This is it! We finally made it to the end of 2017, and… boy it’s been a dramatic year. Yet it’s been a pretty significant year in gaming! We’ve had a lot of really big games come out this year, and so I thought I might take a different approach for my "Year End" posting… Instead today I’m going to talk about some of my favorite smaller games of the year. In today’s post we’ll be exploring the “Hidden Gems” of 2017!
game is a survival game with pretty typical crafting and health mechanics. What I find particularly intriguing is the randomness of supplies and opportunities lost as you float down river. In most survival games you can sort of setup “camp” in one location, whereas The Flame in the Flood forces the player to keep moving. The visuals alone are stunning but the sound track really tops of the experience overall.
The Sexy Brutale is an adventure puzzle game, which utilizes a “Groundhog day” time loop mechanic, and takes place during a masquerade ball. You’re tasked with exploring the mansion and it becomes evident pretty quick that guests are being murdered. Through each time loop you learn more and can help try to save each of the guests from being murdered. Once you save a guest, you earn their mask which grants the player with unique abilities. Overall it’s a really cute game with a grim twist. If you’re into a good mystery, I’d check it out.
Little Nightmares was probably the best platformer experience I’ve had since games like Limbo or Inside. It feels like natural evolution of the “Limbo-like” genre. Little Nightmares is a platform horror adventure game, where you play as a hungry child named Six. You’re trapped inside the “Maw,” a mysterious vessel carrying grotesque and large humanoid creatures. Little Nightmares is equally creepy and intriguing at the same time… I found myself constantly curious to learn what might be around the next corner. Little Nightmares features stunning visuals, crazy character designs, amazing levels, and pretty horrific story line… If you’ve played Limbo or Inside and enjoyed it, I’d be sure to check this out.
Steamworld Dig 2 is a recent find of mine, but I’m really enjoying it. If you’ve ever enjoyed just digging and exploring in other games like Minecraft or Terraria, this game will definitely scratch that itch for you. Steamworld Dig 2 is a platform-puzzle adventure game, where you’re playing as a small Robot named Dorothy. Mainly in this game you’re digging through the earth looking for minerals, avoiding enemies, and finding secret locations. Meanwhile you have your lantern that’s slowly diminishing and restricts how long you can stay down in the tunnels mining. As you find more minerals and sell them in town, you can use the currency to upgrade your equipment and buy supplies. Overall it’s really a delightful game, pretty relaxing and it’s just fun to explore.
Okay so I know my last pick is probably controversial, since The Forest has been in early access since 2014… yet I played The Forest Version 0.58 that was launched in April of this year. While it could be argued that The Forest isn’t a fully released game yet… I feel like that line is blurring considerably on many titles on Steam. In any case I cannot forget my experiences with The Forest this year. This was truly a game where I did not understand it’s depth until I was plunged into it. The Forest is a first-person, open world, survival game where you’re the survivor of a plane crash. If you’re paying attention there is a story arch in this game where you’re searching for your missing son. The Forest is fantastic on many levels, between it’s building mechanics, moments of horror, enemy AI, and the level design of the island itself… it’s hard to believe this game isn’t considered final. I genuinely love chopping down trees and building in this game… it’s incredibly satisfying. Also the uniqueness of the AI constantly surprises me with unique encounters with the “locals.” This game continues to wow me, even after completing the main story arch. I highly recommend playing this, if you ever get the opportunity.
That completes my list if “2017’s Hidden Gems!” I really wanted to include PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in the list, but I feel as though it has such a big following now… it’s not really all that hidden. Thanks again for reading and following along with me this year! This now marks my second full year of blogging! Feels like a big milestone for me, and hopefully you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have. See you all in 2018!
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