2017 Game of the Year: Persona 5
Persona 5
2017 Game of the Year

2017 Game of the Year: Persona 5"You'll never see it coming!"

Nah, I think we all saw this coming. Persona 5 is the traditional JRPG perfected to a fine, razor-sharp edge, setting a new standard for the genre. In a game with a ridiculous amount of things to do, it's hard not to say "just one more day" as you progress through Persona 5's calendar year.

This game is the complete package. There's a compelling story with an outstanding cast of characters. Going on your adventure with your fellow Phantom Thieves members and taking down those with corrupt desires is immensely satisfying. There's the amazing gameplay that keeps you attached to your seat with its strategic, turn-based battles, and tasks you have to balance for your character in his own life. Don't forget about that addicting soundtrack. While most soundtracks go for the standard rock or pop, Persona 5 opts for more sophisticated jazz that really makes the music stand out among the sea of tracks from other games. However, the highlight of it all is the graphics. It feels like you're playing an interactive comic book with sharp, stylized menus and graphics that really make a powerful impression. The music also amplifies Persona 5's unique graphic style.

With everything that makes a great game all wrapped up in Persona 5, we have decided that it's RPGFan's Game of the Year.

Read our review of Persona 5

2017 Game of the Year Runner-Up: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2017 Game of the Year: Runner-Up

The Legend of Zelda has always been a consistently high-achieving series, but even amongst its pedigree peers, it's not an understatement to call Breath of the Wild outstanding. No other Zelda game has shaken up the series' formula like this entry: forget your elemental temples and your linear quests, because you're dropped into a world map with barely any clothes on your back and nothing to defend yourself with. It's an adventure about survival and perseverance. Breath of the Wild's Hyrule is remarkable to look at, and searching every nook and cranny is a joy. Never has a video game felt as free and rewarding as this one, and it'll be a long time before anyone can replicate the magnificence of it. Breath of the Wild is, quite possibly, the best Zelda game ever, and one hell of a launch title for the Switch.

Read our review of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

2017 Game of the Year: Readers' Choice

Persona 5

NieR: Automata

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Most of your Game of the Year votes went to the top three titles here, and the votes were so close (3 votes apart), that for once, we're listing the top 3 winners. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was the next in line, but was a distant fourth, hardly able to take away votes from these three. It's really not a massive surprise that Persona 5 won out in so many categories this year, but it's nice to see the long wait for the fifth game was worth it. NieR: Automata's quality will hopefully also spur Square Enix to continue with the games, since we are not exactly opposed to more. All told, 2017 had so many great games, but these are the three you may want to start with if you missed any of them.

And Finally...
Game of the Year 2017