MHG Roundtable – 2017 in Review

The MHG team looks back on the biggest gaming stories of 2017 and looks ahead to 2018. Read on to see what the team thinks about the past year.

What Was Your Biggest Surprise of 2017?

NateJohns – Assassin’s Creed Origins. The last few Assassin’s Creed games were not well received so I had fairly low expectations for Origins. I was blown away by how different Origins was. It managed to feel like an Assassin’s Creed game, but also feel like an evolution of the series. The setting also is great as I am a huge fan of the ancient world.

Draco Augustus – Nintendo’s Success.  The company had obviously stepped up their marketing game but I still wasn’t completely confident as I picked up my Switch day one.  As I played so many amazing games on it and heard the promise of many more, I realized that Nintendo was back in the game.

Mulehorn117 – PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds. An unreleased game preview that was up for a game of the year award was one of the biggest surprises of the year for me. Say what you may about any glitches or problems at launch, the game blew up overnight on consoles. Over 1 million players tried PUBG within a 48 hour period on Xbox Game Preview. The game developers for PUBG have already shown they are very fast at making updates so there is a promising future ahead for console players. The game released on December 12th and already had its first update on December 19th. The fun factor and the responsiveness of the developers for this highly anticipated console release is my big surprise of the year.

Alysen – Fortnite (Battle Royale). This game came out of nowhere for me. Fortnite seems to scale well for all skill levels and offers a fun and dynamic experience you can enjoy with friends. The battle royal mode is also free; I have only spent a few bucks on the cosmetic items. Great value and fantastic fun for both solo players and squads.

 

What Was Your Biggest Disappointment of 2017?

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NateJohns – Destiny 2. I was torn between Mass Effect Andromeda and Destiny 2 but ultimately went with Destiny 2. I was hyped for both of these games, but they fell flat to me. I enjoyed my time in Mass Effect, but other games pulled me away before even finishing the story. The MP also was underwhelming compared to Mass Effect 3. Destiny 2 had so much promise and expectations were astronomical. The game is good, but not great. With Destiny, I had the urge to log in most nights, but Destiny 2 just doesn’t have that pull.

Draco Augustus – Destiny 2.  I owe a lot of friendships and good times to the first Destiny, but as much of a fanboy I was, Destiny 2 just didn’t pull me back in the same way.  It’s not you, Destiny, it’s me.

Mulehorn117 – EA. Even though EA owns some of my favorite studios it was still the biggest disappointment for me this year. Take your pick. From loot boxes to killing Viserals future Star Wars game, or killing of the Mass Effect Andromeda franchise. Two game franchises I absolutely adore in Mass Effect and Star Wars were trampled on. As much as I love the studios that created these games I can’t ignore the debacles that EA had this year.

Alysen – Destiny 2. While I still have hope for the franchise, my social gaming dream game really died and left me totally bummed out. 2018 may bring big changes for Destiny 2 and I will keep my fingers crossed that this is a short-term disappointment.

Dirtybombz – Destiny 2 wasn’t necessarily disappointing, but it did not have the same pull to continue the adventure. Once my three characters were through the main story and around the same level I felt I didn’t know what to do. Not in a good way like  “what do I do now there’s so much” but more of “…well…what now?” overall I would have to give my biggest disappointment to the first DLC. Curse of Osiris. It was a good story addition but as soon as it was over that same feeling of “what now?” was more prevalent than it had been at release.

 

What Was Your 2017 Game of the Year?

NateJohns – Horizon Zero Dawn. This one came down to Assassin’s Creed Origins and Horizon Zero Dawn for me. Both games feel very similar to me, but I gave the nod to Horizon due to the unique setting and game world.

Draco Augustus – The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.  I know it’s a bit on the nose but of all the games I’ve played this year, this one has beckoned me the most, even after completing the main story I can’t help but get lost in the open wild, again and again, completing side quests and finding shrines.  Not to mention bountiful DLC bringing new ways to play.

Mulehorn117 – Horizon Zero Dawn. Being new to the PlayStation console, one of the first games I had heard so much about was Horizon Zero Dawn. It was one of the first games I picked up, along with the Uncharted series. The game did not disappoint. I have only gone as far as becoming a seeker, but the game has been fantastic so far. The scenery, the combat, and the story have me sucked in. I can see why it was up for a game of the year award.

Alysen – Although I haven’t had a chance to finish it I would go with Horizon Zero Dawn.

Dirtybombz –  Assassin’s Creed Origins. After hearing that Ubisoft was taking a year off to get the game to a better place, I was already intrigued. Watching the slow reveal of content until it’s release got me more excited for a game than I had been for some time. Once it released, I was blown away. Minus the few faults it had, it was an excellent addition to the series and I sincerely hope that Ubisoft continues the same formula that they have reintroduced the series with.

 

What Are You Most Excited for in 2018?

NateJohns – I am excited about two games: Red Dead Redemption 2 and Anthem. Both games look to be great and I can see myself putting a lot of time into both of them. I am also looking forward to seeing what Microsoft does in 2018. They have set themselves up well from an infrastructure perspective. As a new PS4 owner, I am also excited to play a good Major League Baseball game again (MLB: The Show 2018).

Draco Augustus – I am excited to see what  Microsoft and Nintendo have in store for 2018.  The One X is one heck of a piece of gaming machinery with a lot of potential, and Nintendo is keeping me on the hook with the announcements of Metroid Prime 4 and the first full-fledged Pokémon game on a home console.

Mulehorn117 – It has to be Anthem. Looter shooters are the new grind game, and Anthem has a lot of hype to live up to. The comparisons will abound with Destiny 2, The Division, Warframe, and other looter shooters. With a lot of questions about EA and their loot box fiasco, some are worried about the future of Anthem, but there is also a lot to be excited about. I hope we hear more about it in the coming year.

Alysen – Either Anthem or Soulcalibur VI. I loved Soulcalibur and have fond memories of exceedingly violent couch co-op games with my roommate in University. Anthem just looks neat and might be ‘the’ looter-shooter we are looking for.

Dirtybombz – Darksiders 3. The continuation of the take of the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse has been on my radar ever since it was announced. I still have a few questions about the game and the main character; strife and hope that they are all answered in the best of ways come next year.

 

What were your thoughts on gaming in 2017? Sound off in the comments.

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Nate Johns

Nate has been playing games for as long as he can remember. He enjoys playing most genres from sports games to FPSs to RPGs and action-adventure games. While not gaming, Nate can be found outside hiking, walking, and just generally enjoying life with his wife and son.

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