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EGM's Best of 2017: Part One: #25 ~ #21


 

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 25 through 21.

#25 Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Developer: Giant Sparrow
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
What Remains of Edith Finch
Some people who have played What Remains of Edith Finch disagree on whether or not it qualifies as a game. It’s more of an interactive experience, where player choice has nothing to do with the outcome. What isn’t generally disputed, however, is how good the experience is. Players lead the titular Finch through her abandoned family’s house, in search of answers about the generations of Finches that came before, and the curse that seemed to descend upon so many of them. It’s unusual that so much of a game’s success rests with its story, but that’s the case here. Fortunately, the story is exceptional. The tale of the Finch family is haunting and lyrical, and the ending will stay with you long after your experience has ended. What Remains of Edith Finish is the perfect experience for a dark and stormy night, and well worth your time.
#24 Publisher: Sidebar Games
Developer: Sidebar Games
Platforms: Switch
Golf Story
Golf Story seemed destined for a console like the Nintendo Switch. The surprise indie hit of the year lends itself to quick one-on-one, nine-hole bouts as it does to an hours-long single-player session. Golf Story honors the simple satisfaction of classic 2D golf sims with recognizable, well-executed mechanics while tossing in just enough quirky obstacles and wacky course designs to keep things fresh. But the true star of the show is Golf Story’s writing, which is possibly the funniest of the year, mixing satire aimed at gaming tropes with a deft parody of sports narratives, maintaining a good-spirited nature all the way through. It doesn’t hurt that the game’s retro visuals and imminently listenable music and sound effects are easy on the eyes and the ears, and further proof that, if done right, a little goes a long way.
#23 Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Massive Entertainment
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
When making our list of the 25 best games of 2017, we looked at not just how the games of 2017 played at launch, but also how they have evolved. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is an example of a 2017 launch that only got better with time. When we first played the game, we enjoyed a solid tactical cooperative experience, set on a beautiful map that’s bigger than we can begin to wrap our heads around. Fast-forward to the end of the year, the game has seen numerous DLC drops and updates, including a full competitive multiplayer which is free for anyone that owns the game. This support of the game has provided increasing value to anyone that jumped on at the beginning, and gives that much more incentive to those just now thinking of trying it out.
#22 Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo EPD
Platforms: Switch
Arms
Nintendo jumped headfirst into the fighting game genre with Arms, a quirky game that takes advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s unique Joy-Con control scheme. Each colorful character on the roster possesses Arms made of ribbons, springs, noodles, or another wacky material capable of winding up and smacking an opponent in the face from all the way across an arena. By playing with a Joy-Con in each hand (or using a standard controller if you’re not a fan of Nintendo’s motion-controlled brand of family fun), players can steer each punch to block, parry, and grab their opponents. With tons of different Arms to equip and a dozen fighters to choose from, there’s a surprising amount of strategy and fun to be had. With steady updates from Nintendo adding in more stages and fighters for free, Arms is a solid and unique take on the fighting game genre that players of all skill levels can enjoy.
#21 Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Platforms: PS4
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
It is undoubtedly hard to follow up an act like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but while the stand-alone expansion Uncharted: The Lost Legacy didn’t have quite the quantity of its predecessor, it certainly had the quality.  Following fan-favorite support characters Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross, players got a tangential Uncharted adventure—without the wise-cracking Nathan Drake—in which we explored the beautiful wilds of India. The game’s balance of subtle nods to the previous game while focusing primarily on its own independent story was the right direction for the experience, further bolstered by its strong and charismatic female leads. To add even more bang for your buck, The Lost Legacy also comes bundled with Uncharted 4’s full multiplayer suite, making it a clear choice for any Uncharted fan this year.
EGM’s Best of 2017 Coverage
We’re taking a look at the best games of 2017 all week, from Christmas day through December 30th. 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 One: #25 ~ #21

We're counting down our choices for the top 25 games of 2017, and today we look at positions #25 through #21.

By EGM Staff | 12/27/2017 09:00 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 25 through 21.

#25 Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Developer: Giant Sparrow
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
What Remains of Edith Finch
Some people who have played What Remains of Edith Finch disagree on whether or not it qualifies as a game. It’s more of an interactive experience, where player choice has nothing to do with the outcome. What isn’t generally disputed, however, is how good the experience is. Players lead the titular Finch through her abandoned family’s house, in search of answers about the generations of Finches that came before, and the curse that seemed to descend upon so many of them. It’s unusual that so much of a game’s success rests with its story, but that’s the case here. Fortunately, the story is exceptional. The tale of the Finch family is haunting and lyrical, and the ending will stay with you long after your experience has ended. What Remains of Edith Finish is the perfect experience for a dark and stormy night, and well worth your time.
#24 Publisher: Sidebar Games
Developer: Sidebar Games
Platforms: Switch
Golf Story
Golf Story seemed destined for a console like the Nintendo Switch. The surprise indie hit of the year lends itself to quick one-on-one, nine-hole bouts as it does to an hours-long single-player session. Golf Story honors the simple satisfaction of classic 2D golf sims with recognizable, well-executed mechanics while tossing in just enough quirky obstacles and wacky course designs to keep things fresh. But the true star of the show is Golf Story’s writing, which is possibly the funniest of the year, mixing satire aimed at gaming tropes with a deft parody of sports narratives, maintaining a good-spirited nature all the way through. It doesn’t hurt that the game’s retro visuals and imminently listenable music and sound effects are easy on the eyes and the ears, and further proof that, if done right, a little goes a long way.
#23 Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Massive Entertainment
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
When making our list of the 25 best games of 2017, we looked at not just how the games of 2017 played at launch, but also how they have evolved. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is an example of a 2017 launch that only got better with time. When we first played the game, we enjoyed a solid tactical cooperative experience, set on a beautiful map that’s bigger than we can begin to wrap our heads around. Fast-forward to the end of the year, the game has seen numerous DLC drops and updates, including a full competitive multiplayer which is free for anyone that owns the game. This support of the game has provided increasing value to anyone that jumped on at the beginning, and gives that much more incentive to those just now thinking of trying it out.
#22 Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo EPD
Platforms: Switch
Arms
Nintendo jumped headfirst into the fighting game genre with Arms, a quirky game that takes advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s unique Joy-Con control scheme. Each colorful character on the roster possesses Arms made of ribbons, springs, noodles, or another wacky material capable of winding up and smacking an opponent in the face from all the way across an arena. By playing with a Joy-Con in each hand (or using a standard controller if you’re not a fan of Nintendo’s motion-controlled brand of family fun), players can steer each punch to block, parry, and grab their opponents. With tons of different Arms to equip and a dozen fighters to choose from, there’s a surprising amount of strategy and fun to be had. With steady updates from Nintendo adding in more stages and fighters for free, Arms is a solid and unique take on the fighting game genre that players of all skill levels can enjoy.
#21 Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Platforms: PS4
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
It is undoubtedly hard to follow up an act like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but while the stand-alone expansion Uncharted: The Lost Legacy didn’t have quite the quantity of its predecessor, it certainly had the quality.  Following fan-favorite support characters Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross, players got a tangential Uncharted adventure—without the wise-cracking Nathan Drake—in which we explored the beautiful wilds of India. The game’s balance of subtle nods to the previous game while focusing primarily on its own independent story was the right direction for the experience, further bolstered by its strong and charismatic female leads. To add even more bang for your buck, The Lost Legacy also comes bundled with Uncharted 4’s full multiplayer suite, making it a clear choice for any Uncharted fan this year.
EGM’s Best of 2017 Coverage
We’re taking a look at the best games of 2017 all week, from Christmas day through December 30th. 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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