The year is nearly over, and you might finally have enough time to actually play some of the biggest games of 2017. Finally!
That, of course, begs the question: What to play? There were dozens of great games this year, and it’s hard to know where to start.
We’ve got your answers right here — these are the 10 best games of 2017, in order.
10. “South Park: The Fractured But Whole”
If you’re a “South Park” superfan, you probably already own “The Fractured But Whole.” If not, and you’re not sure, know that this is a game for you. Even if you hate role-playing games, you can turn the combat difficulty way down and just enjoy a very long South Park experience.
If you’re anything like me, a casual “South Park” fan at best who just wants to play a good game, “The Fractured But Whole” is also for you. It might not be one you have to rush out and grab today, but it’s one to keep in mind as the holiday season rages on.
Video games never look as good as “Cuphead.” It’s a ridiculously gorgeous game, and that’s because it’s all hand-drawn. Seriously! Just gawking at “Cuphead” is enough to impress. Playing it, however, is even better.
If you’re familiar with “bullet hell” games, you’ll be right at home with “Cuphead.” The gist is this: A bunch of different things are happening on screen at any one time, and you have to decide where to prioritize your actions. Perhaps it’s most important that you keep jumping from cloud to cloud, lest you fall to your death. Or perhaps it’s most important that you shoot that enemy in its stupid face.
The only constant in “Cuphead” play is change — you’re constantly deciding what to prioritize, and that can change from second to second. It’s a tremendously challenging, tremendously satisfying game with more style than most games.
8. “HQ Trivia”
On its face, “HQ Trivia” is a simple, multiple-choice trivia game. You watch a host as he/she rattles off question after question — if you get the answer right, you get to keep playing. Miss one, and you’re out.
What’s amazing about “HQ Trivia” is how that simple concept is implemented.
At two times every day, the game goes live through the app. This isn’t a pre-recorded segment, though — “HQ Trivia” is live every day. That means you and a couple hundred thousand of your closest friends are all competing live, together. And that’s led to some amazing stuff in real life, like groups of friends playing live together.
In 2016, “Pokémon Go” got people together in huge groups to hunt down pocket monsters. In 2017, “HQ Trivia” is that cultural phenomenon — using the modern smartphone in a way that no one else has before: to create an incredible game!