If my massive backlog of videogames is any measure, 2017 was alright. A bit too alright. With Nintendo back on form, there was barely a reprieve from awesome releases. In a way, this was a tragedy: some of the most well-regarded releases of the year, sat on my grubby list of shame. Here’s hoping for a shit 2018, then. In the meantime, here’s 10 games I did play, all of which were good enough to justify typing out some words of enthusiasm. Yay, enthusiasm!
Art doesn’t have to be beautiful – it just has to touch you inside.
Billed as an authentic driving simulation, Project Cars 2 delivers detail and content by the truckload. Trouble is, I really need more help to unload it all.
Meteorologically speaking, these are quieter times in Arcadia Bay. And yet, the social drama in this prequel is no less tempestuous.
Role-playing games are supposed to offer a role to play.
These little toys from Futurlab want to leave a big impression.
It might have dragons in it, but this co-operative platform shooter needs a little more fire in its belly.
More than most, Outlast 2 understands that the best horror games operate as a disempowerment fantasy.
Fond memories overshadowed by modern sensibilities: Yooka-Laylee becomes the dream killer.
In more than name, this 3D puzzle adventure engenders an imperfect yet sublime poetry.