A year of games in review: 2017

Last year someone started a forum thread for games completed in 2016. Since I don’t see one for 2017 yet, I thought I’d get one started. Below is my list of games played in 2017, more-or-less in chronological order

  • The Last Guardian
  • Inside
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Ninja Spinki Challenges!!
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Night in the Woods
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • Spinner Galactic
  • Never Alone
  • Dishonored 2
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Attack the Light
  • Bloodborne
  • Not a Hero
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe
  • Lovely Planet
  • RiME
  • inFamous: Second Son
  • Pokemon: Magikarp Jump
  • Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
  • Screencheat
  • Stickbold!
  • Videoball
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • Alone With You
  • Titan Souls
  • Hue
  • Assassin’s Creed Unity
  • Salt and Sanctuary
  • Downwell
  • Element4l
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus
  • Axiom Verge
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • KAMI 2
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Blackwood Crossing
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Shadwen
  • Strike Vector
  • The Legend of Korra
  • Saints Row IV
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Hob
  • Just Cause 3
  • We Are Doomed
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Transistor
  • Let it Die
  • The Deadly Tower of Monsters
  • Alien: Isolation
  • Far Cry Primal
  • The Talos Principle
  • AER: Memories of Old
  • Mars: War Logs
  • FAST Racing Neo
  • Flower
  • Bound
  • Gorogoa
  • Hidden Folks
  • Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel
  • Monument Valley
  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Edit: several games were missing from the .csv export I used to make the list above. I just manually added a dozen or so more games.


Here’s what I played this year! (Technically I started the first one at the tail-end of 2016, but I didn’t finish it until January.)

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
  • Abzû
  • Gone Home
  • Batman: The Telltale Series
  • The Witness
  • Comix Zone
  • Undertale
  • Botanicula
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot
  • Headlander
  • Paper Mario: Color Splash
  • LocoRoco
  • Everything
  • Persona 5
  • Full Throttle Remastered
  • Chrono Trigger (DS)
  • Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
  • Skies of Arcadia
  • The Talos Principle
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • Sonic Mania
  • Splatoon 2
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • The Cave
  • Contrast
  • A Hat in Time
  • Tacoma
  • Emily is Away
  • Emily is Away Too
  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

And I’m currently playing through Life is Strange, I’m sure I’ll finish it in the next few days.


Here’s what I played in 2017, more or less in order. It’s worth noting that being a new’ish dad, has a massive massive impact on time available, and “me” time just gets shunted right to the bottom of the pecking order! So I have to be very selective what I commit to…

  • Bloodborne / Bloodborne: The Old Hunters (started 2016)
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales
  • Infra Arcana
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Volume
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
  • Dreamfall Chapters
  • Ico
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • The Last Guardian
  • Dark Souls (still playing)
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Why not, here is my pathetic list:

Can’t even remember if I even played it this year, but it says on Grouvee I added it on Jan, 4 so I’ll assume I beat it in 2017. Easily one of my favorite games, 10/10 would sob again.

My friends really burned me when they saw me spend $30 CAN for a game I described to them as a “5-hour-long scuba game”. They aren’t the type to enjoy games like Abzu, or at least are the type that wouldn’t be interested to play Abzu. First saw this game while watching ThatOneVideoGamer do a spotlight for it on youtube. Saw the underwater setting and art style and I knew I would buy it.

The Overwatch craze that started in late 2016 has not dissipated that much since and it has got to me. I was and am SICK of hearing it. “OVERWATCH GOTY 2016, NO GOAT WOOOOO”. It got on my nerves as a guy who loses interest in online only shooters very quickly, not to mention it was a nearly fully priced game on PS4 and I was not going to cave in to the hype and buy a game I wasn’t interested in. As soon as I heard a “rip-off” Overwatch was coming to PS4 for free, I was ready to slash it to pieces and call it out for being stupid hyped. To my surprise, I liked the game a lot and played it often with my friends, and to my second surprise, it wasn’t like Overwatch that much. Overwatch is much cleaner with more refined mechanics and larger maps, just an overall more polished game. I never touched Overwatch and never plan to. I stopped Paladins and probably won’t come back for a while. Gald I didn’t spend money.

