What Was Your Favourite Game Of 2017?

You've told us what games let you down the most. Which Aussie games left you on a high. Now it's time for the big one: Kotaku Australia's reader game of 2017.

All of the polls we ran were a pretty tight affair - except for the winner of this poll. It was a comprehensive blowout for first place, and a veritable gulf between second and third place as well.

Beyond that, however, only two or three votes separated pretty much every game after that. So without further ado, let's start with number 5.

5. Super Mario Odyssey

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If more people owned Switches - and it's not been an unsuccessful console so far by any means - this would be higher. Odyssey took out three percent of the vote, and was only four votes behind #4.

4. NieR: Automata

The stories about NieR were fascinating alone, so it's not a surprise that everyone who played it absolutely loved it. Just edged out Odyssey, and a worthy winner in the #4 spot. But not as worthy as the gargantuan game that's about to follow...

3. Persona 5

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Yup, it's the mammoth JRPG Persona 5. Needing 100 hours or more didn't put you off, with Persona enjoying a comfortable gap in the GOTY voting over Odyssey and NieR. For the record, Persona also had more than double the votes of Assassin's Creed: Origins, Wolfenstein 2, Prey, Cuphead and Resident Evil 7.

But it didn't come even close to our number #2, which should come as absolutely no surprise because it's ...

2. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Of course it's Zelda. In fact, the only surprise to some might be that Zelda isn't higher, although that can probably be explained by the fact that a) not everyone owns a Switch and b) running Breath of the Wild on PC takes a beast of a machine and is far from the simplest process.

Because of that, I can see that plenty of people skipped BOTW entirely. But those that didn't absolutely loved it. Mark played and played and replayed the game all year. Every time I went to a friend's house his five year old was sitting there, toying with Ganon, flinging the Master Sword around with abandon. BOTW is a beautiful, incredible piece of work, and if you didn't play it in 2017 you should endeavour to spend some time in Hyrule over the next 12 months.

But Zelda only got 14% of the vote. A nice result, but nowhere close to your favourite game of 2017.

Which was one vote shy of having exactly half of all the votes tallied.

Your favourite game of 2017 was ...

1. Horizon: Zero Dawn

Nothing burned as bright for Sony in 2017 as Horizon. For me, it was the first game that gave the PS4 Pro a real sense of purpose, the first game that truly showcased the value of HDR in gaming, and hopefully a sign of a very vibrant and creative future for Guerrilla Games.

There's a lot to love about Horizon: Aloy's journey away from the tribe, the tightness of the open world, the overall visual design, optimisation on the PS4 Pro and stock consoles, the cleverness of the UI, solid voice acting throughout and the strong supporting cast, including Rost, matriarch Lansra, Erend, Esra, and more.

In many ways, Aloy has become a beacon of light for Sony. We'll see more of her in future Horizon games and probably as a special character in other PlayStation games to come. And when she appears, it's likely that a lot of you will be very, very happy.

So Horizon took out top honours, but there were plenty of games that just missed the cut. In no particular order:

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds - PUBG was the highlight for a lot of people around the world, and still is. But it fell a handful of votes behind Super Mario Odyssey in the voting. The poll did go live before PUBG 1.0 launched on Xbox and PC, although I'm not hugely sure the extra optimisations at launch would have swayed many votes either way.

Mass Effect: Andromeda - Yes, people voted for Andromeda nonetheless. It actually beat out Cuphead and South Park: Fractured But Whole, amazingly, and tied with Prey for equal 9th.

Divinity Original Sin 2 - Larian's RPG wasn't short of praise this year, and it wasn't far behind PUBG and Odyssey in the voting. There was a comfortable gap between DOS2 at #6 and the next placed game, which was Assassin's Creed: Origins.

So that's your take on the best games of 2017. It's probably been the best year since the launch of the PS4 and the Xbox One, to be fair, and Nintendo had themselves a solid year as well (even without a new Smash or Pokemon).

And as always, thanks to everyone who voted. Everything we do wouldn't be possible without you, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support.


    HZD is definitely my game of the year, absolutely loved it and can't wait for more from Guerrilla Games

      I just bought this actually. I was on the fence, thinking that it might be too 'lite' for my tastes. But given it's glowing endorsement from those who have been pleasantly surprised by it or outright loved it, I'll give it a go.

      ^^^ This! Such an absorbing well polished game.

