XXX7: The Best Year in Gaming

The best years in gaming end in 7.

As 2017 draws to a close, two manifestations have converged to make me realize this.

One, there has been consensus across the industry lauding 2017 as one of (if not the) best years in the short history of video games, and I must agree. Nintendo released the Switch, the most radical system upgrade the industry has seen since the Wii, alongside a handful of critically acclaimed games; PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds caught the world by storm and earned near-universal praise, maturing the battle royale genre, and reinvented multiplayer which had staled since the rise of the MOBA a few years back; the game release calendar was filled with standout new IPs such as Horizon Zero Dawn and Cuphead, alongside refreshing entries in established franchises like Assassin’s Creed: Origins, the Prey reboot, NieR: Automata, and more. In such an excellent year, it’s impossible to provide an exhaustive list of all the amazing releases. Continue reading “XXX7: The Best Year in Gaming”