Outside of gaming, 2017 will be be a year to remember – or one you want to forget. It’s personally been one of my best years, as I’ve started a new day job, bought a house, and feel like a proper-ass adult for the first time a long time. But we’re here about games, and what a wild ride and great year for games 2017 was. This has been the hardest list to assemble for the 2,017th year in a row, because not only did I play so many games, but there were a lot to like and even love – 2018 has a lot to live up to.
SteamWorld Dig was a breakout hit for developer Image & Form. Since then, they’ve expanded their games into other genres, but people have been asking for a sequel. Praised for its enjoyable gameplay loop, but dinged that it felt a tad short, SteamWorld Dig was such a hit. SteamWorld Dig 2 addresses that latter concern and keeps the former and even improves upon it. The result is a more lively, dangerous, and intriguing place to dig.