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Top 10 Best Adventure Games of 2017 [Best Recommendations]

Introduction:

Adventure games are the ones that people expect the most from. These are the games where the worlds are supposed to offer the most. They’re supposed to be massive, with an array of different environments and enemies. They’re supposed to take us on an emotional journey with each step we take across the land that rests before us. So yeah, we expect a lot from our adventure games, and it’s with great joy that Honey’s can say that the adventure games of 2017 exceeded expectations. If you did not play an adventure game in 2017, then you sorely missed out. The games on this list have some of the most incredible worlds, and the most breath-taking experiences by far. Without further ado, here are the top 10 adventure games of 2017.


10. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

  • System: PS4, XONE, PC
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: Arkane Studios
  • Release Dates: Sep. 15, 2017

In Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, you play as Billie Lurk, an infamous mercenary who was trained by none other than legendary assassin Daud. Well, Billie and her mentor happen to meet up and agree that it is time to take down the Outsider, who has played far too great a role in some of the Empire’s worst deeds. Despite the incredible powers of Billie and Daud, the Outsider is on another level and it will take everything they have to take the mysterious being down.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider gives a fitting end to one of the best modern action-adventure games. Though the game does not take as big of a leap as Dishonored 2 did from the original Dishonored, the game gives you plenty of areas to explore and plenty of new skills to try out. In all honesty, the best part of the game is the fact that you have a massive environment to roam through, and that you can use the environment in truly unique ways in order to enact creative assassinations.


9. Yakuza 0

  • System: PS3, PS4
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Developer: Ryu ga Gotoku Studios
  • Release Dates: Jan. 24, 2017

Yakuza 0 brings us back into Japan’s organized world of crime, but this time the setting is the 80s. That’s right, you’re now romping through Japan while the glitz and glamour of the 80s are in full swing.

It’s hard for the Yakuza series not to give you a massive world. The setting is Tokyo, after all, and Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world. So you can go to discos, hostess clubs, or arcades between the times you spend beating up people on the streets. All in all, you have all of Tokyo at your fingertips, which gives you a ton of streets to stroll down and a ton of shops to browse through.


8. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

  • System: PS4, PC
  • Publisher: Ninja Theory
  • Developer: Ninja Theory
  • Release Dates: Aug. 8, 2017

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice focuses on the journey of Senua, a Celtic warrior, who must travel across the brutal landscape of the Viking heartland.

Okay, so this game is a little bit different than the rest on this list. It does not provide hours of exploration in an environment that runs for miles upon miles. Nope, this game gives you a seven-hour experience that will simply make you feel like you ran a marathon. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is such an intimate and visceral experience that it is hard not to feel exhausted once you get through it. A good chunk of this game’s power comes from the fact that it is exploring mental illness. This creates a unique emotional attachment to every single aspect of the game that furthers your need to take in every piece of the environment.


7. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

  • System: PS4
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Release Dates: Aug. 22, 2017

This newest Uncharted game is a sequel to Uncharted 4, and it is the first game to not feature Nathan Drake. This story focuses on Chloe Frazer as she teams up with Nadine Ross to uncover the Tusk of Ganesh in the Indian mountains.

The Uncharted series has always provided gamers with incredible worlds to explore, and this latest addition is no different. The world is large, and with the open-ended style of gameplay, you can spend hours going through different territories. The level of detail that Naughty Dog puts into building the environments is nothing to sneeze at. Each area has so many layers for you to peel.


6. Nioh

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  • System: Ps3, PS4, PC
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Team Ninja
  • Release Dates: Feb. 7, 2017

Nioh starts off with William, a pirate who has been enlisted by the Queen Elizabeth I to find mystical golden stones that will help England defeat Spain. Well, William’s journey takes a sudden turn when he is transported to the Sengoku period in Japan.

Nioh impressively fuses Japanese mythology into a dark fantasy RPG. If you are a fan of games like Dark Souls, then you really need to pic this game up. It is a game that requires skill in order to make it from one area to the next. It is a game with a beautiful world that is simultaneously terrifying, because you do not know what is waiting for you around the next corner.

Now some people might be wondering why a game like Nioh is being featured on an adventure list. Well, the answer is simple, if you want to fully understand the world you fighting against, then you need to explore. The only way to uncover the secrets of the world and understand its rich lore is through careful exploration and re-exploration of every area. You need to pay attention to the landscapes as well as every single item and minute of dialogue in order to truly connect the dots.



5. Gravity Rush 2

  • System: PS4
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: SCE Japan Studio
  • Release Dates: Jan. 20, 2017

Gravity Rush 2 brings us back to Kat as she continues to uncover her identity as well save the universe from destruction.

