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2017 has been a pretty crazy year for gaming. My list has changed a good bit this year and I'm finally starting to have real trouble deciding which games get cut from the top 50 (in the past I usually only had dilemmas around the first 20 or so games), and even way higher up in the list there has been some mental drama here. The year draws to a conclusion though, and as such I need to come to one as well, so with further ado, this is my list:

(Further ado time)

PLATFORMS - I'm only listing whatever platforms I've played each game on, or which platform the version I played is original to - I mean, if I played for example a game on the 3DS's Virtual Console, I'll just list whatever platform that game was originally from, because that's the version I played and not one unique to the 3DS. (Also I'm done calling the Mega Drive "Genesis". You North Americans got that name wrong, I'm not going along with it!)

YEAR - Also, the year I list is always the one from the earliest release, because that's the only thing that makes any sense.

YOY - Most here would know, but just to clarify, "YoY" stands for Year-on-Year, which is how much a game's position changed from last year. If it says "H.M.", that stands for Honorable Mention, which means that game wasn't on last year's list but I had already played it by then, thus not qualifying it for "New" (it is also a lie, because I don't mention those games at all, so there isn't any mention and definitely no honor).

I'm also not listing genres anymore because I don't like splitting things into genres - it doesn't make too much sense to me, and very often there's games that are hard to place into a specific genre and then you just end up with dozens of very different games into an "Action/Adventure" category or something. In the end, each game can only be its own, and the moment you want it to be a representation of a genre is the moment you allow expectations to mold your feelings on it.

(that got deep fast) okay, now for real, here's the top 50:

2016 Ranking
2018 Ranking

Rank Title Platform(s) Developer Year YoY
#50 Crash Bandicoot: Warped PS1 Naughty Dog 1998 -3
#49 Tony Hawk's American Wasteland PS2 Neversoft 2005 -3
#48 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest SNES Rare 1995 -6
#47 Rocket Knight Adventures Mega Drive Konami 1993 H.M.
#46 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages GBC Capcom 2001 -9
#45 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons GBC Capcom 2001 -7
#44 Rock Band 2 Xbox 360 Harmonix 2008 -1
#43 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Mega Drive Sega 1992 -4
#42 Burnout Dominator PS2 EA UK 2007 -7
#41 Mega Man X SNES Capcom 1993 -10
#40 Thumper PS4 (VR) & PC Drool 2016 New!
#39 Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove Wii U Yacht Club Games 2014 -5
#38 Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 DS Game Freak 2012 -5
#37 The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks DS Nintendo 2009 -7
#36 Mario Kart 8 Wii U & Switch Nintendo 2014 -10
#35 Tekken 5 PS2 Namco 2005 +1
#34 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess GC, Wii & Wii U Nintendo 2006 -7
#33 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas PS2 & PC Rockstar 2004 -5
#32 Metroid: Zero Mission GBA Nintendo 2004 -3
#31 Bully PS2 Rockstar 2006 -6
#30 Splatoon 2 Switch Nintendo 2017 New!
#29 Another Metroid 2 Remake PC DoctorM64 2016 -13
#28 Portal PC Valve 2007 -14
#27 Star Fox Zero Wii U Platinum Games 2016 -5
#26 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Wii Retro Studios 2007 -2
#25 Splatoon Wii U Nintendo 2015 +7
#24 Super Meat Boy PC Team Meat 2010 -3
#23 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time N64 & 3DS Nintendo 1998 0
#22 Hyper Light Drifter PC Heart Machine 2016 New!
#21 Pokémon Gold & Silver GBC Game Freak 1999 -4
#20 Metroid: Samus Returns 3DS MercurySteam 2017 New!
#19 Pokémon Black & White DS Game Freak 2010 0
#18 Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Wii Retro Studios 2004 +2
#17 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker GC & Wii U Nintendo 2002 -2
#16 Ori and the Blind Forest PC Moon Studios 2015 -6
#15 Metroid Fusion GBA Nintendo 2002 +3
#14 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask N64 & 3DS Nintendo 2000 -1
#13 Pokémon X & Y 3DS Game Freak 2013 -6
#12 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Wii U Retro Studios 2014 0
#11 Super Mario Odyssey Switch Nintendo 2017 New!
#10 Metroid Prime GC & Wii Retro Studios 2002 -1
#9 Star Fox 64 N64 & 3DS Nintendo 1997 +2
#8 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past SNES Nintendo 1991 -2
#7 Portal 2 X360 & PC Valve 2011 +1
#6 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Wii U Sora Ltd. & Namco 2014 -1
#5 Super Metroid SNES Nintendo 1994 -2
#4 Ōkami Wii & PS2 Clover Studio 2006 0
#3 Shadow of the Colossus PS2 & PS3 Team ICO 2005 -1
#2 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wii U & Switch Nintendo 2017 New!
#1 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Wii Nintendo 2011 0
#0 ?!?!

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Last edited by mZuzek - on 12 November 2018