside the box. Not to mention that the GLOO Cannon is one of the most revelatory first-person tools since Portal’s portal gun or Half-Life 2’s gravity gun.
#8 Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Atlus
Platforms: PS4, PS3
Persona 5
Persona 5 represents a pinnacle of the Persona series, and indeed the Shin Megami Tensei franchise of which it is part. As with previous entries, this JRPG includes hearty elements of a social simulation, as your character must juggle school, friends, romances and perhaps even work, along with plenty of dungeon exploration. Fortunately, all of the game’s systems are executed flawlessly, making navigating everyday life as well as the game’s many Palaces and Mementos (as dungeons are called here) a great joy. Of course, there are Personae to collect, merge, and use during the turn-based combat, which isn’t too far removed from Persona 3 or 4. But, to understand what makes Persona 5 so special you must take the package as a whole. Once you become accustomed to the game’s many systems and nuances you’ll relish the (considerable) time you’ll spend in its world. A true masterpiece.
#7 Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PSVR
Resident Evil VII
While there’s a dissenter or two hiding in the EGM offices, most of the gaming world can agree that the Resident Evil series was on shaky ground after an uneven sixth entry and some very ill-advised spin-offs. Resident Evil 7, we’re happy to say, is a remarkable return to form. It draws inspiration from the series own history—with a clear focus on the earlier, less shark-jumpy entries—and more recent Western horror hits. The first-person perspective, the game’s single biggest gamble, pays off brilliantly, drawing you closer to the game world and allowing the ambiance and scene-setting to be every bit as unsettling as the jump scares. But the single greatest strength of Resident Evil 7 might just be its pacing. Combat, puzzles, exploration, and big set piece moments are parsed out perfectly throughout, leaving you uncertain of what exactly will happen next, and whether you’ve got the supplies to make it. Oh, and bonus points for being the year’s best VR game despite the fact that it wasn’t even primarily designed for virtual reality.
#6 Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Even after a much-needed year off, Assassin’s Creed surprised everyone with how complete an experience Origins provided. It’s easy to fall into a lot of predictable traps with prequels, but instead Origins provided a fitting starting off point for the series, introduced some terrific new characters, and was able to successfully bridge the gap between this new story and what had previously come before. Bayek’s story was a personal one of revenge that gave us the deepest connection to an assassin since probably Edward Kenway. What was most impressive, though, was Ancient Egypt. It is an absolutely massive open-world to explore with hugely diverse regions full of secrets to uncover. Whether it was raiding tombs in pyramids, riding camels across desert dunes, or hunting animals like crocodiles or hippos, Assassin’s Creed Origins has something for new fans or returning ones alike.
EGM’s Best of 2017 Coverage
We’re taking a look at the best games of 2017 from now through December 31st. Check back every day for our Top 25 Games of 2017, as well as our personal lists for the games we loved most this year. Check here for everything that’s been posted so far.
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EGM’s Best of 2017: Part Four: #10 ~ #6

We're counting down our choices for the top 25 games of 2017, and today we look at positions #10 through #6.

By EGM Staff | 12/30/2017 09:00 AM PT | Updated 01/2/2018 11:18 AM PT

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No matter what kinds or genres of video games you’re into, 2017 was a year filled to the brim with both pleasure and pain. There wasn’t a month when some exciting new game wasn’t being released or some company wasn’t doing something to throw fans around the world into a panic. From start to finish, the year that’s now come to an end provided us with a long list of incredible games to play (and obsess over), but in the end, we could only pick twenty-five of them to fill the slots of our “Best of 2017” rankings. So, after much deliberation, here are EGM‘s Top 25 games of the year, today looking at numbers 10 through 16.

