The early months of 2017 have blessed gamers with arguably some of the best games in recent years, thanks to the creative minds in the game industry. From PC games to console games, here are the top five games of 2017 (so far) and a brief rundown of what they offer.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Resident Evil 7 is a single-player survival horror game developed and published by Capcom. Unlike the previous Resident Evil games, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is played in a first-person perspective, which adds to the horror aspect of the game. The story follows Ethan Winters as he searches for his missing wife Mia after receiving a letter from her, leading him to an isolated farmhouse inhabited by the Baker family.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn is an action role-playing game developed by the award winning Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The plot revolves around Aloy and her adventures in a world dominated by robots. The game features an open-world environment with stunning visuals and massive creatures known only as “machines”. Horizon Zero Dawn blends fantasy and sci-fi perfectly, creating something entirely new.
NieR: Automata is a brand new action role-playing game published by Square Enix and developed by the world renowned PlatinumGames as a sequel to the video game Nier, a spin-off of the Drakengard series. Taking place in a barren post-apocalyptic world, humanity was forced to flee to the Moon when the Earth was invaded by extraterrestrial Machines. The story follows combat android 2B and her companion 9S, along with prototype A2 as they drive back the Machines.
Persona 5 is a role-playing game developed by Atlus and is chronologically the sixth installment in the Persona series. The game takes place in modern-day Tokyo and follows the protagonist after his transfer to Shujin Academy. He and other students awaken to their Persona powers, forms a vigilante group called “Phantom Thieves of Hearts” to fight against dark forces by stealing corrupt intent from the hearts of others in the game.
Prey is a first person shooter video game developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Prey takes place in space station Talos I, where research on an alien force called the Typhon was being conducted. You take control of Morgan Yu and defend against the escaped Typhon while searching for a way to escape the space station.
Though gameplay and genres vary between these games, they are undoubtedly the most popular games in the first half of 2017, bringing gaming to a whole new level. Here’s hoping that the second half of the year will bring us more of these masterpieces.