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December 31, 2017 / Jett

My Game of the Year for 2017 is…


Game of the year is a weird award for an individual person to reward. Who am I, as one man, to make a bold declaration on which one of the thousands of video games is the best? Especially when I’ve probably played less than 20 of them this year?

The reality is, I can declare my own personal game of the year just like anyone else. How one comes to that conclusion is irrelevant. For me, it’s all about which game I played this year was the best and most impactful, with a tendency to weight the latter more heavily. In a year where I named Catherine my game of the year over Skyrim, I still believe I made the right call. I clamor for the day when a sequel to Catherine would arrive, though I’ve been largely over Skyrim since I completed it years ago.

Enough with the preamble. My 2017 game of the year is….

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

After many years of treading familiar territory, Breath of the Wild wasn’t just a revelation for the Zelda franchise, it shook the entire gaming world to its core. Its open-ended design truly gave players a sense that they could go anywhere and that anything could happen. From its progression system that let players take on as much or as little of the game as they wanted, to a dynamic physics system that allowed real-life logic to dictate almost every interaction in the game, to its massive world filled with so many different things to do, the level of immersion you get from playing this game is unprecedented.

I’ve visited Hyrule many times over, and this trip might have been the best of all. Breath of the Wild is by no means a perfect game, but it certainly is a masterful one that will be long remembered for its triumphs. Congratulations Nintendo, you’ve earned my game of the year!

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