Best of 2017 – Day Five: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Over the next ten days, Hardcore Gamer will be revealing its Best of 2017 Awards leading up to our Game of the Year. Today we present you with the Best PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC Game.

NieR: Automata

As evidenced by the nominees this year, the PS4 already had a lineup that was beyond stellar before the first third of 2017 even ended. Trying to divide time between them all was a challenge, but the frenetic, robot-bashing world of NieR: Automata was the one we wanted to revisit the most. Providing the console with a unique gem that fit it perfectly, the vast lands filled with a lot to do and many secrets to hunt for made for one of the year’s best playgrounds, whether you’re battling atop a roller coaster with smooth combat or just running errands around a treetop village, talking to some colorful characters. In every area possible, NieR: Automata made for one of the console’s best games in general and the temptation to go back and hunt for every trophy is high indeed.

Runner-Ups
Persona 5 Horizon Zero Dawn Nioh Nex Machina

Cuphead

In what’s been another quiet year for Microsoft’s console on the first-party front, it’s no surprise that the smaller and independent releases snuck their way to the forefront this year and Studio MDHR’s debut outing grandly resonated as the best the Xbox One could offer for its dedicated fanbase. And for good reason as Cuphead just might be one of the more refreshing takes on the run-and-gun platformer. Thus, with each year passing by and only the smallest of details and teasing gameplay clips offered up, to say Xbox One owners were clambering from this console-exclusive title would be a massive understatement. But in the end, Microsoft may have secured one of this generation’s most engaging and impressive debut releases. In the absence of Master Chief and co, it’s Cuphead – and his pal Mugman – that rightfully ended up flying the Xbox One flag.

Runner-Ups
Halo Wars 2 Forza Motorsport 7 Tacoma Candleman

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Nintendo started out strong at the beginning of the year with the release of a brand new system and with it one of the most anticipated launch titles that had been in the works for a good few years. Breath of the Wild took Link into a brand new world where nothing is out of his reach. In a world filled to the brim with life, puzzles and danger around every corner, it was Link’s job to start his journey alone with just a voice watching over him in order to face the calamity that lie ahead in this wondrous world. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild stood up against one of the greatest new console release years Nintendo has had in quite some time, but made one of the biggest impacts to open world titles and is one of Link’s greatest adventures to date.

Runner-Ups
Splatoon 2 Super Mario Odyssey Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Golf Story

Divinity: Original Sin II

With the critical acclaim its predecessor received, saying that Divinity: Original Sin II had some high expectations to live up to is an understatement. Even with the bar set incredibly high, this title was able to surpass what would have been considered good enough. Divinity: Original Sin II features an opening act that is nearly thirty hours long that serves as a tutorial in a massive RPG where the player’s imagination is the limiting factor to how they approach the game. Players can fight powerful enemies by teleporting them to nastier creatures or kill any NPC they wish and still be able to successfully complete the campaign. A combination of great story and gameplay mechanics alongside the freedom to approach the story any way the player chooses either solo or with cooperative multiplayer makes Divinity: Original Sin II the best PC game of 2017.

Runner-Ups
What Remains of Edith Finch The Sexy Brutale Night in the Woods Hollow Knight

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