What's Your GoTY List? (2017 edition)


#1

There’s been a lot of talk around it with the GILM Awards. There’s been stories and discussion about the approach of it, and now we have Waypoint’s own GoTY content (#content) starting to roll out. But I want to know what’s your list of top/favorite games from this year?

Doesn’t have to be ranked (though it can be). You can even include 2016 games you didn’t get to until this year. No strict rules, it’s your list. Here’s a place for you to put it up and say your piece about the games you loved.

Note: I’m still working on my own list. Hoping to knock out a few more games before the end. I’ll add a reply once I get it all settled.


#2

I having a feeling there will be a official thread on GOTY list but may as well throw my list around

  1. NieR: Automata
    What it means to be alive? That the question Automata ask and with decent combat from Platinum and concepts that only work in games, it the Yoko Toro game that hit big.

  2. Persona 5
    The next chapter in the Persona series that was 5 years in the making. It has visuals that are breath taking, music that makes you want to dance, characters you’ll fall in love with, question on corruption and where we fit in society, and our dealings with mysterious forces. It is the JRPG that everyone should play.

  3. Night in the Woods
    A adventure game about being in your 20s, finding your place in the world, and dealing with small town problems.

  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    Putting Zelda in an open-world game ends up being a great idea. Exploring, mapping out your path, and pin pointing areas is the true meat of the game. Every area has a little surprise that makes the world feel real.

  5. Doki Doki Literature Club
    A great surprises this year. While this twist and it sorta commentary on VN/Dating sims only work for those who played them, you can appreciate it ideas and lengths to put players in a state of horror in this free game.

  6. Hollow Knight
    A very smartly designed metroidvania using skillful platforming, simple but intriguing combat, lore that can compete with Dark souls, and a continuing support from the developers.

  7. Pyre
    Combining basketball style gameplay, visual novel conversations, and a whole lot of lore that connects the two and you got a hit from supergiant games.

  8. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
    BJ is back, killing nazis, and questioning our morels of society, the human understanding, and how powers crumble by their own narrow minded ideals in this new Wolfenstein

  9. Super Mario Odyssey
    A better 3D Mario game. Open level design, new moves to traverse platforms, and strange worlds to explore with different ways to acquire moons.

  10. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
    Murder island has come to 2017 with a ever changing tension with combat, loot grabbing, and strategy unseen in First-person games.


#3
  1. NieR: Automata
  2. Nioh
  3. Yakuza Kiwami / Zero
  4. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
  5. Eternal CG
  6. Persona 5

Pretty basic list but I reckon Eternal might not get much love so it’s on there.


#4
The main list

1, 2, and, 3 you can’t make me order them they are all equal

Prey

Far and away the best Immersive Sim this year and probably ever it’s a wonderful game that proves less is more and that hiring a writer makes hacking into people’s computers much more fun

Pyre

The first visual novel I’ve ever liked that wasn’t Analogue: A Hate Story it’s the first game I’ve ever seen that exists in the same vein of Fantasy as Earthsea. It’s a fantastic story of rebellion that doesn’t punch down in the way that so damn many other games did and manages to be something so few games are, deeply human. Also Mustache dog for life

Night In The Woods

In many ways this game does a lot of the same stuff as Pyre from a different angle Night In The Woods is the most now a game could ever possibly be. And by giving you direct control over Mae it fixes one of the core issues of the adventure game genre by placing you in the world and fixes the issue of point and click games feeling like pop up books with puzzles to pad out the length

4 Wolfenstein: The New Colossus

This is a better movie then most movies I saw this year and a smartly made and unfortunately timely critique of Americana and our false notion of exceptionalism. It doesn’t 100% stick the landing but it sure as hell sticks a lot of Nazis. It’s seen the state of America and it knows that We’re Not Going To Take It Anymore

5 Destiny 2

When I put The Taken King on my list two-ish years ago I commented on the microtransactions and how I would likely not be as in love with the game as I wanted to be and that holds even more true today then it did those years ago but for the time I spent on it this year and the fun I had with it Destiny 2 belongs on this list

