3. Super Mario Odyssey
Mario games have always been able to capture a kind of joyous tone that so few other franchises can muster, and Super Mario Odyssey continues this tradition with gusto. In short, Super Mario Odyssey is a child's playbox brought to life, with the player hopping from world to world with imagination aplenty.
Super Mario Odyssey effectively acts as a spiritual successor to Mario 64, with its core gameplay built around secret-finding, and this is a game that players will want to explore. Nintendo's design here is meticulous, with something new to find in seemingly every square inch of the game. A must-have for Switch owners.
2. Horizon: Zero Dawn
In a year of extraordinary linear games, one of the most compelling stories of the year is told by the much more open-ended Horizon: Zero Dawn. The story of this Guerrilla Games title creeps up on the player, as they learn about the world and its history as much through the environment and how it operates as the plot-driven missions.
On top of this, Horizon: Zero Dawn is a flawlessly executed open world explore-a-thon, successfully implementing crafting mechanics alongside the thrill of hunting the game's robotic beasts. Lush visuals, almost palpable combat and a truly visceral adventure helps make Horizon: Zero Dawn one of the must-have games of the year, and perhaps the PS4's best exclusive.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Groundbreaking. Immersive. Near-perfect. It's hard not to be entirely captivated by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The return of the Zelda franchise is a triumph in every regard, from its beautiful visuals and character models through to its departure from the traditional structure of a Legend of Zelda game.
As such, the game deserves every game of the year award that it could receive. It's truly a testament to Nintendo that, even after all these years, the company can still come up with such ingenuity. Here's to many more adventures to come.
That brings us to the end of our rundown of the best games of 2017. Given how fantastic 2017 was as a whole, there are bound to be some games that we've missed. If there are any games that you think deserve a mention as the best games of 2017, please let us know in the comments.