6. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
It seems like it's been a while since shooting Nazis has been such a central focus of video games. However, 2017 has given plenty of chances for gamers to take down fascists, from Sniper Elite 4 through to Call of Duty: WWII. However, it's the most outrageous of the bunch that has provided the biggest thrills this year.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is an absolutely fantastic shooter, with publisher Bethesda repeatedly putting faith in the single player FPS to great results in recent years. Wolfenstein II is provocative and bloody, delivering on its promise and more thanks to some of the most memorable gaming moments of the year.
5. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Resident Evil 7 isn't the first time that the Resident Evil series has needed to reinvent itself, but this is perhaps the most radical change that the main series has seen. The game throws out both the survival horror tropes of its roots and the more recent third-person shooter mechanics in favor of a claustrophobic first-person game more reminiscent of modern Western horror games.
The changes work incredibly well, making the player feel truly vulnerable for the first time in the franchise for a while. It takes a lot for a horror game to break into the top trending games of the year, yet the buzz around the game is more than earned, with some of the scariest gaming moments of 2017.
4. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was making gaming history long before it left early access at the end of December. The multiplayer shooter has been breaking records left and right, smashing through Steam concurrent user peaks and creating one of the biggest gaming communities around.
The game's popularity is more than understandable, getting to the root of the competitive angle of multiplayer gaming and making good use of the Battle Royale-esque core gameplay. It's a shame that the Xbox One version has had massive problems, putting a dampener on the game's otherwise meteoric rise.