6 Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider

Arkane somehow put out two of the best games of this year and it’s really impressive. This is some really good DLC that makes smart changes to the Dishonored formula and while it’s not a complete reinvention it’s still Arkane at the top of their game

7 Demon’s Souls

Is some ways still the best Souls game Demon’s Souls stands out in it’s atmosphere all these years later and The Tower Of Latria is on the short list of greatest video game levels ever. It’s a god damn masterclass in horror and environmental story telling

8 Horizon Zero Dawn

There’s a lot I love here and as this is a list of game I loved this year it belongs on this list but the stuff around it’s appropriation of Native American cultures means it’s not a game I want to spend a lot of time praising it

9 Nioh

I guess I liked Nioh? It’s more a Devil May Cry game that takes some cues from the Souls games then vice versa but it’s a good game none the less even if it drags on about 30 hours longer then it should

10 Mass Effect: Andromeda

I just really liked playing this game even if the story was a colonialist mess. In a better year for games this wouldn’t be on here but 2017 while it had some highs it had almost as many lows

The mentions both Honorable and Dishonorable

Dishonorable mentions

Breath Of The Wild

I did not like this game before I knew how much of a queerphobic nightmare it was but damn if that didn’t take it from a mediocre game I find absurdly over rated to a game I straight up despise

Nier: Automata

Misogyny disguised as misanthropy disguised as an uplifting narrative about, cycles and the nature of exextence and, oh just go watch Ghost In The Shell or Ex Machina they’re better in ever conceivable way and at no point do they read like a thread from R/TheRedPill and neither of them make you play a shitty SHMUP a few times over because it’s too busy giving you joke endings to bother with a checkpoint system that doesn’t suck

Persona 5

at one point I was just going to link to this Lindsay Ellis video about RENT:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0qfFbtIj5w

but this game is way worse then RENT in reality as at least RENT had a place and time. Persona 5 is just cheap pandering that wants you to feel like a rebel without ever really making you question anything

Splatoon 2

For real let me move the camera up and down with the joystick and gyro controls on it’s not that hard

Divinity Original Sin 2

I once pointed out how sexist the character designs for the elves in this game are on the Larian forums and I very briefly was a gamer gate target. If they had actually responded to any of that or moderated their forums this would probably be on the main list but alas

The writer for Horizon Zero Dawn

Dude you fucked up own up to it and learn from it don’t double down on it

Digeaeaeaeaeaeaeae 5 Switch

I have a new rule, if I have to ask “Is this child pornography?” at any point in a piece of media it’s bad. Very very bad

Honorable mentions

Hollow Knight

It takes too much of it’s mood and actual literal plot from Dark Souls to stand on it’s own as a game and it’s a shame as it’s otherwise pretty damn good

Dead Cells

I really like that but I played for about ten hours and decided to go back to it when it comes out. I expect to see this on my list next year

Steam World Dig 2

A lot of fun but still a bit slight


#5

fun top five list ok

1 nier automata: i like sad robots

2 night in the woods: i like sad animals

3 wolfenstien 2 the new collossus: kill nazis with a hatchet

4 butterfly soup: queer girls and baseball

5 LOCALHOST: more sad robots


#6
  1. NieR: Automata
  2. What Remains of Edith Finch
  3. Detention
  4. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
  5. Hollow Knight
  6. Picross S
  7. Yakuza 0
  8. Metroid: Samus Returns
  9. Splatoon 2
  10. The Norwood Suite

#7
  1. Nier : Automata
  2. Life is Strange : Before The Storm
  3. Pyre
  4. What Remains of Edith Fitch
  5. Hellblade : Senua’s Sacrifice
  6. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
  7. Cuphead
  8. Night In The Woods
  9. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  10. Divinity Original Sin II

I wrote some stuff about these games over hereeeee. I haven’t wrote anything since college which was a year ago and a lot of those sections are unfinished ideas.


