I am always secretly the most excited for whatever Nintendo have to announce during E3. They’re the only company that can truly inspire a childlike excitement from me in what they could announce. And seeing as how Nintendo are the only company not really in the between console stage right now, you’d hope they have a lot to say this year.
I felt burned by Nintendo. Almost like they’d let me down. While I still played my 3DS, the Wii U was a device I was becoming increasingly resentful of. Support for the console dried up almost immediately after a strong 3rd party developer presence upon release. After only a short few years, It was a device I was buying one, maybe two, games for a year. And even then the games I were buying, I’d only end up playing them for a few hours before they just started gathering dust on my shelf, forgotten.
I became increasingly frustrated with the device and Nintendo, and as a result was very reluctant to pick up the Nintendo Switch when it was released last year. But like the predictable, weak willed consumer that I am, the promise of a new Zelda and Mario titles eventually wore me down enough to pick one of these up when stock eventually became available again. And guess what happened…
2017 has been a hell of a year for really fantastic video games. Not much else mind you, but video games; top notch. I remember in years gone by when compiling these types of lists, I struggled to put together a collection of ten truly great games. It was because the bottom end of the list sometimes felt like they were just filling the gaps. This year, there have been more games I actually wanted to talk about than I could fit onto this list. I could have easily made this a top 15 or maybe top 20 list. But I’m not an insane person.
Sure, I’ve talked a lot about the problems of Battlefront II and my personal conflicting feelings about Destiny 2. But they’re both games I am still playing and getting enjoyment out of. It’s because I like them so much that I complain, hoping they’ll get better. They instil a passion for the medium in me that makes me want to talk about them critically in the inane hope that someone might read them and actually act on my “expert” opinion. I still have a lot from this year I really want to catch up on. Resident Evil 7, Dishonored 2 and Nier: Automata to name just a few. There are already some really exciting looking games coming out early next year too. So no matter how crappy everything else seems to be going in the world. At least video games are great.
So, lets go through my entire top ten before putting a cap on this puppy: