The 10 Best (and 5 Worst) Video Games of 2017

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Man, what a year! Whatever your tastes, it’s hard to deny that 2017 was a phenomenal year for video games. Not only were there more interesting new releases each month than one could reasonably play, the entire medium felt re-energized and reinvigorated this year. I would be remiss if I didn’t attribute at least part of this newfound verve to the highly successful launch of the Nintendo Switch, the first console I ever purchased during its first year on the market. (What can I say? I’m a sucker for Mario.) But games as a whole felt bolder, more confident, more… themselves this year. The best games of 2017 felt comfortable in their skin, as if they knew exactly what they were doing and how they were going to accomplish it. This wasn’t a year of glorious, gorgeous messes; this was a year of sophistication and refinement.

Because there were so many good games in 2017, it was difficult to narrow my list down to just 10. There were some tough omissions, like Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, West of Loathing, and Persona 5, all of which would have made my top 10 in any other year. I also didn’t manage to get around to playing every game I wanted to (sorry, Horizon Zero Dawn, Everything, and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice), so just consider this a snapshot of the best of what 2017 had to offer in gaming. If you want the full list and ranking of the new games I played during the year, you can find it here.

Without further ado, here’s my top 10! More

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