What’s Your Favourite Game Of The Year?

What’s Your Favourite Game Of The Year?
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Yesterday, we asked you about your most disappointing game of the year. Let’s take a more positive approach today and find out what your game of the year is.

Last week, Mark Serrels triumphantly declared that not only was Breath of the Wild his pick for game of the year, it’s his favourite game ever. Hard to compete with that.

Meanwhile, I took the coward’s approach and named a ten year old Nintendo DS game as my game of the year.

Between those two opinions is a gulf you can fill with practically any game in the last decade. Let’s narrow it down to just this year.

The list of great games that came out this year is ridiculous. You have AAA releases like Assassin’s Creed Origins standing alongside indie darlings like Cuphead.

Nintendo had a strong showing with Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle all legitimate contenders to the title of game of the year.

There’s a long list of games to choose from. Choose carefully (or don’t) and let us know in the comments what you think of this year in games (or don’t).

We’ll publish the results next week.

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  • Arguably one of the best years ever for gaming releases IMO. So many games exceeded expectations. I voted for Horizon Zero Dawn but could easily hand it to Zelda, Mario, Persona, or even Assassins Creed (Origins is astonishingly good, especially the setting). Though TBH I still played a game from last year more than anything: Dishonored 2.

  • Without a doubt, it’s Horizon Zero Dawn. Not only best of the year, but best ever. They really really need to do a sequel…. Please!

  • Sounds too obvious, but i gots to go with botw. There were some truly phenomenal games this year (nier was a amazing combo of taro and platinum), but zelda managed to suck me in for 100 hours at a time in my life where a game is lucky to get 10.

    The portability of the switch helped, but only as an enabler for the allure. The logical physicality of the world and the integration of the runes makes skyrim feel clumsy by comparison. And i LOVED skyrim.

    Nier was goddamned amazing too.

    • You just made me realise that my 2017 by hours played would be Fire Emblem heroes lol – that is defo NOT my fav game of the year, but it is my favourite “I’m commuting and have 10 mins” game of the last few years.

      This is the problem with game of the years… BTOW feels so long ago now, but it was so epic for me for several months. I’m not sure… to b honest all my favourite games to play right now weren’t released in 2017!

  • It was a tough choice some amazing games this year, but I’m going with Nioh. The game is just so good I keep coming back to it everyone should give a go because it a great game that keeps getting overlooked

    • I agree, any other year Nioh would have been an awesome sleeper hit. It just got crowded out by all the other awesome sleeper hits – pretty coolstate of affairs overall!

    • I went with Nioh. Did the time spent playing and how consistently I was enjoying myself in a game and Nioh is far and away my favourite game this year.

    • I really enjoyed Nioh but the inventory management pushed me away. Too much loot and too much time spent bogged down in menus selling or trying to find that optimal way to upgrade you item. Stopped at the blobby boss and completely forgot about it

  • BOTW easy for me, played on wii u then again on switch. It’s rare I replay games right after finishing them but BOTW was that good. I also really liked horizon and am enjoying assassins creed origins right now. If AC:origins was a new franchise with the revamped gameplay i think it would have gotten alot of hype but the AC name and the way AC was handled in the last few releases hampers it’s popularity imo.

    My surprise for the year was mario + rabbids. I secretly enjoyed it more than odyssey.

  • Zelda: BotW just up-ended all my expectations and was a divine experience.

    Would be game of the last 5 years for me. Its magic.

  • I went with What Remains of Edith Finch. Just ahead of Uncharted (because I bloody love Uncharted) and Horizon Zero Dawn (amazing game but falls down a couple of notches due to being a bit too long). I have Persona 5 but haven’t played it yet so can’t really vote for it.

    I also can’t believe that Everybody’s Golf isn’t on that list – that’s more pure fun than just about anything else I played this year.

    • I tried to include everything that had half a chance of being voted on. It didn’t take long to get a list of over 40 games together but I figured I’d miss something which is why write-ins are allowed.

      • It’s quite interesting how many games from the “most disappointing” list also appear in this list – shows just how far opinions can be divided on these things!

    • Same. No really, the same on all counts. Same vote for Edith. Uncharted: TLL probably number 2 (is the BEST Uncharted). Horizon was too long (Alien Isolation syndrome – 5 Star game reduced to 4 stars). Will find the time for Persona 5 after Xmas (Persona 3 FES is my #1, all time, and I’ve been playing since Commodore 64).

      I suppose I’d better check out Everbody’s Golf!

  • It is brilliant, assuming you like story-driven kind of games. If you want a multiplayer FPS or something like that then it’s not what you’re looking for.

  • I went with Doki Doki, I’m finding that short games stick in my brain more these days, as I can actually finish them within a week. I’m still only halfway through Persona 5, which would be my second (probably number one if I had the chance to finish it)

  • Its Horizon Zero Dawn for me, mostly because I simply haven’t played any of the other contenders. I have Nier sitting there to play, but haven’t loaded it up yet.

    Other AAA games I’ve played this year have all been fun, but ultimately flawed. Like Destiny 2. What was there was a hoot, but it was just so limiting in the end game, and then there was all the controversy, that I just cant bring it up as a serious contender.

    I think the main GotY contenders this year will really narrow down to only a handful for most gaming sites. HZD, BotW, PUBG will be the dominant games that come up time after time.