I haven’t beat this one yet but spent enough time on it to say confidently that it is another one of my faves. My intro to souls and boy did it get me hooked. It is super hard, but nowhere near soul-crushing like people claimed. Looking forward to the Dark Souls trilogy.

The game that confirmed my suspicions that Metacritic user ratings are garbage and that Grouvee is king. (seriously 6.3/10 for Undertale?! LOL). Moving, beautiful, and saddeningly short. Needs HD remake imo, as I feel better textures would really add to its already stunning visuals.

Better than flower in that I believe it does not need a remake. Gaming at its perfection and again just wished it was longer. Multiplayer makes the difference between this and Abzu. Don’t use Skype, ruins the point.

My game of the year? More like the game of my life! I honestly think this penetrates my Top 10 games ever. I am OBSESSED, I bought the card game from Amazon, I am going to buy the DLC, I want to get all of the trophies, I want to read all of the lore and theories. The best part is I haven’t even beat it yet. To be fair I could speed through it but I am adamant about taking my time and going through the game thoroughly, I just love it that much.

Grouvee’s favorite Zelda has made my top 10 Zelda games, but not top 10 games overall. I loved it and it gets the “most times I died” award for Zelda games, but I think it is a bit overhyped. Not The Last of Us overhyped, I just expected a bit too much from such an old game. It is a great place to start Zelda for newcomers.

A gem I wouldn’t have heard about unless my friend told me about it. I saw the Metroidvania gameplay and amazing art direction, that I knew I had to check it out. I bought the definitive edition and beat it 100 %, but not all of the achievements. A new fave for me.

My first game ever was Donkey Kong Country for GBA. I never beat it and eventually gave it away. I would slap elementary school me for doing so if I had a time machine. Picked up the original cart from a con and beat it in a few days. I can finally die happy.

This game has confirmed my worst fear: I am growing tired of Pokemon. Not because I think it is repetitive or that I am growing out of it, it is just they come out way too close together. I just can’t keep up. I can never sit down and take in a Pokemon game anymore. I kind of felt this with X and Y, but I had way more time to sink into Kalos than I did in Alola. I found myself speeding through the game, worried I wouldn’t beat the Elite Four in time to have the metagame unlocked so I can enter competitive VGA leagues. I need Nintendo to stop and at least wait until Late December 2018 for Pokemon Switch so that I can be properly satisfied with Sun and Moon.

A quick iOS game for cheap to keep me from blowing my brains out at the university. Great show, okay game.

Another bus-ride-time-killer that I emulated on my phone. Had the physical cart as a kid and the game was BRUTAL. I think I either lost it or gave it away. I can now say I proudly beat it and that it is an embarrassingly simple and easy game. Would recommend to DBZ fans.

Games I started in 2017:

Technically my brother’s game, I wanted to try it out and ended up playing more than he did. Unfortunately, I stopped but really wanted to move on to other games first. Looking forward to picking it up again.

My game, but my brother beat it before me and ended up becoming his most favorite game of all time, beating out Uncharted, Pokemon and Undertale. I just started it and I am liking it so far, but I am way too early in to really say for sure.

Started it up once and played for a few minutes. Surprisingly didn’t go all out on it considering it was my most anticipated title of its year. Top of the priority list.

Played it for a bit and put it down. Just wanted to get a feel for it. Most likely to not continue though as it is not a game that I am that interested in.

Beat the first stage and liked what I saw. A Greek mythological DmC. Let my friend borrow it and I probably won’t ask for it back for a long time though.

Liked it a lot. Great writing and just the kind of quirky, strange kind of games I like. It’s just I lost the will to really finish all of the storylines. Don’t really know if I started it this year though.

Think I started it this year. Need to get back to it.

Fun so far but not as grand as other titles in the series. Feels like an amalgamation of other titles than its own entity, really. Working on it.

The first Mega Man game I played. Too hard for grade school me so away it went. Tried emulating it before but I think I lost my save or gave up a second time. Now I am fired up to finish it once and for all.

Love it. GOTY. Can’t stop and won’t stop. Died 700 times and counting. Never played a campaign game with my brother this long before. Hope we beat it.

My brother saw PewDiePie play it and asked me to get it. Playing it, I found it addicting, really fun, but entirely bullshit. A game I can only describe as QWOP meets The Stanley Parable.


