From action to narrative to family-friendly adventure, 2017 delivered a bumper crop of truly superb games. In fact, with such an abundance of excellent titles on offer, the discerning fan’s biggest challenge is making sure no worthwhile experiences are missed! Fortunately, Episode 38 of Vertical Slice is here to help. We’re pointing the way to some of the year’s hidden gems: under-appreciated games that we played and loved this year, and think you’ll love, too. Along the way we’re also touching on environmental storytelling, nostalgia and its perils, and the narrow path to impactful indie releases.
- Chris authored an excellent, thoughtful review of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’s game and monetization systems on Gamasutra.
- Destiny 2’s first DLC has arrived, and fans are decidedly unimpressed with its underwhelming story, limited mechanics, and eyebrow-raising lockout of content that was previously included in the vanilla game. Bungie has issued an apology and reversed course on the lockout, but fan disappointment remains palpable. Skill Up has a well-articulated commentary on the issues from the standpoint of a hardcore player (video contains some language).
- Prey official site
- Horizon Zero Dawn official site
- Halo Wars 2 official site
- The 2017 Game Awards have crowned some of the year’s most noteworthy titles, including game of the year The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Other award winners and frequent nominees this year included Cuphead, Persona 5, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and Horizon: Zero Dawn.
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