Our Favorite Video Game Music From 2017

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Our Favorite Video Game Music From 2017

2017 was a year popping with fantastic soundtracks, from beginning to end. Here are our editors' favorite soundtracks to blare.

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Leo VaderStreets of Rogue
Streets of Rogue has an absolute banger of a soundtrack, which in a roguelike does a lot to make replaying it exciting. Every friend of mine who tried this game out, whether they enjoyed it or not, individually mentioned how damn good the music is. "Slum Scrum" from the third level of the game is my personal favorite track.

Replay – BioShock

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Replay – BioShock

Beneath the surface of the ocean, at a depth where not even the faintest trace of the sun’s mighty light can be seen, the cold, obdurate blackness holds the future of mankind. It’s here that the underwater metropolis known as Rapture was built with the dream of the top brass of science congregating to build a better tomorrow. As the experiments and theories began to take shape, science defeated common sense, and something went wrong. Something went terribly wrong. As your bathysphere descends toward this revered paradise, you are hit with the sinking fear that mankind may have gone too far. It’s not until you step foot in the ruins of this city that you realize just how real this fear is.

This is the intro paragraph to my BioShock review. I was blown away by this game, giving it a rating of 10 out of 10, and showering it with hyperbole along the lines of calling it "ingenious, enthralling, and a masterpiece of the most epic proportions." BioShock originally released on August 21, 2007, and has recently come back for its 10th anniversary on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Would you kindly click the play button below to see why I call it one of video games' most important titles? Seriously, click the damn button.

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The Top Tabletop Games Of 2017

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The Top Tabletop Games Of 2017

The tabletop gaming world has seen a year of innovation and design excellence, with dozens of stellar projects to discover. It’s challenging to narrow down to just a few standouts; this year’s selections attempt to target the most innovative, artistically rich, and elegantly designed games that rolled out to players over the last 12 months.  

Many of the best releases of 2017 boasted intricate “legacy” elements, allowing groups to carry over storytelling and add new game elements from one session to the next. Other projects had abstract, single-session strategy designs that felt inventive and surprising. Still others managed to capture the spirit of existing fictional universes, and translate them into stunning game concepts. 

Flip through the pages of the article to see some of the best the tabletop scene had to offer in 2017. The first half of the article includes dedicated board, card, and miniature-driven games, listed alphabetically. The second half of the article focuses on some of the most intriguing tabletop role-playing products of the year. Enjoy!

Question Of The Month: What Was Your Favorite Game Of 2017?

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Question Of The Month: What Was Your Favorite Game Of 2017?

The end of 2017 is upon us, which means most of us are busy arguing about our favorite games of the year. While you can expect a full rundown of G.I.'s 2017 picks and genre awards in January, you're under no obligation to wait for us. Now is your chance to declare your game of the year.

If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that gamers had some marvelous GOTY contenders to choose from this year. Sure, some highly anticipated games like Mass Effect: Andromeda and Battlefront II left players disappointed, but there were plenty of hits to make up for them. Nintendo led the pack this year with not just The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but also the phenomenally fun Super Mario Odyssey. Sony had a few blockbuster exclusives of its own to flout, including Horizon Zero Dawn and Persona 5, which I'm pretty sure goes on forever. And while Microsoft doesn't chase down exclusives like it once did, Cuphead and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds are certainly feathers in the caps of Xbox One owners.

So what was your favorite game of 2017? Share your pick in the comments below, and take a minute to outline what you loved about the game!

Opinion – Keep The Remasters And Remakes Coming

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Opinion – Keep The Remasters And Remakes Coming

When people talk about the year in gaming, they’re usually referring to the quality of all the new releases. I enjoyed playing plenty of amazing new titles in 2017, but it was also a banner year for replaying my favorites from the past. With the wide selection of remakes and remasters, I am sure I set a new personal record this year for Most Hours Spent Playing Old Games. But looking ahead, I hope game companies continue to mine their back catalogues and help me break my record again next year.

I understand the resentment some gamers feel toward remastered titles. From a certain cynical perspective, it looks like the death of creativity; instead of focusing on innovation, companies are repackaging old content in an effort to milk fans for easy money. However, I don’t see things that way.

First of all, the outstanding array of new titles in 2017 puts to rest any argument that rereleases are preventing game developers from exploring new frontiers; remaking an old Metroid title didn't stop Nintendo from breaking new ground with Mario, Zelda, and more. Second, selling remasters and remakes to fans who want them is not some insidious corporate mind-control technique – it’s a win-win situation. I get a reason to replay games I love, and the companies that produce them get my money.

Kobolds and Catacombs Isn’t Just A Great Hearthstone Expansion, It’s A Great New Game

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Kobolds and Catacombs Isn’t Just A Great Hearthstone Expansion, It’s A Great New Game

Blizzard’s Hearthstone tends to delight and amaze fans with new mechanics and features with each expansion that drops for the digital CCG, offering lots of new cards to play with and an ever-shifting metagame that sometimes gets bogged down with aggro-Shamans or Jade Druids. Outside of the obvious player-vs-player competition, the ladder climbing, and the tavern brawling, the single-player content has been solid – usually thinking exercises that demand you to craft a specific deck from your collection to take down a choreographed fight with certain mechanics or hazards to play around.

Kobolds and Catacombs has changed the adventure game completely, offering a completely different play experience that requires no collection at all – or even much experience in the art of Hearthstone (though it doesn’t hurt!). Kobolds and Catacombs offers up the best single-player content that the game has ever seen, and it does it at zero cost to anyone. Seriously, I would absolutely recommend coming to try it out even if you’re not interested in playing Hearthstone at all. Why?

The Most Badass Lines From Video Game Characters In 2017

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The Most Badass Lines From Video Game Characters In 2017

2017 knocked it out of the park with quality releases in every genre. From Nier: Automata to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Golf Story, there was oodles of entertainment to be had this year. The writing for a lot of these games was pretty stellar as well.

We consider ourselves experts when it comes to critiquing one-liners, both cheesy ones said by people walking away from explosions as well as killer ice-cold ones delivered with undertones of tragedy. If you enjoy those sorts of things, well, pump that shotgun and light up your smokes if you've got em. The following is a collection of the most badass quotes from characters in 2017. 

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Listen To Game Informer's Favorite Songs of 2017

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Listen To Game Informer's Favorite Songs of 2017

Whatever way you cut it, 2017 was an intense year. Whether we were experiencing joy, disgust, fear, surprise, excitement, or disappointment, Game Informer's editors and designers had a song for the moment. Now it's time to share those songs with you via our annual Spotify playlist!

With 26 contributors, the yearly compilation is quite eclectic. Expect many transitions into new genres as you meander through the long playlist.

Not all readers have as varied taste as we do, so here is some guidance for fans of particular music genres. For hip-hop lovers, our rhyme bank includes the likes of Kendrick Lamar (duh), Vince Staples, and SZA. If you're looking for a dance party, queue up Major Lazer, Camila Cabello, and DNCE.