Braulio’s Top 10 Games of 2017

2017 is practically over and it’s possibly the best year in gaming in my book. Tons of games released and the majority of those games were huge successes. 2017 is unanimously Nintendo’s year and you’ll see that through my top 10 of the year. Spoilers, Super Mario Odyssey does not make the cut, sorry. 

Honorable Mentions: Steamworld Dig 2, Specter of Torment, Mighty Gunvolt Burst

10. Cuphead: I didn’t get the chance to play much of Cuphead because I don’t own a Xbox One, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying my time with the title on my friend’s Xbox. What seems like a spiritual successor to Gunstar Heroes, Cuphead  manages to bring back the hard as nails cooperative action-platformer back to modern day consoles. Cuphead is a system seller in my book and I plan on buying my Xbox soon just for this game. 

9. Fire Emblem Warriors: I have never been a fan of the Musou titles and I was plesantly surprised how much I adored Fire Emblem Warriors for the Nintendo Switch. Big battles fused with the tactical strategy from classic Fire Emblem titles seems to be a match made in heaven for those of us who like action games and strategy games. A nonsensical story that didn’t matter much didn’t hault what was the funnest game of the year for me. Beating up thousands of enemies on the battlefield always felt oddly satisfying. 

8. Splatoon 2: New campaign? Check. New weapons? Check. New fresh gear? Super check. Splatoon 2 is the perfect sequel to the Wii U’s instant classic. Endless turf battles will give you tons of hours to play with your Switch online. The only downside is Nintendo’s dumb voice chat app not allowing for a seemless means of communication between players. 

7. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus: Nazis are the worst. MachineGames are on a roll with their Wofenstein games and I hope the inevitable third game tops The New Colossus.  Over-the-top action sequences and beautifully made cut-scenes littered this awesome FPS. 

6. The End is Nigh: I praised the living hell out of this game in my review and rightfully so as it’s an indie masterpiece just like its sister game Super Meat Boy. The End is Nigh is easily in my top 3 indie games of all time due to how perfect the platforming feels. Switch was definitely the console to look at for indies this year and this should be the front runner of indie game of the year. 

5. Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Nintendo’s final bang for 2017 was a success! A giant world with tons to do and lots to uncover seems to be Nintendo’s M.O. this year. A great story and addicting combat made the Switch the console of choice for JRPG fans. Also, if you’re a Noppon hater you are more than free to get off my list….”MEH!”

4. Metroid: Samus Returns: 2D Metroid, do I need to say more? 

3. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia: Fire Emblem Gaiden is finally out in America! Long time fans of the series have wanted to experience what is considered the hardest game in the series for ages. What we got was a perfect modern day representation of that NES classic for our 3DS handhelds.

2. Sonic Mania: SEGA managed to make a wise decision by letting Christian Whitehead take the reigns of the blue blurr. Sonic Mania feels like it was made during a bygone era of video games. It feels and sounds just like my childhood, but better. Tons of stages and bosses are litered in what is the best platformer of the year. For those of us that have followed the series for years we get to appreciate the return of the iconic hedgehog, sadly his run was haulted by the terrible Sonic Forces, but we can totally forget that ever happened in 2017. 

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Nintendo managed to reinvent the popular franchise so well that it isn’t just my favorite game of the year, it might be my favorite game of all time. Everywhere you look there is something to do. Wether, it is a Korok seed to unearth, a side quest to find, or even a shrine to uncover there is always something to do in Breath of the Wild. Every minute of this game (I played 130 hours) felt like I was doing something to further my adventure. This is the biggest and best adventure I’ve taken in my expansive history of playing video games for nearly three decades and rightly so. 

Braulio Ortiz

Founder and creator of Cynosure Gaming. Has roughly 24 years of gaming experience and began gaming on the NES. After playing countless hours of Ninja Gaiden and The Legend of Zelda a new hobby was born. Since then I've owned every major console and handheld and have beaten nearly every game that is relevant to the industry. Now I continue my passion through this website and see no end to this awesome world of entertainment. PSN & NID: happydude633

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