Nonetheless, we wouldn’t be sticking to the rules unless we committed everything to the annals of history. And where would we be without sweet, sweet rules?
The Worst TV Show of 2017 - Iron Fist
Couple that with Danny Rand easily being the worst lead character Marvel have ever put forward in the MCU, and it's easy to see why this was street ahead of anything else this year. And yet there is still a sequel in the works. Who’s that for?
The Best TV Shows of 2017
3 - Stranger Things 2
2 - Game Of Thrones, Season 7
1 - The Punisher
Jon Bernthal could not have been better cast. The supporting cast knock it out the park too. The story has a surprising amount of depth and subtlety, taking a pretty well considered look at PTSD in its many forms. It’s not airtight, but considering how ham-fisted this topic could have been dealt with it’s a relief it’s as good as it is. And don’t worry - Punisher is just a violent as your inner angst ridden 14 year old wants it to be.
Perhaps most significantly however, we had the video game equivalent of “Killing in the Name for Christmas No. 1”. EA seemed to be setting up to roll out Star Wars Battlefront II without a second thought, dismissing the criticism that had arisen from the beta over the loot box, “pay-to-win” system it was implementing online. But then all of a sudden, the internet did that rarest of things - got its act together, and acted as one en mass. Reddit became a 24/7 rendition of “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, and EA had no choice but to make drastic last minute changes just so someone, somewhere would consider buying the game. Its an important milestone, and one that hopefully has last ramifications.
This was the best thing in gaming this year, however I can’t hand out awards for standing up to the man in this category, as Reddit is not a “video” “game” (and if it was it would be awful 99% of the time). I’ve not quite got round to everything on the wishlist, much like how Uncharted 4 had to wait until January this year to get a look in, so excuse the lack of Gutteridge dead-certs like LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 and Metroid: Samus Returns from this list.
The Worst Video Game of 2017 - Tekken 7
It is unforgivable that the first full Tekken game in 10 YEARS is so devoid of anything features. Team battle GONE. Want a story mode for your favourite character? Forget it GONE. Want to play as Anna, Baek, Julia, Mokujin or Wang? No sorry you get some Ezio Alditoré wannabe, mecha Red Hulk and Ms. Boobs Sunglasses Esq..
I’ll sum it up like this. Lei Wulong, beloved stalwart since Tekken 3 on the PS1, is out. And this . . . thing is in.
The Best Video Games of 2017
3 - South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Thankfully the positive overshadows the negative. The combat is much improved, thanks to the move from a static turn based game to a grid. There are smart changes in leveling and skill point distribution too. And while not as funny, the story is still exactly what you’d want from Parker and Stone, with virtually every main character in the show given something significant to do.
2 - Horizon: Zero Dawn
Aloy too is perhaps the best new video game protagonist in years. Instantly likeable, smart and funny, you’re never not 100% on her side. The world design is also leagues ahead of any of its kin. The lore is all-encompassing, with a level of well thought out detail you just don’t see in Triple A games these days. Any other year, this would have stormed to the top spot. Unfortunately, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Flawless, amazing and a world beater. But not quite Lionel Messi.
1 - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild
And that’s when it struck me - Breath of the Wild has to be the best, as it makes all other game inferior in its wake. Had I never played BotW, I would never have missed the free climbing when playing Horizon. It’s set a bad precedence going forward for all the games that have to follow it (including its own inevitable sequel), but that in no way diminishes its place on top of the mountain.