    Does it strike anyone else as odd that none of the top 5 are playable on Xbox? I mean, surely XB1 owners were voting, even if it wasn't for XB exclusives. I'm pretty surprised that none of the top 5 are multiplatform (except NieR:Automata which is PS4 and PC, and maybe you can count Persona 5 which is PS3 and PS4).
    NieR:Automata the only one of the top 5 on playable on PC, too.

    Not that I begrudge any of these games their spots in the top 5, I'm just a bit surprised by the result. I kind of expected multiplatform games to get better representation just because of the larger audience.

      I guess it's a LITTLE surprising, but not that huge a surprise.

      Firstly, the last time the numbers came around, Sony sold at least twice as many PS4 variants as Microsoft's sold xbones, so when we talk console exclusives, we're talking Sony majority, and those winners were very solid titles compalred to everything multiplatform that could compete.

      PC's probably been dominated by the PUBG side, but another factor for the statistically-minded to look into is how the tyranny of choice on PC in particular, plus multi-plat might have dramatically split the vote which in this case is first past the post.

      I was just thinking the same thing. The top 5 consisted of 2 Sony Playstation games, 2 Switch games and one PC game.

      I actually voted for Mass Effect: Andromeda as it was the only game I had played last year. I keep hoping Horizon Zero Dawn will come out on PC, but I guess this will be another game like The Last of Us that stays exclusive to Sony.

      Woah, that’s actually a really good point. I know there’s a lot of negativity around the concept of exclusives, but I think that this top 5 shows that, for one reason or another, exclusives are often providing a better experience for players.

        Kotaku isnt a particularly friendly site for xbox gamers. So its not really going to have many of them voting for starters and yes the user base for the ps4 is much larger. I dont get it with Horizon Zero dawn, for me it was pretty bland (personal opinion). There was some nice ideas in it and it sure was pretty but some of the story and writing were quite average, again personal opinion. I have recently started to play AC:Origins. It is really quite wonderful and immersive and worth checking out. Dont believe the hipster gamers on this one actually on many things.

          If you think these are hipster picks, you’d hate my top 5 ;)

          I may have to pick up AC:O one day. I played the version of 2 with the dlc added in, meaning I HAD to play through the added content before the end mission was unlocked and it really broke the momentum the game had going and really put me off the combat system. Haven’t played one since. From what I hear the combat is really different in Origins, so I might really enjoy this one.

    Wooo, HZD! Balance is restored after it was fucking robbed by Zelda at the clearly-skewed industry awards.

    Can't wait to get stuck into P5 and Nier: Automata this year. I didn't have time for them in 2017 but I've got 'em on my shelf ready to go!

    BotW was definitely my game of 2017, but I'm looking forward to picking up H:ZD when I get a chance. Thankfully it's looking like a quiet year this year as far as new releases goes, so I'll hopefully get to catch up on these gems.

    Favourite game of 2017 was definitely The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

    Most disappointing game, for me, was Mass Effect: Andromeda.

    And the worst game of '17 goes to Star Wars: Battlefront II.

    As someone who often feels like they aren’t clicking with the general consensus, it’s really surprising to see I own four of the five games on this list (will pick up HZD when I’ve finished some of my current open world games). I wonder how diffferent the list would have looked with a preference vote, 2017 was so full of amazing games that it’s impossible to be happy with just picking your favourite without spreading the love to another couple of games

    Uh.... yeah?

    HZD - good, but lost interest.
    Persona 5 - great, but lost interest

    Neir intrigues me so i’ll wait and pick it up cheap. And I don’t own a switch (though would happily do so if I could afford one)

    Honestly, I probably got more joy from Ass Creed Origins, which... was good, but I lost interest lol

    Nothing in the last 12 months compared to the likes of ME2, TLOU, Witcher 3 and FF7 for me. Not a bland year by any means. Just nothing I consider incredible.

    Divinity OS 2 for me. Zelda, Mario, HZD, P5 etc... are all great games but the care and quality put into DOS2, puts it ahead. Great voice acting, gameplay mechanics, and story. It's so well made for a Kickstarted title that it deserves the recognition.

    Man, this makes me so happy. HZD has been veritably robbed across the board by Zelda. It and Persona were my GOTY hands down.

    No contest. Assassin's Creed: Origins. It's actually become this "over 50's" gamer's favourite game of all time. Move over Ultima 7.

      Been growing more and more fond of Bayek as I've completed more and more side-quests.

      Really hoping that Aya doesn't turn out to be the focus of the expansions, as I've found myself liking her less and less as the game progresses.

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