This year has been a strange one for games.
High anticipation has led to disappointment and unknown titles have led to pleasant surprises.
Either way, game developers are pushing for innovation with a drive to make new and original content and this refreshing take can only be a good thing. Here are our top five games of 2017.
Call of Duty: World War 2
After years of decreasing sales and general disappointment, Call of Duty has bounced back with its latest release taking players back in time to World War 2.
Removing all of the gadgets and the complex movements hasn’t taken anything away from the speed and fluidity of the multiplayer. The single player is also more down-to-earth than previous games.
Driven mainly by the characters, the campaign portrays a more authentic slice of realism that other titles have failed to achieve.
Simplifying the complex aspects of previous titles, World War 2’s purer gun-play is a reminder of why the shooter remains one of biggest game series in the world.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Taking a year out from making games was the best decision Ubisoft could have made.
The expansiveness, attention to detail and beauty of the latest Assassin’s Creed took gamers and even dedicated fans by surprise.
A refreshing new quest system alongside a more challenging combat system are just a couple of the many upgrades implemented into this all-new Egyptian experience.
The most immersive landscape to date for a Creed game leaves fans of the franchise wishing Ubisoft will take another year out for the next title, just so players can fully explore the entirety of this Egyptian landscape.
Super Mario Odyssey
With overwhelming review scores across the board, Super Mario Odyssey was an all-round winner of a game this year.
The plumber’s latest adventure sees him traveling to various locations to once again save Peach.
A rare example of recreating a simple narrative and improving upon it every time. This is definitely Mario’s biggest adventure yet and arguably his best.
A variety of refreshing kingdoms keeps players captivated, creating a need to unlock the next kingdom to discover what secrets and collectibles lie within.
Odyssey highlights the innovation being put into games this year, showing that games can be remade but remade in a good way. Something many remakes have failed to achieve.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
One of the biggest risks a series has taken, Breath of the Wild took a very different approach to other titles in the Zelda series.
Benefiting from the new Switch console, the beautifully crafted open world with its attention to detail could arguably by one of the greatest launch games for any console so far. Unlike modern releases fixated on linear pathways and guidance for progression, Breath of the Wild is based on exploration and freedom.
Despite the variety of gameplay and endless possibilities, the game remains highly rewarding in every sense no matter how you play it.
It’s this freedom and the unexpected greatness from the game that really makes it accessible to so many people and one that shines out amongst titles of recent years.
Driven by its FPS-RPG experience, Destiny 2 is a drastic improvement on the first game having been updated in almost every way.
Criticised for simplicity and a short story in the first title, this new instalment is deeper, richer and more immersive as players travel around various open-world areas wiping out enemies and gathering loot.
There is a real emphasis on co-operative gameplay during exploration and competitive matches.
This, alongside a friendlier character progression gives the game a great balance between teamwork and how that impacts individual progression.