The “10s” of 2017

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2017 has been a phenomenal year for games.

We’ve given out so many 8s and 9s in reviews this year as so many games have been a cut above the rest. As for 10/10s though? Well, we try to reserve those for the games that truly stand out as a phenomenal piece of work. This year, there’s been 10 of them.

Each 10/10 has been awarded by the reviewer to a game that’s truly wowed them in some way or another. Here’s a recap of those ten games, and the reasons we think they’re deserving of a perfect score.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Reviewed by Matt Eakins, 30th January

“Whether you play on PC or console, VR or not, just playResident Evil 7: Biohazard is a remarkable accomplishment and a truly triumphant return of a storied franchise. Masterfully executed on all fronts, this game will leave a lasting impression on you long after you’re done. Just please, do it justice. Play alone, with some headphones and really get into it. Trust me, it’s miles better that way. If you give it a chance, it’ll show you what horror games are capable of. It never fails to make you feel unsettled and it’ll creep you the hell out, but damn, it’s good. Capcom have restored Resident Evil to its former glory, and restored my faith in video games’ capacity to frighten me. Few scares in the game feel cheap, and I love that. It’s a petrifying whirlwind of paranoia; a masterclass of suspense; an awe inspiring triumph; a truly remarkable experience. Thank you, Capcom.”

Nioh

Reviewed by Richard Seagrave, 17th February

“In no uncertain terms, Nioh is something special. It’s one of those rare games that surpasses expectations, taking the best elements from a variety of genre-defining titles whilst sprinkling in a handful of its own ideas to create something that feels both familiar yet excitingly fresh. The fluid combat works in tandem with the game’s RPG elements to envelop you into its violent world; a world in which you’ll die time and time again yet always return for more; your pride hanging in the balance until you emerge triumphant. With Nioh, Team Ninja has graced Sony’s PlayStation 4 console with a title that should be considered essential, and demonstrated that they still very much have a finger on the (Ki) pulse.”

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Reviewed by Kim Snaith, 20th March

“Every moment spent with Breath of the Wild is pure joy. It’s the sheer delight of discovering something new: the first time you accidentally hit a cuccoo, or the first time you throw some ingredients into a cooking pot. It’s the incredible reward of reaching the top of that tower and seeing fresh, unexplored land laid out before you. It’s the feeling of exhilaration when you land a killing blow on a colossal Hinox or a brutal Lynel. It’s the sum of all those things; The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is yours to experience however you want. It’s a new generation of Zelda, and it’s a whole new breed of open world gaming. And it’s brilliant.”


Persona 5

Reviewed by Kyle Bradford, 21st April

“Persona 5 is good. It’s very, very good. It’s the sort of game that only comes around once every few years. It’s a game that is so unique in every aspect that it’d be impossible to mistake a single moment of it for anything else. It’s also a game about real life, despite the wacky hijinks you’ll often find yourself in. It’s about the moments you have with your friends, laughing around a hot pot as you make jokes only those there would understand. It’s within those moments that Persona 5 enters a league of its own, untouched by its contemporaries in every respect.”

What Remains of Edith Finch

Reviewed by Kim Snaith, 28th April

What Remains of Edith Finch is, quite simply, a stunning experience. It takes Gone Home and turns it up to eleven. While it’ll undoubtedly end up being labelled as a ‘walking simulator’, it takes that genre and throws it on its head, giving us an experience so rich, so deep with emotion and meaning, that you’ll probably not quite know what to do with yourself when the credits roll. It’s a story like no other; both very grounded in reality, yet at times other-worldly beyond imagination. It’s touching and thought-provoking; daring to explore dark subject matters rarely delved into by video games. It may only take a few short hours to complete, but every moment is so packed with significance that it hardly matters. It’s rare such a game makes me want to play again, but the moment I put down What Remains of Edith Finch, I wanted to start it back up again, just in case there was any part of the narrative I’d overlooked; any remaining mystery I’d somehow missed along the way. Do yourself a favour and add it to your collection. You won’t regret it.”

Pinstripe

Reviewed by Jamie Parry-Bruce, 21st July

Pinstripe does so much well but it’s in the delivery of Ted and Bo’s story; the little details that build and build, leading to a huge revelation when understanding finally dawns and then the coup de grace in Thomas Brush’s wonderfully well crafted epilogue – another fully playable ‘level’ that is both satisfying and somewhat ambiguous – rips out your heart and, if you’re anything like me, makes you sit dumbfounded in front of the computer, wondering how you’re going to do experience anything else after this.”

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Reviewed by Becca S., 24th August

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is unsurprisingly another fantastic game from Naughty Dog, a developer whose pedigree only seems to grow stronger with each title. My scepticism over the lack of Nathan Drake was quickly proved wrong, as Chloe and Nadine make fantastic protagonists and a refreshing change to the series.”


Related: GameSpew’s Top 10 Games of 2017


The Evil Within 2

Reviewed by Richard Seagrave, 16th October

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“2017 has been a great year for games, but for me, The Evil Within 2 has been one of the most pleasant surprises. It’s a fine example of how a sequel should be done; taking what worked and made the original such a memorable experience while building upon it and stripping out the fat. The Evil Within 2 is good old-fashioned survival horror with a little bit of an open-world bent, and it works beautifully. It’s tense, it’s scary, it’s exciting, it’s absorbing – it’s everything I hoped it would be and more. ”

Super Mario Odyssey

Reviewed by Aaron Potter, 1st November

Super Mario Odyssey’s unabashed sense of whimsy and charm is all too welcome in today’s modern video game climate. Whereas other titles feel the need to overbear you with endless things to do, people to kill and towers to climb, Mario’s latest globe-trotting adventure is all too happy to keep things simple — and in the most imaginative way possible. Super Mario Odyssey is the type of game that I’d probably have taken for granted as a kid, but as an adult, I’ll cherish it for decades.”

Assassins Creed Origins

Reviewed by Richard Seagrave, 8th November

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“With a stream of post-launch content bolstering what it is already an epic 50-hour-plus adventure, Assassin’s Creed Origins is one of the most engrossing and awe-inspiring experiences of the year, especially on Xbox One X where the visuals are pushed to the max. You can nit-pick all you like about the odd funny glitch here and there and some duff NPC dialogue, but Assassin’s Creed Origins is a near flawless open-world gaming experience. After a year’s absence, Assassin’s Creed is back and it has been reborn. And I’ll happily admit that I’ve got egg on my face, because it’s better than ever.”