#8

I did a full write-up here, but if you just want the list here it is:

  1. Super Mario Odyssey
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Hollow Knight
  4. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  5. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  6. Tacoma
  7. Persona 5
  8. Fortnite Battle Royale
  9. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  10. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

#9
  1. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
    PC version came out in english this year so it counts. if you think it doesn’t then fuck u it’s the best jrpg i’ve ever played and probably my second favourite game of all time

  2. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen Remaster
    Ok technically i haven’t actually “played” the remaster due to not having a console that can, but the original is the best game ever made so it’s good i have an excuse to include it on my list again

  3. Breath of the Wild
    i’m a basic bitch and i like basic things like shield-surf Link’s idiot face into a tree at 100km/h

  4. Heat Signature
    "THIS IS A GOOD GAME" i holler as i accidentally blow up a tnt crate, breaking a ship in half and launching myself into space to die

  5. Night in the Woods
    i didn’t “connect” with this in the way a lot of people talk about but i still liked the sad cat game

  6. Dead Cells
    Despite the fucking Watcher existing this is still a really great game and will probably be really big once it’s actually finished and released

  7. Sonic Forces
    Look i’m a being of simple needs and this game introduced me to one i didn’t know i had: a Sonic OC. Sure the game itself kinda sucks if you want to get technical about it, but i still had more fun with my idiot OC than in most any other game out this year so :DX Crotch chops at the haters:

  8. Hollow Knight
    i didn’t play this nearly enough but it was pretty good and it looks beautiful. Great boss battles, too.

  9. Pokemon Ultra SuMo
    The previous games were very great and these are a more interesting version of those, with one of the few actual challenges in a Pokemon game (Necrozma’s form where they’re all glowy and shit) so that’s cool.

  10. Tales of Berseria
    i forgot about this one at first because this year has taken like a decade at least to get through. Anyway, best Tales, great game.

  11. Blue Reflection
    I’ve wanted a decent Magical Girl game for years and this is finally it. It’s got good gameplay and a lot of heart that makes me like it despite the direction (especially camera angles) in a lot of scenes being absurdly horny in really gross ways.


#10

In no particular order: (edit: descriptions added, for posterity. And me. Mostly me.)
Night in the Woods
This game is just. Beautiful. I loved getting to know the weird sad millennials of Possum Springs, I had fun doing crimes. It really is that good. Play it.
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
What a wonderful gem to find! I bought Shovel Knight around release and was unimpressed, but someone highly recommended the Specter Knight path, and I found it much more enjoyable. Having played both now (but not Plague Knight’s campaign, which I found very frustrating), I’d say Specter is harder, but you’re also more powerful. The slash dash is a joy to use, the remixed levels feel custom made for what you’re able to do, and boss fights are punishing but overall fair (I think there are 2 that both involve spikey stages that I personally don’t like). I’ve replayed it 3 or 4 times now, and every time it just feels great.
What Remains of Edith Finch
Wow. Just, wow. This game has some of the most potent moments of emotion I’ve ever experienced. The house is so bizarre and outlandish, but it feels physical. I was afraid of falling off the roof, I was nervous about the approaching storm, and I flinched when I catapulted off a balcony. For such a quiet game, it echoes so loud in my memory.
Persona 5
Persona 5 has some bad shit in it, but the core is so very fun. I loved catching demons to use in my party, hanging out with my friends and learning their tragic backstories, juggling time in a way that’s just stressful enough to make you consider your actions. When I felt completely disempowered, Persona let me feel like I could set small goals and achieve them, and that those worked towards doing bigger things and pushing forward even further. I have to thank it for that.
God wow 2017 was a rough year and I didn’t play nearly enough games

Honorable mention:
Bayonetta! I picked up the PC port this summer and immediately sunk dozens of hours into it. It’s fluid, it’s fun, and Bayo is #goals in many ways. She’s a witch! With guns!


#11

10 Love Nikki. I played like a half hour and stopped due to the excessive facebook hooks. I don’t have facebook, so I would have no way to transfer to a different device among other setbacks.

9 Heroes of the Storm 2.0. I got my D. Va skin and some loot boxes and it wasn’t unfun. I just don’t think I want to learn it on an advanced level or dedicate that much hard drive space to it.

8 Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (Beta). It’s signifigantly worse than the game that was in The Witcher 3.

