Game of the Year 2017 – NieR: Automata
There were many strong contenders for my Game of the Year. I ruled out Bayonetta 2, despite it being my top scoring game, because I prefer to give this award to a title actually released this year. So that left Breath of the Wild, NieR: Automata, Endless Space 2 and Total War: Warhammer 2 all competing for victory.
It really came down to either Breath of the Wild or NieR, and after much consideration, NieR takes the prize. NieR started and ended strongly, whereas I felt Breath of the Wild fell a little flat at the end. I also had no end of technical problems with NieR but I just had to keep playing – a strong testament to just how good it is. (Full Review)
Most Disappointing Game of 2017 – Battlefront 2
Battlefront 2 was the AAA title I was most looking forward to in 2017. And that means a lot, because I don’t typically get very excited about online shooters these days. They said all the right things – a single player campaign, more content than Battlefront at release, space battles, a new class system and no Season Pass.
I had my doubts, of course. I suspected EA would find some way to f**k it up. But I didn’t expect them to f**k it up quite so spectacularly. But even without the loot box / progression controversy, what I played in the beta left me less than impressed. The beta map was poorly designed, and from what I’ve seen of the game via videos and streams, the other maps aren’t any better – nor is the single player campaign, which looks disappointingly short and dull, not to mention unfinished.