Google has recently been releasing its top search data for 2017, and it's not just the top trending actors that has been gaining interest. Instead, video games have been the subject of many a search on Google this year, as the gaming industry grows ever larger.
2017 has been a massive year for video games, and so some of the top trending games of the year won't come as much of a surprise. Indeed, some of the most anticipated games of 2017 appear here, but there are also a few surprises along the way. Throw in some of the biggest video game talking points of the year, and the list certainly shows what's been important to video game fans in 2017. That said, there are some strange omissions, in particular Star Wars: Battlefront II and its loot box controversy.
Without further ado, here's a rundown of the top trending video games on Google for 2017. However, do bear in mind that these are not the most popular games of the year by any means, but instead those that came up as Google's top trends for the year as a whole.
10. Friday the 13th: The Game
Much like Jason Voorhees himself, the buzz around Friday the 13th: The Game refused to die down over the course of the year. Picking up an army of interested gamers prior to the game's May release date, the Kickstarter-backed title struggled at launch with server issues and a wealth of bugs that lingered for longer than Gun Media and Illfonic would have necessarily liked.
Nonetheless, Friday the 13th's players persevered, and the charm of the asymmetrical horror title's gameplay managed to bring in the crowds, particularly with a steady stream of updates to keep gamers occupied and the searches coming. However, Friday the 13th still needs that long-promised single player mode.
9. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands brought back the Ghost Recon franchise this year for its tenth installment, and a lot has changed from previous entries in the series. The recent focus on futuristic warfare was gone, instead throwing players just two years ahead of present day, and the game includes what Ubisoft claimed was its largest open world to date.
Given the expectations that surrounded the game, and the slight disappointment in the final product, it's not surprising that this much-anticipated game was a top trending game this year. Then, of course, there was also that controversy where Ghost Recon: Wildlands was criticized by the Bolivian government for its portrayal of the country.
8. Assassin's Creed: Origins
Although Assassin's Creed has always been something of a big hitter, it's taken the series a while to get over the notoriety that came with the buggy mess that was Assassin's Creed: Unity. Thankfully, Assassin's Creed: Origins was a much more stable - and fun - release than the recent games in the franchise, and the breathtaking vistas of ancient Egypt did much to capture the imaginations of the players.
On top of this, the game also filled to the brim with secret content to keep gamers hunting down things to do in its open world. It also helped matters from a trending perspective that the game was subject to questions over the canon of the Assassin's Creed movie.
7. Horizon: Zero Dawn
Guerrilla Games' Horizon: Zero Dawn is undoubtedly one of the best games of the year. It delivered and enthralling gaming experience, with a compelling post-apocalyptic story and some of the best gameplay available on the PS4. As such, it's no surprise to see the title sitting on the list of the top trending games of the year.
Alongside the game's well-earned reputation, there may be another reason why Horizon: Zero Dawn has seen such a spike in searches. After all, the game is chock full of secrets and Easter eggs, so there's a reason for even the game's most hardened players to hit up Google for some answers.
6. Madden NFL 18
A game from the Madden NFL series is a no-brainer for a list of the top trending games of the year. Madden is one of the biggest sports franchises alive in video games, and this year's entry was no different in terms of popularity from those that have gone before it, once again jumping straight to the top of the sales charts upon release.
There was, however, something of a talking point in Madden NFL 18. The game introduced the Longshot story mode, a game mode that brought a character-centric narrative to gameplay that's normally affiliated with the world of the sports sim. The mode has split players down the middle, and as such it's even heightened the game's Google presence.