These are all the games I started in 2017. I haven’t finished them all. Some I will never finish because I hate them. Most I have finished. Alphabetical order because it’s easier than chronological when I didn’t make a note of when I played it and I have a terrible memory. Ones marked (X) are abandoned never to be finished, and ones marked (U) are still in progress and so unfinished, but I intend to finish them. Animal Crossing has no marking because it never ends.

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
  • Blasting Agent (X)
  • Bravely Default (X)
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (U)
  • Chicken Wiggle
  • Color Zen
  • Digger Dan & Kaboom (X)
  • EDGE (X)
  • Ever Oasis
  • Fairune
  • Fairune 2
  • Fantasy Life
  • F-Zero
  • Gunman Clive (U)
  • Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure (U)
  • Heart Beaten
  • Hey! Pikmin
  • Hyrule Warriors (X)
  • Kirby’s Adventure (U)
  • Kirby’s Blowout Blast
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
  • Mario Kart 7 (U technically but only because I haven’t 100% 150cc)
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
  • Mario Party: Star Rush
  • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
  • Mighty Switch Force! (U)
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (X)
  • Monster Hunter Stories
  • My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess
  • New Style Boutique: Fashion Forward (U)
  • New Super Mario Bros. (X)
  • Okamiden
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star (U - struggling with motivation though so may X it later)
  • Pilotwings Resort
  • Poocy & Yoshi’s Woolly World (U)
  • Rabi X Laby: Episode 3
  • Rayman Origins (X)
  • Rhythm Thief & The Emperor’s Treasure (X)
  • Runny Egg
  • Shadow Puppeteer
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (U)
  • Shovel Knight
  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows
  • Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
  • Siesta Fiesta (U)
  • Space Lift Danger Panic!
  • Star Fox 64 3D
  • Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (X)
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Super Mario Kart (U)
  • Super Monkey Ball 3D (X)
  • Super Monkey Ball: Touch & Roll (X)
  • Tank Troopers (X)
  • Toki Tori
  • Yorkshire Gubbins (U)

And here’s a special list. Can you believe that as a 37 year old man who lived through the 80s and 90s had never played a single Zelda game before 2017? I’m older than Tingle! So this year I made up for it. In roughly chronological order:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (X)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
  • Freshly-Picked: Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland (X)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (U)
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (U)

Here’s what I played (many of these were just 20 min tests but I had fun with all of them). No particular order:

Heavenly Sword
GTA: San Andreas
Uncharted 2
Shadow Warrior
Year Walk
The Magic Circle
Titan Souls
Fallout 4
Adventure Capitalist
The Witcher 3
Gravity Rush
Sound Shapes
Chrono Cross
Borderlands 2
Fear Effect
Chrono Trigger
Valiant Hearts
Life is Strange

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Looks better than a plain text list, very cool!

Out of curiosity, did you produce that image manually?

I’m sure he used the shelf widget feature we have on Grouvee.

You could go to any shelf, click the Widget for this Shelf link, and copy the code into a text file, name it something.html, then open it in a browser. You’ll get a tile of boxart like this.

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Yes, i made it from the widget. (which is really awesome, everyone should start playing with it more, i never really looked at it until recently) but it would seem the forums dont let you embed html into posts. or at least i couldnt figure out how… so made a screenshot of the widget.

it would be cool if there were a way to post the widget on here, as it would be a close analog to something akin to ‘year in review’. :slight_smile:

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I’ll have to give it a whirl when I’m next at a computer. Out of curiosity, can you limit the rage of dates for the widget?

Man, I really didn’t play all that much this year. Go figure!

These are the games I’ve played, and made meaningful progress on:

  • Mario Odyssey
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Didn’t Finish)
  • Ratchet & Clank (2016 game)
  • Ys: The Oath in Felghana
  • Broken Age
  • Resident Evil 7
  • Firewatch (Check out the Grouvcast that talks about this, @Jess has played this game a ton and has a bunch to say about it)
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Persona 5 (Maybe I’ll finish this before 6 comes out in 2033)
  • Yakuza 0 (Didn’t finish)
  • Spinner Galactic (a @tylerisrandom iOS joint)
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Soul Blazer
  • Gorogoa (Still working on this one)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles

After going through my profile, it seems like I played more than I thought. I didn’t finish too many games, but I’ve done OK.

Maybe I’ll get to a few more in 2018.


