Best Video Games Released In 2017 So Far
Regardless of the platform you own or the genres you’re into, it’s one Hell of a time to be a gamer, and these are the games you absolutely must play from Q1 2017
Snipperclips (Nintendo Switch)
If you own a Nintendo Switch and are struggling to expand your library with quality titles, look no further than this incredibly charming multiplayer puzzle game.
At once clever and relaxing, Snipperclips pulls off the difficult balancing act of simply throwing the player into this world and leaving them to it, but at the same time level solutions feel wholly intuitive and are never arduous to figure out. Furthermore, the gorgeous art style and disarming characters make it infectiously enjoyable, and sure to leave you with a goofy grin on your face.
With the underwhelming release of 1-2-Switch, Snipperclips just might be the best party game on the console right now, supporting up to four players locally. Hopefully Nintendo’s new platform will double down on imaginative, creative titles like this moving forward.
First off: Nioh is not for the faint of heart, and don’t feel bad if you’ve still not managed to beat it yet. Yes, Nioh is probably the year’s most challenging game so far, but it’s not merely difficulty for its own sake, instead offering up a deep combat suite that makes death a valuable learning experience rather than something that feels cheap or unfair.
Nioh is absolutely a stressful game, but the right kind of stressful, and also includes an unexpected amount of level variety (especially compared to its closest touchstone, Dark Souls), as well as a surprisingly eccentric tone.
Yes, it’ll make you swear out loud like a sailor, but the frenzied elation of finally felling a tough boss creates a feeling that can’t really be matched by much else.
Night In The Woods (PS4, PC)
A delightfully weird “walking simulator” revolving around an anthropomorphic cat who returns to her hometown to deal with life’s difficulties, Night in the Woods is like nothing released this year or, in fact, any year.
With a charming art style, hilariously witty dialogue and unexpected abundance of content, this is a fantastic way to take a break from Q1’s AAA onslaught when you’re feeling burned out or overwhelmed.
Keenly focusing on its hysterical cast of characters and making the sleepy town of Possum Springs feel thoroughly lived-in, this is an indie title that’s impossible not to relate to in some form, and absolutely deserves your support.
Nier: Automata (PS4, PC)
A delightfully weird genre-busting open-world RPG, Nier: Automata more than lives up to the original game’s legacy, building a sprawling world filled with ridiculous characters.
The real highlight, though, is the barmy action, which makes Nier an addictive blast even when the story verges on incomprehensible and is as such fairly uninvolving.
The gameplay loop is strong enough to overcome this, however, aided by slick graphics and a terrific musical score. Given how jam-packed this Q1 has been, players might also breathe a sigh of relief that it’s among the shorter open-world releases of the last three months, though there’s still a ton of content here for those who want it.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
A radical, riveting reinvention of the stagnant survival horror franchise, Resident Evil 7 returns the series to its terrifying roots, while making the most of its new first-person perspective.
With an intensely creepy setting, a demented cast of characters and some tantalising tie-ins to the prior titles, this is absolutely the daring shake-up the franchise needed.
And if you own a PSVR headset, this is a 1000% must-buy. One of the few genuinely AAA, full-fat VR titles available at the moment, it is nothing short of terrifying, and no question the best way to play the game. Fear has never felt this nerve-shreddingly real.
Best of all, the game achieves something that hasn’t happened in a while for the series: it leaves fans genuinely intrigued and excited for the inevitable sequel.
Yakuza 0 (PS4)
There has been no better time to jump into the Yakuza series than with this prequel to the iconic open-world action franchise. Yakuza 0 is a totally singular spin on the action RPG genre, a ridiculous, hilarious, action-packed and surprisingly involving crime saga that’s rightly won the series a new fleet of fans.
From the ridiculous abundance of side content to the highly entertaining cast of characters (there’s even a guy called “Walking Erection”, seriously) and smash-mouth combat, Yakuza 0 presents incredible value-for-money, and no doubt leaves many salivating for this summer’s upcoming remake of the original Yakuza game.
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
Guerrilla Games has made an ambitious leap to the upper echelons of AAA game development with Horizon Zero Dawn, a visually jaw-dropping action adventure title with arguably the year’s best new protagonist (so far) and some of the most gratifying open-world gameplay in years.
Probably the biggest surprise isn’t that Guerrilla evolved so successfully from the Killzone series, but that their first attempt at a game like this also has an extremely involving story to boot. You will care more than you expect, and it actually offers up a compelling finale that isn’t overly sequel-baiting, inevitable though another game is.
And you know what else? It’s legitimately challenging. The game makes Aloy an incredibly capable warrior, but if you get arrogant or are ill-prepared for a battle, prepare to be thoroughly schooled.
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (Nintendo Switch, Wii U)
Q1 has been one Hell of a wild ride, and the King of the pile is sure to endure as not only one of the Switch’s best-ever titles, but one of the best Nintendo games period. Breath of the Wild is a riveting meld of the series’ familiar tropes and a fresh, insanely detailed open world, where heading off the beaten path is heavily encouraged.
Some frustrating weapon degradation issues aside, Zelda has never been this gorgeous to behold or satisfying to play, offering up unexpected difficulty and, more importantly, a sumptuous, epic journey that feels like the epitome of what Zelda games should be.
The joy of exploration, the game’s lack of hand-holding and its eye-watering visual majesty make one wonder how Nintendo can possibly top this with the next title. This is a rare instance where all those “best game ever” reviews aren’t too far off the mark: it’s an all-timer classic beyond any and all doubt.
Source – Whatculture
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