2017 is finally over and I am proud to say I’ve survived it. One of the few bright spots has been the sheer number of brilliant titles this year — with standouts in every genre, there’s been something for everyone. The ten games below are the ones that stood out to me (for better or for worse) and people coming to this list might be surprised by the omissions. I must confess that I own neither the PS4 nor the Switch, so bear with me on this one…
2017 was a great year for games in the midst of a rather unfortunate year for quite literally anything else. There were a lot of new titles that made a splash, the Nintendo Switch had an amazing launch, and there was a rather large set of classics that were revisited this year that also had a big impression. Here’s my rundown of my top ten of 2017.
It’s a testament to the quality of 2017’s releases that despite the fact that I played more games this year than I ever have in one trip around the sun—at least 108 by my estimate—I’m writing this list with the nagging feeling that there are at least a dozen other titles that would have had a shot if only I had had time (and money) to play them.
Hitman developer IO Interactive has had a rollercoaster of a year.
Halloween 2016 marked the final release of new content for the rebooted version of the franchise, and Square Enix (Hitman‘s publisher) announced it was parting ways with IO Interactive. While the pub let IO keep the Hitman IP, its future was unclear. However, the first act of IO as an independent developer was announced today.