Reader's Choice Best Of 2017 Awards

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Reader's Choice Best Of 2017 Awards

Every year, the Game Informer staff is locked into a conference room that seems to grow smaller with every passing hour. The task? Coming up with the best games of the preceding year, including the recipient of the coveted game of the year nod. Harsh words are unleashed, feelings are bruised, and only our corporeal forms shuffle from the process intact. But enough about us. In addition to our awards, we open up the process to our readers, letting them answer an online poll to determine what games were the standouts. Today, we’ve got all the results – and some of them may surprise you.

In keeping with tradition, we’re rolling through each category while providing a little context for each of the results. And per usual, don’t blame us if you find something that seems a little hinky. You voted for these things, after all. If you didn’t, perhaps you’ll join us again next year and make your voice heard. 

Game Informer's Best Of 2017 Awards

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Game Informer's Best Of 2017 Awards

2017 saw the release of so many great games that our yearly deliberations for choosing the best of them was a longer, more drawn-out fight between our editors than usual. From groundbreaking entries in long-running series to a slew of innovative newcomers, players of all kinds of games had something to love.

You can find our yearly list of the 50 best games of 2017 in the latest issue of Game Informer, but we've also doled out several other honors, including the best platform exclusives, the most exciting games to refine and move genres forward, and more. Check out the full list of winners, including Game Informer's Game of the Year award.

Best Sony Exclusive: Horizon Zero DawnForegoing a sequel to create a new franchise is always a risky bet, but it paid off for Guerrilla games, which made pivoting from first-person shooters to action-RPGs look easy. Horizon's world is not only gorgeous, but filled with lots of hunting, quests, and enemies to pursue. Aloy's story is also filled with both intriguing mysteries and plenty of spectacle, making it the best Sony exclusive in a competitive year.

Why You Should Skip Wolfenstein’s Comic Adaptation

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Why You Should Skip Wolfenstein’s Comic Adaptation

Wolfenstein Volume 1 is a comic collection centered on Wolfenstein II's new character: The Professor. The Professor is a sniper who throws out sassy remarks just as often as she's ejecting rounds from her rifle. She didn't get much screen time during Wolfenstein II so I was excited to read a story dedicated to building her character and expanding the world of MachineGames' take on Wolfenstein, a bleak universe rich with possibility. Unfortunately, Wolfenstein Volume 1 left me feeling disappointed by being a superfluous story rather than something that expands Wolfenstein in an interesting way.

At its core, the latest iteration of Wolfenstein is a fine balance between the zany, pulp sci-fi trappings of previous entries, with demons and Nazi robots running around, and brilliant character development, focusing on a cast of downtrodden people rising up to fight fascism. MachineGames' Wolfenstein is essentially equal parts character drama and high stakes action-adventure, with all of the weird, polarizing tone shifts that go along with it. It's not for everyone, but I adore the series. Unfortunately, Volume 1 leans heavily into the pulpy sci-fi ethos, introducing characters like Emile, a brilliant scientist and the only other member of the Da'at Yichud we've seen outside of Set Roth. Unfortunately, it also gives them story arcs with no development.

Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2017

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Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2017

Game Informer reviews tons of games every year, but only a select few are able to obtain special commendations reserved for the highest scoring titles. Games that earn an 8.5 or 8.75 obtain a Game Informer Silver award, while a score ranging from 9 to 9.5 earns that game a Game Informer Gold award. While most of the best games of the year fall into that range, the most elite titles ascend to the next level to earn a Game Informer Platinum award (9.75 or 10 score).

To help you keep track of the best of the best, we've compiled all of the top scoring games of 2017 here. Check out the games we've thought are the best of the year so far, and if you want to learn more, you can read the full review with a simple click-through.

For more of our favorite games from recent years, head to the links below.

The Top 100 RPGs Of All Time

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The Top 100 RPGs Of All Time

In the early days of gaming, identifying role-playing games was easy. The focus on story, exploration, and character progression was distinct from the platformers and action titles that dominated the industry. These qualities earned RPGs a reputation as the longest, most immersive, and most complex experiences available.
Over the years, the borders defining RPGs eroded. The genre’s core concepts incubated and evolved, while other types of games borrowed and applied the mechanics that made RPGs successful. That includes levelling up, upgrading abilities, equipping gear, forming relationships, fighting through dungeons, and more. Today, you can hardly find any release – from strategy games to side-scrollers – without a trace of the RPG genetic code.

This list is a celebration of the genre’s incredible impact; these are the best 100 games that exist at the intersection of narrative, combat, exploration, and progression. Each title strikes a unique balance among those elements, occasionally even pushing the boundaries of what we would traditionally call an RPG. Some of the entries have historical influence, some embody an entire era, and some are just really fun – but all of them have played major roles in shaping the identity of this entertaining and ever-expanding genre.

