As 2017 comes to a close, I thought why not look back at some great things that happened for the gaming world. This year we witnessed the launch of the Xbox One X and Nintendo Switch, one named the “most powerful console” and the other said to be able to stand alongside the Xbox and PlayStation. We also saw the release of some fantastic new titles like Horizon: Zero Dawn, and the reinvention of long-time favourites like Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However, I am narrowing down to 5 games I’ve not added any titles which were re-released and remastered, since they aren’t actually new entries. if they were good (or bad) then, they must be the same now with pumped up graphics. Here are the games in no particular order: Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Huzzah! Rejoice! A better Star Wars game! Can’t say I was entirely onboard when this game was announced, but I have not stopped playing since the release… This time, it seems no shortcuts were taken, and no details spared. Learning from its predecessor’s mistakes (come on, we all know SWBF 1 was a flop), an all-new campaign was introduced in Star Wars Battlefront II. Set between episodes VI and VII, the story follows Iden Versio, commander of the Inferno Squad. It was somewhat refreshing to play someone from the Imperial forces instead of the Rebel Alliance and seeing things from their perspective; it is not every day you get to play as a “hero” from “the dark side.” The multiplayer mode for the game is what’s got me hooked. The different multiplayer modes, more polished all around, and with more characters to play (outside the standard four classes) made it enjoyable. It also helps you never start at the same map everytime you join a game. An additional plus was that the pay to play feature was taken away, making it fair for everyone, thumbs up to that. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus In this Nazi-occupied America, we follow BJ Blazkowicz, aka “Terror-Billy”, member of the Resistance and humanity’s last hope for liberty to spark the second American Revolution in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Don’t be fooled by his meat-headed, guns blazing, one-man-army appearance; the man’s got some depth and a troubled past. I liked the game not just because of a rich cast and more than plenty enemies to kill populated the game, who by the way gave very rewarding death scenes, but because of the excellent balance between the sickening dose of virulent racism and abuse, to good old witty humour. Not forgetting our main baddie, General Engel, one of the best villains in-game, the kind that makes you hate. Resident Evil 7 Pretty generic searches for missing love and ends up running into the batshit insane, you know the drill. In Resident Evil 7, you search for your missing wife, Mia, as Ethan Winters, your average classic everyday guy. Though it has an all-around generic storyline, I received many nightmares because of this game; this survival horror sure did do its job. I do not remember the Resident Evil games to be that scary; but Biohazard seems to have ramped up that tension with an immersive first-person view, photorealistic graphical style and heart-stopping jumpscares. Just when you think you are safe, someone pops up and tries to kill you. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Link wakes up after a 100-year slumber into an open world Hyrule, full of living creatures and hidden populations. The game felt like a Zelda way of Skyrim; you get to hunt pigs and wolves, go fishing, hoard items to sell, or just explore the vast world to uncover its secrets. I have not completed the game, but from what I have played so far of this hugely anticipated Switch title, this game is not only a reinvention of one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises, it also opens up expectations of open worlds and redefines constraints of traditional play. I can also say it does feel like the real world, from the food (health purposes etc.) to the impact of bad weather. Horizon Zero Dawn The PlayStation exclusive, Horizon Zero Dawn, came out early in the year. This open-world action RPG developed by Guerrilla Games follows Aloy, a spirited character who got outcasted from her tribe since birth through a world where humankind has regressed in search for answers and acceptance. Aside from the compelling story, the graphics were second to none! Not only were the sceneries well made, but the “wildlife”, the buildings and even the outfits were also pretty cool too. The lush greenery, the sun-kissed desert or the snow-covered trees and mountains – it honestly blew me away. While there were many other great titles that were released this year like Shadow of War, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Cuphead and more, these were the ones that caught my attention the most. Now onward to 2018 and new games!!