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2017 was a hell of a good year for gaming, depending on how you look at it. You could look at it as a year of loot boxes, micro-transactions, shady business practices, or just another great year for creative game devs everywhere! I can’t think of a single year that’s gone by where there wasn’t at least a handful of fantastic games, and maybe that’s what makes gaming so great. It’s almost guaranteed that a gem of a game is going to come out every few months or so, and there’s never a shortage of great content for us to enjoy.

The results are in, and it’s time to unveil the top 5 games of 2017 as voted by us at Entertainment Buddha!

5) Cuphead

Cuphead seemed like it was one of those games that was going to be stuck in development hell. Another game that would come out this year, or maybe next year…or next year… and so on and so forth. Needless to say, Cuphead pretty much blew all of us out of the water this year with amazing visuals, fun albeit challenging gameplay, and a mind-blowing soundtrack. Never have I ever thought that jazz/swing music and videogames would go so amazingly well together. Every single boss is memorable, an when you finally beat a boss after hours of struggling to see that it only took you about two minutes to beat them is a simultaneous breath of relief and slap in the face. Cuphead and Mugman will go down in the gaming history books as one of the most iconic gaming duos of this generation and all-time!

4) Forza 7

Forza has got to be one of the most consistently good racing sim series, and when I say good I mean great. Forza 7 is a stunningly beautiful game running on the Xbox One X, it is damn near unrivaled in terms of realistic visuals. The kind of visuals where you go outside in real life and wonder why you can’t make it look as good as the game. Visuals aside, the controls are tight as always, and the massive garage in this game is absolutely jaw-dropping. If you’re like me and don’t know anything about cars and don’t know what’s good and what’s bad, you’re going to spend a long time in these menus looking for the car for you. Either that or you’ll just pick a random car that looks cool and goes fast and hope that it equates to you getting to the finish line first (even if you suck). If you’ve got an Xbox One X, but Forza 7, you will not be disappointed in any way with this game.

3) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild

It’s crazy to think about the fact that this game came out this year because it seems like it came out so long ago. Even so, it’s easily one of the best games of the current generation of consoles, and depending on who you ask, the best Zelda game of all time! I won’t weigh in on that matter, that’s another post for another time, but regardless, it’s definitely one of the best games this year.

And no, it isn’t like Dark Souls, stop saying that.

With the varied gameplay, vast, open world that’s literally completely open to you as soon as you start the game, and breathtaking visuals. There’s just so much shit for you to do in this game, its utterly ridiculous, and trying to complete this game in its entirety should require signing a death waiver. I know people have done it, sure, but that doesn’t stop it from being complete and utter insanity, especially to anyone who literally has to do anything ever besides play this game. Play this game before you die, if you’re close to dying, it might just bring you back from the brink. That’s not true, please get medical attention.

2) What Remains of Edith Finch

This one is still a mystery to me.

I like the game, I get that it’s good, but I never would have thought that it would be so high on so many lists. I guess it really goes to show that good storytelling can really bring a game to the top of the industry even in 2017, it ain’t all about online options and purdy visuals.

If anything, I’m pretty relieved to see a game like this be at the top of so many lists, because it’s a game I’d normally classify as weird. But I suppose it can’t be that weird if everyone loves it, right? If you’re in the mood to basically play a really good book and experience an emotional roller coaster unlock any other, then this game is beyond for you.

1) Horizon Zero Dawn

I mean, it doesn’t need much explanation at this point, but before this game came out and when it had just been announced, I had no idea what to think. Yeah, taking down giant metal dinosaurs as a badass chick with a bow is cool, but is that all there is to it?

No, silly, but you already know that by now.

Horizon is an easy choice for Game of the Year for pretty much anyone because it ticks all of the boxes for what makes a good game great! It’s got a compelling story, a likable main character, satisfying gameplay, it’s pretty to look at/listen to, and there’s no crummy micro transactions shoved in. It’s a single-player experience for everyone (well, maybe not the little ones, it ain’t the most family-friendly tale). But in terms of accessibility, it pretty generously teaches you the tricks of the trade and allows you to master them on your own! If you’ve got a PS4 and haven’t played Horizon yet, what the hell are you waiting for?

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Nathaniel Smyth

The author Nathaniel Smyth

Born and raised in Plymouth, NH, Nat has been gaming since he was 3 starting on his brother’s Sega Genesis, all the way up to the Xbox One. Well rounded in a range of game genres from beat-em-ups to shooters, to role-playing-games, and more, he’s had a passion for all things gaming as long as he’s been able to hold a controller. While busy with school, sports, working, he still finds time to sit down, play, read up on the latest news, and hunt for deals on new and classic games.