Danganronpa is a series that has always been self-aware, but Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony turns everything that came before on its head in a way that puts Hideo Kojima to shame. The twists and turns in this one are sure to make it the series' most divisive title, but one that deserves to be experienced first-hand. How many other detective adventure games double as an existential pondering on the nature of fiction? Danganronpa V3 bent all of our brains, and for that alone we can't recommend it enough.
Every once in a while, a game comes out of nowhere that surprises you with how effortlessly it manages to hit all the right buttons. In 2017, that game was Night in the Woods. Interesting story and excellent writing? Check. Relatable characters you can't help but fall in love with? Check. Stylish visual and audio design plus fun gameplay that doesn't get in the way of the aforementioned story and characters? Check and check. The grace with which Night in the Woods shows you its world and cast is something few games manage to achieve, and we guarantee you'll love every minute of it.
A common theme this year was a large disparity in votes between first and second, and a close race between second and third. Danganronpa V3 clearly captured your heart, snagging almost three times the votes of Life is Strange's prequel. But Night in the Woods very nearly earned runner-up, being only 3 votes behind.