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EGM's Best of 2017: Part Two: #20 ~ #16


 

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 20 through 16.

#20 Publisher: Activision Blizzard
Developer: Sledgehammer Games
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Call of Duty: WWII
The Call of Duty series faced a slight dip in popularity following last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but this year’s Call of Duty: WWII has it once again on an upward trend. Taking us back to a classic World War II setting set high expectations right out of the gate, largely in thanks to the futuristic fatigue many fans were suffering. The time period is far from its only perk, however, with the lack of regenerating health in the single-player campaign and the introduction of class-like Divisions in the competitive multiplayer throwing some innovative curveballs out from the series’ most familiar components. Even the trademark zombies survival mode underwent some re-envisionings, now with a focus on horror and objective completion, in addition to basic survival. From a series that we can expect every year, it was nice to get something unexpected from Call of Duty: WWII.
#19 Publisher: Ninja Theory
Developer: Ninja Theory
Platforms: PS4, PC
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
After working on a string of major titles such as Heavenly Sword, DmC: Devil May Cry, and Disney Infinity, the team at Ninja Theory decided to develop their next project as a smaller-scale, internally-funded endeavor. The results of that work is Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, an impressive title that mixes gorgeous graphics, a satisfying combat system, impressive yet low-cost motion capture, and some extraordinary sound design to bring to life the adventure of the game’s heroine. Far more important that all of that, however, was Senua herself. Hellblade is an ambitious project yet an extremely intimate story, introducing us to a young woman who has suffered physically, mentally, and emotionally, yet who still refuses to give up in order to save the man she loves. Video games have an incredible potential to connect us to characters in ways that no other entertainment medium can, and Hellblade forged one of the most impressive bonds between player and protagonists that we’ve seen in years.
#18 Publisher: Tequila Works
Developer: Cavalier Game Studios, Tequila Works
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
The Sexy Brutale
Take a murder mystery, multiply it by an entire mansion of potential victims, add time travel, and throw in a swinging soundtrack, and you have the start of The Sexy Brutale. Step into the shoes of Lafcadio Boone as he relives the same few hours over and over, rewinding time to try and prevent the deaths of each of his fellow party goers. If he’s spotted, though, it’s game over. Hide out of sight, listen at doors, and tail suspects to find out the true circumstances behind each death; you never know what small change in routine could save a life. With a clever soundtrack that mixes each change into the sound design, a beautifully isometric maze of a mansion to explore, and a mystery that only goes deeper the more you uncover, The Sexy Brutale is a game that’s well worth your time.
#17 Publisher: Supergiant Games
Developer: Supergiant Games
Platforms: PS4, PC
Pyre
Supergiant Games is now three for three when it comes to providing us a unique, captivating story set in a world unlike any other in games. If you were to boil Pyre down, it is basically a game about playing 3-on-3 basketball to win your freedom from a sort of purgatory. But there’s so much more to it than that. Supergiant finds a way for you to care about each character you come across and thus provide some real tangible stakes when the freedom of these characters is on the line. And if the world is just some sort of limbo, it’s the most breathtaking one I could imagine as you explore the carcasses of fallen giants and look to the stars to learn more about the world you find yourself trapped in. The gameplay is tight, the narrative is engrossing, and the world is beautiful. Somehow, Supergiant Games keeps raising the bar for themselves and have done so again with Pyre.
#16 Publisher: Team Salvo
Developer: Team Salvo
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Doki Doki Literature Club!
A relatively short freeware PC release based around the Japanese dating sim genre sounds more like a throw-away product for a niche audience rather than anything deserving of recognition on a best-of-the-year list, and yet, here sits Doki Doki Literature Club. The thing is, we can’t tell you why so many players fell in love with Team Salvato’s efforts without spoiling the experience for you—and, in fact, even telling you that is itself a spoiler. In a marketplace filled with me-too visual novel releases that are content to just keep the traditions and tropes rolling along in order to satisfy our self-indulgence, Doki Doki Literature Club is instead happy to simply crush every sense of hope and joy you might have felt when pressing Start.
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 Two: #20 ~ #16

We're counting down our choices for the top 25 games of 2017, and today we look at positions #20 through #16.