    I think Cuphead will appear on lists, but its far too niche for most to have experienced. It’ll be like the movie The Color Purple, which had 11 Oscar nominations, and zero wins. It’ll win where there are sub categories (like art style), but the actual GotY, will probably fall behind those other main contenders.

  • I don’t think PUBG should be on the list because it isn’t ‘released’ yet. It’s still in early access. When it releases in 2018, then it should be on the Best of 2018 list.

  • It was a hard decision since I’ve only played Torment: Tides of Numenara and Mass Effect: Andromeda. I chose Torment 🙂

  • I went with Prey.
    I bought it because it’s Arkane, I love Dishonored, and it just sucked me in. Combat was solid, the atmosphere of the whole thing was great, and the story was excellent. Loved it.

  • Horizon Zero Dawn, on reflection it’s the combat that makes it rise above all other open world RPGs. The story a close second. Amazing game, and excited about what they could do with this series going forward.

  • for me it has been an ongoing battle between horizon and Zelda since they both came out with my favorite changing every week…but…horizon got my vote. the combat and story just getting it over the edge, though if someone could make a combination of the two games that would be great thanks

  • I’d have to go with Zelda. That held me for longer than any other game I’ve played in recent memory. Now there is the DLC to play, just perfect for my time off (kids love to watch, so I haven’t been powering through it in the evenings when they are in bed).

  • Breath of the Wild for me this year.

    I also finally played through some older games this year. Bloodborne and Life is Strange were highlights.

  • Breath of the Wild is easily my favourite game this year. Honourable mention to Assassin’s Creed: Origins, which I’m really loving. Usually I’m garbage at Assassin’s Creed games, so this one is a nice surprise for me.

  • I played all the early AC games, but have missed the last 4-5 (played Black Flag), seems like it might be time to jump back on board judging by the comments. Now I just need to clear a bit more of my backlog.

  • Lots of great games this year. BoTW, Crash Bandicoot, Nioh, Cuphead, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Assassins Creed and even Destiny 2 for the first week or so.

    But none come close to Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. Easily my GOTY.

  • Horizon Zero Dawn is my favourite game of the year, but I think PUBG is the GOTY because it just took over everything.

  • Nothing at all worth mentioning this year. No new ideas, more crappy DLC content than ever and pointless sequels that failed to deliver anything new. Is this what people are actually happy with?

  • Being the avid Xbox player that I am. I was personally impressed with the number of great games I received through the Games with Gold promotion this year. Two noticeable titles were Battlefield 3 and Borderlands 2. Both of the mentioned games were released years ago, but I’m enjoying each titles at the time of writing. No silly microtransactions, decent additional DLC, good multiplayer and Claptrap is still funny.

    To my surprise, SHiFT codes for Borderlands 2 and other titles are still being released. So, my favorite game is Borderlands 2 for 2017, due to continuing support, the free promotion event, the DLC, the humor and the loot. This game knows how do to DLC and implement a loot system correctly. Take that sci-fi shooter games. But, not Prey. You were cool. Until, the speedrunning stuff.

  • I only played one game off this list – HZD. I liked it, but when the difficulty spiked, didn’t feel engaged enough to push on.

    I voted for Ark: Survival Evolved, which I definitely spent the most hours on this year, perhaps too many.

  • Based on what I have played the most this year. Injustice 2 – got me playing fighting games for hours upon hours each day – at it’s peak I was playing for 9 hours a day (currently down to 2 hours per day on average based on how often I played it in the first few months!). AFL Evolution is a very close second, it’s not fifa or nba 2k quality but it’s still pretty darn good fun. A lot of people took it back for a refund after buying it, had they given it a chance and learned the controls plus timing of animations they’d have enjoyed the best AFL game since Aussie Rules Footy on the NES. I gave Rocket League a good run this year after ignoring it for a very long time (had it on pc originally… played it for a few minutes found it meh and never returned). Got it for free on ps4 and xbox one…. became addicted to it.

  • In a year with a whole bunch of amazing games, I’m pretty sure I’d be lying if I voted for anything besides Heat Signature. It’s pretty much everything I want in a game.

  • Zelda Breath of the Wild was the first RPG I played to completion since Shenmue; and it’s a game that all three of my children (ages 4, 8, 11) enjoy.

  • my favorite game is Mypicsmemorygame. The game is based on the traditional memory card game.You can utilize some of the stock images provided or customize and use your very own holiday photos, family photos or any other Images you choose.

  • I haven’t played much this year. The game that got me the most interested was a little mobile game called ‘Data Wing’. Fun game play and surprising story. Loved it.

  • Well I voted for original sin 2, I am loving it so far. But I have to say the game that gave me the most enjoyment, and compelled me to do something I hardly ever do – back to back replays – would have to be X-Com 2, war of the chosen. I know it may not meet the criteria exactly, being an expansion and all, but for me that is my game of the year.

    • Two excellent choices. I have so much love for D:OS2. Probably the best RPG I have ever played. X-Com 2 WOTC totally redeemed X-Com 2 for me. Wasn’t a huge fan of the base game but the expansion basically turned it into the sequel I really wanted after Enemy Unknown.

  • I would have to go with either Prey, The Evil Within 2, or Dishonored: Death of the Outsider. Solid games with plenty of replayability and hours of fun.

  • Was rather late to the Horizon party, so went in witn unbelievably high expectations. And yet somehow the game still managed to meet them.

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