2017: The Games We Loved

December 15, 2017|Rodrigue Duperron

2017 - The games we loved.

Hey everyone,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year up here in MTL Canada: we’re up to our knees in snow, much-deserved eggnog-fueled respite is just around the corner, and in the rear-view mirror is one of the best years in gaming in recent memory!

As tradition goes, we share a list at the end of each year of the games that were special to the individual members of team TLG. And though we don’t set out looking to reach a consensus among our varying tastes, you’ll see that we have a few definite team favorites on the list this year!

Do please read on! (And we’d love to hear about your own 2017 games of the year on Facebook and Twitter!)


Games We Loved In 2017

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

“Amazing art direction executed perfectly. Also it’s a great remake made with a lot of respect and love for the original.”
– Alex B., Animation Director

“Wonder Boy III was probably my favorite Master System game back in the day, and I can’t think of a more loving and perfect remake than Lizardcube’s version.”
– Rodrigue, Marketing and Communications Specialist

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
Lizardcube (Developer), DotEmu (Publisher)
Switch | PS4 USA | PS4 Europe | Xbox One | Steam


Night in the Woods

Night in the Woods

“Refreshing style in both art and storytelling. Characters that feel real and grounded. A extraordinary slice of ordinary life game.”
– Jo, Art Director

Night in the Woods
Infinite Fall (Developer), Finji (Publisher)
PS4 USA | PS4 Europe | Steam | Itch.io


Fortnite

Fortnite

“Another Battle Royale (i know), but they manage to have their own style, the game is just great.”
– Jonathan, Programmer

Fortnite
Epic Games, People Can Fly (Developer), Epic Games(Publisher)
PC | PS4 USA | PS4 Europe | Xbox One


West of Loathing

West of Loathing

“Includes some of the most consistently funny writing this year, in any medium. And it’s a solid RPG to boot!”
– Rodrigue

West of Loathing
Asymmetric (Developer and Publisher)
Steam


Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey

“Platforming turned into pure joy.”
– Alex M, Chief Technical Officer

“Could this game be any more adorable?”
– Rodrigue

Super Mario Odyssey
Nintendo (Developer and Publisher)
Switch


Terraforming Mars

Terraforming Mars

“Because with gameplay so good, stock photos actually become a plus. Not sure it actually came out this year though.” [Note: a 2016 release]
– Ian, Level Designer

Terraforming Mars
Jacob Fryxelius (Designer), FryxGames (Publisher)
Amazon



Cuphead

Cuphead

“‘Cause it’s amazing. The art is sublime, the music is amazing, the gameplay is on point, it’s hard but satisfying, overall just a fantastic experience.”
– Mederic, Quality Assurance Tester

“Amazing art direction executed perfectly.”
– Alex B

“A titanesque undertaking of a game. As both a 2D animator and indie dev, Cuphead leaves me speechless.”
– Marie-Christine, 2D Artist

Cuphead
StudioMDHR Entertainment (Developer and Publisher)
Steam | Xbox One


Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight

“One of the best representations of a modern day metroidvania. So much content and game time for a low price.”
– Mederic

“Great mood, great art, great music. Best value of the year.”
– Alex M

“Wonderful world, great mechanics, amazing production value.”
– Nicolas, Creative Director

Hollow Knight
Team Cherry (Developer and Publisher)
Steam | GOG


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

“A gorgeous, welcome new take on the Zelda franchise, a world that feels rich and well constructed, interesting characters and solid gameplay.”
– Jo

“Nostalgia, game design bliss, open world done right… Just so many wonderful things to do and encounter.”
– Nicolas

“The kind of gaming experience that pleasantly haunts your mind while you’re not playing. Perfect.”
– Rodrigue

“Joyful, immersive and filled to the brim with small gameplay moments that made me feel like a kid again. A delight all the way through.”
– Marie-Christine

“A masterful exploration experience.”
– Will, President

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nintendo (Developer and Publisher)
Switch


That’s all she wrote, folks! Thanks for reading – we’d love to hear about your 2017 favorites on Facebook and Twitter too!

– Rodrigue and the Thunder Lotus Team

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