January 15th, 2018
Penguin DT's GOTYs 2017!
What am I doing right now?
Well, the new project is very, very slowly taking some kind of shape, with the first gameplay element tests being done. We're talking about super-rough prototyping here, without graphics and sound effects, but yes, something is being cooked.
Sadly, that's all I can type out right now on that. On something I can write about is the upcoming new update. Thanks to the awesome feedback, even more scriptable strings are being added and few remaining bugs are being ironed out. We don't have release date for this yet, but you can expect the patch to land in the not-too-distant future.
Penguin DT's GOTYs 2017
It's that time of the year again! Of course for us every section on this list should read TAGAP 3, but due to our obvious bias, we're disqualified from doing that. But it's not like we had too few games to choose from – on the contrary, despite the heavily publicised mishaps on the triple-A games scene, 2017 was pretty darn good in games (and mainly just games).
So, without further ado, here we go!
Best positive surprise:
Resident Evil VII: Biohazard
I knew from the very first teaser trailer that Resident Evil VII: Biohazard could be a winner – but even then I had underestimated how excellent it would turn out. In preparation to Part 7, I played through every main series Resident Evil game available for PS4 (0,1,4,5 and 6) and from this list, I can say it's very close to being my favourite, together with the original.
In fact, RE7 plays very much like a first-person version of the classic Spencer mansion romp. And by that I mean it's like playing the classic RE, except you don't have to suffer the character tank controls or sometimes disorienting camera angles – this game isn't a first person shooter. I loved every single creepy moment of this game – and now I can't wait what Capcom has in store for the long-awaited Resident Evil 2 remake.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
There were some amazing soundtracks out there this year – ranging from fantastic retro-delight of STRAFE to superbly atmospheric Hellblade. But only one of this year's soundtracks features German alternate reality super-pop-group Die Käfer.
That soundtrack is obviously Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, composed by Mick 'DOOM' Gordon and Martin Stig Andersen of Limbo and Inside fame. From brilliantly cinematic thrills to hard-hitting retro rock – and those alternate reality nazi pop groups – it's a soundtrack to remember.
And seriously, I'll be humming Changeover Day for infinity and beyond.
Best Collector's Edition:
I've always loved cool limited editions, especially if they ship with a soundtrack. And since I last year dipped my feet into limited run indie special editions, I've encountered several really cool ones. The Terror Billy edition of Wolfenstein II is a sight to behold, while Nex Machina from Limited Run Games is a stylish package... but Special Reserve Games' collector's edition of STRAFE is something else.
The package is, simply put, bonkers. The box contains a floppy disk (yes, really). And there's the soundtrack... on a C-cassette tape. And can we just take a moment and stop to appreciate the faux sunglasses and pile of Pogs, too? Is any of it even remotely practical? No, but you can't help but to smile at all the delightful nonsense!
Best of Backlog:
Final Fantasy XV
I was left wondering does this even qualify for a 'backlog' title, since I started it in early January, less than a month from its release, but I decided to go with it regardless. After all, it was a great 2016 game I didn't get to during our previous GOTYs.
What I loved about FFXV is its sense of adventure. It really does feel, at least for the first three quarters, like a magical road-trip with a group of friends – like a kind of 'last days of summer' tale, with leads having their final adventure before the inevitable adult responsibilities / doom comes calling. If you want a game built on the atmosphere of wonder and adventure, FFXV fits the bill.
Heck, the atmosphere is so spot-on that it's one of the very few games where I often opt not to use fast travel – why would I, when I can just relax, take in the wondrous sights while listening to a music collection comprised of almost every Final Fantasy soundtrack ever?
Timo's GOTY 2017:
All the other 2017 titles still await for playing, but this point & click pearl held my attention from start to finish. Great plot, awesome pixel graphics! I felt I had fallen back to early 1990s. Now where could I find time to play the rest of the 2017 titles?
Petja's GOTY 2017:
Horizon: Zero Dawn
The game kicks off with a well written story and world introduction, just the kind I wish to see in games. Combat system feels fresh and is suitably tactical. It's a beautiful game in many regards, but the art design deserves some special praise.
Jouni's GOTY 2017:
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice