2017 has come and gone but we still have the games from it in our libraries — we’re still streaming them too! 😉 Here are our picks for Game of the Year (any type of game counts)! And we’re not necessarily doing it by games that came out last year (which we know is what we’re supposed to do :B), but we’re doing them by the ones we loved and/or played the most, whether they came out this year or not.
ASHLEY — Overwatch
Fifteen seconds left on the clock and your team rushes onto the Point. You have just enough time to forge one final push and capture it from the enemy team. Coordination, luck, and smart use of Ultimate powers–that’s all you can rely on to win. You tighten your grip on the controller, lean closer to the screen and exhale. This thing is going to take every power you’ve got. Your tank rushes in, spams “GROUP UP!” and unleashes hell on the enemy. He takes down their robot assassin, but not before falling to the opposition’s Dragon Blade. Mere seconds are left on the clock and he will never make it back from spawn in time. Their Rocket Queen rains justice from above and wipes out your flank. Just as the countdown slips into overtime, your gunslinger pops the enemy healer before she can pull of a game changing revival. The payload slips into the dock as the clock ticks to zero and you hear the sweetest words ever uttered in a video game: “VICTORY!”
Welcome to Overwatch! Choose one of 27 heroes, work with your other five teammates and save the world. From a mix of control point, escort and hybrid maps, you fight against another team of six and the best players win.
Let’s take a line from Lucio and break it down:
Overwatch and I began our love affair in January of 2017. Since then we have taken it to the next level (Competitive!), broken up for a few weeks (Competitive Season 5 and 6, the salt is real), gone on great vacations (Uprising Event and Junkenstein’s Revenge!), introduced me to some really great people (New friends to do Comp with!), introduced me to some really toxic people (Zenyatta thrower that yelled at me in team chat, I’m looking at you!), instilled in me proof that the impossible is sometimes actually possible (won a comp match as a 5v6) and taken all my money (Anniversary Loot Boxes $$$). Even though we’ve had our ups and downs, I wouldn’t trade Overwatch for anything else (Sorry IRL better half).
Just like my actual IRL relationship, Overwatch is constantly evolving into a better game. Blizzard and the Overwatch Team work day-in and day-out to improve the quality for the player from simple quickplay to the professional Overwatch League. The characters are fleshed out, the world is full of lore, the matches may take minutes but you could sink into this game for days and still have questions about the heroes and their universe. The gameplay is fluid, fun and constantly changing. I’ve now played this game almost every week for a year. I am just as excited now to hop into quickplay for a couple of matches as I was back then.
With Overwatch League gearing up (Go Dallas Fuel *ahem*), massive changes coming to competitive, and a new hero on the horizon, there has never been a better time to choose your hero and join a match and prepare to attack.
JOHN — Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition
My favorite game of 2017 has to be D&D 5e. I started playing D&D 4th edition a couple years ago with a group friends. It was the first time playing D&D for most of us. It wasn’t until a side game of Pathfinder that some of us learned what D&D 4th Edition lacked. Then about a year ago we decided to give 5th Edition a shot with a homebrew campaign I found, Rats in the Sewers. We all loved it so much, but wanted to finish our 4th Edition campaign. It wasn’t until recently that we have made the plunge back into 5th Edition and all are loving it. I can’t wait to experience more adventures in this wonderful game.
Honorable Mentions: Mario Odyssey was awesome.
HEATHER — Doki Doki Literature Club
I really wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve told somebody about this game and they’ve said something to the extent of, “I don’t do dating sims.” It’s so hard to keep to myself that yes, this game looks like a dating sim, but it’s really so much more. Any game that makes me question certain things in life is always held in high regard because that means it stuck with me. Any game that creeps into my
nightmares dreams easily climbs my list of favorites because it got under my skin. When I delve into the lore and think about it when I’m not playing it, then it becomes one of my greatest hits.
Doki Doki Literature Club surprised the hell out of me. It came out of nowhere. It was released in September and I heard some rumbles about it here and there, but I kept hearing things about how I should go into it not knowing anything about it. I’m glad I did — going in knowing nothing and playing the game. It touched on so many too real things (fears, how tropes work, video game logic, etc.) under the guise of a “dating sim” — and in a way scared the hell out of me at the same time. I would go into detail there but I don’t want to spoil too much. The fun of it is going into it blind. Make sure you take the warnings at the beginning seriously though. Also, it’s free!
(Game Theory’s DDLC theory has made me love the game even more — spoiler warning on this! Part 1 & Part 2~ I cannot wait to see what Team Salvato has up their sleeve after playing DDLC and watching GT’s theory!)
Honorable Mentions: Observer (this would have been my pick had DDLC not come out of left field), Resident Evil 7, Horizon: Zero Dawn
NATE — Horizon: Zero Dawn
I played a lot of great games this year, but my award for most addictive time sink of 2017 goes to Horizon Zero Dawn! Once I got about an hour in, I simply couldn’t put it down. The pacing was perfect, the world was beautiful, the combat was both skillful and intuitive without arbitrary complexity, and I was always engaged with the lore of the world. It’s just an exceptionally well balanced game through and through. Its also one of the only games where I felt compelled to explore the entire map. Frozen Wilds here I come!
Honorable Mentions: Persona 5, DDLC, Observer
We’ve got a ton of stuff planned for 2018! Keep an eye out for our Borderlands 2 playthrough starting somewhere around the start of February! We will keep you updated regarding exact dates! ;D