This feature originally appeared in issue 290 of Game Informer magazine.

The Sports Desk – AO Tennis Serves Up The Australian Open

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The Sports Desk – AO Tennis Serves Up The Australian Open

It's January, which means that The Australian Open has the distinction of starting off a new year of tennis with a Grand Slam bang. The tournament starts on January 10, and Melbourne, Australia developer Big Ant Studios (click for more on them) has the official video game license for the tournament. AO Tennis on PS4 and Xbox One is out on January 16th in Australia and New Zealand, and later in March in America and Europe.

Game Informer Australia editor David Milner recently got his hands on the game, and had some positive things to say about Big Ant's first tennis title.

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The Geek's Guide To Movies In 2018

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The Geek's Guide To Movies In 2018

As 2018 starts revving its engines, it's time to look forward to all the great entertainment we'll be receiving in the year to come. Of course, we'll have plenty to talk about in terms of upcoming games, but what about when you're not gaming? Thankfully, even if you want to just sit back, relax, and enjoy a movie that's relevant to your interests, Hollywood more than has you covered. We already saw the onslaught of nerdy films in 2017, and 2018 is shaping up to be chock full of comic book and nerd-culture movies as well. This list doesn't even include TV series, such as Jessica Jones season 2 or the return of The Walking Dead. Instead, this list is focusing solely on movies.

Check out the nerdy movies of 2018 below and join us in figuring out which ones are worth braving the crowds at your local theater.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure - January 26After four years, the popular Maze Runner series finally reaches its conclusion with Maze Runner: The Death Cure. The story follows Thomas and his group as they try to break into the Last City and best the most dangerous labyrinth yet.

Best Digital Card Games To Kick Off The New Year

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Best Digital Card Games To Kick Off The New Year

The digital card game space has a ton of options, and whether you like orcs or Pokémon, there's something out there for you. With so many choices, it can be tough to find a good fit. Here are my picks for digital trading card games you should check out as we head into 2018.

Hearthstone

The Kobolds and Catacombs expansion delivers, breathing lots of new life to Blizzard's classic. If you're not a daily player who's interested in climbing the ladder or participating in PVP, the single-player Dungeon Run content is amazing, free, and accessible to everyone - even if you don't have a collection to speak of. Even if you're not chasing dragons, summoning up legendary weapons, or becoming a Death Knight, Hearthstone continues to crush it on content offerings. If you are into the PVP, a wealth of new cards offer new play strategies and takes on old archetypes. So what are you waiting for? There are decks out there that aren't Jade Druid waiting to play you, I swear! While the Dungeon Run is well suited to the theme of Kobolds and Catacombs, it's something I hope to see lots more of in the future - maybe even 2018!

The Games Andrew Reiner Finished In 2017

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The Games Andrew Reiner Finished In 2017

I have a family. I have friends. I try to balance work and play. That said, seeing the credits roll in over 50 games in a year's time is a somewhat ridiculous feat. Many late nights were spent completing what I believed was the final mission or act in a game, only to realize I was nowhere close. I kept playing. I valued game time over sleep. That's a sacrifice I make every time. A foolish sacrifice all for the love of the game.

The number of games I finished line up with my efforts in the last couple of years, yet I feel like I didn't do a good enough job of seeing everything I needed to this year. I only logged 30 hours into Persona 5, saw only one ending in Nier: Automata, and didn't touch Yakuza 0. I usually don't miss the "big" or "noteworthy" games in a year, but I feel I didn't see three of them in 2017. I gave Nier and Persona 5 legitimate shots, but maybe didn't see them to the points where I would truly understand what makes them special. I enjoyed both immensely, but not enough to say I truly get them.

How Ubisoft Is Turning AC: Origins Into An Interactive Museum

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How Ubisoft Is Turning AC: Origins Into An Interactive Museum

Assassin’s Creed Origins features one of the most impressive historical settings we’ve ever seen in a game. Its rendition of Ptolemaic Egypt is expansive and filled with incredible places to explore. Of course, it’s also filled with dangers. Linger too long near the banks of the Nile and you’re likely to end up in a hippo’s belly. Temple guards may not eat you, but they can take a similarly aggressive approach to loiterers. Fortunately for all of you would-be explorers out there, an upcoming new mode will let you fully explore the world that Ubisoft Montreal built – and learn a lot about ancient Egypt – at your own leisure without having to worry about getting chomped on.

The Discovery Tour is a free addition to Origins that adds a new game option from the start menu. Players who select it can take part in a variety of historical tours, based on a variety of different aspects of life during the game’s historical setting. You can learn about the construction of the Great Pyramids, get the low-down on the Library of Alexandria, and get a better sense of what day-to-day life was like for an average citizen in the region via fully narrated presentations. We talked to Jean Guesdon, Assassin’s Creed Origins’ creative director, and historian Evelyne Ferron to learn more about this exciting new mode.