Top Games of 2017

John Byers, February 19, 2018

These are my top five games of 2017. 2017 was an excellent year for video games.

5. Bejeweled Classic

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Weirdly, one of my most played games is Bejeweled Classic on the iPhone, specifically Diamond Mine mode. The games go quick, but once you get to 200 meters deep, things get very intense. My record is about 1,400,000, which will be hard to top.

4. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX

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I played a lot of Zelda in 2017. I have always heard that Zelda: A Link to the Past was one of the best Zelda games of all time, if not one of the best games of all time. I decided to try it. It really was awesome, I can see why it is so hyped up. The 2D top-down gameplay really reminded me of my childhood gameboy Zelda game: Link's Awakening. I was always bad at it, and could never advance past the second dungeon. Now, with the help of guides on the web, I am progressing through the game, and I really like it. The vibe on Koholint Island is great, the world is big, but not too big, and the gameplay is great. The items are cool, and just exploring the island is fun. It is one of my favorite Zelda games now. The Ballad of the Wind Fish is one of the best Zelda songs too. Somebody made a very impressive version of Koholint Island in Minecraft. Check it out.

3. Battlefield 1

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Battlefield 1 was going strong all throughout 2017, and looks like it will be great in 2018 too. DICE keeps releasing good DLC. 2017 had new levels in France, Russia, Galicia, and Turkey. They release new guns too, but I don't play enough, or have enough skill to unlock them. The new operation in Russia during the Russian Revolution are my favorite. The towns and landscapes make you feel like you are really there. (Though I'm very glad I wasn't!). The new operation in Galicia is extremely difficult, with so many spots for snipers to hide. Still, it is fun. I am beyond psyched for the newest DLC- Battlefield 1: Apocalypse, because it features a map in Paaschendale, close to Ypres in Belgium, which I got to tour a few years ago.

2. Player Unknown's Battlegrounds

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A friend told me about PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS, and it sounded so awesome that I almost didn't believe him. How could someone make such a cool concept into a game? Dropping onto an island, scavenging weapons, and fighting to the last man? And with teams, first-person mode, vehicles, good graphics? Yes, Player Unknown's Battlegrounds is awesome. It is a great game to play with a few friends, and the game's quality gets better with each update. There are so many cool places to explore and guns to find. Each round is different, and fun in its own way. Matches don't last too long, and even if you die right away, you can hop into another quickly. It's a lot of fun.

1. Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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The other games on this list are great, but it almost doesn't feel right putting The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the same page as its in a totally different league. It is easily one of my favorite games of all time. I saw the footage at E3 and thought it looked mediocre, but bought it anyway as it was the last big Wii U release. I had a lazy Saturday morning and decided to give it a try. I thought I'd play it for a few minutes, get sick of it, and then let my brother play it because he still enjoys Zelda games. The next thing I knew, a few hours had passed, and I was loving the game. Normally, I hate any sort of tutorial or learn-to-play portion of a game. Breath of the Wild's tutorial barely feels like a tutorial at all. It lets you loose to explore a massive area, which turned out to be a training/tutorial area. It was so fun, I didn't mind at all. The E3 videos showing link exploring looked so empty and boring, but this game is anything but. Everywhere you go in the massive new world has something interesting to do or find. It is well-named, as you really are out in the wild. It is kind of lonely and spooky, the wind blows, Link gets cold, and there are few characters to talk to. But it is a great game.

From the beginning, you are free to go wherever and do whatever you want. There are icy mountains, dark forests, a huge desert, Death Mountain and Kakariko Village (of course), and a thousand other places to find. The best part about exploring, is climbing. I thought it would be lame, and an Assassin's Creed ripoff. But it is so fun seeing a mountain in the distance, and trying to figure out how to scale it. Once you get to the top, you can jump off and glide with a paraglider, the coolest item in the game. You can fly across vast distances. There are no load times when traveling either. This is a Nintendo masterpiece. I recommend it to everyone.