5. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has been a major departure from the standard gameplay of the Resident Evil series. Eschewing the franchise's traditional viewpoint, Resident Evil 7 instead throws players into a first person view, with gameplay closer to modern Western horror titles such as Outlast and Amnesia.
Something about this change inspired gamers, however, with the title gaining solid reviews and a heap of praise for its rural American setting. It may feel very different from previous games in the series, but Resident Evil 7 is proof that sometimes change is a good thing. With the demo alone breaking download records, it's easy to see why the game was a big hit with Google.
4. Injustice 2
The original Injustice: Gods Among Us was something of a fever dream from the 1990s brought to life, combining DC Comics characters with Mortal Kombat gameplay into one brutal fighting game. The follow-up, Injustice 2, has further upped the ante, improving the game in effectively every way and bringing with it a wealth of interest from gamers.
Something that has certainly helped matters for the game is the steady release of new characters and content in the months since release. After all, there's nothing quite like being able to face off against the likes of Wonder Woman and The Flash with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Hellboy.
3. For Honor
Although For Honor went into the year as one of the most intriguing games to be released, it's fair to say that the title didn't exactly meet expectations. The game's potential to be the next big Ubisoft franchise was clear for all to see, but the promise of its gameplay didn't quite match up with the end experience, particularly when awkward microtransaction balancing was taken into consideration.
All in all, then, For Honor proved to be a prime example of one of the biggest issues of 2017 overall: a solid core idea ruined by the implementation of an unpopular business model. It's that mixture of hype and disappointment that likely explains why For Honor has been such a top trender.
2. Destiny 2
Speaking of jarring microtransaction mechanics, another prime example of this is Destiny 2. Bungie's latest game was generally successful from a core game perspective, with improvements in terms of narrative seen as a big plus, although some players felt as though the game was lacking in content overall. However, it's in the game's less positive moments that Destiny 2's trending status could have truly shined.
Be it Destiny 2's rigged XP system or the fact that some end-game content was locked behind DLC, Destiny 2 has never been far from trending. That, along with the game's regular updates and intriguing mysteries, will be part of the reason why Destiny 2 has been one of the top trending games of the year.
1. Call of Duty: WWII
Call of Duty is a juggernaut with each and every yearly release, but there's been something about Call of Duty: WWII that has particularly caught the interest of the gaming community. After all, there's no getting around the fact that the game was hitting double the sales of the previous game in the franchise just after launch, with a lot being pinned on the game's return to the series' roots of World War II.
Given that massive popularity, it's understandable why Call of Duty: WWII would be a top trending game of the year. Of course, the game has had its fair share of controversies too, with network difficulties at launch and the inevitable loot box backlash that has permeated gaming this year.