Tis the Christmas season (or Advent to be theologically accurate), and in the spirit of the season, the lovely blogger over at Later Levels has decided to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas a few days earlier with 12 gaming related questions for all of us good, little gaming elves out there. These are my responses.
🎉 01 January 2018: You wake up the following morning, hungover but happy – you have an entire day of gaming ahead of you. You start thinking back over the video games you played during 2017; what was your game of the year?
Ah you’re making me post this before I even have a chance to do my Top 10 list! This is a bit of a complicated question for me since I both play and watch games, so have to consider both for the Game of the Year. I wish I’d played the Game of the Year (Breath of the Wild) before it was announced, but since I trust my friends, I believe it was a laud well earned. I wish I’d played more of Assassin’s Creed: Origins before this question too, so I could factor it into my assessment.
Played: Super Mario Odyssey
As if there could be any doubt. This is the best game I’ve played all year by a wide margin. It’s just so much fun and so forgiving for a 3D platforming noob like me (though I am having some trouble defeating the Lord of Lightning o.O), making it a game anyone can play and enjoy. From the long time gamers to the newest generation of players, SMO’s ubiquity, ease of access, and just all around fun easily earns it the coveted title of TSN’s favorite played game.
This is the reason I need that Top 10 or at least Top 5 list. I watched so many wonderful games this year, and in all honesty there are games that either are tied or are so close to SOMA, but what really puts this title over the edge is how much and for how long it fucked me up. I studied psychology in college, so the subject is near and dear to my heart (brain?), and the main question SOMA asks, “What is consciousness?” is not so much answered as explored to its darkest depths. This is not a game I could ever play since I spent much of the Let’s Play covering my face, because I hate chase scenes, but those aren’t really what make SOMA scary; it’s the horror behind the monsters that’s the most disturbing of all.
What’s your game of the year? Did you have to categorize them? Have you made a Top # list? Are you planning to? Let’s talk about our 2017 gaming favorites in the comments!