2017 Top 10 Video Games 10-6 (Brandon Rojas)
When I first approached WDYPTW to do some writing, I mentioned that I had been playing a fair bit of digital ports on Steam, and I’d be more than happy to do reviews and such to that end since digital ports of games have been popping up a lot lately. So I was excited, considering this is a board game site first and foremost, that I was given the green light to talk about video games (of all sorts, not just board game ports)! (This is What Did You PLAY This Week, with the emphasis on play after all!)
So while everyone is laying out their lists of the best board games of 2017, I figured I would give you all a taste of my other hobby, and talk about the 10 best video games I played this year!
10. Divinity: Original Sin 2
Are you a fan of games like Icewind Dale, Baldur’s Gate, or Planescape: Torment? Do you love deep RPGs, great writing and characters, tons of side quests, insane amounts of character building, and the ability to become basically as powerful as a God? Then look no further than Divinity: Original Sin 2. I played this mostly as a co-op game with a friend, putting in almost 100+ hours into our campaign and it felt like barely broke the surface. Oh, plus you can talk to dogs.
9. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Take one part Mario, one part Rabbids and two parts X-Com: Enemy Unknown and you get Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. A combination of things that by all rights should not work, but TOTALLY DO! With its goofy smile-inducing humor, colorful settings, characters, and moderately deep strategy, Mario + Rabbids surprised and pleased me at every turn.
You are trapped on a space station, armed with your trusty wrench, where almost any item (be it a coffee mug or chair or anything in between) could actually be an alien in disguise (called Mimics). Prey combines a huge feeling of isolation, while still wanting to explore every nook and cranny of this open world space station just waiting for the next stack of paper to jump out and attack you. Prey lifts a lot of inspiration from games like System Shock and Bioshock - if you loved those games, you NEED to play this.
7. Super Mario Odyssey
Taking lessons learned from the past and improving on it in every way (and somehow still feeling like the classic Mario games we grew up with), Super Mario Odyssey is a masterclass in 3D platforming. The new functionality granted by Cappy and the objects in the world that you inhabit with his aid (each with their own set of powers), plus the various outfits you can purchase make the game feel fresh, but still so familiar. I even teared up a few times hearing those all too familiar musical notes. It felt wonderful to be back with my original video game friend Mario.
6. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Thrown back into the shoes of BJ “Terror Billy” Blazkowicz, you are once again sent off to take down the ever growing Nazi regime in an alternate historic America with his ragtag band of Resistance fighters. So many moments left my mouth agape wondering what the hell they could do to top it, and low and behold they do up until the very last minute of the game. I love that New Colossus gives us a much deeper character study about BJ, his upbringing, and how much it means to him to be a good father that has some fairly touching moments amidst all the running around with two massive machine guns mowing down anything and everything in your path.
So there it is! The first half of my favorite games of the year! Hopefully you got to play some of these great games too. Feel free to leave some comments about what were some of your favorite video games 2017!
Thanks for reading again, and tune back in tomorrow for the top 5!
I’ve been Brandon Rojas. Avid board, tabletop & role player, craft beer enthusiast and seasoned video game player, having blogged and podcasted about them in numerous places in past. If you want to chat and this or anything else, you can always find me on Twitter at @BrandonHRojas probably posting something goofy and nonsensical.