It’s Loresworn Games of the Year Week! Today, we run through the games you won’t see on our Games of the Year list tomorrow… but we think probably would have made it if not for the fact that we just didn’t get around to them. 2017 had so many great games that slipped by it’s almost embarrassing, so the least we can do is give them a nod here. We hope to loop back around and tackle some of these next year.
Saturday: GAME OF THE YEAR
Sunday: Most Anticipated Games of 2018
T.J.’s Pile of Shame
5. Resident Evil 7
My 3rd Most Anticipated game from last year’s awards, and I just didn’t have the time or budget to squeeze it in. By all accounts, it sounds like a positive step for the series and one of the better horror games to come out this year, so there’s no doubt I’ll be snatching it on a Steam sale at some point in the not so distant future.
4. NieR: Automata
This game wasn’t really on my radar until I heard some fellow RPG fanatics raving at it in the window after its release. I’m intrigued by how it supposedly changes from playthrough to playthrough and requires multiple completions to get the full story. Plus, I’ve always been a sucker for stories about AI and the nature of personhood – as my 2015 Game of the Year pick, SOMA, should reveal. It’s not a question of 2B or not 2B with this one – only of when.
3. Super Mario Odyssey
As I now own a Switch, the first console I’ve purchased in over 10 years, I have to consider what I’ve missed outside the PC realm for once. Knowing I’d only have time to squeeze in one game before the end of the year, I was divided between the proverbial titans of Mario and Zelda. While Hyrule won out over New Donk City, I look forward to diving into Odyssey as soon as I get the opportunity.
2. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
When Bethesda brought back the Wolfenstein franchise a few years back, my overall reaction was mostly disinterest. I enjoy a good single-player shooter now and then, but they don’t tend to compete for my time that tenaciously in a world with so many great strategy games and RPGs to get through. Given recent, uh, changes in the political climate, however… I’m definitely in the mood for a campaign about blasting Nazis off the streets of the good ol’ US of A. Wolf2’s marketing seemed to pick up on that sentiment, and it definitely won me over enough to put The New Colossus high on my list of future purchases.
1. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
A character-driven horror-action game with nods to Norse and Celtic mythology that also deals with mental illness in a fresh, respectful way? I’m truly ashamed I didn’t make time for Hellblade, and all I’ve heard from those that have played it is: “T.J., you, specifically, would adore this game.” The art looks fantastic. I love that the small team that created it is trying to prove you can have “AAA” presentation (though I hate that term) without an absurd budget. There is absolutely no game I missed in 2017 that I’m more looking forward to diving into than Hellblade.
Honorable Mentions: Nioh, What Remains of Edith Finch, Tacoma
D.M.’s Pile of Shame
5. NieR: Automata
I loved the first Nier, which was a surprise cult hit. I’ve heard from many sources I trust completely the sequel is better in every way, and really makes one think. I can’t wait to try it.
4. Resident Evil 7
Time blocked us from this one, but I’m still tremendously excited to play it. Resident Evil going back to its roots to provide an intense survival horror experience can only be a good time.
3. What Remains of Edith Finch
Narrative adventure games with strong writing and thoughtful exploration always present a soft spot for me. I had this game on my list, and just never got around to it. I’ve heard amazing things.
2. Super Mario Odyssey
There is no more iconic series in gaming, and each iteration has been brilliant going all the way back to the Super Nintendo days. Need I say more?
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The game that sold thousands of Switches. The Legend of Zelda series is one of gaming’s greatest, but it’s been reiterating on the same secure, enjoyable formula since Ocarina of Time – arguably gaming’s GOAT. Breath of Wild tries new things and breaks out in a lot of ways, and I really want to experience that.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for GAMES OF THE YEAR 2017! Follow @LoreswornOrder on Twitter to get a reminder when it goes up!
Sunday: Most Anticipated Games of 2018