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Letters from the Front

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That’s right, friends. It’s time again for the Game of the Year, the worst game awards this side of the internet, that additionally, nobody really cares about. That’s okay, because they’re my awards, which makes them the best awards this side of the internet.

I figured to do something different this year and do different categories for each game, usually reserving Game of the Year for December 28th, 2017. 2017 was a year that saw big publishers like EA come out of the shadows and don’t care about the implications of heavy microtranscations and pay to win mechanics rise to the forefront in Triple A games like Star Wars: Battlefront II. A year that saw many companies, including Microsoft being criticized at almost every turn for one of the weakest gaming lineups in history plus a year that gave us as many disappointments both in gaming and IRL, but also gave us as many hopes. Microsoft released the Xbox One X to great acclaim and it has been a resounding success.

Alas without further ado, let’s get right into it.

Best Action Game: Wolfenstein II

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I talk about Wolfenstein II alot, way too much for my own good. Nothing else that was dropped this year that I enjoyed more than Wolfenstein II. The dark, funny narrative, the atmosphere of the game, the wonderful environments of German-occupied America, the characters. This game is what made 2017 for me.

The action sequences were out of this world, the weapons like the UberGeweher absolutely melted my socks off as I killed Nazis left and right. If you haven’t taken a look at my review if you’re interested or play the demo that’s out now.

Best Multiplayer (Co-Op and MP) Game: Cuphead

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Cuphead gets an award for best Multiplayer game, I haven’t beaten it yet but I went back to it with a friend of mine and the game is so much better with a friend, hard as shit but it’s so rewarding.

Cuphead’s art style is inspired by the early cartoons of the 1930’s like Steamboat Willy to a Japanese Propaganda cartoon of 1936 as World War II began to loom. Cuphead takes the cartoon themes of the mid 20th century and dials them up with a big band and jazz soundtrack, featuring bosses like a Carrot to a evil moon face. Cuphead is definitely one of the best MP games of this year.

Best Expansion: Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass

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While Battlefield 1’s second DLC took us to the Eastern Front, They Shall Not Pass which is the first DLC for Battlefield 1 opted for more action on the Western Front with grand, bombast maps like Verdun and Soissons.

They Shall Not Pass is dedicated to the heroic French army who defended Verdun and defended their homeland from the German onslaught. They Shall Not Pass is one of the best expansion packs to a game I’ve ever played, it was grand, bombast, filled with new content like Verdun, Fort de Vaux, and Soissons.  Good job, DICE.

Best Open World Game: Assassin’s Creed: Origins

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Assassin’s Creed: Origins is a great game, I’m currently going through it so stay tuned for my First Impressions.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins represents a monumental effort from Ubisoft to breathe fresh air into the already aging franchise that first saw life in 2007, and with Origins, Ubisoft succeeded. Origins doubles down on the RPG mechanics, taking the franchise in a new direction.

Set in Ancient Egypt during the time of Cleopatra, Origins tells the story of the Brotherhood and how it all began. The world Ubisoft presented is unprecedented, giving us the first look of what life would’ve been like in one of the world’s greatest civilizations. Giant pyramids, infested tombs, and bustling cities like Alexandria are represented with some great artwork all brought to life in stunning 4K resolution.

Best Setting: Prey

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Prey is a game that’s largely overlooked by gamers and press earlier this year. Prey was an re-imagining of Human Head Studio’s game from 2006 which blended FPS combat with sci-fi storytelling. Prey is now, in the hands of Bethesda and Arkane Studios, follows some similar themes, but is largely a completely new game, set in a new universe.

Prey isn’t a run and gun shooter, it follows similar gameplay to that of Dishonored and Thief with a heavy emphasis on environments. The environments are absolutely beautiful, taking on a similar approach to BioShock and Dishonored, the environment is basically Rapture or Dunwall in space. It’s breath-taking.

I never beat it but I will one of these days, if anyone is interested I imply you pick it up and go through it. It’s boring at times, but this game is one of the best games to come out of 2017.

Best Story: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

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Under Bethesda and Machine Games, Wolfenstein revolves around a harrowing and disturbing alternate reality in where the Germans won World War II, plunging the world into a dystopia run by the Nazis.

The New Order deconstructed the idea of the violent shooter, it had a surprisingly well-developed story and well-developed characters, which was just the icing on the cake. On top of that, the game layered heavy questions and ideas on some of the finest FPS combat I’ve seen in a videogame from this generation. Wolfenstein II adds on to that, edging out every shooter that came out this year for it’s complexity, unwavering deception of the Third Reich.

Taking place in an occupied America, BJ and his pals must fight to survive as the Third Reich begins to tighten it’s grip on America. Enlisting the aid of other Resistance movements, BJ takes the fight to the Nazis and to their leadership in a story that grips you.

Game of the Year 2017

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Stay tuned for Game of the Year 2017 edition coming December 28th.

Those were all the big winners from my first Best of Awards, I would love to hear what were your favorite games of 2017 and either I should expand categories next year. Congrats to all the winners in this unofficial GOTY award ceremony.

 

 

 

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