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.
Wolfenstein: The New Order was my pick for Game of the Year in 2014. It did things other shooters weren’t doing by telling a meaningful, heartfelt story amid a violent and righteous rebellion against the Nazi Reich overtaking of the United States. Machine Games didn’t exactly play it safe before, but now after the success of The New Order, are able to take risks with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus in excellent and fantastic ways. “A colossus is a person or thing of enormous size, importance, or ability.” In this, I’d say the game can be summed up as such. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is important, bold, and emphatic with its refusal to let hate be all there is in the world.