Innovation, refinement, and, in some cases, an exhilarating sense of freedom are threads that connect my picks for the top 10 games of 2017.
Great games with solid mechanics will come and go, but adventures that are short of magical are much more special to me.
So this list will probably look weird to anyone who plays actual, legitimate video games.
A video game’s legacy is only as strong as its soundtrack, so it’s no surprise that Final Fantasy VII has preserved its legendary status for so long.
“I am the Pokémon League Champion! Red! Do you know what that means? I’ll tell you! I am the most powerful trainer in the world!”
For the first time, a young me realized that characters, places, and ideas could be attached to musical motifs, and today, an older me will claim that no other medium, not even film nor opera, does it as well.
There are plenty of retro-style clones these days, but there’s nothing quite like ‘Shovel Knight.’