7 Tracks: The Train Set Game. It keeps my 5 year old nephew distracted for long enough to rank higher than the previous 3.

6 NiOH. If I had played more it probably would rank higher. I’ve only played like 3 missions.

5 PlUnkBat. I’ve only played a round or two, since this PC can’t run it that well, but I’ve definitely watched enough for it to rank this high. That’s bullets.

4 Hidden Folks. “beepbeep beep”

3 Persona 5. I wish I had finished it by now. I’m only on the 4th dungeon and am having trouble getting motivated to play further. It’s not a happy game. I think it would have been better received if it had come out before Nov 2016.

2 Fire Emblem Heroes. I haven’t liked any of the other Fire Emblem games. I’ve played this one every day since it came out though.

1 Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age. It’s a mostly better version of one of my top 10 games of all time. It has some nice quality of life improvements. One in particular that helped bring my playtime from 300 hours in the original to 100 in this one. I tore through it in just a month and it’s what made me drop P5 like a despawning plane in PlUnkBat.


#12
  1. Night in the Woods
  2. Persona 5
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. Doki Doki Literature Club
  5. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  6. Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
  7. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  8. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  9. Gang Beasts
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

#13

No real order for these I think:

Nier: Automota-
Not sure I have anything really meaningful to say about this that others haven’t articulated better, but I just wanted to say that I really valued the conversation that happened around Nier. I don’t feel like I’d have the same appreciation for this game if it wasn’t for all the essays and podcasts and takes I’ve seen here and elsewhere by folks.

Persona 5-
Persona 5 is in a weird place for me. The game as promised was the long-awaited sequel to a series I adored, and seemed laser-targeted to all of my specific interests: heist movies, JRPGs, acid jazz and stories of teenage rebellion. And, judged on its aesthetics and mechanics alone, P5 delivers on these promises with confidence and style. The mishmash of visual novel and dungeon crawler has always been really compelling to me, and the decision to place these elements within the context of modern-day Tokyo is a really strong move. The combat has a rythm to it that few other JRPGs can match, and the game has such a strong sense of mood that it’s fun to just loiter in a street in the rain at night.

Unfortunately, and despite the way it postures as being a game about taking on society, Persona 5’s politics suck ass. The way it treats queer people is the most visible and shitty symptom of broader narrative failings; ultimately, Persona 5 chooses to reaffirm existing societal structures instead of advocating for meaningful, material change. The kindest thing I can say about is that it sort of works as a call for increased political engagement, but in 2017 that’s just not enough for me.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild-
Games that nail a sense of place and moving through that place can be forgiven almost anything. Riding a horse down a desolate stretch of road as the sun sets behind a castle in the distance, meeting a stranger who’s genuinely excited to see you in a cabin in the mountains, glimpsing a huge leviathan in the distance as you crest a ridge: this game is so good at evoking small moments of wonder amidst larger journeys. I’m not in love with the game’s story but the way it ties geography and memory together really resonates with me. It’s a game about small moments of kindness within long, tiring stretches of loneliness and emptiness and this is a very good game.

VOEZ-
I always thought I’d hate rythm games because I have no sense of timing and awful hand-eye coordination, but that’s not true!!! They can be really relaxing and good!


#14

Top Ten

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  2. Night in the Woods
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. Heat Signature
  5. Butterfly Soup
  6. PUBG
  7. Yakuza 0
  8. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
  9. Steamworld Dig 2
  10. Tacoma

Honorable Mentions:

  • Snipperclips
  • Typeshift
  • Slime Rancher
  • Splatoon 2
  • Destiny 2
  • Stick Fight: The Game
  • Everything
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Subsurface Circular
  • Reigns: Her Majesty
  • Superflight
  • Snake Pass
  • Sonic Mania

Games I’ll play in 2018 that i just ran out of time before i could form enough of an opinion on:

  • Nier: Automata
  • Prey
  • Pyre
  • Rakuen
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Tales of Beseria
  • Persona 5
  • Tekken 7
  • Gravity Rush 2

#15

I played a ton of stuff this year, including plenty of older games I just got around to. Here’s a bunch of them in no particular order:

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine DLC.
It’s incredible how much CD Projekt Red cares about making every single side quest and random encounter in this game something special and memorable, and this DLC is no exception. Expansive enough to be a full game on its own, looks incredible no matter the platform, runs great, and I found the main quest to be much tighter and more focused than the base game’s, with a pretty heartbreaking and grounded final act (at least this was the case for the ending I got.) Can’t recommend this enough.

Wolfenstein: The New Colossus
I can’t really say anything about this game that conveys just how incredible it is without spoiling something. I will just say it is a game that has something genuine to say about the human condition and the nature of personal sacrifice, small and large. Were it not for some occasionally lackluster gameplay this would be a masterpiece.

Stellaris
I was scared away from grand strategy games for years after hearing countless stories of how impenetrable the genre can be, but I found Stellaris pretty damn accessible and in many ways it offered a level of variety that I was desperately craving after 200+ hours of Civ V. May my enlightened race of well-dressed, militaristic birds reign for a thousand years.

Reigns: Her Majesty
This is probably the best mobile game I’ve ever played. Just as fun in 5-minute sessions as it is on a 2 hour car ride, it’s so unrelentingly charming and funny and is secretly one of the most progressive games of the year? It’s 3 bucks and I’ve been playing it on and off for weeks. One of the year’s biggest hidden gems for me.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
I really shouldn’t like this game as much as I do. It’s ugly, it never runs particularly well, connection issues and hacking issues are rampant, none of the customization options look appealing to me, and it’s frustrating on so many levels. All that said, it’s one of my most played games this year and over and over again it’s provided me and my friends with some really hilarious and rewarding moments.

RUINER
What if Hotline Miami played way better, had a sick-ass cyberpunk aesthetic and the same level of intense, trance-inducing, pulse pounding music? Here it is in all its underrated glory.

Horizon: Zero Dawn
This is one of very few instances where the initial hype surrounding a game’s announcement and reveal of gameplay was actually entirely justified. Guerilla said they were dedicated to trying something new and delivering a robust open-world with some fluid movement and plenty of combat options and they delivered on every aspect, and then threw in one of the year’s most interesting narratives just to top it all off.

The Banner Saga 1 & 2
I feel like this series has flown under the radar for a lot of people these last few years (myself included) and that is a damn shame. I played the first entry and then immediately bought the sequel afterwards and I am absolutely blown away by the quality of the art design, World-building, and atmosphere these games manage to deliver with such a small dev team. It is a meditative and melancholy journey across a dying world full of strong characters who refuse to buckle under the pressures of leadership and the constant threat of violence. I’ve never fallen so in love with a series so quickly.


#16
  1. NieR: Automata
  2. Persona 5
  3. Nioh
  4. Wolfenstein 2
  5. Mario Odyssey
  6. Xenoblade 2 (working its way up the list 40 hours in)
  7. Pyre
  8. Night in the Woods
  9. Samus Returns
  10. Blue Reflection (please give Gust a budget to make a game one day)
  11. The Monster Hunter World beta
  12. The first two thirds of Resident Evil 7

Honestly I don’t know much about the order of anything beyond the first 2.

Will play one day: Tales of Berseria, Cuphead, Yakuza 0, Gravity Rush 2, Hollow Knight, Edith Finch, Gorogoa.


#17
  1. Persona 5 - my issues with the game are very well explained over on this thread by much more eloquent folks. Yeah. The things I hate about this game, I hate. My love for what it does well outweighs the shitty parts. I hope they do better in the future. I really do, because I feel like games on a whole are progressing in such a way that a Persona 6 with the same shitty sexuality and gender politics would be intolerable.
  2. What Remains of Edith Finch - the only thing that would make this game better for me is if the house itself had more detail. I would’ve just loved to have that house to explore every nook and cranny of after the credits roll. I plan to play it again knowing that it’s not quite as granular as I, the admitted weirdo, wanted. Also, LEWIS MY BABY.
  3. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen - XCOM 2 runs on my computer now!
  4. Dream Daddy: A Daddy Dating Simulator - so very cute and actually funny! I didn’t expect Game Grumps to produce something I’d like, let alone something well-written?
  5. Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father (20th Anniversary Edition) - it’s my list and I’ll put a three year old game on it if I want to. xP

#18
  1. Zelda BotW
  2. Tacoma
  3. Mario Odyssey
  4. Stardew Valley(Switch)
  5. Neir? Night in the Woods? Spaltoon 2? Pyre?

