The Best PC Games of 2017

As we rapidly head towards the end of 2017 Reza of ProFanBoy lists the 10 best pc games 2017 had to offer.

The year 2017 was a renaissance in many ways for certain genres of PC gaming.

The list compiling the greatest from all genres was indeed a difficult one to make, but we think the following truly represents the best 2017 had to offer for PC gamers.

In this post you will get:

  • A list of the top PC games released in 2017
  • Quick highlights for each game
  • Three related games

Here are the top 10 PC games for 2017:

10. The Sexy Brutale

Puzzle adventure games are an old PC genre that don’t get enough love in the gaming press. But the explosion of the indie scene has changed all of that, and definitely for the better.

The Sexy Brutale is an adventure puzzle game that puts players inside of a mansion trapped within a time loop during which the inhabitants of the mansion are systematically killed off one by one unless you prevent their deaths.

In a mix of the film Groundhog Day and Nintendo 64 console classic The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, the game deftly weaves narrative and gameplay mechanics for a thoroughly unique experience.

You’re probably going to like this game if you also like:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  • Maniac Mansion
  • Escape the Loop

 

9. Thimbleweed Park

Another distinctly PC gaming genre, the point-and-click adventure is a time-honored niche that many early PC CD-ROM gamers will remember all too well.

Thimbleweed Park comes from legendary game developers Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick and is the spiritual successor to cult classic Maniac Mansion.

If you have not had a chance to play the PC classic Maniac Mansion, you should do so at your nearest opportunity – it is a game truly worth experiencing for its story and groundbreaking gameplay.

The game is played in a third-person perspective with scene unfolding on the screen, just like in Maniac Mansion.

The player has an inventory as well as a list of verb commands they can employ. The verb commands are reminiscent of even earlier PC text-based RPG classics like Zork.

These games developed a lot of the conventions used later in graphics-based point-and-click adventures, foremost among them being the verb plus item command structure so integral to the gameplay of many games in this genre.

The plot is simultaneously a throwback but topical and engaging on multiple levels. If you enjoy well-executed plots in a retro-gaming environment, you can’t do better than Thimbleweed Park.

You’re probably going to like this game if you also like:

  • Return to Zork
  • The Secret of Monkey Island
  • Maniac Mansion

 

8. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Bethesda’s action-adventure first-person shooter continuation of the classic Wolfenstein series has something both for fans and newcomers alike, and that’s intense, breathless action and a quirky storyline that simultaneously treads between seriousness and absurdity without bogging the player down in the absolute violence and mayhem surrounding each scenario.

While playing the prior entry isn’t requisite to enjoy this one, it might help prepare you for the story’s many interesting twists and turns.

If you’re looking for intense gunplay, you’ve found it. Really this game should be close to the top of every gamer’s list for PC shooters in 2017.

You’re probably going to like this game if you also like:

  • DOOM
  • Call of Duty series
  • Dishonored

 

7. Hollow Knight

If you are not familiar with the Metroidvania moniker then Hollow Knight is a good introduction to that sub-genre of action adventure gaming.

A portmanteau of console-based classic Metroid and Castlevania, a Metroidvania game is a sprawling adventure set within a world filled with enemies that grant loot such as items or even skills such as magic.

Reverse these tropes for a science fiction setting or what have you and you have a nearly endless combination of gameplay elements that could be present in any one game.

The mixture of RPG, action, and exploration makes for a potent combination, and none the better than Hollow Knight.

What makes Hollow Knight stand out among others of its ilk is its beautiful, somewhat surreal, graphical style.

The graphics even lend themselves towards narrative revelation as the story is not so much directly relayed to the player as it is divulged through the exploration of the game’s world.

You’re probably going to like this game if you also like:

  • Axiom Verge
  • Cave Story
  • Sundered

 

6. Destiny 2

What more can be said about this game that has not already gone forth in a better way? It’s an experience, to be sure, and it’s an amazing one to be less than exact, but there’s a little something that holds it back from the top five.

The controversies surrounding loot boxes aside, Destiny 2 is in every way an excellent follow-up to Destiny and is a must-play for fans of first-person shooters.

