2017 has been a special year for video games. It witnessed the return of such important series as The Legend of Zelda, saw factory line franchises like Call of Duty return to their roots, and even bore witness to the arrival of some impressive new properties.
Of course, the year was not without its troubles. One look at the most anticipated games of 2017 paints a picture of delayed releases and disappointing launches for some of the most-wanted games, while troublesome and predatory business practices such as the ongoing gaming loot box problem has hampered the success of titles such as Star Wars: Battlefront II. It's definitely been a year of ups and downs.
Thankfully, the best moments of 2017 are some of the greatest in gaming history, with the year seeing the release of some of the most engaging and breathtaking video games ever created. Without further ado, here is a rundown of the best games of 2017.
30. What Remains of Edith Finch
The idea of the 'walking simulator' is one that has been much maligned over the years, with titles within the subgenre putting a heavy emphasis on storytelling through the gradual unveiling of a larger narrative with a lower focus on active participation. What Remains of Edith Finch, however, builds upon this framework with a much more engaging method of gameplay, with the player feeling much more like a part of the story as a whole.
On top of that, What Remains of Edith Finch tells a heartbreaking and deep story of a family seemingly cursed with tragedy. It's one of the best video game narratives of the year, and developer Giant Sparrow has earned the accolades the game has received. It's not for everyone, but those after something thought-provoking will find what they need with What Remains of Edith Finch.
29. Life is Strange: Before the Storm
The original Life is Strange was something of a powerhouse of storytelling, utilizing its episodic nature to tell a twisting tale of time manipulation and fate. It ended up being a smash hit, winning a huge number of fans and gaining plenty of award nominations and victories.
As such, there was a strong level of interest in prequel Life is Strange: Before the Storm, with questions asked over whether new developer Deck Nine could recreate the original's tone. Thankfully, Before the Storm, although not perfect, manages to build upon the first game well, providing a rare prequel that manages to subtly enhance the original story told.
28. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
The steampunk world of the Dishonored series has gained many fans since the original game's release, and the franchise reached new heights with 2016's Dishonored 2. However, the story of the sequel did not end there, with a standalone follow-up called Dishonored: Death of the Outsider releasing this year.
Death of the Outsider is not quite a fully-fledged game in its own right, building heavily upon the previous year's release, but it manages to deliver even more of that phenomenal stealth gameplay. Acting as a strong epilogue to the Dishonored story as a whole, it's a game that fans of the franchise would be fools to miss.