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So 2017 has been a busy year for me. I wrote a dissertation, graduated and got a day job. This led me to think that I hadn’t played that many games this year. But upon further thought, I had played more than I remembered I did; it’s just that some of the games just fell to the back of my brain. So with this list, I’m going to discuss which ones really stuck out to me during this hectic year and warranted being remembered by my tired, tired brain. Here are my top games of 2017 (In no particular order).
I have very fond memories of Sonic. Some of my first video games ever were Sonic games, specifically Sonic and Knuckles which I played on some weird proprietary software running on Adobe Shockwave along with the Sonic Advance games. So when I saw the announcement of Sonic Mania last year, I was extremely excited. But then a little hesitant because this is the company who made Sonic ’06. However, as more and more was revealed I saw that his truly was a labour of love made with the utmost respect for the franchise’s roots. Thankfully, these hopes were paid off with a game that lives up to the hype, but with a few road bumps on the journey.
So as I was capturing images for my Splatoon 2 review, I noticed that a couple of the miiverse-esque posts in the game were about trans positivity and trans inclusiveness. The more I looked, the more I found and I started wondering why? Why was there so much wonderful trans positivity in a game that, on the surface, does not immediately seem like a space for trans people due to its lack of acknowledgement of queerness, let alone transness, and the fact that it comes from the traditionally conservative Nintendo?
Splatoon 2 doesn’t feel like much of a sequel. It honestly feels like an expansion pack or big update, something akin to the amount of content Overwatch has received since the year that has passed since its launch. However, the majority of its merits (and some of its issues) do come from the fact that it’s on the Nintendo Switch. So is Splatoon 2 as fresh as a new catch straight from the ocean? Quite likely, but it does seem a bit fishy.