Games I Wish I Played in 2017


As I mentioned in Part 1 of my 25 Games of the Year blog post, there was plenty of games that I couldn't put in this year's 25 simply because I didn't get to play them yet. My original plan was to include the list in Part 3 (Top 5 Games) but decided to branch off and make a post separately because these games probably deserve it! I certainly plan on playing these games eventually, but it felt like an injustice to not mention them in the Top 25, just because I wasn't able to play them (or at least in length). There's obviously even more games too, alas, I am only one man.


Golf Story

Not every game on this list is a multi million dollar GOTY contender, in fact Golf Story is quite the opposite. Golf Story is the debut indie title from a tiny studio called "Sidebar Games", and is best described as a "golfing RPG". Thanks to Enrique I've had a chance to get a few hours in to the game, and I genuinely enjoyed the game for what it was, and I'm certainly not alone. The game earned itself a nomination for "best debut indie title" at this year's TGAs, and while they didn't take home the prize, the nomination is a pretty fantastic way to debut as a studio. I'm considering picking up a Switch someday, and if I do Golf Story will be one of the first games I grab, but in the meantime I'll just keep stealing Enrique's!


Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a game that I tried to pretend I wasn't ecstatic for because, once again, I'm lacking a Nintendo Switch. However, once again, Enrique is MVP let me borrow his and I got about 5 hours in. I think Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has the potential to break my Top 10 of 2017, but I wasn't able to get more time into it. I absolutely LOVED the early parts of the game, and ironically enough I think it really sets you up to keep you interested and invested in the mysterious world it masterfully creates right out of the gate. I really hope to get back to this one relatively soon, it really has captured my interest.


Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku!

Back in 2010 my PSP came with me everywhere I went, and one of the games that was always loaded up was a game called "Cladun: This is an RPG". Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku! is a sequel to the very unique and niche title, but with a heavy feudal Japan theme. I guess the series is best compared to old-school Zelda, but it does plenty to stand out as it's own game, like pixel perfect customization and pretty brutal difficulty. I'm happy to say I own the game, but unfortunately I haven't even opened it just yet, but I'm looking forward to it.


God Wars: Future Past


I promise this list isn't ALL RPGs, but here's another one. Grid based tactical RPGs are a huge weakness of mine, and honestly that's pretty much all I know about this game - It's a tactical RPG developed by the studio behind Natural Doctrine. This wild card is also siting completely unopened on the shelf of shame, but I have a feeling when I get to it I'll really enjoy it; it looks like the kind of game I get pretty into.


Prey

Hey look, it's not an RPG! I actually rented Prey on day one, and only played for a few hours. Despite only getting a few hours in I found the narrative interesting and the gameplay solid, but it unfortunately got drowned out by the billion other games of 2017. I just bought Prey recebtly and that's solely due to Dictator, and his Top 5 Games of 2017 post. After reading the post I decided Prey should move way up on my list of priorities, and I look forward to delving in.


Super Mario Odyssey

*sigh* We have Super Mario Odyssey right in the shop, and it's very rare a day passes where it doesn't see some play. Players of all ages have rolled through the shop to tackle what many media outlets are calling "the best Mario game since 64", and they all have one thing in common - they freakin' love it. At this point I feel like it's my responsibility as a fan of video games in general to just put in the time and hang around the shop and play it, but I just haven't gotten to yet. A lot of people joke that Nintendo fought against themselves for GOTY, with Odyssey being the runner up to BOTW. It absolutely looks like something special.


Nioh

This one really stings. There isn't a single doubt in my mind that Nioh is a game that would be very high up in my Top 25, but it sits on the Shelf of Shame unopened. However, I have experienced Nioh here and there - I participated in every single beta that Team Ninja released, I've watched good friends play and caught a few streams. One of my good friends makes a very specific point to tease me whenever the game gets mentioned, and he's certainly right, I really REALLY need to play Nioh soon. I know I'm going to love it.


Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV

What the hell is wrong with me!? I still haven't been able to play Monster of the Deep. It haunts me so. It's just a matter of time until I sit down, buy the game and play it in copious amounts at LAN Mob since I don't own my own PSVR. GOTY?

That pretty much covers it, but of course there are a TON more games of 2017, and I'm sure I'\d love a lot of them. To anyone following the end of year series up to now, thanks so much for reading and I really look forward to revealing my Top 5 Games of 2017 next time. Are there any games you think I may have missed that you'd recommend? By all means let me know! I'm all about inflating my backlog even more. I'm so good at it.
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