2017 is swiftly coming to an end, and that means it’s time for The Ace of Geeks staff to gather around the giant wooden table in our non-existent office and debate, discuss, and settle on our top picks for media this year. As always, these winners are decided by the entire Ace of Geeks staff, through a point voting system. Everyone submits their top five, and their top choice gets five points, their second choice gets four, and so on down the line. There are five catecories this year: Podcast of the Year, TV Show of the Year, Movie of the Year, Comic of the Year, and Video Game of the Year. Each day this week, we’ll unveil a new set of winners! Do you agree with our choices? Let us know in the comments.
Game of the Year
Video Games are in a strange part of their life right now, subject to some intense growing pains. They’re bigger than they ever were, but as companies try to figure out how to make money off of them, they’ve made some moves that have caused gamers to revolt en masse. After 2017, the landscape of gaming might change forever. But until then, here are our picks for the best games of this year:
Notable Runners up:
Thimbleweed Park, The Valley, Mass Effect Andromeda
IN THIRD PLACE: Persona 5
The Persona series have always been sleeper hits, quietly producing some of the best and most engaging roleplaying stories of the years they’re released, but never receiving a ton of recognition in the mainstream. Persona 5 may have changed all of that. This game rocketed out in a year with a ton of competition and still earned a ton of points on our lists. If you haven’t tried the series before, this is a great jumping on point. Just be prepared for an experience unlike anything you’ve tried before.
IN SECOND PLACE: Destiny 2
This is a controversial pick, to be sure, especially considering all of the issues Bungie’s been having with Destiny 2 of late. But despite their issues with transperancy, and having to roll back their changes in the recent DLC, the fact remains that Bungie has still produced one of the best shooters on the market. Destiny’s story was incomprehensible, but Destiny 2 refocused it into a tight narrative with memorable characters. Combine that with the tightest shooting controls you can find, and it’s no wonder that people still love Destiny 2 despite the complaints. Time will tell if Bungie will make the kind of fundamental changes to this sequel that they did to the first game, and really make it soar.
GAME OF THE YEAR: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
You’re shocked, I know. Breath of the Wild destroyed its competition this year, getting fourteen more points in the voting than any other game. Fans were salivating at the idea of an open world Zelda game since the first moments that Breath of the Wild was announced, but the game turned out to be so much more than the Skyrim Sword jokes. Nintendo created a beautiful world that seems to have no filler at all. There’s no riding on horseback (or your motorcycle) for hours, hoping to find something interesting. Every inch of the giant world map is intricately designed to provide incredible challenges and play opportunities, and the dungeons of old Zelda games have given way to hundred of shrines, each with a mind bending puzzle or difficult combat test inside. Most open world games advertise that you get to make your own story, but Breath of the Wild’s genius lies in the fact that those stories aren’t just dialogue choices or different ways of solving a difficult combat. Every person who’s played this game has their own wonderful discoveries to share, and they all made them on their own.
Stay tuned for more awards tomorrow!