This game packs a punch and never quite lets up from there. Combining RPG and fps elements is not a groundbreaking concept, but it’s rarely done as well as it is here.

Destiny 2 is that game you don’t know you’ve waited for and you know you’re going to need to own.

You’re probably going to like this game if you also like:

  • Call of Duty series
  • Borderlands
  • Halo series

 

5. Total War: WARHAMMER II

Creative Assembly’s take on the real-time strategy genre is a masterpiece in itself, but the addition of the vast Warhammer universe is a welcome veneer underneath which is one of the best games on PC for 2017.

Part of the Total War series, this entry puts players in the world of Warhammer II and spans four continents and will include four of the series races in a campaign mode that is narrative-driven, a marked change from prior entries, but underpinned with solid gameplay.

Fans of strategy and Warhammer alike will find hours of fun with this game.

You’re probably going to like this game if you also like:

  • Total War: Attila
  • Total War: Napoleon
  • Civilization VI

 

4. Cuphead

A run-and-gun indie sensation, Cuphead came out this year to the delight (and unending frustration) of many, introducing legions of gamers to a shoot ‘em up style of gaming not seen in generations, all under the guise of painstakingly-recreated 1930’s US cartoon-style artwork.

Gamers are one of the titular cupheads and must wind their way through the game’s world defeating bosses and collecting on a debt for the Devil.

Noted for its tight gameplay and high-quality production, Cuphead is a reminder of the power of concept and execution over massive budgets and endless iteration.

While there is little doubt there will be a Cuphead 2, this is the kind of game the industry needs more of in its roster.

You’re probably going to like this game if you also like:

  • Super Meat Boy
  • Metal Slug X
  • Space Asteroid Shooter

 

3. Night in the Woods

A single-player adventure game with a heavy story focus and exploration elements, Night in the Woods is not the horror you would expect but is a kind of horror game in a certain respect.

Exploring the town of Possum Springs, Night in the Woods puts the player in the middle of a small town’s decline and a mystery surrounding its closed mine, a mystery that is dark and involves one of the player character’s friends from the past.

If you’re looking for something a little different, this game is right up your alley as it combines elements from multiple genres in a wonderful way.

You’re probably going to like this game if you also like:

  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • The Painscreek Killings
  • Oxenfree

 

2. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Released as an expansion pack for XCOM 2, War of the Chosen is a continuation of the turn-based tactics game with changes to the campaign’s structure as well as the addition of new enemies for the player to confront, new hero characters, behaviors, and modifiers.

Basically everything that made the game amazing is amped up while the few tweaks here and there introduced by the expansion pack are quality of life upgrades.

The game even introduces two new alien factions – the Chosen and the Lost – who add something different to the heretofore black-and-white factionalism of aliens versus mankind.

The Lost in particular are interesting as they are deranged human-alien zombie hybrids. Strategy games like XCOM 2 don’t come around often, and quality expansion packs that build upon and improve the core game are even rarer.

You’re probably going to like this game if you also like:

  • Wasteland 2
  • Xenonauts
  • Fallout Tactics

 

1. Divinity: Original Sin II

Considered by critics to not only be one of the best games of 2017 but also one of the best games of all time, role-playing game Divinity: Original Sin II builds upon its classic predecessor’s greatness and becomes great in its own respect.

Rich graphically and sonically, the game’s story accompanies these two for a tour-de-force experience in action and narrative.

There is no one element that overshadows the others with Divinity: Original Sin II but instead a sense of completion permeates the whole product.

In a generation of constant improvement, iteration, and DLC, Divinity: Original Sin II’s sheer power as a whole product, unblemished in any way, catapults it to the top of this list and likely on into the pantheon of greatest games of all time.

In RPG’s you often take what you are given, but Divinity: Original Sin II is that rare opportunity to enjoy what was created.

You’re probably going to like this game if you also like:

  • Icewind Dale
  • Divinity: Original Sin
  • Baldur’s Gate

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*This post was written and submitted by Reza of profanboy.com

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