As is becoming an annual tradition here at Push Square Towers, we’ve corralled our core group of staff writers and prodded them until they’ve told us what their favourite five games of the year are. With such a strong assortment to select from, added force was required in some instances. We threatened Victor with the ban hammer before he gave us this list.
Fifth Pick: Dragon Quest Heroes II
So, not having played the first Dragon Quest Heroes game, I wasn't quite sure what to think of this one. I heard good things about the first and being a fan of the DQ series, I decided to check it out. I wasn't disappointed either. I enjoyed every aspect of the game, from the colourful graphics, to the music and the character designs. Add in a great story and the online multiplayer and it's easy to see why this is my fifth pick.
Fourth Pick: The Disney Afternoon Collection
Yes, this one is pure nostalgia, but for a kid who grew up in the 80s/90s with a NES, how can this not be on my list? These games are some of my favourites on the NES, especially Ducktales, but finding a cartridge can be expensive. When I heard that Ducktales along with my other favorite Disney Capcom NES games were in one conveniently priced collection, I had to get it. The addition of extras like boss rush mode and the rewind feature, I was a kid all over again. This release is probably the biggest surprise of 2017 for me.
Third Pick: Tekken 7
As some of you may know, the Tekken series is my fighter of choice. But with it falling a bit flat the last few instalments, I was sceptical about this one. However after playing it this has become one of the top three of my favourite Tekkens. It just feels good. This Tekken's play style feels similar to Tekken 3, which is my favorite Tekken. The new characters are great and I especially loved how they tied up the Mishima Family saga, which I won't lie surprised the heck out of me. The King of Iron Fist is back.
Second Pick: Call of Duty: WWII
After years of rocket jumping and wall-running shenanigans it was refreshing to see CoD got back to its basics of boots on the ground gameplay. The fact that its a World War II setting just makes it better to me. I enjoyed the campaign a lot, more so then the previous years and multiplayer is a lot of fun. For me this is the best CoD since Black Ops 2. While I won't be playing this game constantly, I will be playing it a lot this year and next.
First Pick: MLB The Show 17
So this one comes out of left field (sorry, I had to). I am normally not a sports game fan and I have never played The Show before, but I was yearning for a baseball game; maybe it was because my Cubbies were the champs in 2016. I decided on a whim to get this game as the last baseball game I enjoyed was back on SNES and I will be honest, Retro Mode piqued my interest for this game so I got it for that. What surprised me was the amount of options this game has and how customisable this game is, to make as sim or arcade as you want. Mix in great graphics that make you feel you are at a live game and The Road to the Show mode and I was hooked. The amount of time I spent on this game, there was no clearer choice for my top pick of 2017.
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