Calling out USA Today – The best games of 2017

Updated: April 8th, 2018By: BrantonGaming & News2 Comments

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 was not one of the best games of 2017. Neither was Destiny 2 nor NBA 2K18. In fact, these were easily some of the WORST games of 2017, without a doubt. USA Today, what are you doing?

The massive USA Today recently published an article outlining the best games of 2017 for kids, teens, and adults. On their list you’ll find some good titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Horizon: Zero Dawn; all of which are undoubtedly great games. BUT, then you have some additions like Destiny 2, SWBF2, CoD: WW2, and NBA 2K18 – easily a handful of the worst games in 2017.

I don’t know if the author, Marc Saltzman, just doesn’t play video games or simply isn’t involved enough to know about this year’s controversies, but those are some absolutely TERRIBLE suggestions. I mean, I would only suggest NBA 2K18 to someone if I really did not like that person, even there I probably wouldn’t do it because it’s just that bad; I even called NBA 2K18 the worst game for microtransactions in 2017 in a recent article.

I mean seriously, in NBA 2K18 you have basically two choices. Either pay to progress or don’t play the game. There’s really no middle ground here. If you don’t believe me, try and play any of the actual progression-based game modes without buying VC, I bet you can’t do it. What’s worse, is they’ve recommended NBA 2K18 for teens, yet it’s clearly a gambling-based game.

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Do I even need to mention why Star Wars: Battlefront 2 shouldn’t be on that list? I really don’t think I do, everyone reading this should already know why that’s an absolutely terrible suggestion…

Then there’s Activision’s CoD: WW2. The game where you can watch other people open their loot boxes, and you’re actually rewarded for doing so. Coming from the company who patented a system to sell you more loot boxes by psychologically manipulating you into buying them. That’s some seriously shady business that shouldn’t be anywhere near a “best of” list unless it’s “best at getting into your wallet”.

Destiny 2… Ah, I had such high hopes for you. Alas, you turned out to be a complete train wreck consisting of scaled XP gains, locked endgame content and what was basically a day-1 expansion that should have been part of the base game. Let’s not forget the push for MTX and loot boxes here either, rather Bright Engrams and single-use cosmetics.

Forza Motorsport 7 is also on the list as one of the best games in 2017, but I’m not so sure about that one either. I mean, as a game it was okay, but then you get into the microtransactions and, well, it turns into garbage. This one was painful because I’ve been a fan of the FM series since the very first Forza way back in 2005.

Let’s swing back around to Battlefront 2 because that’s really the whole reason for this post. Who in their right mind would put this game on their “best of 2017” list? I mean, I guess it did nail a whole bunch of impressive records, like the most downvoted comment of all time, the lowest Metacritic score, and a bunch of other “really awesome” records. The game literally caused EA’s stock to plummet which resulted in a loss of $6-billion in market cap, that’s pretty huge. Again, it really makes me wonder if the author even follows video game news, or if he simply took the most talked about games and said “yeah these must be good”.

In my opinion, the ball was really dropped here and some absolute trash games were suggested over some actual gems. Instead of Destiny 2, how about Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice? Maybe drop SWBF2 for Nier: Automata? Drop something else for maybe Divinity: Original Sin 2? What I’m saying is, there are so many other games they could have suggested here, like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Resident Evil 7, PREY, Nioh, and a whole bunch of others.

How these games made it on USA Today’s “best games of 2017” list is baffling. It shows a complete disconnect between the author and the actual gaming community; these suggestions are among the worst I have ever seen. Don’t get me wrong, the whole list isn’t questionable, just a good portion of it. As I said at the beginning of this article, there really are some gems on their list like Breath of the Wild, Wolfenstein 2, and Cuphead, but that’s not enough to redeem those other excruciatingly terrible suggestions.

What are your thoughts? Do you think SWBF2 should be in any “best games of 2017” list? What would be your top picks for GOTY? Let me know below! 

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hey they also listed top gaming accesories on sale and literally just listed razer products. I don’t want to stir stuff up, but that feels unrealistic any way you spin it