#10 Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Platinum Games
Platforms: PS4, PC
NieR: Automata
As eccentric Japanese game creator Yoko Taro waited for his latest project to launch worldwide, his self-deprecating jokes about his storytelling being “shit” and his expectations of low sales no doubt held a hint of true feelings in them. A few months later, Taro would instead be professing his shock and gratitude at what had been a launch far more successful than either he or Square Enix could have predicted. NieR: Automata is one of those times that a great game gains that following that it deserves—and boy, what a game it is. The tale of androids 2B, 9S, and A2 as they struggle to save humanity from extinction was gripping from beginning to end, combining fantastic Platinum Games-crafted combat with a unique narrative style, memorable characters, and one of the best soundtracks to grace a game in this year or any. NieR: Automata asks for a lot of trust from players as it throws traditional gaming conventions out the window, but for those who open their hearts to such an idea, an experience unlike any other awaits.
#9 Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Arkane Studios
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Prey
Prey plays like a love-letter to classic first-person games like System Shock, Half-Life, and (most recently) BioShock, but it stands on its own by believing in player choice and creativity. Its setup might seem cliche on the surface—an amnesiac tries to piece together what happened following a cataclysmic event—but Prey reiterates and transcends the expected by offering players real choice, not just in the narrative, or moral decisions they make, but in how they literally play the game. An extensive skill tree and true open environment turn Talos I into a playground version of a laboratory, where experimentation consistently pays off and every encounter awards players who can think outside the box. Not to mention that the GLOO Cannon is one of the most revelatory first-person tools since Portal’s portal gun or Half-Life 2’s gravity gun.
#8 Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Atlus
Platforms: PS4, PS3
Persona 5
Persona 5 represents a pinnacle of the Persona series, and indeed the Shin Megami Tensei franchise of which it is part. As with previous entries, this JRPG includes hearty elements of a social simulation, as your character must juggle school, friends, romances and perhaps even work, along with plenty of dungeon exploration. Fortunately, all of the game’s systems are executed flawlessly, making navigating everyday life as well as the game’s many Palaces and Mementos (as dungeons are called here) a great joy. Of course, there are Personae to collect, merge, and use during the turn-based combat, which isn’t too far removed from Persona 3 or 4. But, to understand what makes Persona 5 so special you must take the package as a whole. Once you become accustomed to the game’s many systems and nuances you’ll relish the (considerable) time you’ll spend in its world. A true masterpiece.
#7 Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PSVR
Resident Evil VII
While there’s a dissenter or two hiding in the EGM offices, most of the gaming world can agree that the Resident Evil series was on shaky ground after an uneven sixth entry and some very ill-advised spin-offs. Resident Evil 7, we’re happy to say, is a remarkable return to form. It draws inspiration from the series own history—with a clear focus on the earlier, less shark-jumpy entries—and more recent Western horror hits. The first-person perspective, the game’s single biggest gamble, pays off brilliantly, drawing you closer to the game world and allowing the ambiance and scene-setting to be every bit as unsettling as the jump scares. But the single greatest strength of Resident Evil 7 might just be its pacing. Combat, puzzles, exploration, and big set piece moments are parsed out perfectly throughout, leaving you uncertain of what exactly will happen next, and whether you’ve got the supplies to make it. Oh, and bonus points for being the year’s best VR game despite the fact that it wasn’t even primarily designed for virtual reality.
#6 Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Even after a much-needed year off, Assassin’s Creed surprised everyone with how complete an experience Origins provided. It’s easy to fall into a lot of predictable traps with prequels, but instead Origins provided a fitting starting off point for the series, introduced some terrific new characters, and was able to successfully bridge the gap between this new story and what had previously come before. Bayek’s story was a personal one of revenge that gave us the deepest connection to an assassin since probably Edward Kenway. What was most impressive, though, was Ancient Egypt. It is an absolutely massive open-world to explore with hugely diverse regions full of secrets to uncover. Whether it was raiding tombs in pyramids, riding camels across desert dunes, or hunting animals like crocodiles or hippos, Assassin’s Creed Origins has something for new fans or returning ones alike.
EGM’s Best of 2017 Coverage
We’re taking a look at the best games of 2017 from now through December 31st. Check back every day for our Top 25 Games of 2017, as well as our personal lists for the games we loved most this year. Check here for everything that’s been posted so far.
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