…Not yet sur.e.

Dishonorable mention:
Doki Doki Lit Club.
The twist comes at the cost of all benefit of the doubt. Game’s relationship with mental health is whack.


#19

My Everything of the Year is the scene from The Young Pope where the titular pope adorns himself with his finest vestments including the goddamn (realizes context and makes the sign of the cross) Papal Tiara, all set to “I’m Sexy And I Know It.”

2017 wrecked me hard and all I can find light in is the esoteric satire and at once both offended and forgiving ironies of this miniseries.

But I guess there were also games.

Absolver
Persona 5
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

I think in that order… Maybe Wolf and Persona switches around depending on my sense of problematic elements outweighing sheer style.


#20

Obligatory These Are The Games I Haven’t Played But Want To:
Some of these games I haven’t got around to yet like Neir: Automata, Horizon Zero Dawn and What Remains of Edith Finch and others I just haven’t put enough hours into yet to justify having them on my list like Persona 5. But most of these games I’m just not able to play because they aren’t on PS4, like Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Odessy, Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, Cuphead.

THE LIST (unordered because I fear commitment)

Night In the Woods

It’s uncanny how close to home NitW hits. I know a lot of people will say this but… it’s so true. If the setting had been rural Scotland instead of rustbelt America then I would have said Scott Benson was in my mind stealing my thoughts.

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm

It’s surprising how good this game turned out. There seemed to be so many things against it coming hot on the heels of the first game, but BtS might have turned out better? At the very least it has better writing.

Assassins Creed: Origins

Bayek is by far the most developed character an Assassin’s Creed game has ever had. He has such a wide range that can go from charming to goofy to melancholy to wrathful and it all feels completely organic and natural. A lot of the props need to go to the fantastic voice work done by Abubakar Salim. Characters aside, the world of AC:O does not let down either. It’s a beautiful land (just check out the photo thread on here) that lives up to the mysteries of Ancient Egypt whilst also populate it with people just trying to live their lives.

Sundered

Some people might say there were better pathfinder (a much better term than “Metroidvania” that we should all agree as a society to use) games out this year and while I would agree with that, I didn’t get to play any of them, so I threw my self n to the one I did. I love the art design of Sundered. It’s Lovecraftian in a way that’s not stereotypical or played out and the bosses, oh man, the bosses.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

This is a hard game to talk about. It’s both deeply personal as well as being cinematic. It’s a game you can’t stop thinking about weeks and months after you play it. It touches on Scottish and Norse myths and since I am from that neck of the woods I was all in. Also, I’m not sure a game has ever been developed with not just input from mental health professionals, but the sufferers themselves.

Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind\Clockwork City

Morrowind is the greatest game of all time. That’s just science. So even tho ESO has come on leaps and bounds since it first launched I was still a bit worried that the new Vvardenfall expansion would not do the original game justice. And even tho the content might be a bit lighter than hoped, they totally made good. All the strange, weird, poetic, metaphysical, are back and unlike Bethesda, Zenimax didn’t shy away from dank lore.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Fuck Nazis. Kill em all.

Observer

Cyberpunk is back, yo. Observer tho, feels like it does more than ape the tropes of the genre. It combines cyberpunk with Lynch and Cronenberg to give it a uniquely horrifying experience.

Absolver

I love martial arts movies. It is very rare, even in fighting games, for a game to make you feel like you are Jakie Chan in Drunken Master or Bruce Lee in Game of Death, but Absolver does exactly that. It has a game mechanic that feels so fluid and natural, even down to the way you learn new moves, which you combine with others to form your own style. Then you can start a school and teach your pupils your new style. All this in a world completely devoid of kung fu tropes. My only regret is I couldn’t get more people from the Waypoint community involved.