The first half of 2017 has been bountiful, with game of the year contenders sprouting across every genre. There’s still much more for us to review—including some games that are already out—as the recent years’ boom in PC game releases continues with gusto. Videogames: there are a lot of them.
A lot of them are good, and a few so far this year are great. Here are the highest review scores we’ve given out so far in 2017. We’ll update this article as the year continues and our review catalog grows.
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam
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The same 64-player, tactics-heavy shooting of the Red Orchestra and Rising Storm series, shifted from WWII to Vietnam. With automatic weapons in every hand, RS2 makes positioning, smoke grenades, and battlefield intel even more important. The new Supremacy mode disappoints somewhat, but the linear point-by-point Territories matches remain great.
Verdict: A fiery test of awareness, speed and accuracy which upholds the series’ devotion to teamwork and authenticity, but doesn’t nail the asymmetry of modern era combat.
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The 2010 console game finally made its way to PC, bringing us another shot of Platinum’s brand of third-person combat. “It was a product of its time, in that it felt like a response to—maybe even a subversion of—the wave of cover based shooters that emerged in the wake of Gears of War,” wrote Phil in his review. “It’s got the third person view and the waist high walls, but also lets you rocket slide across the map, slow-mo decapitating robots as you go. It’s a dumb, brash shooter, but clever with it.”
Verdict: A great port of an entertainingly subversive cover shooter. It’s short, but the core loop never gets old.
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A roguelike platformer that’s more forgiving than Spelunky, made great by its grappling hook. “The hook has a limited range, but it doesn’t bend or bow and there’s no cooldown,” wrote Shaun. “Basically, if you’re not moving around each room with the erraticness of a beheaded chicken, shooting and dodging bullets with your hook all the way, then you’re not playing the game properly.”
Verdict: A satisfying, moreish take on the roguelike formula, and one that’s most likely to appeal to genre naysayers.
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