Gravity Rush 2 is all about figuring out the best way to traverse an environment. Even the simplest layout becomes incredibly intricate when you realize just how many different ways you can approach its features. You will constantly be thinking about how the world will be different when you land on a structure from a certain angle. In other words, the world’s limit is essentially your imagination. It must be admitted that the game still has some wonky moments, but the more you play, the more seamless it becomes.


4. Nier: Automata

  • System: PS4, PC
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: PlatinumGames
  • Release Dates: 7, 2017

Nier: Automata takes us into a world where the earth has been taken over by alien machines. There are people who want to take back their land, but it’s dangerous to confront the alien machines head on. So, people build and release androids for combat and reconnaissance. We play as 2B, a combat android, as she roams across the earth with her reconnaissance companion 9S.

Nier Automata is the perfect mix between action and adventure. If you are a fan of games like Devil May Cry or Bayonetta, then you need this game. Nier: Automata throws you into an apocalyptic setting that is simultaneously beautiful and disturbing. So much of the world lies in destruction and yet each area is crafted so perfectly that it’s hard not to be impressed by the layout of the land. In this world, you are going to have to fight a lot of enemies, and this is where Nier: Automata particularly shines. The combat is explosive and breathtaking in and of itself. With a wide range of combos and weapons to use, you are really able to decide how you want to tear apart the enemies that try to get in your way.


3. Assassin’s Creed Origins

  • System: PS4, XONE, PC
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Release Dates: Oct. 27, 2017

Assassin’s Creed Origins brings us to the beginning, to Egypt. Entering into the intriguing civilization of ancient Egypt, we are tasked with the responsibilities of an assassin. Every single action we take will have a great impact on mankind. Every single action we take will likely end with the death of someone else.

Assassin’s Creed Origins takes the tried and true formula of the Assassin’s Creed series and gives players a bigger and more unique playground than ever before. People have to give their due respect to Ubisoft for deciding to bring ancient Egypt to life. This world is teeming with life and has so many areas to explore that will excite anyone, especially those who have a love for history.

The amount of time you can sink into exploration is mind numbing, but the aspects that put Assassin’s Creed Origins so high on this list are the little tweaks to the gameplay. For the most part, you get to run, jump, and kill as you always have. However, this time around you have some interesting tools that will challenge you to think of even more interesting ways to assassinate people and navigate the land.


2. Horizon Zero Dawn

  • System: PS4
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Guerrilla
  • Release Dates: Feb. 28, 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn takes us into lush world where nature and technology collide in a unique way. This is not a world where humans are building massive cities that pollute and destroy all nature, at least that’s not what the world is anymore. Nope, at the beginning of the story, humans have created scattered settlements for themselves, while technological beasts from a past age roam the land. We play as Aloy, whose journey uncovers how the world became what it is.

Horizon Zero Dawn was one of the earlier games to hit this year and boy did it set the bar. Horizon Zero Dawn takes us into a massive world with so many nooks and crannies to explore. It is honestly one of those games where some might say there is too much, but how can you say that when every single area is so well defined and detailed. Every single plot of land feels unique and holds so many little secrets to uncover. On top of it all, the combat is phenomenal no matter how you like to play. If you want to turn every single kill into a stealthy backstab, you can. If you want to be a tank and take on all your enemies at once, you can. The cherry on top is that the story is actually impressive and fun to play through to the point that sometimes exploring some unknown corner feels like an injustice to the people of this world.


1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

  • System: NS
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release Dates: Mar. 3, 2017

Breath of the Wild, Breath of the Wild, Breath of the Wild. This was the most hyped game of 2017 and it delivered on all fronts. Continuing the Legend of Zelda series, Breath of the Wild puts us in the shoes of Link once more to save the land.

There are too many great things about this game to discuss in a couple paragraphs. This whole list could be dedicated to describing the top 10 reasons to buy Breath of the Wild. For starters, the artwork is absolutely gorgeous. The color palette is vibrant and helps each environment feel alive, which immerses you directly into each area. The gameplay is perfection in that you can do whatever you want. This is the GTA of the Legend of Zelda series. Not a single place is off limits, and your imagination is your only ceiling as you roam the land and take on enemies. Fair warning: the game is not forgiving when you go into an area that you don’t have the right tools for. Though it might be fun to take on everyone with zero armor, you will probably die too. The only drawback for the game is that it is only available on the Nintendo Switch. Sorry die-hard Playstation and Xbox fans, you’re missing out on the most exceptional experience.


Final Thoughts:

There you have it, people. Those are the top 10 adventures games of 2017. Besides Senua’s Sacrifice, if you are looking for a game that you can easily spend more than 30 hours playing, then take your pick. Each one of these games provide incredibly detailed worlds for you to explore. Now, were there any adventure games that you think should be on this list?

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Author: Yoko Dev

Hello, my anime peers. I’m from the states, but have taken an indefinite leave to travel while freelancing. Outside of a deep admiration for anime that started long ago, I love to read, write, and play video games. The main issue of traveling so far has been not having a console.

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