Night in the Woods is a kickstarted project that recently made its way to the Switch! At a $20 price point and great reviews from last year, I decided to give it a try. At first, I wanted my wife to play while I helped her along but we quickly found that this a definitely a slowly paced, dialogue-driven story game, and those just aren’t up her alley.
Listen I tried meat boy and it opened a can on me man. I wasn’t about to put myself through that same torture but then Celeste came out of nowhere. Although it is pretty similar in basic mechanics, it has a completely different feel. Meat boy is a punishing platformer that is incredibly fast-paced. Each level in Celeste is almost like a puzzle that has a very tight-knit solution. Put it together with a mountain metaphor and great sprite work to make a contender this year so far.
My 2017 Game of the Year is here so let me explain how this works. Unlike a typical GOTY, I’m choosing to include any game that I played for the first time in 2017. That means that anything can qualify from mobile to VR. I’m going to do a few categories and then my top 10 list. I hope you enjoyed your year in games as much as I did!
I don’t have a history or nostalgia for games like Doom or Wolfenstein but I at least understand their roots. I’ve played a good amount of first-person shooters over the years and one thing they typically lack is a campaign worth your time. The multi-player is where they choose to shine and for good replayable reason. Doom didn’t shine at first look. The game previewed poorly but they left a surprise buried underneath. Although it came out a little while ago, recently I finally got the chance to explore hell with my good friend Doom Guy.
I’ve only played one other Animal Crossing game in my life, New Leaf on 3DS. It was great! Tons of fun exploration, running into animals in your town, decorating your place with things you bought or were gifted, all kinds of wonder and experiences to have. It’s been a while since then and although the Switch would be a great fit for something similar, Nintendo instead decided to continue their mobile strategy and develop Pocket Camp. What a great concept right? An Animal Crossing game that you always have with you and can check in on whenever you like!
When I first purchased my PS4, Steamworld Dig was one of the first games I played because it was freeeee and I love free games. It took me completely by surprise with its simple progression and quaint story and became a fond memory. I was excited to pick up the new release on my Switch since it seemed like a perfect game for on the go play.
I was so happy when the announced the late October release date for Super Mario Odyssey because everyone was expecting it to be the big holiday game for the Switch. It still will be for many but man I am so glad I got to play it earlier in the year. The last big game in the Mario franchise was 3D World and although enjoyable, didn’t quite scratch the itch of the expansive exploration and single player gameplay that fans loved in 64 and Galaxy. However, I am now completely satisfied because the itch has been scratched.