2017 saw the release of many great games and the release of the first next-generation console, the Nintendo Switch. On a personal level, 2017 has been a great year, as I have left the army and started school at a great university. What this means is that I haven’t gotten the chance to play lots of games (and it’s also partially the reason this post is so late!). Every year, I keep a tally of the games I’ve beaten. For example, in 2014 I beat 22, in 2015 I beat 34, and in 2016 I beat only six. Well last year I beat: Final Fantasy XV, Persona 5, Portal, Red Dead Redemption, Stardew Valley (finished Community Centre), and Star Wars: Racer’s Revenge (beat campaign), putting 2017 on par with 2016 at six games.
A couple of honourable mentions: Eagle-eyed readers will notice that the only 2017 game on that list is Persona 5, making this a rather anticlimactic Game of the Year announcement. However, before we get on with that, I’d like to extend some honourable mentions:
The first is to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a game that I played extensively last month. I might do a full review in future, but I really enjoyed how, although the game is strictly multiplayer, it’s also surprisingly fun to play solo because enjoyment isn’t directly linked to victory. Only one person out of a hundred will win in any given round, so ultimately the player will redefine their goals every time they play. For me, I celebrate every time I simply kill another player because of how bad I am — it doesn’t happen very often!The second is to a little game called Finding Paradise, a game released very late last year that I just played in one sitting yesterday! It is the sequel to To the Moon, a game that Coconut and I played together back in 2014. It picks up a short while after the events of that game and follows much the same formula. I didn’t like it quite as much, but if you played To the Moon, there’s a high chance that you’ll enjoy Finding Paradise as well.
Kantaloupe’s Game of the Year 2017 is: Persona 5! With the nature of the army-related commitments I had earlier this year, it’s a wonder I managed to beat the few games I did. Over the course of nine weekends however, I somehow found the time to put 85 hours into Persona 5 and beat it. That’s a testament to just how compelling Atlus’ stylish anime-school-simulator-slash-JRPG is. I’ve already written a lengthy review of this game, which I encourage you to read if you’re on the fence about this game, but if you’re remotely interested in anime, RPGs, high-school drama, or jazz music, I think you’ll find something to love in Persona 5.
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