2017 has been an amazing year for games no matter which genre or platform. There have been plenty of excellent releases this year catering to almost every genre, however when it comes to the Game of the Year, only a few manage to stand out.
It was hard to make the choice for our Game of the Year this year, since there have been plenty of excellent candidates so far, but since there can be only one Game of the Year, we had to settle on a single choice. If you want to see what’s on our editorial pick for the best games of the year, you can check it out here.
GearNuke’s Game of the Year 2017 – Winner
The Persona series has always delivered some of the best JRPGs, starting with Persona 3 for the PS2. It started as a spin-off to the Shin Megami Tensei series but quickly outpaced it in term of success. Persona 4: Golden was one of the best JRPGs released last generation and it was only normal that fans had high expectations from Persona 5, especially coming off of Persona 4: Golden. Needless to say, Persona 5 easily meet those expectations.
Runner Up 1
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
It was hard to decide between the better game this year, therefore it would be a crime not to give a noteworthy mention to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This was the first open world Zelda game from the developers so expectations were sky high from the fans. The Legend of Zelda series is known for its dungeons so the mention of open world might have disappointed some of the older fans, but the end result is a game that not only delivers a finely crafted open world, but sets new benchmarks with its gameplay that offers plenty of freedom in how to approach exploration, puzzles and combat encounters.
Runner Up 2
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Just like Zelda, this was the first open world action RPG from Guerrilla Games. They might have disappointed with Killzone: Shadow Fall, which was a launch title for the PS4, but Horizon: Zero Dawn has easy propelled them to one of the top studios out there. Horizon: Zero Dawn is set in a fascinating post-apocalyptic world populated with fierce machines. The game tells the story of humanity’s own extinction, ultimately leading up to the rise of these mechanical dinosaurs. The unique twist on the enemies with a robotic sci-fi design felt like a breath of fresh air after the countless medieval style RPGs.
2017 might be ending soon but looking at the Horizon (pun intended), we are getting a lot more amazing games heading into 2018. It should be interesting to see if 2017 can be topped by 2018 in term of the quality of the game releases.
Let us know which game was your personal game of the year for 2017 in the comments below.