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These Are The Best Video Games of 2017

27. Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War may play it fast and loose with Tolkien's Middle-earth lore, but it's still a very impressive follow-up to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. With the original game's nemesis system now well established, Shadow of War is able to stretch its legs, developing an updated version of the system alongside game-wide improvements.

The title certainly has its issues, with an overall weaker story and the inexplicable addition of loot box microtransactions that has received plenty of criticism. However, overall it's still an excellent game for players who want more of that blend of Assassin's Creed and Lord of the Rings.

26. Metroid: Samus Returns

Metroid: Samus Returns

Metroid: Samus Returns finally addresses one of the injustices of the Metroid franchise: that its second instalment remained a mystery to many players. Metroid 2: Return of Samus released for the Game Boy, but never quite received the same longstanding acclaim as the original game or follow-up Super Metroid.

Samus Returns, however, pushes Metroid 2 into the modern age, updating the game into 2.5D for the 3DS and bringing with it a ton of new features. What's more, it's a great return for the franchise as a whole, suggesting there's still a bright future for Metroid and the upcoming Metroid Prime 4.

25. Sniper Elite 4

Sniper Elite 4

Sniper Elite has been one of the most quietly effective franchises in the video game landscape, starting life as an initially niche stealth shooter and growing with each and every release. Although there have been criticisms leveled against exactly how well the different gameplay modes gel together, Sniper Elite 4 has managed to link the various play styles better than any other game in the series.

Sniper Elite 4 blends long-range sniping with up close and personal stealth incredibly well, all built around a number of expansive, multi-layered maps that offer plenty of options for would-be assassins. All in all, Sniper Elite 4 is a game that shouldn't be overlooked.

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