Aw, thanks for playing! :blush:

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Wait, did you release that this year, or last? When were we beta testing it?

This year! March, to be exact. You probably beta tested in late 2016 or early 2017.

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Wow, it felt longer ago than that. I played it after release as well so I better add it to my 2017 list.

the way i did it was i sorted my played shelf by “Date Finished” then after checking it was all nice and tidy clicked "enable sortin"g and "make this my manual sort. " Then click the widget. I then look at the first game I finish in 2017 and open the code in text pad/html (like peter mention) and chop off what goes past that. IF you don’t ‘finish’ games you might have better luck doing ‘added’ but i havent tested it, you might have to proof it a bit if you do it that way.

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I generally finish games. One problem I noticed is that some of my Steam games randomly showed up on my completed shelf in 2017, part of that Steam import issue that happened earlier in the year. I need to exclude them manually somehow.

Here are the games I finished this year. I skipped a bunch of the big AAA 2017 releases but it was still a great year for games.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles China (XB1)
Catherine (XBox 360)
Opus: The Day We Found Earth (PC)
Black Closet (PC)
Under a Killing Moon (PC - not the first time)
Even the Ocean (PC)
Monument Valley (iPhone)
King’s Quest (XB1)
Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper (360)
XCOM2 (XB1 - not the first time beating it)
Day of the Tentacle (PC)
A Golden Wake (PC)
Telltale Batman (XB1)
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis (PS2)
Rayman Origins (XBox 360)
Never Alone (XB1)
Frog Fractions (PC)
Beholder (PC)
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter (XB1)
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride (XB1)
Rayman Legends (XB1)
Torment: Tides of Numenera (PC)
Kona (PC)
M.U.S.H.A. (Genesis)
Mass Effect: Andromeda (XB1)
Thomas Was Alone (XB1)
Pneuma: Breath of Life (XB1)
Waking Mars (PC)
Hard West (PC)
Xexyz (NES)
Dead Rising 2: Off the Records (XB1)
Enigmatis: The Mists of Ravenwood (XB1)
Syberia (PC)
Steamworld Heist (PC)
Q.U.B.E Director’s Cut (PS4)
Stories Untold (PC)
Layers of Fear (XB1)
2064: Read Only Memories (PC)
Thirty Flights of Loving (PC)
Quest for Glory 1 (PC)
Little Nightmares (XB1)
Dark Arcana (XB1)
Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders (XB1)
Nier Automata (PS4)
What Remains of Edith Finch (PC)
Corpse of Discovery (PC)
Little Inferno (PC)
Missing: An Interactive Thriller (PC)
Zup! (PC)
Orwell (PC)
The Last Night Mary (PC)
Belladonna (PC)
Mirrored (PC)
Leaving Lyndow (PC)
Viva Pinata (XBox 360)
Portal (XBox 360)
Yesterday (PC)
Kathy Rain (PC)
Cayne (PC)
The Final Station (XB1)
Wolfenstein The New Order (XB1 - again)
Rusty Lake Hotel (PC)
Little Red Lie (PC)
Pyre (PC)
Steamworld Dig (XB1)
Tacoma (XB1)
Goetia (PC)
Journey (PS4)
Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom (XB1)
Insecticide (PC)
Roundabout (PC)
The Secret of Monkey Island (360)
Observer (XB1)
The Sexy Brutale (XB1)
The Banner Saga (XB1)
Lemmings (SNES)
Gone Home (XB1)
Axiom Verge (XB1)
Monkey Island 2 (XB1)
Oxenfree (XB1)
A Mortician’s Tale (PC)
The Park (XB1)
Full Throttle (PC)
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (XB1)
Hidden Agenda (PS4)
Banner Saga 2 (XB1)
Off-Peak (PC)
The Walking Dead: Michonne (XB1)
Night in the Woods (PC)
The Cave (XBox 360)
The Lion’s Song (PC)
Reigns: Her Majesty (mobile)
Thimbleweed Park (XB1)
Divinity Original Sin 2 (PC)
Abzu (XB1)
Doki Doki Literature Club (PC)
Scanner Sombre (PC)
Midnight Scenes: The Highway
Super Castlevania IV (SNES)
Blue Rider (XB1)
Subsurface Circular (PC)
The Norwood Suite (PC)