By EGM Staff | 12/28/2017 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 20 through 16.

#20 Publisher: Activision Blizzard
Developer: Sledgehammer Games
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Call of Duty: WWII
The Call of Duty series faced a slight dip in popularity following last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but this year’s Call of Duty: WWII has it once again on an upward trend. Taking us back to a classic World War II setting set high expectations right out of the gate, largely in thanks to the futuristic fatigue many fans were suffering. The time period is far from its only perk, however, with the lack of regenerating health in the single-player campaign and the introduction of class-like Divisions in the competitive multiplayer throwing some innovative curveballs out from the series’ most familiar components. Even the trademark zombies survival mode underwent some re-envisionings, now with a focus on horror and objective completion, in addition to basic survival. From a series that we can expect every year, it was nice to get something unexpected from Call of Duty: WWII.
#19 Publisher: Ninja Theory
Developer: Ninja Theory
Platforms: PS4, PC
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
After working on a string of major titles such as Heavenly Sword, DmC: Devil May Cry, and Disney Infinity, the team at Ninja Theory decided to develop their next project as a smaller-scale, internally-funded endeavor. The results of that work is Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, an impressive title that mixes gorgeous graphics, a satisfying combat system, impressive yet low-cost motion capture, and some extraordinary sound design to bring to life the adventure of the game’s heroine. Far more important that all of that, however, was Senua herself. Hellblade is an ambitious project yet an extremely intimate story, introducing us to a young woman who has suffered physically, mentally, and emotionally, yet who still refuses to give up in order to save the man she loves. Video games have an incredible potential to connect us to characters in ways that no other entertainment medium can, and Hellblade forged one of the most impressive bonds between player and protagonists that we’ve seen in years.
#18 Publisher: Tequila Works
Developer: Cavalier Game Studios, Tequila Works
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
The Sexy Brutale
Take a murder mystery, multiply it by an entire mansion of potential victims, add time travel, and throw in a swinging soundtrack, and you have the start of The Sexy Brutale. Step into the shoes of Lafcadio Boone as he relives the same few hours over and over, rewinding time to try and prevent the deaths of each of his fellow party goers. If he’s spotted, though, it’s game over. Hide out of sight, listen at doors, and tail suspects to find out the true circumstances behind each death; you never know what small change in routine could save a life. With a clever soundtrack that mixes each change into the sound design, a beautifully isometric maze of a mansion to explore, and a mystery that only goes deeper the more you uncover, The Sexy Brutale is a game that’s well worth your time.
#17 Publisher: Supergiant Games
Developer: Supergiant Games
Platforms: PS4, PC
Pyre
Supergiant Games is now three for three when it comes to providing us a unique, captivating story set in a world unlike any other in games. If you were to boil Pyre down, it is basically a game about playing 3-on-3 basketball to win your freedom from a sort of purgatory. But there’s so much more to it than that. Supergiant finds a way for you to care about each character you come across and thus provide some real tangible stakes when the freedom of these characters is on the line. And if the world is just some sort of limbo, it’s the most breathtaking one I could imagine as you explore the carcasses of fallen giants and look to the stars to learn more about the world you find yourself trapped in. The gameplay is tight, the narrative is engrossing, and the world is beautiful. Somehow, Supergiant Games keeps raising the bar for themselves and have done so again with Pyre.
#16 Publisher: Team Salvo
Developer: Team Salvo
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Doki Doki Literature Club!
A relatively short freeware PC release based around the Japanese dating sim genre sounds more like a throw-away product for a niche audience rather than anything deserving of recognition on a best-of-the-year list, and yet, here sits Doki Doki Literature Club. The thing is, we can’t tell you why so many players fell in love with Team Salvato’s efforts without spoiling the experience for you—and, in fact, even telling you that is itself a spoiler. In a marketplace filled with me-too visual novel releases that are content to just keep the traditions and tropes rolling along in order to satisfy our self-indulgence, Doki Doki Literature Club is instead happy to simply crush every sense of hope and joy you might have felt when pressing Start.
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.
Read More