The stars had to have aligned at some point this year. I mean, seriously, we got additions to the Zelda, Persona, Xeno, Tales, Trails, Danganronpa, NieR, and Ys series in 2017! Did every developer call each other and just decide to release everything this year? This year was fantastic, and I really can't wait for 2018. I am not going to give a numbered list — just don't think it's fair with all these amazing games. Instead, I am giving my own awards to some of the best games this year.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was a delight, not only because it had a fantastic combat system and gameplay, but also because the character Nia has the most amazing Welsh accent that would make any man swoon hard. She was just an absolute delight in an already amazing game, and I hope to hear more of Catrin-Mai Huw in future games. It just goes to reinforce my belief that games need more voiceovers with accents from around the world.
Yo Aloy, I'm really happy for you, and I am going to let you finish, but Velvet Crowe is one of the best RPG heroines of all time! No, seriously, did anyone play Tales of Berseria this year but me? Velvet Crowe was one of the best written main characters in an RPG in ages. And to add to it, Cristina Valenzuela put on a voiceover performance for the ages (which at times blew me away) with the intensity she put into the character. If we had an award for best voice actress and she didn't win, I would have jumped off a cliff. Best Tales game in a long, long time.
I always told myself I would play the Trails in the Sky series eventually, and I just kept putting it off for years. This year was the release of Trails in the Sky the 3rd, and seeing as how it concluded a part of the series, I thought it was as good a time as any to jump into it. And wow, what was I thinking the last few years? Why did I wait so long to play these games? I almost wanted to kick myself for not playing them earlier. Needless to say, I played all three games in the Sky series, and then both Cold Steel games, in a little over a month. Love this series now!
Danganronpa V3 was the most meta game ever. Everyone can hate on that ending all you want, but damn does it stick it to the current state of gaming in general. Loved it!
Breath of the Wild was such a stark departure from the Zelda formula (that I ended up loving to death) that I was legit worried how the game was going to play. Now that I have played it, I can never see myself playing a new Zelda game that isn't open world. So much to do, so much to see, sometimes it feels like a never-ending adventure. So much fun.
I mean, come on, Persona 5 is maybe one of the best RPGs of all time. It's not perfect, and you can nitpick at a few things in it, but man is it a fantastic game. Even after 100 hours, it makes you wish it kept on going. I can't remember the last time I played a JRPG that made me sad that it was over. I truly thought those days were long gone, but Persona 5 just rolls in and gives me that feeling again. That is the quintessential factor that I use to judge top-notch games.
There were so many good games this year. Enjoy them and savor it; it doesn't happen very often. Take your time.