Ten Top Video Games of 2017
Whether race cars and sports or first-person shooter; strategy or massively multiplayer and 3D, 2017 has something to offer every gamer. If you're intent upon immersing yourself in life simulation role-playing or obliterating the universe, 2017 has games suited to every level of play, from casual dabbler to hard-core addict.
No matter if your console or platform of choice is Play Station, Xbox, Android or iOS device, the sophistication and artistry of these game designs and storylines is breathtaking.
Take a look at 10 of the best games of the year—which, laments Forbes magazine's "Top Video Games of 2017" writer Erik Kain—constituted making some very tough decisions in a year full of extraordinary candidates. You'll find the gaming panorama includes everything from new gaming systems and sequels with new environments and challenges to conquer, to brand new entries and a franchise that dominated this years list of amazing entries.
Why it's on the list: One of the Nintendo Switch's first releases, Arms is a boxing game that uses both button and motion controls. Fighters have boxing gloves and long, spring arms and duke it out in a ring. Although it may seem novel, it is exactly the sort of quirky little game that Nintendo would come up with.
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk
Why it's on the list: Based on the popular and violent manga this game serves as a spin-off of to the also popular Dynasty Warriors franchise. This Japanese video game is one of the many other most anticipated games coming out of Japan this year. If you loved Dynasty Warriors, then you will love Berserk and the Band of the Hawk.
Call of Cthulhu
Why it's on the list: If you are into Gothic, Lovecraftian mystery and psychological horror games, then this game from Cyanide Studios may be the right choice for you. Although there is no telling whether Call of Cthulhu will be great or mediocre, the one thing that is certain is the awesomeness that is the trailer for the game.
Dark Souls III: The Ringed City
Why it's on the list: The final DLC for the Dark Souls franchise takes the player to the Ringed City, at the end of the Age of Fire, at the edge of the world. The chilling trailer only adds more to the hype around this franchise.
Divinity: Original Sin 2
Why it's on the list: The follow-up to the original Divinity: Original Sin which was one of the most clever role-playing games to come out in years. Divinity: Original Sin 2 looks to expand on everything that made the original so great with better graphics, a bigger world, and more choices. No one would blame you for fangirling this game.
Dragon Quest Heroes II
Why it's on the list: Fresh off the heels of the amazing Dragon Quest Builders, Dragon Quest Heroes 2 is a "hack-and-slash, field-roaming action RPG that sends players on a new adventure to restore order in a once peaceful world filled with hordes of monsters and battles of epic proportions." The more cartoony, less-serious style is a nice contrast to something like Final Fantasy.
Dynasty Warriors 9
Why it's on the list: Dynasty Warriors 9 promises to be the biggest, best-looking in the long-running epic action franchise. With a fully open-world Dynasty Warriors game finally here, you will be sure to enjoy every minute of play time.
Fire Emblem Echoes
Why it's on the list: A "re-imagining" of the second Fire Emblem game, Fire Emblem Gaiden, Echoes comes to the 3DS surprisingly soon after the launch of Fire Emblem Fates in 2016. But the more Fire Emblem the better. The game looks to diverge from the modern entries in the series, with some dungeon-crawling and no marriage mechanic.
Fire Emblem Heroes
Why it's on the list: This is the first Fire Emblem mobile game and the second major mobile release from Nintendo not including Pokemon GO. The free-to-play game is coming to both Android and iOS, and is basically a scaled-down version of a regular, core Fire Emblem title. Fire Emblem anywhere you go will surely be something for franchise fans to enjoy.
Fire Emblem Warriors
Why it's on the list: This Dynasty Warriors spinoff follows in the footsteps of Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U by taking the Fire Emblem universe and the cast of characters and inserting it into the massive-scale action combat of the Warriors series. It should be good fun with the tactical goodness of a core Fire Emblem game.
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