Music is a big part of my life. I love listening to it, playing it and talking about it. Because of that, it’s not surprising that it’s one of the most important aspects of a game to me. Last year was filled with some fantastic game music, so let’s quickly go through some of my favorite musical moments and memories. This is not a ranked list–instead, it’s going chronologically through the games I played throughout the year.
It’s that time of the year again! 2017 has been a fantastic year for games. Not only did Nintendo see one of their best years ever with the launch of the Nintendo Switch, the PS4 also had a really good year. I didn’t play enough games to make a proper list of my favorite games last year, but this year is different. I basically did nothing but play games!
This is a list of my top 10 games for the year. Without further ado, let’s get started!
Partway through Super Mario Odyssey, in the New Donk City level, there is a moment that pretty elegantly sums up the entire soul of this game. Mario helps Pauline to put together a festival for the citizens of the city. It all culminates with a jubilant scene that serves as one of this game’s highlights. That’s what Oddysey is–it’s a celebration of Mario‘s long 30-year history. The whole thing from front to back radiates joy, tugging endlessly at your nostalgia while simultaneously being like no other Mario game before it.
This is your spoiler warning: This review will speak about the game’s structure. I will be mentioning things such as the amount and size of the levels, what you do in them, and the amount of moons in the game. However, there are tons of surprises in this game that I don’t want to ruin for anyone who hasn’t played it yet, so I will avoid stuff that I think should be a surprise.
So, arguably the biggest game announcement coming from Nintendo’s Switch event on Thursday was Super Mario Odyssey. Not only is this game coming soon-this year-but it is looking insanely good too. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whopping 15 years since the last true exploration-based Mario game, Super Mario Sunshine. Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel definitely had exploration-focused levels, but in hindsight, those games definitely began delving into the more linear gameplay philosophy that would later culminate with Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U. Odyssey has some big, big shoes to fill.