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2017 in gaming Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch 2017

List of games played in 2017

  • Splatoon 2
  • Mario + Rabbids
  • Zelda – Breath of the wild
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Mario Galaxy
  • Golf Story

 

Picked up the Switch halfway around the year, when Splatoon 2 was released. That game is a lot of fun, sort of a casual shooter you can always pick up and play for an hour. It has a nice feel of progression with new weapons and gear. And it’s getting regular big updates.

The game of the year on the Switch for me though was Mario Rabbids. I streamed quite a bit of it on Twitch and posted some highlights on my youtube channel. It’s a very interesting take on turn based combat Xcom style, with Mario characters and environment. I just found the final fight a little frustrating. One mistake and you have to do the whole thing over again. Also replayability isn’t very high, once you’ve seen the whole thing you’ve seen enough, at least for me. In any case, it’s well worth picking up this title if you care for  this type of tactical gameplay.

I guess we all know Mario Kart. The Switch version isn’t that much different, but it works wonderfully and it’s still great fun to play. Enough has been said about the much acclaimed Mario Galaxy. Overall a great fun game, even if you’re like me and usually don’t play these type of games. You can go as far as 100% it or just try to complete the game and the story.

Golf Story is a fun little game you can get off the Nintendo Game Store. It’s a little hard to explain but it’s an RPGish type story inside a golf game.

Last but certainly not least is of course Breath of the Wild. Picked by many as GOTY of 2017. And rightly so, its vast, lots to do and explore. Only drawback is the idiotic weapon degradation. I usually try to mod these things out, I don’t think they add anything to gameplay. Of course you can’t do that here unfortunately.  I played this on the WiiU and only got this last month for the Switch. The switch version is a little crisper and smoother. The WiiU struggled a bit with some scenes. Gameplay is the same though.

And that’s it, the list for 2017. All in all an excellent for the Switch, it’s a pretty awesome console, a great combo with the PC since there is so little overlap in games.

2017 in gaming PS4

This blogpost has been long in the making and seen a few revisions ever since I was planning to do this. Even though most of the revisions were just in my head. I now decided to split the articles by consoles / PC. It’s more a games I played in 2017 type of list, than a GOTY 2017 one. And yes I know it’s almost febuary 2018 when I post this :p.

Anyway, 2017 was an amazing year for gaming. If you just look at the list of titles on Metacritic it’s quite impressive. Let’s kick off with the consoles, here’s my ps4 list of 2017 games I played  :

PS4

  • Nier : Automation
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Everybody’s Golf
  • Sports games, NHL 18, MLB the show 17
  • Grand Turismo Sports

Didn’t quite finish Nier, wasn’t really my thing in the end. Still need to play Horizon Zero Dawn, it’s high up on my TO DO list ! I only did the starting area and quite loved it. I have seen a few play throughs on Twitch though, so I know a bit about the rest of the game. Very impressive graphics. There is also DLC out now, that I might get if I ever get close to finishing the game ;). I still play a round of golf every now and then in Everybody’s golf. It’s surprisingly fun.

 

 

MLB the show remains one the of the best sports franchises in gaming. Wonderful graphics, presentation and great options to play one guy going through the leagues in his career, or manage a team, play online or whatever you fancy. Whether it’s worth it to keep buying the new installment every year is up to you. I dont think it hurts to skip a version every other year or so. NHL 18 wasn’t that much different from last year’s. I played the show more this year, whereas in 2016, it was the other way around.

Grand Turismo Sports was an odd release. Online racing only at first. Apparently that didn’t appeal to a whole lot of people because less than 2 months after release, the price was drastically reduced. I did pick up then, at 29,99 I believe. The driving is fine, and there is a single player mode (of sorts) now added. I prefer this one over Forza 7, which is a little too arcady for my taste.

The big game from 2017 missing from the list is of course persona 5. I played it for a few evenings, then when I heard how long it was, got very discouraged and haven’t touched it since :). I really dont have the time or patience to complete a 100hrs (or longer) game. 

That’s it the list for PS4 for 2017. Next will be the Nintendo Smash. Not sure what I am going to do with PC games, probably split them up in genres or something, or make a long article ? We’ll see !