The Welsh Gaming Network has folks with a massive range of taste in PC games, who play all formats and styles. With over 1600 Twitter Followers and a Discord now approaching 400 members, it’s hard to get a consensus on what the “best” games are. You can probably find someone interested in just about everything! I didn’t let that deter me, and decided to try and get an estimate for what some of the favourite games of the year were for the community as a whole.
I narrowed it down to only accept games that had released in 2017, but allowed early access release entries onto the list as well. Not everyone agreed with that decision, but with early access games now making it to mainstream popularity with no release date in sight, I felt that if people really felt their best game of the year was one still in beta then I’d allow it.
The WGN GOTY 2017
The most popular Game of the Year 2017 for the Welsh Gaming Network is Destiny 2, with the majority of people playing it on the PC, but some console votes coming in for both PS4 and Xbox One.
This should be no great surprise, as despite it not having a flawless reception, this is a popular multiplayer game and the Welsh Gaming Network has a Destiny 2 channel, guild and plenty of players.
It was followed closely by Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), which sits in Early Access so isn’t technically a 2017 release, but rather a 2017 beta. Despite being incomplete, PUBG has absolutely smashed the sales figures and playing numbers this year, exploding the battle royale genre into mainstream popularity.
There were a ton of other memorable games and what really surprised me was just the sheer variety of games that were nominated across every genre and console. The complete top 10 stands below:
- Destiny 2 (PC, PS4 & Xbox One)
2. PUBG (PC, Early Access)
3. Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
4. Cuphead (PC, Xbox One)
5. Divinity: Original Sin 2 (PC)
6. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)
7. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U, Nintendo Switch)
8. Total War: Warhammer 2 (PC)
9. Fortnite (PC, PS4 & Xbox One, Early Access)
10. Persona 5 (PS3, PS4)
It goes to show that both PC and all three major console platforms are well represented in popularity and all put out some good titles that were enjoyed by the community this year. What I did realize whilst polling our members was that a lot of people don’t buy new-release games and didn’t have a large experience to pull from. With sales bringing down the prices, a lot of folks prefer to wait and get a bit more value for money and in the future, I look forward to chatting a bit more in-depth with members and doing a few features on favourite games without the year restriction as there are some good conversations to be had there!