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    Shacknews Game of the Year 2017: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    In 2009, Rocksteady Studios' Batman: Arkham Asylum received praise as the best Batman game and arguably the best comic-book-inspired game created to date. Such specific accolades never sat well with me. While there's no denying that the Batman license made the game's characters, gadgets, and...
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    Shacknews Biggest Surprise Game of 2017: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

    When rumors spread early in 2017 that there would be a Mario and Rabbids crossover game, many Shackers were skeptical. Shacknews was delighted with our E3 2017 demo of the turn-based strategy game that we dubbed "Mario XCOM" around the virtual office. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle went on to...
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    Shacknews Person of the Year 2017: PlayerUnknown (Brendan Greene)

    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was one of the most important games to launch in 2017. PUBG has been downloaded over 25 million times and sits above Dota 2 and CS:GO at 3 million concurrent Steam players. This gaming juggernaut came from the hard work of PlayerUnknown and Bluehole, Inc...
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    Shacknews Best Developer and Publisher of the Year 2017: Nintendo

    Nintendo is doomed. They should get out of the hardware business and become a third party developer. This has been the refrain of doubters for as long as many gamers can remember. 2017 was a year when Nintendo clearly demonstrated their vision for the future of the company. From releasing games...
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    Shacknews Best PC Game of 2017: Divinity: Original Sin 2

    In a year stuffed to the gills with great games, standing out from the pack requires an experience that offers something new or unique. In the absence of those qualities, a game must improve on an established formula so substantially that it feels like a whole new experience. Divinity: Original...
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    Shacknews Best Indie Game of 2017: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

    A few games in the ecosystem blur the lines between being educational, entertaining, or outright chores to get through. To consider an experience legitimately disturbing while also remaining entertaining is a curious crossroad of its own, but it is where Ninja Theory brought us with Hellblade...
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    Modojo @ Shacknews Mobile Game of the Year 2017: The Elder Scrolls: Legends

    This has been a particularly good year for video games, with several massive breakout hits landing on PC as well as Nintendo releasing its groundbreaking new Switch hardware. And while most players are no doubt familiar with some of the biggest multi-platform video game releases to launch this...
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    Shacknews Best PS4 Game of 2017: Persona 5

    Stylish, sexy, and super-charged with an addictive narrative, Persona 5 was the PlayStation 4 exclusive JRPG that the system was in dire need of. As the first current-gen Persona game to exist, it managed to single-handedly revitalize the genre with its engaging combination of dating sim and...
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    Shacknews Best Nintendo Switch Exclusive of 2017: Super Mario Odyssey

    The Nintendo Switch has absolutely dominated headlines this year, with gamers praising everything from the hybrid hardware itself to the system's rapidly-expanding library of must-have titles. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, our top choice for open world game of the year, has been one...
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    Shacknews Best PS4 Exclusive of 2017: Persona 5

    Stylish, sexy, and super-charged with an addictive narrative, Persona 5 was the PlayStation 4 exclusive JRPG that the system was in dire need of. As the first current-gen Persona game to exist, it managed to single-handedly revitalize the genre with its engaging combination of dating sim and...
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    Shacknews Best Xbox One Game of 2017: Cuphead

    While Microsoft finished the year on a strong note in terms of hardware, with the release of the Xbox One X, 2017 hasn't been the best year for the company in terms of great games. There weren't a lot of first-party blockbusters or major exclusives. But there was one big-time indie game that...
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    Shacknews Best Sports Game of 2017: Mutant Football League

    It is easy to sweep the sports game genre under the rug as each year we get new entries of the same franchises. Most years the updates to FIFA, NBA 2K, and Madden NFL are iterative and leave gamers asking for more. On top of this, PC gamers have been left out in the cold when it comes to...
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    Shacknews Best Story (Non-Narrative) Game of 2017: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has taken the PC gaming world by storm this year. While the game is a multiplayer juggernaut that is devoid of a campaign mode, gamers have used it as a tool to tell some amazing stories. PUBG remains one of the most watched games on Twitch streams and has been a...
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    Modojo @ Shacknews Nintendo 3DS Game of the Year 2017: Metroid: Samus Returns

    Nintendo has previously promised that the 3DS would continue being supported through 2018 and beyond, but it's easy to see that the company's new Switch hardware is the way of the future. As such, many of the biggest 3DS properties are jumping ship, with Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon being...
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    Shacknews Best Early Access Game of 2017: Fortnite

    Fortnite made a lot of noise in 2017, mostly when it turned out to be the most popular title emulating the match style that has grown wildly popular due to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. While the development team's quick implementation of a sound copy of PUBG's Battle Royale mode is worth note...
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    Shacknews Best Hardware of 2017: Nintendo Switch

    Nintendo had a rough time getting the public to buy in to its Wii U console. Coming off the heels of the insanely successful Wii console, Nintendo hoped that the follow up would share in the success. The Wii U launched in 2012 and by the time Nintendo discontinued production in early 2017, the...
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    Shacknews Best Brickbreaker of 2017: Ballz

    What makes a great mobile game? It isn't necessarily all about graphics and pushing smartphones to the limit. At their core great mobile games are efficient and fun ways to waste time. This truly was the year of the brickbreaker on mobile. Both the App Store and Google Play were flooded with...
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    Shacknews Most Improved Game of 2017: Warframe

    Warframe is a game that I've found myself coming back to time and again ever since I first got my PS4. Initially, I gave it a shot because frankly, there wasn't a lot to play back in those early console launch days. Still, its almost abstract, alien style and acrobatic third-person combat struck...
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    Shacknews Best Narrative of 2017: Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

    There have been a lot of rich stories across gaming throughout this year, but there's one story that will likely permeate beyond this year. That story is centered around a single, simple idea of resistance. Also, that Nazis are terrible people. We are proud to award Wolfenstein 2: The New...
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    Shacknews Best Gaming Accessory of 2017: HTC Vive Tracker

    Some folks have said that virtual reality is dead on arrival, but Shacknews definitely views VR with a longer time horizon. Much like PC gaming in the early to mid 1990's, VR has not caught on at the scale of smartphones or even gaming consoles. There are some reasons to believe that VR is here...
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    Shacknews Best Co-Op Game of 2017: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

    To say that this was a good year for the multiplayer gamer would be an understatement. There was a plethora of great stuff both in the PvP and PvE arenas. When it comes to the co-op experience though, one game had the right mix of open-world action, tactical gameplay and just the right amount of...
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    Shacknews Best Loot Crate of 2017: Fortnite Llamas

    It was a rough year overall for the mere concept of loot crates. They took a beating in both mainstream and social media, but not all loot crates are created equal. While EA and Battlefront II's pay-to-win took the issue to the dark side, Epic Games' Fortnite took a different approach with their...
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    Shacknews Best RPG of 2017: Divinity: Original Sin 2

    Many of the games you'll see nominated across multiple categories incorporate some RPG elements, but only a select few stand tall as the best that the genre has to offer. There were some great games released this year. Classic-style cRPGs, JRPGS, and more, but Divinity: Original Sin 2 led the...
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    Shacknews Best Open World Game of 2017: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    While loads of Switch players and Nintendo fans alike have praised The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for its upheaval of traditional Zelda traditions, some players were left wondering just what the point was. Even the Shacknews staff disagrees on the exact merits of the game, but with that...
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    Shacknews Best FPS of 2017: Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

    I've been a Wolfenstein fan since B.J. Blazkowicz' very first outing. In fact, Wolfenstein 3D is without a doubt one of the games that engendered my lifelong love of the first-person shooter. It shouldn't come as a surprise when I say that Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus was the Shacknews Best...