The 11 best video games of 2017

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Dec 29, 2017

2017 was been one of the best gaming years of the 21st century so far, making it extremely difficult to limit this list to a nice and tidy Top 11. It was hard to cut great games like Pyre, Call of Duty: WWII, Yakuza O, Personoa 5, and Destiny 2, which will undoubtedly make a lot of year-end lists.

Hit us up in the comments and let us know what other games we missed! But for now, here are our picks ...

Injustice 2

Platform: Playstation 4, Xbox One

Forget Justice League; the great DC production of 2017 was Injustice 2. After the evil Superman story of the first Injustice, the second game focuses on the invasion of Brainiac and its effect both on Earth and Krypton. This is the game that comic book fans have asked for, with a story that complements the comic; which, in its own right, has been one of the best of the year as well. Also, with some of the best DLC additions including Sub-Zero, Hellboy, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, (coming in 2018) Injustice 2 has kept fans addicted far after it was first released. This is the fighting game of 2017.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus takes killing Nazis to a gory new heights in this new first-person shooter. The evil General Engel is one of the best characters in video games this year, with a sadistic villainy that is darkly humorous and without mercy. And, with weaponry that can get upgraded with scopes and silencers, this game packs one hell of a punch. Another great installment in the Wolfenstein franchise.

Night in the Woods

Platforms: Playstation 4, PC

Mae Borowski drops out of college and comes home in this spooky, atmospheric game that was initially funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Mae, in many ways, is a total pain in the ass as she bums around town, shoplifting from Hot Topic and playing bass in her friend’s band, but the witty writing and beautiful soundtrack create a smart game that is funny, melancholy and charming.

What Remains of Edith Finch

Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC

Edith Finch explores the tragic — and often surprising — history of the Finch family, which unwinds through a beautiful, labyrinthine house. The game has many layers, allowing the player to relish in the details of each family member and making for a beautiful patchwork experience.

Nier: Automata

Platforms: Playstation 4, PC

The most creative game story of the year, Nier: Automata is an action role-playing game that mixes manga animation, a haunting soundtrack. and a robot dystopian world. Designed and directed by Yoko Taro as a part of the Drakengard series, Nier: Automata has a lot of satisfying combat throughout a story that's both beautiful and absurd (there's a side mission in which you have to find the groupies of a robot named Sartre). Frenzied combat amidst a compelling and heartbreaking storyline makes this one of the best games of the year.

Resident Evil 7

Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC

The best Resident Evil game in years! Jump scares rise to new heights on the VR as characters come out of nowhere in the horrific storyline of the bloodthirsty Baker family. Resident Evil has always been good at building suspense, and this one is downright anxiety-inducing with its painful silences paired with jarring ambient sounds that will chill you to the bone. This is the best horror game of the year and, while it works with or without VR, the addition of VR shows what exactly horror games could be in the VR platform... very scary indeed!

Cuphead

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

One of the most anticipated games of the year, Cuphead proved to be worthy of the hype. Drawn in a 1930s animation style with watercolor background and surreal characters -- including dangerous candy houses, psycho flowers, and, of course, the Devil -- Cuphead is not only one of the most gorgeous games of 2017 but of all time. The sound work is perfectly matched with the gameplay, which makes for hours and hours of challenging old-school fun.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Platforms: Playstation 4

Combine aggressive robotic crocodiles and tigers with heaps of weapons and you have Horizon Zero Dawn, the best and most beautiful Playstation 4 game of 2017. The game's combat pairs well with an immersive world that sucks you right in, making this not only a must-own for anyone who owns a PS4 but a good reason to buy the console itself.

Super Mario Odyssey

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Zelda: Breath of the Wild made gamers buy a Switch when it was released, and Super Mario Odyssey reaffirmed the purchase as a great decision. From two-dimensional Mario to traversing the third dimension of New Donk City, Super Mario Odyssey takes exploration to new levels. Also, this Mario has a jovial absurd nature, and the titular (former) plumber can turn into a taxi cab (with mustache) and even (controversially) go topless. It's a wonderfully weird world that is easily one of the best games of 2017.

Divinity: Original Sin II

Platforms: PC

The best PC game of the year, Divinity is an RPG that allows the gamer to explore as far as their imagination can take them. This is one of the only games that we could call limitless. Whether you're someone that likes to pick a fight or talk your way out of conflict, this game adapts to your decisions,changing your game path as you save or kill NPCs along the way. The best role-playing game of 2017 ... and, really, of the decade (so far).

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

After the disappointing Wii U, Nintendo needed a hit. Breath of the Wild ensured that the Switch was a must-get system. Breath of the Wild is as close to a perfect game as we've seen, combining combat and exploration with puzzles and an engrossing story that has kept gamers playing for hours and hours. Also, with this Zelda being the first to have a DLC, there will be more coming in the upcoming year.