Best Games of 2017 – #15 to #1

Here it is, the 15 best games I beat in 2017. If you missed the first part, you can read it here: #35 to #16.

15 – Pocky & Rocky (SNES)

I keep thinking this game is that shitty Wiz ‘n Liz game. Twice, while working on this list, I’ve looked at the title and where I’ve ranked it and wondered “WTF is this doing here?!” But this isn’t Wiz ‘n Liz and it isn’t a shitty game. Wikipedia calls it a multidirectional scrolling shooter, but I barely noticed since I could play as a shrine maiden or a tanuki. With the graphics, setting, and music, it kinda feels like the shooter version of Legend of the Mystical Ninja.

14 – Tinhead (Genesis)

An amazing-looking average game.

13 – Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Master System)

I love the Wonder Boy games. For those of you who’ve only played Adventure Island and its sequels knowing it was basically just a reskinned version of Wonder Boy, and assume the Wonder Boy series followed the same path, you may be surprised to find out that on Sega’s consoles, Westone ditched the ridiculously difficult platforming and constantly depleting health bar (except for Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair, which is like the original Wonder Boy, but also kind of a shmup) and replaced it with action-adventure and some light RPG elements instead. Now, Wonder Boy in Monster Land is only the 2nd game in the series, so it’s the first to implement this stuff and it’s on the Master System, so it isn’t as refined as Wonder Boy in Monster World or Monster World IV, but it’s still fun and pretty. Also, you should play it. Then, you should play the rest of them. They’re a little on the easy side, but still enjoyable. They’re actually a pretty perfect introduction to action RPGs for children. Still fun for adults though.

12 – Just Cause 3 (PS4)

It wasn’t as fun as Just Cause 2, but, just like Just Cause 2, the story is bad, the characters are stereotypes, and the pure destructive fun and mayhem you can cause justifies playing it.

See what I did there?

I also liked having it glitch on me, like when my helicopter disappeared in mid-air, spitting me out, despite still making helicopter noises, which you can watch in the above clip.

11 – Lumo (PS4)

I’d never heard of the game, but it was free. I expected it to be crap and it wasn’t. It was rather fun and cute. It’s a puzzle platformer, in case the GIF doesn’t make it clear. It honestly is fun, which I’m fairly sure the GIF doesn’t properly convey.

10 – Sleeping Dogs (PS4)

It was one of my favourite games on the PS3, so I bought it again (on sale) for the PS4 (it also had all the DLC I’d never played on the PS3). It’s still great. Also, like Just Cause 3, the glitches are frequent and fun, as you can see in the above video.

9 – The Revenge of Shinobi (Genesis)

Everything about this game is done better in Shinobi III, but it’s still a good game. How many games have you played where you fight a boss in a what looks like a disco? Also, you get to fight Batman, Godzilla, and The Terminator, among others.

8 – Klonoa: The Door to Phantomile (PS1)

I’d hoped this game would be better than it was. It was decent, colourful, and sometimes fun. I can’t criticize it too much. Though I keep thinking it was a PS2 game, it’s actually a PS1 game, which makes it a 5th gen 3D platformer after all, and for anyone who’s played Spyro, Banjo-Kazooie, or Mario 64 recently, you’ll know they’ve all aged rather poorly. Keeping that in mind, it does deserve to be mentioned with those games. It’s certainly better than Donkey Kong 64.

Donkey Kong 64 was garbage.

7 – South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3)

More fun and less offensive than I expected. It was an okay little RPG. Really felt like I was playing a South Park episode. That is both positive and negative. It was good enough to make me want to play the new South Park game, but like this one, I won’t pay more than $20.

6 – Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2 (Genesis)

I don’t understand why this series isn’t more popular. The graphics and music are great. The levels and bosses are perfect. It’s fun, though difficult, but the reward for persistence and hard work is getting to play another wonderful level.

5 – Golden Sun (Game Boy Advance)

It made the cut for Game Overkill, so I wrote a full review for it, which you can read here.

4 – inFAMOUS Second Son (PS4)

I loved the first inFAMOUS gamesThe 2nd was good too. This one probably ranks in between. Loved the setting and the characters. The new powers were fun to use. The story was solid as well. Just an all-around good game.

3 – Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (Game Boy Advance)

Not as good as Symphony of the Night or even Aria of Sorrow. Still beautiful and tonnes of fun.

2 – Rayman Legends (PS4)

I got this game for my oldest son. It was $10 and I thought he might enjoy it. I got it last May and he’s still playing it. He won’t stop. He wants to unlock all the levels, free all the Teensies, get all the trophies. His little brother is loving it too. I was pleased, a little surprised, but pleased.

But then I started playing it, and it was kinda fun, and then really fun, and then really, really fun. The platforming is just soooooo perfect. The music levels are incredibly well done. The bosses are great. The music is great. Everything in this game is perfect. Rayman Legends is the best 2D Mario game released in decades. The level in the above clip is quite possibly the greatest level ever created for a 2D platforming game, maybe even the greatest in any game period.

1 – Persona 5 (PS4)

Here it is. The best game I beat in 2017, and for the first time, it’s a game that was released the same year I beat it. It’s likely the first time I’ve beaten a game the year it was released in decades. It is also the first game I ever preordered. This is a testament to how much I loved Persona 4, which is in my top 5 favourite games of all time. Persona 5 might fall just short of Persona 4, but I still absolutely loved it.

Because @averagejosh asked: pizza.

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Atsinganoi started gaming in the early 80s on an Atari 2600 and still thinks they're kinda neat. You can find him on Twitter if you want, just don't call him a frog.


  1. I’m glad this list evened out. I was starting to wonder if you liked any of the games you played in 2017 after your first post. Solid mix of retro and modern. Curious as to how you chose to play the retro games. Randomizer? Or did you seek them out on purpose? A few of them seem completely random. lol

    • For the retro stuff, over the years, I’ve ask on Twitter things like “What are good GBA games?” or “Gimme some more obscure, but still good NES game!” I usually use them as a kind of palate cleanser after modern games, lengthy RPGs, or games I played and reviewed for Game Overkill. Sometimes though, like Tinhead, it’s simply a matter of a title catching my eye while going through the list of games in an emulator. Most of the time, they end up being really awful shmups, but sometimes I’m greeted by a nice surprise.

  2. Lumo was designed as a homage to the classic isometric games on the ZX Spectrum. I keep meaning to pick it up on Steam.

    • I’ve never played a ZX Spectrum game, but Lumo was definitely worth a few dollars. I wouldn’t pay $20 for it, but it is definitely worth playing.

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