I play a ton of video games. It’s about time I made my own yearly awards. In an attempt to escape a simple list of games I’ve played, I’m making some categories that may or may not return next year. But that’s enough talk, let’s give out some awards!
2017 Game of the Year
I played NieR: Automata to completion twice. I’ll be the first to admit that the combat wore on me after a while, but I spent 76 hours playing this game. It was absolutely worth it. It’s an incredible game that blends good gameplay with an experience that can’t be replicated in other media. It’s instantly accessible, with plenty of options to turn down or turn up the difficulty, and you can buy all of the achievements, if that’s all you care about. NieR: Automata just wants to play it, and you should.
Runners Up: Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, What Remains of Edith Finch
2017’s 2016 Game of the Year
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
I didn’t get into Mankind Divided as quickly as I would’ve liked, which is why I bounced off of it when it came out in 2016. However, after giving it a real chance, I fell deep into it. While the main story isn’t all there, the side quests fill in the gaps very well. The city of Prague is extremely detailed and every problem has several solutions. It’s a great game, so it’s a real bummer that it didn’t do well enough to warrant a foreseeable continuation.
Runners Up: Hyper Light Drifter, Quantum Break
The “I Wish I Had More Time for This” Award
Endless Space 2
Endless Space 2 combines two things I love, 4X space games, and Endless Legend. It’s really well polished and has received several free updates with new heroes, units, gameplay improvements, and other cool stuff. I just don’t find myself with enough time to dedicate to it to really learn the systems and stick through a game.
Runners Up: Torment: Tides of Numenera, Glittermitten Grove/Frog Fractions 2
The “I Wish I Liked This Game More” Award
Prey has a lot going on that should work for me. Space, shape-shifting aliens, heavy System Shock influence. But seven hours in, it hasn’t really kept my attention. I think it’s cool, I like it, but I don’t find myself wanting to go back into it anytime soon. I couldn’t even really explain why either, it’s just not clicking with me.
Runners Up: Resident Evil 7, Pyre
The “I’m Never Going to Finish This, But It’s Still Great” Award
Heat Signature’s combination of gameplay systems leads to some surprising results that never seem to run out of fun. It’s a sprawling game, and the difficulty ramps hard, so I’m almost certain to never see it to conclusion. Still, it’s fun to jump into and run a couple missions.
Runners Up: Hollow Knight, Dead Cells
Awards for Things That Aren’t Video Games That I Loved in 2017
Best Film – Blade Runner 2049
Best Album – Charly Bliss Guppy
Best Novel – Neal Asher Infinity Engine
Best TV Show – Great News Season 1