Find out which Xbox One games made our list of Nominees for the 2017 Geekawards. While you’re here, vote for your favorite in the first annual Fans Choice Geekawards.
BEST XBOX ONE GAME
Microsoft’s Xbox One not only featured a powerful upgrade in the form of the Xbox One X (formerly known as “Project Scorpio”), it featured a strong lineup of games that ranged from popular indies to exciting new AAA titles. Here are our nominations for the Best Xbox One Game in 2017. Be sure to cast your vote in our Fans Choice Geekawards!
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Assassin’s Creed took a year off from video games in 2016 in an effort to take a little extra time in developing the next great entry in the series. Ubisoft’s strategy paid off, producing one of the best AC titles in years. The game takes place in Egypt and is a soft reboot of sorts, taking the lore back all the way to the beginning of the famed Brotherhood. Adding RPG and leveling elements to the existing par-cor style hand-to-hand combat.
Call of Duty: WWII
From The Geekiverse’s Official Review: It’s “another sterling entry for gaming’s biggest shooter.” Sledgehammer brought Call of Duty back to its roots for this year’s entry, WWII. This is the first time the game has featured a World War setting since 2008’s World At War, and the trip back in time was well overdue after a number of years of futuristic entries. The game’s single player campaign is the best the series has featured on current-gen systems, and the multiplayer is as addicting as ever.
From The Geekiverse’s Destiny 2 Review: “Destiny 2 is the equivalent of an apology in the form of a video game. Bungie did a fantastic job, giving all its veteran players the game we deserve, and new players an amazing entry into the series.” Bungie and Activision seeked to perfect the formula from the first entry in the series that featured a solid foundation, yet a vision that wasn’t fully realized. Destiny 2 delivered in many ways, and set the stage for what is likely to be years of content and universe building.
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
From The Geekiverse’s Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Review: “I enjoyed my time with it so much that I’m contemplating taking another stab at Dishonored 2. And, let’s face it, this game basically is Dishonored 2, but with a different story–same graphics, same basic gameplay, etc. But, at a price tag of $29.99, it’s hard to go wrong here, although that does come with the caveat of being much shorter than the other two games. If you’re a fan of this series, you’ll feel right at home in Karnaca, just watch out for the bloodflies.”
Not many things went well this year for DC (Wonder Woman notwithstanding). Justice League was vastly underwhelming at the box office, and the future of the DCEU looks dull. However, Neatherealms’ star studded fighter is a wonderfully crafted sequel to 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us. The roster is one of the most impressive ever gathered in a fighting simulation, featuring some of DC’s most popular heroes and villains.
Middle Earth: Shadow of War
From our Middle Earth: Shadow of War Review: “A fabulous sequel that shines bright, Shadow of War is exactly the game I hoped it would be when I heard of its existence earlier this year. Through its wonderful, continued use of the Nemesis system, along with its masterful gameplay that mixes the best of Arkham & Assassin’s Creed, this game is my front-runner for Game of the Year and I have a strong feeling that mine won’t be the only list it occupies.
The extremely popular “PUBG” is one of 2017’s most played games, with gamers having amassed millions of hours placing the early access, open world competitive shooter. The game made its way to Xbox One just in time for the end of the year and is likely to be one of the system’s tentpole shooters for years to come.
Star Wars: Battlefront II
From The Geekiverse’s Star Wars: Battlefront II Review: “At its core, Battlefront II is a fun, high pace shooter that is one of the year’s best. As far as competitive multiplayer experiences, it’s up there with the likes of Call of Duty: WWII, Battlefield 1, and dare I say Overwatch to some degree. Customization and the ability to upgrade and make your Star Wars experience your own is truly remarkable. DICE has a good team of writers and caretakers that worked closely with Lucasfilm and Disney on this, so you know that everything fits seamlessly into the Star Wars universe. From the sights and sounds of a given battle or weapon, to the appearance of your favorite hero or planet, and even to the pleasant, soothing charm of the licensed music by John Williams, you’ll feel right at home in playing out your greatest Star Wars fantasies.”
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier
From our review of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier: “The New Frontier is quite possibly the best that Telltale has ever produced, which is saying a ton with the amazing stories set forth by the first two seasons of TWD. In fact, it’s one of the best stories we have received as gamers in recent memory.”
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein II is the sequel to one of 2014’s biggest surprises, Wolfenstein: The New Order. The game takes place in a 1961 alternate version of Nazi-occupied America. The New Colossus’ core mechanics, combined with the game’s sterling story, make Wolfenstein II one of the best games of 2017.
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